- Mass Market Paperback: 498 pages
- Publisher: St Martins Pr; Reprint edition (30 December 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 031293775X
- ISBN-13: 978-0312937751
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 3.3 x 19.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 318 g
- Customer Reviews: 78 customer ratings
The First Patient Mass Market Paperback – 30 December 2008
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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 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 Gabe's Wyoming ranch, and President Stoddard announces that his personal physician has suddenly and mysteriously disappearedand he desperately needs Gabe to take the man's place.
"Endlessly entertaining the roller-coaster ride of a plot builds to an undeniably shocking conclusion." Publishers Weekly
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 friend's illness may not be due to natural causes. Who could have administered such a blow? And why? The President's life is at stake, the safety of the world is in jeopardy, and it's up to Gabe to find the answers while time is running out
About the Author
Michael Palmer (1942-2013) wrote internationally bestselling novels of medical suspense, including The First Patient, The Second Opinion, The Last Surgeon, A Heartbeat Away, Oath of Office and Political Suicide. His book Extreme Measures was adapted into a movie starring Hugh Grant and Gene Hackman. His books have been translated into thirty-five languages. Palmer earned his bachelor's degree at Wesleyan University, and he attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University. He trained in internal medicine at Boston City and Massachusetts General Hospitals. He spent twenty years as a full-time practitioner of internal and emergency medicine. In addition to his writing, Palmer was 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. He lived in eastern Massachusetts.
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have read all Michaels previous books and this is my favorite so far.
Ich weiß jetzt, was "POTUS" und was "FLOTUS" heisst (President of the United States bzw. First Lady of the United States).
Das ist eigentlich das einzige Erwähneswerte an "The First Patient".
Michael Palmer schrieb schon sehr gute, kritische, intelligente Medical Thrillers, aber dass Bill Clinton sich auf dem Cover wohlwollend über diesen Krimi äußerte, hilft dem ganzen auch nicht.
"The First Patient" ist einfach nur grottenschlecht. Warum? Die Geschichte ist absolut hanebüchen. Der President, sein Doktor, die Secret Service Leute, alle benehmen sich absolut unprofessionell. Es werden lächerliche Entscheidungen getroffen, es wimmelt von Snipern, bösen Secret Service Leuten, undurchsichtigen Politikern und unsympatischen Militärs. Der Präsident war natürlich ein Kriegsheld (was denn sonst) und ist außerdem der neue Messias, Heilsbringer, der so gut ist, dass man einfach alles für seine Rettung tut.
Die Geschichte hangelt sich von einem sinnlosen Dialog zur nächsten sinnlosen Verfolgungsjagd. Keine Logik, kein roter Faden.
Dazu absolut glorifizierende, pathetisch-patriotische Aussagen auf jeder Seite, z.B.: "The most powerful manin the solar system" oder auch "most influential, potent person on earth" - so geht es auf jeder Seite....
Das Buch ist so groß gedruckt, daß es bei normaler Schrift 100 Seiten weniger hätte - dazu ist die Geschichte absolut aufgebläht - anstatt knapp 500 Seiten hätten 250 auch gereicht.
Fazit: Keine nachvollziehbare, logische Story, sondern ein hanebüchener Plot mit Knallchargen, der aber sicher auch noch verfilmt wird (vielleicht mit Tom Cruise als Präsident?). Nicht empfehlenswert. Schade um die Zeit und ums Geld.
Dr. Gabe Singleton has been called to Washington to be the personal physician to President Andrew Stoddard, an old Annapolis roommate. What he doesn't know is that the president may be going insane and that the previous presidential physician has disappeared.
The second hook involves nanotechnology, a science that uses atoms as building blocks to do such things as target cancers. Palmer adroitly works this new science into the plot, and there's a character, Lily Sexton, who's up for the new science and technology cabinet position which will try to regulate a science that may be overflowing its bounds.
Of course, there's also a love story. A nurse, Alison Cromartie, who's really an undercover secret service agent assigned to Singleton's office to find out if the rumors about the president's mental instability are true. Gabe and Alison immediately fall for each other, although he knows she hasn't been completely honest with him and the president's blood work is missing.
Michael Palmer provides all kinds of suspects including the vice president who makes no bones about the fact that he wants Stoddard's job. He even goes so far as to explain the 25th Amendment to Gabe. As Singleton tries to figure out what's going on with the president, Allison pursues a creepy secret service agent who has a secret life.
The author is associate director of the Massachusetts Medical Society Physician Health Services that works with physicians who have wellness issues, so he really has the inside track. This is a real page-turner, right up until the end when Palmer plays a little fast and loose with the ending. For instance, would invite someone to your ranch who had tried to kill you, no matter what his motivation was?