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4.0 out of 5 stars Still, A Dandy Medical/Scientific Thriller
"Oath of Office," a medical/political thriller comes to us as the seventeenth novel from the pen of Michael Palmer, New York Times bestselling author of A Heartbeat Away and The Last Surgeon. It's a standalone novel of suspense. I have not been previously familiar with the American author's work, so I don't know if he has any series going, but he doesn't appear to:...
Published on 12 April 2012 by Stephanie De Pue

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Really good start, enjoyed first 3/4 and thankfully there was not the typical dark basement scene! Still a good read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still, A Dandy Medical/Scientific Thriller, 12 April 2012
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Stephanie De Pue (Wilmington, NC USA) - See all my reviews
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"Oath of Office," a medical/political thriller comes to us as the seventeenth novel from the pen of Michael Palmer, New York Times bestselling author of A Heartbeat Away and The Last Surgeon. It's a standalone novel of suspense. I have not been previously familiar with the American author's work, so I don't know if he has any series going, but he doesn't appear to: looks like all his books are standalones. The book jacket also reports that all the writer's works have been international bestsellers.

OATH, which is set in the suburban Washington D.C. area, opens as respected physician Dr. John Meacham goes on a shooting spree in his office, killing his business partner, his staff, two patients, and himself. The blame for this falls on Dr. Lou Welcome, a physician who had previously had problems with drink and drugs, but had managed to conquer them, and had become an officer of the Medical Society Physician Health Services so that he could help other doctors with problems similar to his. Welcome had previously worked with Meacham, counseling the physician after his medical license had been revoked for drug addiction. Welcome had thought Meacham an excellent doctor who had also conquered his problem; accordingly, Welcome had fought hard for Meacham's license to be restored. Welcome is as stunned as anyone else by this development, but as he is suspended from his physician health services work because of his apparent error in judgment, he begins looking into the case. It will deal with genetically modified food, and will appear to lead to the White House.

The New England based Palmer is an associate director of the Massachusetts Medical Society Physician Health Services that is devoted to helping doctors dealing with mental or physical illness, behavioral issues or chemical dependencies.

Palmer is a good, terse writer: the book's character development, dialog, narrative and descriptive writing were all fine. The plot was challenging; I really enjoyed its medical/scientific aspects, and was interested in learning about genetically modified food and the help that is available for doctors in trouble. On the other hand, I didn't much care for a romantic subplot, nor the aspects of the plot that dealt with alleged misdeeds among the American capital's high and mighty, a greatly overused plot device these days. Also thought the publisher had better tighten up its copyediting: the famous American expedition was led by Lewis and Clark, not Louis and Clark. Still, I'd recommend OATH as a dandy medical/scientific thriller.
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4.0 out of 5 stars FOOD FOR THOUGHT, 24 Mar. 2013
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Whether you call Michael Palmer's OATH OF OFFICE a suspense thriller or a medical mystery doesn't matter much. Just know that this book is an intelligent look at what science has come up with when it comes to genetically engineered or chemically altered foods and the lack of oversight of these operations. It would seem that if one has enough money and greases the right palms anything is possible.

Hooked from the first page by the "doctor gone mad" scene, I found myself thoroughly engrossed in the books premise and began to wonder exactly what the effect of scientific engineering on those bigger and supposedly better fruits and veggies that we consume on a daily basis might also have on our genetic make-up. Could the reason for the mass murders that took place at Virginia Tech, Newton, Connecticut, and Aurora, Colorado in the U.S. as well as the multiple murders committed in other countries like Scotland, Ireland, England, etc. be as simple as "it was something he ate"? In many cases there was no apparent motive for the mass killings and the perpetrator ended up committing suicide so the question of motive remains largely unanswered. The theory that a chemical alteration in the person's biology drove them to commit a crime seems just as plausible an assumption as "it was because he had access to a gun".

With the actions of several characters, from hospital staff members to the sheriff to several townsfolk becoming more and more bizarre you will find yourself quickly turning the pages in order to ascertain just what new discoveries our protagonist, Dr. Lou Welcome, has come up with and how they will impact his life and the lives of those he cares about.

Also interesting was the discovery that the Physicians Wellness office described in the book is in fact based on actual programs that help doctors recovering from various forms of addiction to re-assimilate into the medical community. (Can I get a list of those doctors before I make my next appointment?)

The secondary plot line concerning the friend of the President's wife who was framed in a sex scandal appears to be there primarily to bring a touch of romance into the tale. In general, this is a cracking good read and Michael Palmer has once again proven that not only does he write an absorbing story he is also able to present medical subject matter in a clear and concise way that adds to the story rather than placing the reader in a catatonic state.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, 23 July 2014
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Pretty good read. However, I did find the idea of crossing flesh eating termites with maize to increase crop yields a bit far fetched. Nobody seemed worried about the escape of these termites! This could have been a horror story on its own.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Goog read, 16 Jan. 2015
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Really good start, enjoyed first 3/4 and thankfully there was not the typical dark basement scene! Still a good read
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5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining, 29 Jan. 2013
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very entertaining a good light listen which i enjoyed I will look for others by the author and a great price
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