Protocol

Protocol

by Kathleen Valenti

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BN ID: 2940157429003
Publisher: Henery Press
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Series: Maggie O'Malley Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 276
Sales rank: 777,946
File size: 395 KB

About the Author

When Kathleen Valenti isn’t writing page-turning mysteries that combine humor and suspense, she works as a nationally award-winning advertising copywriter. Protocol is her debut novel and the first of the Maggie O’Malley mystery series. Kathleen lives in Oregon with her family where she pretends to enjoy running.

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PROTOCOL 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
bookwomen37 23 hours ago
I enjoyed reading this book. Maggie has a new to her phone and a new job at a big pharmaceutical company. While out with friends she receives a reminder for an appointment she did not make with a person she does not know. When that person is killed she wonders about the connection and the previous owner of the phone. When it happens again and again and involves people at her new job she she sets out to solve the mystery with her best friend, Constantine. Trying to solve the mystery causes problems at work as she begins to uncover the secrets the company is hiding. I liked the mystery. There are lots of twists and turns and the solution made sense. Constantine is a fun character and provides comic relief. The ending was good but it was a little rushed. It was a page turner and kept me reading until the end. I am looking for word to reading the next book in the series. Enjoy
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Protocol by Kathleen Valenti is the first book in A Maggie O’Malley Mystery series. Maggie O’Malley has just started her new job as a clinical research associate at Rxcellance. Maggie is enjoying drinks with co-workers after her first day at work when she reminder for a meeting on her phone. However, Maggie did not schedule the meeting nor does she recognize the woman. As she is leaving the bar, Maggie glances at the television and sees a report about a hit and run accident involving the same woman. Maggie checks it off to a coincidence until it happens again. Maggie contacts Gus who purchased the phone for her. They start looking into the victims and find a connection back to Rxcellance. Maggie and Gus dig into the case and they soon catch the attention of the killer. Can Maggie find the necessary proof to put the culprit away before she becomes the next victim? When I read the blurb for Protocol, I was intrigued. It sounds like a great medical suspense novel. However, the final product was disappointing (for me). The story lacks suspense or scare factor. I wanted to be drawn into the story and riveted until the very last page. Instead, I found myself bored and skimming to get to the end (to see if I correctly identified the perpetrators). I think, though, that some readers will be surprised when some of twists are revealed. For the most part, the book is easy to read and has a good pace. There are technical sections relating to medical research (medical conditions, chemistry, drug interactions) that slow down the pace (some of it is a little too technical for laypeople). The writing is unpolished. I wish the editor had given the book another going over and tightened it up. The book is too long and the author left some dangling threads at the end. My rating for Protocol is 2 out of 5 stars (I was not a fan). The big problem was the main character—Maggie O’Malley. She bumbles, stumbles, overreacts, loses items, breaks things and blushes her way through the book. I am surprised that she has not started an epidemic (by dropping something deadly in the lab). Maggie “trusts” a man that she has only been out with twice more than Gus she has known since childhood. She barely knows him, but Maggie is willing to risk her life for him. Most of the characters were not fully developed and the plot seems implausible (which I can overlook if the rest of the book was captivating—which it was not). I do want to warn readers that Protocol contains foul language and gory crime scenes.
mymissdaisy More than 1 year ago
If your a fan of a good clean suspense/thriller you might want to check out Protocol. I was interested from page 1. I felt I was on a good 'ole fast paced ride. The plot was intriguing and twisty turny like any good thriller. A story line that is filled a bunch of crime and many people who die at the hands of the villain(s). You'll find more than 1 villain. Mainly because in typical bad guy style the 'real bad guy' recruits and doesn't let anyone go. Don't do his bidding as he expects and your out 'dead out'. There is no stalling as they realize people are getting too close to the scheme. Including offing a reporter, a citizen working with the homeless, an employee. I kind of lost track. Our main character Maggie ends up running for her life once she begins to figure out the plot. There was a bit of the movie thriller where everywhere the victim turns some one is running behind them with a chain saw or other weapon of destruction. There are alot of random characters; Maggie's co-workers that tha are involved in the plot. Normally I am intrigued and interested in the main characters and the sub characters. I can't say that anyone just jumped out at me. The only