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Avg. Rating: 4.31
Another fine, suspenseful Palmer / innovative surgical plot
We have enjoyed all of Palmer's previous medical thrillers, and quickly got hooked on this recent one featuring micro-robotic neurosurgery as a not too impossible current/future development in medicine. After a noted nuerosurgeon gets bumped off in the prologue, we are introduced to Boston doctors Jessie Copeland and her boss, Carl Gilbride, who are perfecting a tiny robot that has been engineered to perform brain surgery on malignant tumors. When a mysterious foreign criminal, Claude Malloche, needs such surgery, he soon takes hostage the entire hospital, and to an extent, the city of Boston, so that the surgeons will be forced to use this experimental technique to save his life. Can these docs and Alex Bishop, an FBI type whose brother was killed by Malloche, save the day, the hospital, and the city?
To us, Palmer can take a plausible premise and extend it into a suspenseful story with aplomb. His characters are well drawn and his plots are just reasonable enough to avoid the far-fetched bin. Even if the ending is a bit predictable, it's fun getting there. We highly recommend this author and this entertaining story.
A Thrilling Thriller
While a bit far-fetched, this medical thriller was enough to put this reader on the edge of her seat many times. The plot took many twists and turns, from wondering who REALLY was the bad guy to wondering how the good guys were ever going to solve the mystery and get out alive. The ending was a bit predictable-which makes me think that I have read too many books like this.
Alex Bishop, a CIA agent operating on his own, wants to settle a personal score with Claude Malloche, an international terrorist/murderer who is a master of disguise but who also has an inoperable brain tumor. Dr.Jessie Copeland is in the final stages of perfecting the use of a miniscule robot that will change brain surgery forever and allow formerly inoperable tumors to be excised.
To ensure Jessie's co-operation and to force her to use the untested robot to remove his tumor, Malloche literally holds all of Boston hostage, threatening patients in the hospital and the entire city with the release of a deadly toxin into the air.
Of course, in light of what happened here on September 11th, the threats in this book, seemed mild in comparison. Nevertheless, physician-writer Palmer manages to imbue his stories with enough legitimate medical lore to make them fairly believable.
A Medical Thriller...
Michael Palmer is an M.D. that also happens to be a very good writter of suspense stories. And this is one of them. With the daily advances in medical research, the procedures in this book are not far off.
But even more important. This book is a fun and fast read. you will be turning the pages to see what happens next. If you like suspense, read it.
This medical thriller has a good plot that will keep you guessing. You will following the quest of an CIA agent who is after a villanius killer with single minded determination of a pit bull. And at the same time this killer is trying to find the best neurosurgen to remove a head turmor he knows has developed. The story really becomes engrossing as the killer choses his Doctor....
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