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A perfectly mixed smorgasbord of thriller plots. Incorporating medical, historical and legal suspense; Primordial is a triple threat.

I can’t believe I am opening this review like this but it’s hard to pin-point what should be praised first. David Sobel has created a medical thriller that surpassed all my expectations. With no stones unturned and only one (very trivial) question unanswered, there was nothing to disappoint and nothing to bemoan. 

As far as main characters go, Jonas is a wonderful protagonist. Sobel cleverly gave him depth through his family ties but didn’t let that dilute his edge and capability to track a serial killer; it’s hard to not root for him. On reflection, Early is a more compelling character and I would love to know more about the downtrodden, hilarious urologist who mirrors the ‘everyman’ in all of us. And finally, the wickedly smart Rachel who – unlike female leads in some thrillers – wasn’t just a slab of meat to admire, but a force to be reckoned with. 

Sobel has a few narrative tricks up his sleeve as not only is the plot rooted in both medical and legal knowhow, but also historical. What more could you want? It’s a perfectly mixed smorgasbord of thriller plots, a plethora of suspense and accurate detail. In short; a triple threat. 

I admit the medical/historical split in the plot made me wary of skimming over boring pages and back to my preferred arc (like Game of Thrones), but you can colour me wrong because it works beautifully. While either side of the story divide holds different energy, one force feeds the other, and they slowly bleed into one. This technique pushes you deeper into the twisted rabbit hole that is Primordial

I don’t want to say this is a “page turner” or that “I couldn’t put it down”, if anything the pages turned themselves and this book glued itself to my palms. It demanded to be read and all I could do was oblige. Sobel wrote in his notes that many people encouraged him to continue writing this book and I would like to personally thank them for doing so. I hope beyond all hope he continues to pen grisly thrillers. This is a must read.

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I am a practicing urologist who specializes in sexual medicine in Denver, Colorado. Prior to becoming a physician, I was a corporate lawyer with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in NYC. I have love medical thrillers that stay true to science as they push the boundaries of fiction. view profile

Published on December 09, 2020

70000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

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