character that I really liked was the co-worker Maggie had a fleeting interest in who turned out to be one of the bad guys. Maggie was helped and saved by her best friend she call's Gus who actually is the one that got her into all the trouble in the first place by buying a used phone. Which I thought was a little strange. These days who buys a used phone? The main reason I wasn't drawn in to Gus (I actually wondered why there ended up being a little sizzle at the end leading to a romance in the next installment) Gus carries a hamster around with him in the pocket of his jacket. Although the plot line wasn't creepy or graphic Gus and his hampster Valentine were just that. Creepy. All in all Protocol was a good fast paced thriller. You'll be on the edge of your seat while your wondering who is behind all the mayhem. I received a complimentary copy from Great Escapes Tours
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
This is quite a thrilling story about pharmaceutical "evil." Sadly, it is quite believable. A phone that delivers messages about people who are about to die, be murdered. Odd things at her new job. A really creepy son of the owner! A BFF who is obviously (to me, at least) more. So many people you can't be sure about. And her father and his failing restaurant. Goodness!
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts This is one of those stories that sucks you right in and holds on tight. Maggie O’Malley has landed a dream job as a pharmaceutical researcher. She wants to save lives and work on a team that could cure cancer or any of the other diseases the world faces. Her first day starts off well until she receives an alert on her cell phone about a meeting she didn’t set up with a person she doesn’t know. She later learns the person was killed at the time she was supposed to meet them. The alerts keep coming and people keep dying. The friend who gave her the phone tries to help her find out why she is receiving the messages but what they find puts them both in danger. As if Big Pharma isn’t scary enough this book turns it inside out. Full of twists and turns our protagonist, Maggie O’Malley, has no idea who she can trust. Excited about her job and the fine salary she is thrilled to be able to subsidize her father’s business keeping him from filing bankruptcy. When the messages keep coming and her job starts to fall apart her close friend, Constantine tries to help. Neither one knew the enormity of the situation. We also see that Gus (Constantine) has feelings for Maggie that are more than just friendship. If they live to the end of this maybe he will share those feelings. The plot is full of drama and suspense. As the book continues we see the PROTOCOL appears to be murder but how is it connected to Maggie and her job at Rxcellance. The pages keep flying at an extreme pace to an ending that totally caught me by off-guard, surprised, and chilled to the bone. I read this book all in one sitting. It was absolutely impossible to put down. It will be a long time before I will look at a cell phone alert and not think of this about this story. Kathleen Valenti has written an excellent suspense novel combining greed and medicine and the lengths people will go to for that almighty dollar. I am shocked this is her debut effort in the mystery realm. She hit it out of the park! Just one question Ms. Valenti, where in the Midwest is Rxcellance? Hopefully not in my home state of Wisconsin……
ArizonaJo More than 1 year ago
Protocol by Kathleen Valenti is a mystery with a lot of information concerning the pharmaceutical industry. Maggi O'Malley is a young woman who has landed her first job in her chosen field with a top pharmaceutical company. She's excited to begin her job and trying to be more open to new people in her life. She was a strong young woman who is very close to her Dad and Aunt. Her best friend since grade school, Constantine, is very likable and was there for her very step of the way. Together they dig for information that will clear Maggi from suspicion as she seems to be drug into murder and dubious pharmaceutical ethics. Maggi and Constantine make a strong team as they work together and I was pleased to see that they might have more. A steadily paced plot with characters that are developing nicely so that readers get to know them and enough red herrings and twists to keep a reader turning the pages. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Henery Press via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy having your heart in your throat, white knuckles, holding your breath, this is a book for you. What an imagination this author has, a phone wiped clean and resold, and then, oh my, unbelievable, but yes this is just one of the horrors that wait, and thus you are going to be page turning. You become Maggie a young, talented, recent graduate, and walk with her as she begins her job, that seems to be a lifeline for her Dad. We never expect all that is about to happen, and why and who, and then when the answers start to come, you cringe even more. There is a bit of romance here, but lots of grief, and we want it to end, but is there a light at the end of the tunnel? Fast paced and get ready to plunge right in, you won’t be disappointed and it doesn’t take very many page for your heat to start pounding. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Henery Press, and was not required to give a positive review.