Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Resistant by Michael Palmer

by:  Michael Palmer
published by:  St. Martin's Press
publish date:  May 20, 2014

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. 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.

This was Michael Palmer's last book before his untimely death last year.  It was the 3rd book in he Lou Welcome series.  I like Michael Palmer's books and I was saddened by his death.  I haven't been a really big fan of the character Lou Welcome though.  He seems to be kind of unrealistic.  I can suspend disbelief for the sake of a novel, but the capabilities of Dr. Lou Welcome are fantasy land material, especially in this book.   In Resistant Welcome, an ER doctor, started battling rogue FBI agents and terrorists.  Because, you know, any fit ER doctor could pull something like that off.  It was getting a little crazy up in here.  The medicine part of the book was really fascinating though, that part was interesting.   Overall, I was a little disappointed in this last book by a favorite author, but it won't ruin things forever.  I'm hoping they'll find some other books he had going and maybe get those released.

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