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The Fifth Vial

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Michael Palmer

Narrated By: J. Charles

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Date: February 2007

Duration: 12 hours 8 minutes

Summary:

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? Take a Deep Breath.... 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.

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  • Eranthi A

    Good book little too much of coincidences, good narration

  • Lisa Roberts

    It's a decent read. I was not impressed with the narration. It took me a while to get past the narration, and into the book itself because all I could focus on was how bad the narration was. I like a book with a medical mystery or medical suspense story line. This one has that, but is too obvious and not very realistic. Just decent. Maybe 2.5 stars out of five.

  • DON WEE

    GOOD BOOK. BUT NOT AT ALL REASONABLE FOR THE EVENTS WRITTEN! READER DID A GOOD JOB. I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS BOOK IF YOU TAKE IT WITH A GRAIN OF SALT. DON

  • Anonymous

    The narrator is not very good. He was a dull reader and I could not get interested in the story. The book is probably good. I have enjoyed all of the books by this author that I have read before.

  • Anonymous

    I really LOVED this book. Great story line, although one we hope is not true - nevertheless it kept me interested throughout and when it ended I wanted to listen to it again. The writer makes you care about the "good guy" characters and you're rooting for them all the way through the book. The reader was a little over the top - but once you get past that and get into the story line, it's not noticeable. Recommended reading.

  • Bob Stewart

    The plot reads just like any Robin Cook-type medical thriller, and just about as well-written (read: not very well-written). No surprises at all. What brought this audiobook down an notch from "average" is the production. Very overdone. The reader went way overboard with his voices, even going so far as to make the voices tinny and electronic when involved in a telephone conversation. It was like listening to a 40's radio show. Very distracting. But back to the book. Completely unbelievable story line. I also found the quote from Plato at the start of each chapter, even though the significance was eventually explained, to be very overwrought. This is ten discs of listening...I'd recommend another way to spend twelve hours.