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Another one of Michael Palmer's semi-medical thrillers about the U.S. President's personal physician who becomes embroiled in a sinister plot that has lead to the disappearance of his predecessor. Palmer does not write as good a medical thriller as Robin Cook, nor as good a political thriller as David Baldacci, but does a passable job. The plot would make a great "made-for-TV" cable movie. The characters are not very engaging but who cares as long as the chase is on. The narrator, Phil Gigante, is one of my favorites. He does his novels in different voices so they tend to come across like a radio play rather than a narrative. I particularly like his European accents in the Dan Silva novels. His southern accents are a little too strong for my taste, but it is always clear who is speaking. I bought this one on the one-penny per minute sale and it was worth every cent if you want a good listen for the beach or the plane.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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.
10 of 14 people found this review helpful
Stunning book and very well read. One of the best.
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Is there anything you would change about this book?
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
A little less obvious. There was no doubt as to the "baddie".
Have you listened to any of Phil Gigante’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Not sure voice is familiar. Not bad at all as a narrator.Very clear.
Could you see The First Patient being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?
Possibly - sort of thng I can see as a film with Martin Sheen as the dad.
Any additional comments?
I will try other books by this author despite finding it very predictable. I read, listen to hundreds of suspense/mystery books and really there are only so many stories to be told. Others might find it less obvious.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful