A Heartbeat Away by Michael Palmer

By Michael Palmer

He big apple instances bestselling writer and grasp of suspense promises 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 handle, President James Allaire expects to provide the speech of his profession. yet nobody anticipates the terrifying flip of occasions that forces him to quarantine every body within the Capitol construction. A terrorist staff calling itself "Genesis" has unleashed WRX3883, a perilous, hugely contagious virus, into the construction. nobody absolutely is aware the lethal impact of the germ aside from the workforce liable for its development—a crew headed through Allaire, himself. the one person who may be able to assistance is virologist Griffin Rhodes, at the moment in solitary confinement in a greatest protection federal felony for alleged terrorist acts, together with the tried robbery of WRX3883 from the lab the place he labored. Rhodes has no notion why he has been arrested, but if Allaire bargains to unfastened him in alternate for his aid battling the virus, he reluctantly concurs 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 appropriately 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 country at stake, Griff needs to resolve the mysteries of WRX3883 with no violating his pledge as a scientist to exploit no animal trying out in his experiments...and time is working out.

Tense, exciting, and fully believable, A Heartbeat Away will make you replicate, ask yourself, and be actually afraid.

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Er war einfach überreizt aufgrund der Ereignisse der letzten paar Wochen in dem verschlafenen Städtchen Grizzly Falls. Sonst nichts. Und trotzdem nagte die Sorge in seinen Eingeweiden und rief ihm ins Gedächtnis, dass alles, was in seinem Leben gut war, zu verschwinden pflegte, und dass Pescoli mit ihrem sexy Körper das Beste war, was ihm seit langer, langer Zeit passiert war … wahrscheinlich seit Santa Lucia … Seine Gedanken verdüsterten sich, als er sich die letzte Frau in Erinnerung rief, die sein Leben verändert hatte, und er verdrängte ihr schönes Bild.

Mit der einen Hand klammerte sie sich ans Steuer, mit der anderen hielt sie immer noch ihre Pistole umfasst. Die Welt drehte sich um sie, ihre Zähne schlugen aufeinander. Vor ihrem geistigen Auge sah sie die Opfer des Mörders. Momentaufnahmen in schneller Abfolge, von nackten Frauen, tot, mit bläulicher Haut, Eis und Schnee im Haar, so fest an Baumstämme gebunden, dass die Haut verfärbt und aufgesprungen und Blut geflossen war, bevor es gefror. Bamm! Der Kühler barst beim Aufprall, der Ruck ging Pescoli durch sämtliche Knochen.

Von wegen »Fröhliche Weihnachten« und »Friede den Menschen, die guten Willens sind«. Das galt nicht für Lucky. Hatte noch nie gegolten. All diese Plattitüden, doch um der Kinder willen Frieden zu halten und die Gefühle zu beherrschen, waren vergessen. Er durfte ihr nicht die Kinder wegnehmen, niemals. Sicher, sie machte häufig Überstunden im Büro des Sheriffs von Pinewood County, und in letzter Zeit war die Abteilung dank des Winterwetters mit großflächigen Stromausfällen, Straßensperrungen und Glatteis im gesamten Bezirk völlig überlastet gewesen.

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