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    Description

    Get drawn into a novel of medical suspense that begins with these chilling questions: Who ends up with the blood samples you routinely give for tests? What else are they being used for? Why don't you know?

    From Boston, a disgraced medical student travels to South America to deliver a research paper that could save her career and becomes a victim of an unspeakable crime....Thousands of miles away, a brilliant, reclusive scientist, dying from an incurable disease that threatens to make each tortured breath his last, is on the verge of perfecting a serum that could save millions of lives, and bring others inestimable wealth....In Chicago, a disillusioned private detective, on the way to his third career, is hired to determine the identity of a John Doe, killed on a Florida highway, with mysterious marks on his body.

    Three seemingly disconnected lives, surging unrelentingly toward one another. Three lives becoming irrevocably intertwined. Three lives in mounting peril, moving ever closer to the ultimate confrontation against a deadly secret society with godlike aspirations and roots in antiquity.

    Medical student. Scientist. Private eye. Three people who will learn the deeper meanings of brilliance and madness, truth and deception, trust and betrayal.

    Three lives linked forever by a single vial of blood: the fifth vial.

    ©2007 Michael Palmer (P)2007 Brilliance Audio

    Commentaires

    "A terrifying vision of the Hippocratic oath gone very wrong." ( Entertainment Weekly)
    "Palmer taps a real medical issue for storytelling thrills." ( Boston magazine)
    "A tale set at the very edge of our medical knowledge. I loved it!" (Tess Gerritsen)

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      2 out of 5 stars
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    • PSinger
    • 01/07/2008

    Cheesy

    This book seems to be only a rearrangement of some core concepts found in his other books with simple modifications. While the concept is very intriguing, the dialog is simple and the plot twists can be seen miles away. The ending is especially ridiculous, complete with warriors sacrificing their lives, good guys double-crossing and turning out to be evil, bad guys getting their comeuppance, and the heroine saving the day and all turning out wonderfully for her. More cheese than a pound of Velveeta.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 20/06/2008

    accents, oh dear

    the narrator ruined it for me. Unfortunately, the story calls for a wide variety of foreign accents, all of which are affected by the narrator as a sort of transylvanian vampire/swedish chef.

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    • Carrie
    • 30/07/2012

    one wild ride! Hang onto your seats!

    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    great narrator, thriller plot

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fifth Vial?

    Natalie's lifesaving receipt of a healthy lung at story's end

    Have you listened to any of J. Charles’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no I haven't but I will definitely do so now!

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    when Natalie almost lost her niece in the fire

    Any additional comments?

    if you're looking for a story which has many twists and turns, and lots of surprises, get The Fifth Vial! It took me awhile to like the private detective in the book; he didn't seem too inteligent! But by the time the story ended, he had my respect. J Charles was a new narrator to me, and I wasn't sure how he sounded. But, he was great! Get The Fifth Vial by Michael Palmer, you will not be sorry!

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    • Kathy I. Hinners
    • 19/02/2015

    An enigmatic, believable novel.

    This book has held my attention and has kept me on the edge of my seat. Magnificent writing, plot, narration!

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    • Beverly
    • 08/01/2011

    I realy wanted to like this book...

    In general, I love medical mystery / dramas but this one just didn't do it for me. First, it was poorly written; the author frequently would repeat words and phrases - like, "She ___ to anyone and anything," and the word "conflagration" which I can only assume the author came across in the thesaurus and fell in love with, hence the repetition. Unnecessary words are added too, which I think the author added to give it a more "medical" feel, but just had me shaking me head and chuckling sadly, like "She felt for a pulse in her carotid artery." Couldn't he have just said, "She felt for a pulse"? Second, he throws in completely un-related scenes, many of which had me thinking they had something to do with the story, so I slogged through them - only to find out that they were, in fact, pointless. What a waste of time!

    Lastly, the narrator sounds like he's suffering a terrible head cold. I kept wanting to yell at him "just clear your throat already!!" And as if all that wasn't so bad, the voices the narrator uses to distinguish one character from another are just terrible. The accents he puts on are poorly done and the woman-voices he affects are laughable.

    Terrible experience, all around. Like my review title says - I really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't.

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    • Mary Jo
    • 22/05/2010

    Reader ruinous

    The story was interesting...as far as I got. This is the worst reader ever. I do not understand how an author or Audible publishes audiobooks with such terrible readers when there is so much talent out there. Do not waste your credits. Go to the library and read this one.

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    • Lia
    • 09/09/2009

    Good listen

    A little predicable in parts but overall an enjoyable listen

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    • ace
    • 03/12/2020

    Narrator RUINS the story

    DON’T WASTE YOUR CREDIT OR TIME!!!!! I rarely write reviews. I rarely have such terrible feelings about a book to complain. I’ve already listened for about an hour and there is no way I can possibly continue. The narrator has a great speaking voice when he is not doing some horrific accent. The problem is the story is mostly dialogue and it is painful to listen to. I think the story could have an interesting plot but I will not finish it because the narrator is absolutely TERRIBLE!

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    • Dianne L Pike
    • 15/03/2019

    I really enjoyed this audio book

    Although the reviews were not so great, I was not a bit disappointed. Palmer is one of my favorite authors.

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    • S. DeJaeger
    • 06/02/2018

    What an action pack book

    This does have a surprise ending. Lot’s of twists & turns. I guess that is why I love his books so much he reveals how money can become so powerful a motivator in the medical field.