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Author: Michael Palmer Narrator: Michael Kramer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2005 ISBN: 9781415923337
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His name is ARTIE, a miracle of bio-engineering that is about to transform the field of neurosurgery. Dr. Jessie Copeland knows him better than anyone else at Eastern Mass Medical Center- and knows it's too soon to be using the tiny robot on a living patient's brain. But, Jessie's department chief is too busy to worry about such ethics. And neither of them has any idea that ARTIE will attract a patient from their worst nightmares.
Claude Malloche is a master assassin, more rumor than man, for whom murder is an art. No one can identity his face. Now Malloche has a deadly brain tumor, and he intends to have the best neurosurgeon in the world operate on it.
To ensure Jessie's cooperation, Malloche has devised a plan of intimidation that puts at risk her life and the lives of hundreds of innocent people. Neurosurgery requires nerves of steel, but in coming up with a scheme to fulfill her oath as a doctor while thwarting a diabolical killer, Jessie will be performing the most complex surgery of her career- on a knife-edge of terror. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • [A] rip-roaring page-turner. New York Post
  • The Patient might be [Palmer’s] most riveting book yet, leaving hardly enough time to take a breath. Denver Post
  • The Patient is what Die Hard movies are made of: brilliantly nasty terrorists hectoring innocent folks, with only a wisecracking lone wolf to forestall. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erika | 2/20/2014

    " Read as part of a Book Club. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vicki | 2/11/2014

    " Palmer is a good author, but use of so many medical terms so frequently in the book make it a little hard to keep your attention at times. I found myself wandering off when he hits you with a full paragraph or two of nothing but medical terms. Otherwise, not bad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brent | 2/5/2014

    " Medical thriller that kept my attention and was a quick, simple read. Main themes include robot driven neurosurgery and top tier physicians hi-jacked by a high profile criminal with an "inoperable" frontal meningioma. Dr. Palmer is my second favorite "MD" author (in the fictional realm) next to, of course, the late Dr. Crichton. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 1/29/2014

    " This was a free ebook from the library, and a popular author so I wanted to give it a try. A quick read, but often predictable. The main characters, who are selflessly heroic and brilliant against master minded assassins, got to be tedious, and I found myself just wishing for the end of the story. I enjoy the medical aspect Palmer's writing. This story is written around the setting of cutting age technology, rather than making the technology a pivotal part of the thriller. I like Palmer's writing style, and will read more of him. Hopefully his use of medicine within the story will continue to develop. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 1/15/2014

    " Outstanding book. Read it in one day! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniellefirth | 1/7/2014

    " This book starts out wildly interesting and then by the end tapers off. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/6/2014

    " Really good read. Easy to pick back up...gotta love storyline twists! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 12/8/2013

    " This was worlds better than the last Michael Palmer book I read. I actually stayed up half the night trying to finish it - it was pretty exciting and very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 11/10/2013

    " A frightening hospital mystery. Fast action. We listened audio and that was good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 11/3/2013

    " Although I could see a lot of the twists coming, this was still an excellent story. The pace was fast, and not a lot of down time in the story, which I like. The characters were easy to like, and the medical jargon was not too lofty to enjoy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kaylol | 10/19/2013

    " I found it a bit predictable and slow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Olga | 9/25/2013

    " A mix of Grey's Anatomy with 24. A really good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 9/19/2013

    " I will finish this book tonight- I can't put it down! I'm loving this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 8/2/2013

    " Better than the average novel "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 4/12/2013

    " This is a grocery store grab that holds your interest. It is about a dedicated neurosurgeon who is forced to remove a tumor from the brain of a killer. Throw in a handsome CIA agent and an ego centric boss. Quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 3/14/2013

    " I liked this book alot. There was lots of action and suspense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 2/3/2013

    " He always has great plots but the endings leave something to be desired. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marlyn | 12/16/2012

    " A page turner is an understatement. Michael Palmer certainly knows how to put together a medical thriller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 11/23/2012

    " Really liked it. Very fast moving in some places. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 10/10/2012

    " This was a pretty good book, it held my attention but something was missing for me. Perhaps the main male character Alex, he just did not warm to me at all, he seemed a bit too stiff in character and without personality. I was pleasantly surprised at who the killer turned out to be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 9/25/2012

    " I couldn't put it down -- fast-paced, fascinating story, well written -- and I learned a bit about brain surgery for cancer (not enough to do it myself, tho ). If you like murder mysteries, this one will appeal. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Irene | 7/26/2012

    " It's a page-turner that read like a movie. A quick read that got me into the groove of reading again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 6/20/2012

    " I enjoyed this book very much. It is a medical suspense/thriller. It grabbed my attention from beginning to end. "

About the Author

Michael Palmer (1942–2013) authored twenty-one novels of medical suspense, all international bestsellers, including The First Patient, The Second Opinion, and The Last Surgeon. His books have been translated into thirty-five languages. Extreme Measures was the basis for a movie starring Hugh Grant and Gene Hackman.

About the Narrator

Michael Kramer is an AudioFile Earphones Award winner, a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration, and recipient of a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award. He is also an actor and director in the Washington, DC, area, where he is active in the area’s theater scene and has appeared in productions at the Shakespeare Theatre, the Kennedy Center, and Theater J.