The Last Surgeon tests the wits of a former army surgeon who suffers from PTSD against a ruthless killer for hirer. Dr. Nick Garrity started as a trauma surgeon who has his own practice until September 11th 2001. After this he feels it is his patriotic duty to serve and so joins the army. Serving in Afghanistan he is exposed to a suicide bomber who kills several of his friends. After getting out of the army he suffers from the nightmares produced by his PTSD. Now he serves as the doctor on the Helping Hands Medical Clinic, a mobile clinic for the homeless and otherwise destitute in Washington D.C. and Baltimore. All during this service to the homeless he is on the lookout and searching for his best friend from the military, Umberto Vasquez, who hasn’t been seen since he was picked for a top secret mission for the military. Along his travels Dr. Garrity Meets Jillian Coates who is trying to find the people responsible for her sisters murder. Jillian is the only one that believes her sister did not commit suicide, and asks for Dr. Garrity’s help after he is unwittingly tied to her sister. Now the two of them team up to find out who is committing these murders and search for Umberto. In their quest for answers they cross paths with Franz Koller, The highly paid assassin and master of the “non-kill” as he refers to it. He is methodically killing those who are attached to a botched operation years ago. He is a master of murder and all his kills are ruled as suicides by the authorities, but Jillian and Nick don’t believe they were accidents or suicides. As Nick’s and Jillian’s search for the truth continues their like and respect for each other grows and a budding romance begins. Can they find the answers they are looking for and stop the killer before he strikes again, or will they become the next victims themselves? Will Dr. Nick Garrity become The Last Surgeon?
John Bedford Lloyd is an actor who career started at Williams College as a pre-med student. He switched his major after a friend convinced him to take part in a school play. He went on the attend Yale and graduated from the school’s prestigious school of drama. He has several movies such as “The Abyss” and “The Bourne Supremacy.” He has also had many supporting roles and TV series such as “Law and Order” and “All My Children.” He has since supplemented his actor as a successful reader of audio books. I must say that he has done a wonderful job in The Last Surgeon. He did a fantastic job with each of the characters and his amazing voice just does that much more to pull you into the book. He keeps the excitement of the book going throughout. His performance of The Last Surgeon was absolutely stellar. I hope to get more books read by Mr. Lloyd. He definitely gets 5 stars and a thumbs up for his reading of Michael Palmer’s The Last Surgeon.
I absolutely loved this book. I have listened to several of Michael Palmer’s books and physically read one myself. He is an amazing story teller and the more books he writes the better everything gets. The Last Surgeon is an absolute joy to listen to. It is full of excitement and suspense that is pretty much a constant in Michael Palmer’s writing. You will want to do nothing but put cd after cd in and keep listening until you finish the book. The Last Surgeon is a very quick eleven hours or so of listening, but it will make that boring trip much more exciting. I would very highly recommend this book. It does have adult language and a relatively non-descriptive romantic scene. This is definitely a book for older more mature adolescents and adults, but an amazing adventurous listen for those who listen to it. Michael Palmer has done it again with another five star book! Go get this The Last Surgeon from your favorite book store or possibly your local library and prepare yourself for an exciting ride. Just be forewarned that if you get it from the library be prepared for the discs to skip as that was the only problem with mine.
You can listen to an excerpt here.
Title: The Last Surgeon
Author: Michael Palmer
Read by: John Bedford Lloyd
Format: Unabridged audio book on 10 cd’s
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Release Date: Feb. 2010
Available for purchase: Amazon, Macmillian