I happened to pick this audiobook up on a whim, pretty much because of the synopsis, as I was searching the shelves for my next commute listen. I’m a huge fan of Robin Cook, having read everything he’s written so another medical thriller seemed right up my alley.
I wasn’t wrong. Take a gander at the synopsis…
When Dr. Lou Welcome fills in last minute for his boss at a national conference in Atlanta he brings along his best friend, Cap Duncan. But an accident turns tragic when Cap injures his leg while running. Surgeons manage to save the leg, but the open wound is the perfect breeding ground for a deadly microbial invader committed to eating Cap alive from the inside out. Meanwhile, hundreds of miles away, a teenaged girl is fighting for her life against the same bacteria. The germ is resistant to any known antibiotic and the government scientist tasked with finding a cure has been kidnapped. Turning to the Centers for Disease Control for help, Lou Welcome uncovers a link to a shadowy group known as One Hundred Neighbors that has infiltrated our society and is using our health institutions as hostages. Like the deadly germs they can unleash, One Hundred Neighbors will stop at nothing to further their agenda. From the hospital corridors where anything you touch can mean your end, to the top corridors of power in this race against time, Lou must stop an epidemic, save his best friend, and face even his own most terrifying demons.
Who wouldn’t find that intriguing? Well I guess many wouldn’t, but I did and hoped that Palmer could deliver on the synopsis.
I wasn’t disappointed in the least. The plot moved quickly and each twist and turn made perfect sense as it was happening and after it was over. I didn’t find it formulaic in the least and was pleasantly surprised to find myself making guesses as to what might be coming up next – in some cases I was right and in others, I was wrong… so, so wrong but still engaged in the story as it unfolded.
I found myself caring about certain characters, wanting only good things to happen to them but conversely hating those characters that were creating the problems — but I think that’s a good indication of a great story.
If you’re looking for a top notch medical conspiracy thriller, I’d suggest picking this one up.
Rating: 5 out of 5