By Michael Palmer
He ny instances bestselling writer and grasp of suspense can provide one other novel on the crossroads of politics and drugs during this shocker of a thriller
On the evening of the nation of the Union tackle, President James Allaire expects to provide the speech of his occupation. yet nobody anticipates the terrifying flip of occasions that forces him to quarantine all people within the Capitol development. A terrorist workforce calling itself "Genesis" has unleashed WRX3883, a dangerous, hugely contagious virus, into the construction. not anyone absolutely is familiar with the lethal influence of the germ with the exception of the workforce answerable for its development—a crew headed through Allaire, himself. the single person who could possibly assistance is virologist Griffin Rhodes, presently in solitary confinement in a greatest safety federal criminal for alleged terrorist acts, together with the tried robbery of WRX3883 from the lab the place he labored. Rhodes has no proposal why he has been arrested, but if Allaire deals to unfastened him in trade for his support fighting the virus, he reluctantly is of the same opinion to do what he can to help the govt that has imprisoned him with out 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 adequately at domestic in Minnesota, having been chosen because the "Designated Survivor" for this occasion. With enemies either named and unnamed last in, and the safety of the state 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 checking out in his experiments...and time is operating out.
Tense, exciting, and fully believable, A Heartbeat Away will make you replicate, ask yourself, and be really afraid.
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Allen asked. He stood at the gas barbecue on the rental house’s back porch. Moths ﬂuttered around the porch light. Over his navy blue ﬁsherman’s sweater and khakis Allen wore a Hail to the Chef apron they found hanging on a hook in the pantry. He was a tall, ruggedly handsome thirty-eight-year-old. Susan had fallen in love with his thick, wavy salt-and-pepper hair and pale green eyes. He had a scar on his left cheek that looked like a dimple, so it appeared as if Allen were smiling even when he wasn’t.
Say good-bye, Mattie,” she repeated. ” he called, waving at the stranger with his free hand. The man stood up, but didn’t leave the table. “Hey, listen, I’m sorry. I was just . ” Susan kept walking, pulling Mattie along. But she realized they couldn’t make a clean getaway. They had a long drive ahead, and Mattie would need to use the restroom. She bypassed the glass door exit and headed toward the alcove where there was a wooden highchair along with several orange plastic booster seats in a stack.
In so many ways, it was. She felt lucky to work at home with the part-time consulting-nurse job. Walt was a great dad, very doting. He was an engineer for Boeing, and every afternoon, when he returned home from work, he’d look after Michael so she could have a run, go to the store, or just steal some alone time. Susan remembered many an afternoon, handing the screaming baby to Walt before he even made it through the front door. Walt. If someone had ever told her she’d end up marrying a man who was follicularly challenged, she would have told them they were crazy.
A Heartbeat Away by Michael Palmer