The First Patient

  • by Michael Palmer
  • Narrated by Phil Gigante
  • 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 25th 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.


What the Critics Say

"[An] over-the-top yet endlessly entertaining thriller....The roller-coaster ride of a plot builds to an undeniably shocking conclusion." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Keep Your Political Views to Yourself

If you want to read a political treatise on how great the liberal political view is in this country select a book on politics not a mystery that pushes that view in your face. I have been able to read other books by Palmer,although his political leanings are obvious,because his emphasis has always been on medical issues. This time it seems his primary issue is on left leaning politics. If you dislike Ronald Reagan, are a proponent of big government and think socialized medicine is great -- then this is your book otherwise select a real novel.
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- Donald Lopes


This novel should be recommended for English learners. The author says what he is going to say, says it then sums it up by saying it. First time that I've written a negative review.
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- Gail Kelleher

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-29-2008
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio