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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling author and master of suspense delivers another novel at the crossroads of politics and medicine in this shocker of a thriller.
On the night of the State of the Union address, President James Allaire expects to give the speech of his career. But no one anticipates the terrifying turn of events that forces him to quarantine everyone in the Capitol building. A terrorist group calling itself “Genesis” has unleashed WRX3883, a deadly, highly contagious virus, into the building. No one fully knows the deadly effect of the germ, except for the team responsible for its development—a team headed by Allaire, himself.
The only one who might be able to help is virologist Griffin Rhodes, currently in solitary confinement in a maximum security federal prison for alleged terrorist acts, including the attempted theft of WRX3883 from the lab where he worked. Rhodes has no idea why he has been arrested, but when Allaire offers to free him in exchange for his help combating the virus, he reluctantly agrees to do what he can to support the government that has imprisoned him without apparent cause.
Meanwhile, every single person in line for presidential succession is trapped inside the Capitol—every person except one: the Director of Homeland Security, who is safely at home in Minnesota, having been selected as the “Designated Survivor” for this event. With enemies both named and unnamed closing in, and the security of the nation at stake, Griff must unravel the mysteries of WRX3883 without violating his pledge as a scientist to use no animal testing in his experiments…and time is running out.
Tense, thrilling, and entirely plausible, A Heartbeat Away will make you reflect, wonder, and be truly afraid.
©2011 Michael Palmer (P)2010 Macmillan Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By nancy on 03-01-11


As a critical care RN, I can see this being an easy reality. Americans need to realize how easily this could happen anywhere and anytime. As a work of fiction -- excellant

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sherry on 04-08-12

Well worth the cost and time. Great Story.

If you could sum up A Heartbeat Away in three words, what would they be?

Entertaining, interesting, and exciting.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Heartbeat Away?

When they discovered the living person from the research trials. It gave hope and continued excitement to the story.

What about Robert Petkoff’s performance did you like?

He was clear, consistent, and showed emotion / excitement without over doing it.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Scientific thriller that could actually happen anytime and anywhere in our present world.

Any additional comments?

Great story line and plenty of excitement.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By Nowak on 07-08-14

Heart skips a bit... and never stops

What did you like most about A Heartbeat Away?

Story is really compicated and absorbing. Michael Palmer creates interesting and expressive characters and they all have their own hidden agenda. But at the and every plot is nicely straighten out and there is nothing left unfinnished.

What other book might you compare A Heartbeat Away to, and why?

I would compare it to another Michale Palmer book Extreme Measures becouse it has same kind of confusion.

Which character – as performed by Robert Petkoff – was your favourite?

Yes he does. He creates coplicated story there is a lot of plots so if you don't listen carefuly you may get confused sometimes. But with time acction is accelerating but you have to be patient becouse you need about three hours of listening to really get into it.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Nothing I actually really enjoyed it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lars on 02-02-13

Michael Palmer does it again

I am a huge Michael Palmer fan, the king of medical thrillers , so I very pleased to see AudibleUK has now got some more of his books.

Although I'm not at all a big fan of political books, I loved this one. As typical with all michael Palmer , it is a fast paced suspence novel that keeps you guessing throughout.

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