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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.

Review:

"This over-the-top yet endlessly entertaining thriller from bestseller Palmer (The Fifth Vial) pits a country doctor against a conspiracy to kill the president. Dr. Gabe Singleton, an old friend of President Andrew Stoddard, is brought to Washington, D.C., from Wyoming when Jim Ferendelli, Stoddard's former doctor, goes missing. Almost immediately, things fall apart as Stoddard suffers from a random episode of incoherence, and Singleton is shot at while driving in early morning D.C. traffic. Complicating matters is Alison Cromartie, a sexy nurse who captures Singleton's heart. Singleton must figure out who's behind the president's mysterious illness, investigating everyone from the Secret Service agents to the vice president. Citing specific medical and technological processes, Palmer convinces readers that his novel is logical and reasonable, even as he mixes the unlikely with the insanely hyperbolic. The roller-coaster ride of a plot builds to an undeniably shocking conclusion. Author tour. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"[F]ar from Palmer's best work, it still offers mostly well constructed characters and a story that, despite its thinly realized setting, delivers some real suspense." Booklist

Review:

"Palmer's latest medical thriller...adds presidential politics and nanotechnology to his usual mix and comes up with a story that may not always be believable but keeps the reader turning pages anyway." Library Journal

Synopsis:

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 Gabes 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 mans 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 Stoddards 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 friends condition may not be due to natural causes.

Who? Why? And how? The Presidents 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 Palmers trademark medical details, and steeped in meticulous political insider knowledge, The First Patient is an unforgettable story of suspense.

Synopsis:

Gabe Singleton and Andrew Stoddard were once Naval Academy roommates. 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 Gabes Wyoming ranch, and President Stoddard announces that his personal physician has suddenly and mysteriously disappeared—and he desperately needs Gabe to take the mans place.

Now ensconced in the White House medical office, Gabe comes to a disturbing realization: The President is not fit to run the country. Worse, Gabe uncovers evidence that his friends illness may not be due to natural causes. Who could have administered such a blow? And why? The Presidents life is at stake, the safety of the world is in jeopardy, and its up to Gabe to find the answers while time is running out…

 

About the Author

Michael Palmer, M.D., is the author of eleven novels of medical suspense, all international bestsellers. In addition to his writing, Palmer is an associate director of the Massachusetts Medical Society Physician Health Services, devoted to helping physicians troubled by mental illness, physical illness, behavioral issues, and chemical dependency, including alcoholism. In what spare time he has, Palmer is a weight lifter and avid tournament bridge player. He lives in eastern Massachusetts, where he is best known for his two eccentric cats and three terrific sons.

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judithkaye, February 25, 2008 (view all comments by judithkaye)

THE FIRST PATIENT should come with a warning label, because it grabs you and refuses to let go. If you’re familiar with Michael Palmer’s unique writing voice, then you already know to clear time for this fast-paced medical thriller.

In his latest book, Palmer takes the most complicated of topics, nanotechnology, and weaves it in to a modern-day suspense story with live bodiless brains and an underground, secret lab. Throughout the story, the logical part of my mind was screaming this couldn’t happen in real life. All the while, the other part of me wondered if it could. The end result had me believing it’s a very real possibility.

The story opens with the President of the United States, Andrew “Drew” Stoddard, enlisting the aid of an old friend, Dr. Gabe Singleton. The President’s previous physician has disappeared and he needs someone he can trust.

Reluctantly, Gabe accepts the job. After arriving at the White House, but before settling in, he discovers the President isn’t well. For the past three months, the President has had four mysterious episodes resembling a seizure. Dr. Ferendelli had been working on the mystery when he disappeared and now Gabe is left with this responsibility. With pressure to invoke the Twenty-fifth Amendment, Gabe is in a race against time to find out what’s causing this mystery illness.

Before he can get answers, an attempt is made on his life. He’s rescued by a nurse, Alison Cromartie, who’s actually working for the Secret Service. A step closer to the truth is a step closer to danger. Uncovering the truths will also shed light on an accident that happened many years ago when Gabe and Drew were in the navel academy. It’s hard to tell who will live and who will die until the last chapter. One thing is for certain, nothing will be the same again for the President or his physician when the dust settles.



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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312343538
Author:
Palmer, Michael
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
Health
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Medical
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
Physician and patient
Subject:
Thrillers/Medical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
20080219
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.2 x 6.73 x 1.38 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This over-the-top yet endlessly entertaining thriller from bestseller Palmer (The Fifth Vial) pits a country doctor against a conspiracy to kill the president. Dr. Gabe Singleton, an old friend of President Andrew Stoddard, is brought to Washington, D.C., from Wyoming when Jim Ferendelli, Stoddard's former doctor, goes missing. Almost immediately, things fall apart as Stoddard suffers from a random episode of incoherence, and Singleton is shot at while driving in early morning D.C. traffic. Complicating matters is Alison Cromartie, a sexy nurse who captures Singleton's heart. Singleton must figure out who's behind the president's mysterious illness, investigating everyone from the Secret Service agents to the vice president. Citing specific medical and technological processes, Palmer convinces readers that his novel is logical and reasonable, even as he mixes the unlikely with the insanely hyperbolic. The roller-coaster ride of a plot builds to an undeniably shocking conclusion. Author tour. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[F]ar from Palmer's best work, it still offers mostly well constructed characters and a story that, despite its thinly realized setting, delivers some real suspense."
"Review" by , "Palmer's latest medical thriller...adds presidential politics and nanotechnology to his usual mix and comes up with a story that may not always be believable but keeps the reader turning pages anyway."
"Synopsis" by ,

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 Gabes 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 mans 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 Stoddards 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 friends condition may not be due to natural causes.

Who? Why? And how? The Presidents 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 Palmers trademark medical details, and steeped in meticulous political insider knowledge, The First Patient is an unforgettable story of suspense.

"Synopsis" by ,

Gabe Singleton and Andrew Stoddard were once Naval Academy roommates. 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 Gabes Wyoming ranch, and President Stoddard announces that his personal physician has suddenly and mysteriously disappeared—and he desperately needs Gabe to take the mans place.

Now ensconced in the White House medical office, Gabe comes to a disturbing realization: The President is not fit to run the country. Worse, Gabe uncovers evidence that his friends illness may not be due to natural causes. Who could have administered such a blow? And why? The Presidents life is at stake, the safety of the world is in jeopardy, and its up to Gabe to find the answers while time is running out…

 

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