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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2011

    An OK Read!

    This book was OK - it wasn't fast paced, edge of your seat - but was OK. A good one time read. --K--

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  • Posted March 8, 2009

    Palmer delievers another medical thriller.

    Why would anyone want to kill Dr Palmer opens Petros Sperelakis is lying in a bed, in his own hospital, in a deep coma. He's been the victim of a hit and run. After all, he is a world-renowned diagnostician and the man who created the stellar Sperelakis Center for Diagnostic Medicine at Boston's Beaumont Clinic. Dr. Sperelakis is the father of four grown children: Dmitri, the oldest, twins Selene and Marcos, and his youngest, Thea. All, except Dmitri are well-known doctors and despite family dysfunctions they understand that they may soon have to decide what to do about their father's future. Readers are told right at the beginning of the story: Dmitri and Thea each have a form of Asperger's Syndrome . a mysterious form of autism, that with help can often be "controlled." Unfortunately for Dmitri his father refused to get him any help or to have him diagnosed. Thea is the other sibling with the syndrome. But she benefited from her mother's insistance she get the proper treatment. With the help of her therapist & she became a physician too. But she chose to join Doctors Without Borders and take her brilliance to the Congo, far away from the pressures of daily stresses in the formal medical community.

    Fans of Palmer's many medical thrillers will be ready for the number of sub-plots and the winding labyrinth they lead readers through. THE SECOND OPINION certainly has its share. But at the forefront is Thea and her uncanny ability to see things in black and white. No gray exists in her view of life or the world. Her years of therapy have helped her to learn how to focus her thoughts and her photographic memory allows her to key into everything she has ever learned or read.
    But it is the "other one," .who has recreated the attack on their father and to his eye the hit and run was no accident. It couldn't be. When he shows Thea his 3-dimensional computer representation she too sees that her father was a target. The suspense is high and the tension gripping. REVIEWER BARBARA LIPKIEN GERSHENBAUM

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  • Posted March 6, 2009

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    Call me old-fashioned, but I like to read the whole book before reviewing it. Having enjoyed to some extent Palmer's previous book, The First Patient, I am seeing a pattern where he stars off with a great plot and then proceeds to ludicrous efforts to keep the plot going. That's not to say there is nothing entertaining, it's to say that he could do so much better.

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