The First Patient - Michael Palmer

The First Patient

By Michael Palmer

  • Release Date: 2008-02-19
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
The First Patient book review score

4 Score: 4 (From 301 Ratings)

The First Patient Michael Palmer Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

From the blockbuster, New York Times bestselling author comes a high-concept, high-octane thriller at the crossroads of presidential politics and cutting-edge medicine. . . .

Gabe Singleton and Andrew Stoddard were roommates at the Naval Academy in Annapolis years ago. Today, Gabe is a country doctor and his friend Andrew has gone from war hero to governor to President of the United States. One day, while the United States is embroiled in a bitter presidential election campaign, Marine One lands on Gabe's Wyoming ranch, and President Stoddard delivers a disturbing revelation and a startling request. His personal physician has suddenly and mysteriously disappeared, and he desperately needs Gabe to take the man's place. Despite serious misgivings, Gabe agrees to come to Washington. It is not until he is ensconced in the White House medical office that Gabe realizes there is strong evidence that the President is going insane. Facing a crisis of conscience—as President Stoddard's physician, he has the power to invoke the Twenty-fifth Amendment to transfer presidential power to the Vice President—Gabe uncovers increasing evidence that his friend's condition may not be due to natural causes.

Who? Why? And how? The President's life is at stake. A small-town doctor suddenly finds himself in the most powerful position on earth, and the safety of the world is in jeopardy. Gabe Singleton must find the answers, and the clock is ticking. . . .

With Michael Palmer's trademark medical details, and steeped in meticulous political insider knowledge, The First Patient is an unforgettable story of suspense.

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User reviews about this book

  • First patient

    By Urvie
    Although entertaining enough, the plot moved very slowly. This physician spent more time checking out his staff, being in awe of the president and puttering around then trying to figure out what was going on. What physician doesn't immediately test the blood he collects from a patient or review the medical data that the previous physician collected? There are many more realistic ways to "lose" the presidents blood. Also the relationship between Gabe and Allison felt contrived and forced. The characters motive for poisoning the president was obvious and unsatisfying. The character himself was also obvious. Overall, the book is entertaining as a way to pass time on a flight but wouldn't recommend it to others.
  • Great Reading!!!

    By Jojobear9
    Another great book by author Michael Palmer that I couldn't put down.
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