Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas and a Giveaway

Today is Christmas Day 2009. I hope everyone is having a safe, healthy and happy holiday.

In keeping with the holiday season of giving, I’d like to share some information and a giveaway concerning Michael Palmer’s 15th medical thriller, “The Last Surgeon.” The medical theme of this novel is PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) and is scheduled for publication on Feb. 16, 2010.

Here is a brief synopsis of the book:
Army trauma surgeon, Captain Nick Garrity has been battling severe PTSD since his field hospital in Afghanistan was blown up by a suicide terrorist, killing nearly everyone inside. Nick is saved by his best friend, Sgt. Umberto Vasquez, and only the two of them survive.

Back in the states, Umberto has followed his PTSD into severe alcoholism, and Nick is barely able to drive a mobile medical van, caring for vets and the homeless around Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Even worse, four years ago, Umberto vanished without a trace.

Meanwhile, psych nurse Jillian Coates is on a mission to discover who forced her younger sister Belle to write a suicide note and kill herself with an ingestion of pills. Police are certain the suicide is legitimate.

Their search, Jillian for the truth about her sister, and Nick for his friend, lead them into conflict with the brilliant, vicious contract killer Franz Koller, the master of the non-kill--murder that does not look like murder.

Meanwhile, one by one, in Washington and Chicago, Utah and Maryland, doctors and nurses are dying. The only clue connecting their deaths is a stack of comic books, found by Jillian in the back of a closet in her dead sister's apartment.

You will be turning every page of this puzzler long into the night. Pre-order “The Last Surgeon” on, or wherever on-line books are sold.

Palmer has also provided the prologue of the book. It is available online at

Readers can also find lots of great interactive content on both Palmer’s Facebook fan page and Twitter account In addition, Palmer hosts weekly Q&A's, book giveaways and other exclusive contests, so be sure not miss out.

Palmer is offering one signed copy of his book for a giveaway here on “Thoughts in Progress.” The book will be available upon publication on Feb. 16, 2010.

To enter the drawing for the giveaway, just send an e-mail  to me at with “Last Surgeon” in the subject line and include your name and address. The contest is open to residents of  the U.S. and Canada. The contest deadline will be Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010.

Palmer also has a new book trailer for "The Last Surgeon" that features the official theme song, written by Daniel James Palmer (his son) and Thaddeus Hogarth. The song is performed by The Thaddeus Hogarth Band and features Donna McElroy. The song will officially be released on Jan. 4, 2010.

To preview the trailer click on the link below.

Facebook | Michael Palmer

Hope your holiday season is going well. Check back tomorrow for a number of other giveaways and a lineup of guest bloggers coming during the next few weeks.


  1. Merry Christmas, Mason! Thanks for the great information about this terrific giveaway : ). I'll certainly mention it in my FYI next week.

  2. Merry Christmas to you Margot. Thanks to one of your previous FYI post I found this event. Any mention of Thoughs is always appreciated. Have a wonderful day.

  3. Hey thanks for the tip on the giveaway and the synopsis. I'll look forward to your guest bloggers too. Have a WONDERFUL Christmas, Mason!

    The Old Silly

  4. Thanks Old Silly. You should consider doing a guest blog for me. Have a great Christmas.


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