Publisher: St Martin’s Press (February 14, 2012)
Genre: Fiction, Medical Thriller, 384 pages
Source: Author for honest review
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About the book…..
From the New York Times bestselling author of A Heartbeat Away and The Last Surgeon comes a shocking new novel at the crossroads of politics and medicine.
What if a well respected doctor inexplicably goes on a murderous rampage?
When Dr. John Meacham goes on a shooting spree the office, his business partner, staff, and two patients are killed in the bloodbath. Then Meacham turns the gun on himself.
The blame falls on Dr. Lou Welcome. Welcome worked with Meacham years before as a counselor after John’s medical license had been revoked for drug addiction. Lou knew that John was an excellent doctor and deserved to be practicing medicine and fought hard for his license to be restored. After hearing the news of the violent outburst, Lou is in shock like everyone else, but mostly he’s incredulous. And when he begins to look into it further, the terrifying evidence he finds takes him down a path to an unspeakable conspiracy that seems to lead directly to the White House and those in the highest positions of power.
Our Two Cents….
WOW, how is that for a review? Pretty much sums up my feelings on the book! I love Medical Suspense and Michael Palmer writes the best ones. His characters are ‘real’ people, people who I have no problem identifying with and Dr. Welcome is awesome. He is a dad, an ex-husband, a brilliant doctor who hit bottom and climbed his way back up to now help other doctors suffering the same fate. He never hides from his past or tries to sugar coat it and I admire that. I truly enjoyed his interaction with his teen daughter and the way he handled his ex-wife’s new marriage and husband. I felt that he still loved his ex but he knew it was his fault that he lost her and respected and supported her chance at a new life and happiness. I wish every divorce was this way.
Now for the story……OMG, it was scary and not scary like a horror book. Scary like IT COULD HAPPEN and may be happening. Would we even know it? Read the book, google some terms and get your mind going. I only hope things never get this far. I for one will be watching the corn that I buy. LOL
I was addicted from page one and could not put the book down. UNTIL the termite scene. I am going into no detail because I don’t want to give spoilers but I actually had to put the book down and ‘recover’ from this chapter before moving along. It was written brilliantly, vividly and way too real. I needed a shower. “Nuf said!
Oath of Office is a wonderful book and no review can do it justice. Get it, read it, you won’t be sorry!