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BOOK REVIEW: THE FIRST PATIENT
BY MICHAEL PALMER

We hope you enjoy this book review by Caryn St. Clair.

What if the President of the United States was slowly going insane? Worse, what if enemies of the state were causing it to happen? This is the basic premise in Palmer's newest medical thriller, The First Patient. The author gives readers much to think about by raising all sorts of questions about when and by whom the 25th Amendment is invoked.

Gabe Singleton and Drew Stoddard have been friends since Annapolis. They've shared many things over the years including a tragic accident that left a woman and her unborn child dead. As a result, Gabe's Naval career was over before it began, he spent time in prison and then went home to Montana to practice medicine. Drew became the President of the United States.

Now Drew needs Gabe to come to Washington and serve as his private physician. It wasn't long before Gabe knew why Drew needed someone outside the Washington loop for the position. Within 24 hours of arriving in Washington, Gabe is summoned to the White House's private quarters to treat the President for what appears to be a mental breakdown. Gabe soon learns this is the fourth such episode the President has suffered.

There are some surprising twists as well many other questions for the reader to puzzle over besides whether the President is actually going insane or not. The doctor who served as Drew's physician before Gabe has disappeared. Did he go on his own or was he kidnapped? As is often the case, some characters have personal agendas or are not quite who they claim to be. The fast paced tempo of The First Patient will have readers staying up late into the night to finish this thriller for sure.

REVIEWED BY CARYN ST. CLAIR

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