By Michael Palmer
He big apple instances bestselling writer and grasp of suspense grants one other novel on the crossroads of politics and medication during this shocker of a thriller
On the evening of the kingdom of the Union tackle, President James Allaire expects to provide the speech of his profession. yet not anyone anticipates the terrifying flip of occasions that forces him to quarantine each person within the Capitol development. A terrorist staff calling itself "Genesis" has unleashed WRX3883, a perilous, hugely contagious virus, into the construction. not anyone absolutely is aware the lethal impression of the germ aside from the staff accountable for its development—a crew headed through Allaire, himself. the one one that could possibly assistance is virologist Griffin Rhodes, at the moment in solitary confinement in a greatest safety federal felony for alleged terrorist acts, together with the tried robbery of WRX3883 from the lab the place he labored. Rhodes has no concept why he has been arrested, but if Allaire deals to loose him in trade for his support struggling with the virus, he reluctantly consents to do what he can to aid the govt that has imprisoned him with no obvious cause.
Meanwhile, each individual in line for presidential succession is trapped contained in the Capitol—every individual other than one: the Director of fatherland defense, who's competently at domestic in Minnesota, having been chosen because the "Designated Survivor" for this occasion. With enemies either named and unnamed ultimate in, and the safety of the kingdom at stake, Griff needs to get to the bottom of the mysteries of WRX3883 with out violating his pledge as a scientist to take advantage of no animal trying out in his experiments...and time is operating out.
Tense, exciting, and completely believable, A Heartbeat Away will make you mirror, ask yourself, and be actually afraid.
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A Heartbeat Away by Michael Palmer