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Flawless (Nathaniel McCormick #2)

3.6  ·  Rating details ·  313 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
A former medical detective for the Centers for Disease Control, Dr. Nate McCormick had seen enough suffering to last a lifetime. Now he’s left the CDC, determined to begin a new life with his girlfriend in San Francisco…until the vicious murder of a biotech researcher—an old friend—hurtles him back into the medical world he’d left behind. While the police hunt for a killer ...more
Paperback, 576 pages
Published March 25th 2008 by Bantam (first published 2007)
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Carolyn Wallis
I like medical thrillers. I enjoy learning about medical concepts and practices. Though I thought this author was promising, I've discovered that this author is predictable and the ending scenes continue well beyond anything reasonable. The story does start off fairly intriguing and the characters are interesting then it all gets outlandish. 3 stars might be too much. I suggest you look to other places unless you want a predictable, unreasonable story with some characters that might just be lear ...more
Aug 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
I wanted to like this more. It had an awesome premise. I love science based CDC investigation type novels. I felt like the author was really repetitive and made the book a lot longer than it needed to be. Descriptions of San Francisco were neat and much appreciated. I also liked all of the science in the book. But overall, too long and too repetitive.
Nov 15, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It had been only a few months since I’d last stepped foot on the grounds of an elementary school. The occasion had been a whooping cough outbreak in a rich suburb of Atlanta where quite a few of the affluent, Internet-savvy, and misinformed parents had gotten it into their heads that vaccinations were more of a liability than a benefit. Pertussis wasn’t even my bailiwick at CDC, but I wanted to see the disease close up, so I tagged along with the investigation. Two days with wheezing, grunting,
Mar 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
It has been a few years since I read Spanogle's debut, 'Isolation Ward', so I was a little fuzzy on the history of his main character, Nate McCormick, but I don't think readers would have to read that one in order to get into this one. Spanogle vaguely references what happened, mainly just to explain why McCormick has a bit of a checkered past, and it's not terribly important to know the details for this book. I vaguely remember a couple of McCormick's friends and their personalities, which adds ...more
Kathleen Hagen
Flawless, by Joshua Spanogle. Produced by Books on Tape, read by Scott Brick, purchased through

This is a taut medical thriller. Nate McCormick has been an unconventional doctor to say the least. He has a checkered background of starting medical school, cheating on a test and being expelled, going back to medical school in Maryland, finishing and ultimately working for the CDC, and leaving that job, which he loved, of investigating viruses, due to politics. His girl friend a doctor
Feb 15, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book is amazing. I actually started at the wrong part but I thank God for that because if I didn't do that then I would have not wanted to read the book. The way the author described the way the Murphy's (Mr. McCormick's friend) body, along with his wife and kids body looked, it was very graphic. Then the way the author described how Mr. McCormick shoved a tube down Murphy's throat to make him breathe, was even more graphic. I know that was a devastating moment. Now I'm up to the p ...more
Feb 21, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: thriller readers
From Publishers Weekly
Stanford med student Spanogle's high-energy sequel to 2006's Isolation Ward shares its predecessor's virtues and, well, flaws. Smart-alecky Dr. Nathaniel McCormick, starting a new life in the San Francisco Bay Area after quitting his job at the Centers for Disease Control, stumbles on photographs of living people with hideous facial tumors. Before they can die from their disease, however, the sufferers are being horrifically murdered in an apparent effort to prevent the aut
Nov 12, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who like medical thrillers.
This book wasn't one of my favorites, but I have to admit that I really do like medical thrillers/mysteries. I've read another book by this author that featured Dr. Nate McCormick of the CDC also, and I can't say that it was one of my favorites either.

