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Oath of Office [Hardcover]

Michael Palmer
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Book Description

Feb. 14 2012

Michael Palmer, the New York Times bestselling author of A Heartbeat Away and The Last Surgeon brings us a shocking new thriller at the crossroads of politics and medicine. 

What if a well respected doctor inexplicably goes on a murderous rampage?

When Dr. John Meacham goes on a shooting spree the office, his business partner, staff, and two patients are killed in the bloodbath.  Then Meacham turns the gun on himself.

The blame falls on Dr. Lou Welcome.  Welcome worked with Meacham years before as a counselor after John's medical license had been revoked for drug addiction.  Lou knew that John was an excellent doctor and deserved to be practicing medicine and fought hard for his license to be restored.  After hearing the news of the violent outburst, Lou is in shock like everyone else, but mostly he's incredulous.  And when he begins to look into it further, the terrifying evidence he finds takes him down a path to an unspeakable conspiracy that seems to lead directly to the White House and those in the highest positions of power. 

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Praise for Michael Palmer’s OATH OF OFFICE

“This is Palmer at his most terrifying, most plausible and, worst of all, most realistic.” —RT Book Reviews (4.5 stars)

“Suspenseful…Palmer’s easy mix of science and individual courage should please his many fans.”—Publishers Weekly

“Compelling.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Oath of Office captures the modern pulse…An engaging novel that touches on some of the fears readers may have about big business, politics, and the food supply. Difficult to put down.”—Technorati

“A darn good read.”—Examiner.com

More praise for the books of bestselling author Michael Palmer

"The twists fly in A Heartbeat Away and the results create a terrifying scenario...Palmer has a mastery of the medical science involved in such an elaborate conspiracy, plus the intricacies of presidential succession."--Associated Press on A Heartbeat Away

“When it comes to inventive plots for medical thrillers nobody does it better than Michael Palmer…  This premise is explosive and compelling and grabs the readers from the very first page.”--The Huffington Post on A Heartbeat Away

"Fans of Michael Palmer will love the Boston-based doctor/crime writer's latest thriller...Prepare to burn some serious midnight oil."--The Boston Herald on The Last Surgeon

"The novel is not merely a thriller but also an exploration of its central character's unique gifts and her determination to communicate with hercomatose father despite overwhelming odds. Another winner from a consistently fine writer."--Booklist on The Second Opinion

"The First Patient is an exciting thriller that is full of surprises and captures the intense atmosphere of the White House, how the medical system works, and how the 25th Amendment could be brought into play. I thoroughly enjoyed it."--Bill Clinton on The First Patient

"This latest should please Palmer's fans and all those who enjoy their suspense mixed with medical characters and settings."--Library Journal on The Last Surgeon

"A heart-pounding medical thriller."--The Boston Globe on The Second Opinion

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

From the Back Cover

To protect. To defend. To obey? This heart-stopping thriller from New York Times bestselling author Michael Palmer will have you questioning everything you know about those entrusted with our lives.

In a suburb of Washington, DC, Dr. John Meacham goes on a shooting spree in his office, killing his associate, staff, and two patients before killing himself.

—Associated Press

On a quiet country road, a housewife finds herself compelled to drive recklessly, nearly killing herself and her passenger.

“If MEDICAL THRILLS are what you’re after, PALMER DELIVERS.”

In a quaint restaurant, a kitchen worker wields his knife, unable to stop himself from almost severing his hand.


What is the connection? How can Dr. Lou Welcome clear his friend Meacham’s name? And what is the unspeakable conspiracy that leads all the way to the White House? --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Oath of Office March 31 2012
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Thoroughly enjoyed this one ! Easy read, not to many names to remember and great plot. I've read all of Michael Palmer's books, can't wait till the next one. Thank you Michael Palmer !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars July 11 2014
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4.0 out of 5 stars Oath of Office; Michael Palmer May 24 2014
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Slow start but gained momentum and became more interesting when the President, his wife and family became involved.
Gave you a feeling for the President's busy life, activity in the White House and presidential security.
The cause of the predicament, maybe a tad to inventive, but it ties the story together, and the ending is realistic. Violence is well described. I enjoyed the book and the included detail.
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3.0 out of 5 stars book review May 16 2014
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weak unimaginative ending..waytoo predictable...like too many Am. writers they use too much descriptive fluff to pad their writng really nothing memorable
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent May 10 2014
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Great reading. Lots of twists and turns. Each page turning awaits new and different results. Looking forward for another story from our writer.
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