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Political Suicide Hardcover – Bargain Price, December 11, 2012
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"This is a definite keeper!" -- Amy Lignor in a review for Suspense Magazine
"It's a must-read for fans of political intrigue." -- The Fort-Worth Star Telegram
"Michael Palmer once again delivers an adrenaline-pumped political and medical action thriller... Palmer fans will not be disappointed in this suspenseful and realistic, fast-paced whodunit." -- The Jewish Journal
"When you open the pages of a Michael Palmer novel, you know you are in the hands of a pro. This author knows how to weave a plot and keep the action coming, and the readers know it won't all fall apart at the end. Such is definitely the case with Palmer's latest book, Political Suicide." -- The Huffington Post
Top Customer Reviews
It's hard to describe how foolish this book is without giving away parts of the plot. To believe any of this story you have to accept that hundreds of military personnel could be "programmed" to willingly commit suicide in order to take out terrorist leaders; and that out of those hundreds of soldiers only a few would speak up. Then you have to believe that the hundreds still left would quietly accept the assassination of those soldiers who did try to speak out, as well as the theft of military weapons from well guarded ammunition warehouses, by military personal, so those weapons could be handed over to mexican drug cartels in the United States. Ultimately you are asked to believe that a man who is so deeply concerned about the safety of the United States that he would train soldiers to wear bombs to blow up terrorists (and themselves), would also endanger the country by handing over military grade weapons to drug cartels in the same country he wants to protect.Read more ›
Dr. Lou Welcome is back from "Oath of Office", but he could have been a plumber - his medical skills hardly influence or bear on the story at all. Meanwhile as an amateur sleuth, he's so unprepared for that task he has to Google how to tail somebody on the road. And when he escapes one hair-brained scene after another, it starts to just get silly.
The plot had a modicum of suspense, as the rabid Colonel who heads a secretive Marines special forces unit ("Mantis") is plotting a number of suicide bombings to give a bunch of terrorists a taste of their own medicine. He's supposedly developed a secret juice that stops men from experiencing fear. When a congressman that is trying to reduce his funding is killed, and a friend of Lou is promptly arrested (but of course is innocent), Lou goes on a rampage to discover the truth. You get the drift.
Didn't like it - and won't read another.
I can buy the premise, but everything else is simply implausible. So many plot holes: how Lou gets away without being killed numerous times (getting away from the elite of the elite soldiers more than once) he is allowed to "speechify" at one point while the bad guy holds off on shooting him; they grab a key piece of evidence with no true hitches, and no one mentions that it will end up being faulty evidence, since police weren't involved etc.
The lawyer is also quite unbelievable, in terms of what she is capable of, what she can do, how quickly she gets to Dover, her blind compatriot, and more...
Very disappointing. Honestly not sure why I finished it, but I simply kept hoping there would be something redeemable about it.
When Lou, Dr. Welcome, discovers a patient unconscious at the site of an accident the red flag goes up. In fact Dr. Welcome is specializing in helping physicians to overcome addictions. When he soon learns that his friend, Gary McHugh is the person of interest in a murder investigation. Well now it all starts us running full speed ahead because it is a US Congressman who is dead.
Ready, set ad GO! An affair, murder, politics = you staying up until 3am to finish the book. When the military becomes involved, Dr. Welcome has to do double duty here. The conspiracy and his friend are on the line. There are many clever ways the author draws you in and one was a real pretty lawyer who is not so kind and has something to prove.
As for the author, I have read so many of his books ad I find them all equally appealing. I like that he does quality work, consistent stories and characters. I don't like when books are turned out so fast that you don't know what to expect. Here you always know it is going to be good. It will be a hit for all you suspense lovers and of course the political aspect is great too. The Do you need another reason to go grab it? no believe me go buy it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Premise of involvement of the Dr in this investigation is not plausible. That pretty much ruins the rest of the story line.Published 10 months ago by DonnaBarr
read this one in one night and lost a night of sleep just could not put it downPublished 12 months ago by Lorraine K.
A can't put down book. page turner. unbelievable thriller like all thee Daniel and Michael booksPublished 13 months ago by Joan Rosen
Have come to love Lou Welcome. Palmer has another hit! Brilliant characters, I couldn't put it down! An excellent read from the first page.Published 14 months ago by PeggyAmazon Customer
I am an avid Michael Palmer fan, however this book was a little disappointing. The storyline did not grip me from the first page like usual and even towards the end it was a bit... Read morePublished 14 months ago by AMBrummer
My first Michael Palmer book, 3 1/2 stars...interesting, though not terribly original, Washington D.C. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Tasawuf