I just read an advance readers' edition of The Last Surgeon by Michael Palmer. This is a medical thriller that is a real page turner. I must admit that I usually don't read books that might keep me awake at night. I am not into horror, killing, torture, gruesome or psychotic. It just isn't my thing. I see enough of that kind of thing on the nightly news so I don't need to read about a mass murderer for entertainment.
I connected with the author of this book, Michael Palmer, on Twitter. He asked if I would like to read and review his new book. I decided to give it a go and I am glad I did. I soon learned that The Last Surgeon is the fifteenth thriller that Mr. Palmer has written.
Dr. Nick Garrity has been battling severe PTSD since his field hospital in Afghanistan was blown up by a suicide terrorist, killing nearly everyone inside. Nick is saved by his best friend, Sgt. Umberto Vasquez, and only the two of them survive. This incident is especially heartbreaking because Captain Garrity's fiance, Dr. Sarah Berman, was killed in the violent explosion and there was nothing Nick could do to save her.
Back in the states, Nick drives a mobile medical van around Baltimore and Washington D.C. caring for vets and homeless people on the streets. He is on a mission to find Umberto Vasquez, who disappeared four years ago. He is determined to find his old friend.
Jillian Coates is a young nurse who is also on a mission. Everyone told Jillian that her sister's death was a suicide, but she doesn't believe it. She is determined to find the monster who forced her sister to write a note and then take an overdose of sleeping pills.
Jillian and Nick soon learn that they are looking for the same killer. Together, they overcome tremendous adversity on their quest for justice.
It was really hard to put this book down. The only reason I would stop reading is because there was just too much SUSPENSE for me to handle. The book was well written and I was very impressed with the fact that the author did not use profanity to emphasize the violence in the story. The book was very realistic and the details were so exact that only a medical doctor could have written it. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to step out of their comfort zone. Excellent reading.
Click here to read the Prologue (PDF file).
This book will be officially released on February 16, 2010. You can pre-order a copy of this book on the Michael Palmer site.
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