Nate leaves the CDC and moves to San Francisco to be with his girlfriend. He arrives in the Bay area and immediately proceeds to get himself involved in a murder mystery of an old school friend and his family ... actually discovers their bodies as
May 06, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I decided pretty early on in the story that I didn't much care for the protagonist. He was self-centered, non-law-abiding and had too much nasty baggage and current vices to appreciate him. And yet I wanted to find out what was really going on in this medical investigation on the origins of facial tumors in recent plastic surgery patients who all mysteriously subsequently disappeared. The plot took way too long to reach the end, but it did reward me a little with glimpses of a possibly changed m ...more
This book follows Isolation Ward. So, it basically continues on with the two main characters and goes from there. Again - I enjoyed the suspense in this story and kept me going until the end waiting to find out what happened. But, man - this author sure knows how to write some disturbing stuff. In this book there are some torture scenes that I fast-forwarded through :) - but maybe it's just me. The main character does things that I would hope no normal person with any common sense would do - but ...more
Jan 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very fast-paced medical suspense/thriller. If you like books by Robin Cook, Michael Palmer, Tess Gerritsen and the like, I think You'd like Flawless.
BUT..I must give a warning!! This book has explicit descriptions of violence. If it wasn't for the fact that the plot intrigued me (injectiable consmetic procedures gone amuck), I probably tould not have finished the book because of the explicit violence. I would have appreciated a disclaimer before diving into the book. But,'v
Jan 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any adult
Great Book. Sort of a medical mystery/thriller. Follows a guy who falls upon a secret plot that involves a major biotech pharmacutical company and a new drug that takes years off of ones face through botox like injections, but of course there is a problem and much more to the ever unfolding story. Great fiction roller coaster ride that will keep you guessing and page turning all the way until the end.
Aug 02, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009
This is a pretty good medical thriller - the second in a series, although I haven't read the first one.

I like the main character - he's smart & smart-alecky & snotty in a way that amuses me. He's fleshed out & believable. The sense of place here (San Francisco) is fairly well rendered & the plot is twisty & turny & believable. It's also timely given our fascination with plastic surgery of all kinds. This was just what it was meant to be - a good, fun vacation read.
Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I deserve five stars for having actually finished this. 17 hours are just a bit too long, especially since the whole plot seemed predictable and even though I frequently lost interest and concentration on this I don't think I actually 'missed' anything.

On the plus side, I did like the narration and thought that the reader's voice helped even more with Nate's wit and sarcasm which was the only highlight in this book for me, unfortunately.
May 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sequel to Isolation Ward, Flawless continues to follow the careers of Dr's from the CDC and local infectious disease agencies.

People begin showing up with terrible facial skin tumors. Even more alarming these people also begin to be murdered.
Following the clues, the Drs' discover an underworld of experimental drugs and treatments. And of course a huge financial incentive. Thrilling and fast paced.
Lisa Currier
At times this book was very good and at times so tedious I wanted to quit reading it. The main character was a little too self righteous. The author gives alot of medical detail that wasn't always needed. Probably won't read anything else by him. In all honesty, just a little too boring for a medical thirller.
May 24, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too many F-words. But, it makes you think about this crazy world that we live in that is so obsessed with physical beauty. Billions of dollars a year are spent on plastic surgery and the likes, according to this book. It is sad that we cannot accept ourselves as we are for the beautiful people we are.
Jul 06, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Talk about gratuitous violence! I couldn't believe how bad this got towards the end of the book. I read the first one by this guy, and I don't remember it being this bad. I had to skip parts because it was just disgusting. Lots of bad language, too. Add an obnoxious, sarcastic, self-absorbed main character, and there wasn't anything really redeeming about this book. Not a good read.
Nov 19, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-unabridged
Liked the book but really nothing jumps out at me to give it a better rating. the strange thing is even though the main character goes through a load of crap. I still wonder .. is ever going to get a job?
Sep 04, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: scientific thriller readers
Very gruesome in details, scientific terminology. The story is well told, with the twists and turns making it an interesting story. In light of the trend toward beauty in this country, it's easy to see where this story gets its title!
Dawn Leitheuser
Sep 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was a very good story. I have to admit the medical terminology was a bit trying to me, but the plot and the way it was written just sucked me right in. Such unethical behavior proves that much can go wrong quick.
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't like "Isolation Ward" very much, but I figured I would give the author a chance and read this one. I must say I only managed to read about 75 pages and I was bored and tired, because the main character is such a dumb loser and the plot was shaping out to be the same as the previous book.
Nov 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent sequel to an outstanding debut and one of my favorite books of the year so far. Looking forward to book #3 in this series.
Aug 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
What's not to like? Murder, mayhem, creepy disease, medical suspense, gangs, corruption...made pool time even better.
May 14, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The first half of the book was sooooooooooooo slow. Definitely not on-par with Michael Crichton's books, as the critics' reviews on the backcover touted.
Aug 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series-i-read, 2008
Dr Nate McCormick #2
Vibin JK
Oct 26, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hmmm meh..
Jul 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is great, I have a hard time putting it down because it really keeps me wondering.
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loving it!
Apr 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven't been able to put this book down! This author is very similar to Michael Crichton (spell?) so I'm hooked.
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