A Passion for Political Intrigue – A review of “The President’s Doctor” by David Shobin

POLITICAL INTRIGUE – A review of “The President’s Doctor” by David Shobin

A good thriller pulls you in and holds you in a state of suspense from beginning to end, which is precisely what “The President’s Doctor” does. Some readers have complained about a slow start but author David Shobin did the necessary heavy lifting by laying the groundwork for a plot packed wit h intrigue, action and adventure.
 
Admiral Jon Townsend and President Bob Meredith have a history that stretches back thirty years to when they were Marines in Vietnam. Jon was a green twenty year old medical Corpsman who always felt he had failed Bob, who was his Lieutenant. Jon regrets his lack of action, or cowardice as some call it, and it haunts him still. But Meredith has never agreed with that assessment and their lasting friendship is a testament to his respect for Jon. As the President’s physician, Jon is a frequent visitor at the White House so it is pure dumb luck that he is attending a State dinner and he  saves the President from choking. That incident sets into motion a series of events that snowballs into an international plot with devastating effects that have Jon running for his life. He can’t outrun his past so he has to find out why he’s being targeted and who wants him dead.

Shobin has crafted a riveting political thriller that touches on some hot button issues of today e.g., fetal stem cell research, the ultra-conservative movement, and Arab and Muslim perceptions for starters. The plot is packed with twists and turns enough to cause whiplash and behind-the-scenes machinations to satisfy the hungriest of appetites. If you’re yearning for some down and dirty political intrigue this one has it in spades.

With all the well deserved praise for the author’s work I am disappointed that the copy editor appears to have been sleeping on the job. The abundant typos detract from the author’s work and are an unnecessary distraction for the reader. With so many books being self-published today I’m not sure who bears final responsibility for publication but unfortunately the author pays the price in terms of a diminished rating. I’m sorry to say that what could have been a five star rating is only four stars.

Shobin has crafted a riveting political thriller that touches on some hot button issues of today e.g., fetal stem cell research, the ultra-conservative movement, and Arab and Muslim perceptions for starters. The plot is packed with twists and turns enough to cause whiplash and behind-the-scenes machinations to satisfy the hungriest of appetites. If you’re yearning for some down and dirty political intrigue this one has it in spades.

With all the well deserved praise for the author’s work I am disappointed that the copy editor appears to have been sleeping on the job. The abundant typos detract from the author’s work and are an unnecessary distraction for the reader. With so many books being self-published today I’m not sure who bears final responsibility for publication but unfortunately the author pays the price in terms of a diminished rating. I’m sorry to say that what could have been a five star rating is only four stars.

Political Intrigue

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