Strobl has the medical background to write about the terrorist plot in this novel with believability, and he makes us care about the characters. I enjoyed how the relationship between Stevens and LaFontaine, who first met in the previous book, develops.
However, I could see how some might think these two are "too perfect" or the situation is "too convenient. And that is OKAY by me. I enjoy reading for escapism and fun, and that is just what this book is. I like reading about heroes and good people, and I want the good guys to win.
Yes, I like John Wayne movies too. I like the characters and the situations and settings the author puts them in. I'm looking forward to the next book, and wish I didn't have to wait. That is the problem with cliffhangers.
Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Fritz Strobl, M.D. writes with over 30 years' expertise as a Greek Flu (Dr. Jack Stevens) - Kindle edition by Fritz Strobl. Greek Flu [Fritz Strobl] on uzotoqadoh.tk *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Book 2 in the "Dr. Jack Stevens Novels, " the explosive sequel to the political and .
It is also why I would recommend reading these Jack Stevens novels in order. While you could still enjoy this book without having read "Presidential Migraines," I think it is better if you read that book first, it will make this book more enjoyable. Ron Johnson rated it really liked it Feb 09, Kimberlie marked it as to-read Jul 15, Gayle marked it as to-read Jan 02, Frederick Rotzien marked it as to-read Aug 26, Micielle marked it as to-read Aug 26, Reader marked it as to-read Aug 26, John marked it as to-read Aug 26, Sue marked it as to-read Aug 26, Gordon Bingham marked it as to-read Aug 26, Sabrina marked it as to-read Aug 26, Dawn Obrien marked it as to-read Aug 26, Emily marked it as to-read Aug 26, Kathy marked it as to-read Aug 26, Marcia marked it as to-read Aug 26, Jamie marked it as to-read Aug 26, Eileen marked it as to-read Aug 26, Doreen Miller marked it as to-read Aug 26, Sharon Good marked it as to-read Aug 26, Cheryl Bradley marked it as to-read Aug 26, Kat added it Aug 26, Carla marked it as to-read Aug 26, Erin marked it as to-read Aug 26, Paul marked it as to-read Aug 26, Mckernan marked it as to-read Aug 26, Pam marked it as to-read Aug 26, Andrew marked it as to-read Aug 26, Sandy marked it as to-read Aug 26, A novel set in a neoliberal dystopia.
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Read reviews that mention presidential migraines fritz strobl jack stevens medical thriller details involved political doctor suspense copy detail enjoyable given interest intrigue neurologist professional. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This was a very gripping read! The scenario is terrifying, the events are almost believable, and I found the characters highly sympathetic.
I deeply appreciated how the author did not allow Dr. Stevens to become romantically involved with his patient. I was a little bothered by the sudden inclusions of the author's conservative political viewpoints at random points during the story--more so than by the lengthy descriptions of neurology. I do think that this novel would greatly benefit from a professional editing job to take out some of the unnecessary technical details, tangents, and unclear or rambling writing.
Overall, an excellent first novel. With some editing, it could be a best-seller.
Enabled Similar books to Presidential Migraines Dr. Paul marked it as to-read Aug 26, Do you believe that this item violates a copyright? Gordon Bingham marked it as to-read Aug 26, Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. It is well paced and holds your interest from start to finish.
It's perfect timing for this chilling plot. One person found this helpful. Interesting story line although to much technical information. A terrific new author has arrived on the literary scene. Intrigue and suspense, what could be better. I eagerly await Dr. I got this book as an advanced reviewer copy signed by the author. It had many good points and some interesting occurences. A group of researchers complete a project for an Iranian benefactor and then are all blown up. Jack Stevens the author's recurring character who is a neurologist gets involved in the intrigue when he starts noticing some similarities among patients regarding migraines.
His investigation get him involved with international plots and killers. Jack is obviously the author's alter-ego but unlike Robin Cook's Jack Stapleton character, he is just not that interesting the author could improve his writing style by reading a few of the Stapleton books. One character who could have been interesting is a doctor who got through medical school ony because of his ability to memorize information.
He really had no interest in medicine and only did it for monetary gain and really has no intelligence for using what he learned in practice. He instead starts up a clandestine prescription drug exchange. He is then blackmailed by one of the bad guys to help him out or face exposure.
There are things that happen such as meetings with chairman that I had to re-read several times and still did not really understand what was going on or who was involved. The author should be more concious of what the reader is being told and should provide enough information to not confuse the reader. I did notice in the author's biography, that he is the inventor of Snorestop strips and in the book there is a reference to the product. While this is a very intriguing, and suspenseful novel, Presidential Migraines falls short on the development of the characters, and for me, this is the most important part of a novel.
It's as if Fritz Strobl has gone to the Danielle Steele school of writing, great plotting, lots of interesting details allowing the reader to learn from an expert, and flawless execution overall, yet I didn't feel much for the characters. There was so much to like about the novel, but the author needs to give his characters some flaws, and make a few of them fatal. Readers can't identify with perfection. The two leads, Dr.
Stevens, and Dana LaFontaine, are so bright and shiny with goodness and perfection, that they're hard to see. It's the shadows we carry that allow people to see us as we truly are, and these two characters don't have a single flaw between them. Or The Bone Collector, for a truly flawed male lead he's a quadriplegic. The same goes for the bad guys who are seriously thin, though a tad more interesting than the protagonists. Back the plot; a presidential election is coming up and a young, charismatic senator of Chinese descent, suddenly takes the lead.
Is he as all-American as he seems? Or something far more sinister? The whole novel could have been written from the candidate's point of view which would have brought the reader more into the novel and ratcheted up the suspense to a painful degree. The author is a neurologist and he certainly knows his subject, though the detail kept bogging me down. I have not been to medical school, but after this novel, I feel as though I might be able to pass a test or two.
Maybe a few less facts, and more details given as to what dark pain motivates the characters, especially the presidential candidate, and this novel might have held my interest better. There are so many places to go when you have a background like Strobl. I'm sure he'll refine his writing as he goes along, since it's such minor tweaking that would put him over the top.
One more thing, the name Jack Stevens is so pedestrian, especially considering the author has such a cool name. One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. See all 17 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published on August 7, Published on June 5, Published on March 4,