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A Heartbeat Away
by Michael Palmer


Overview - On the night of the State of the Union address, President Max Hilliard 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. "New York Times"-bestselling author Palmer delivers another shocker of a thriller.  Read more...

 
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Overview

On the night of the State of the Union address, President Max Hilliard 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. "New York Times"-bestselling author Palmer delivers another shocker of a thriller.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312587529
  • ISBN-10: 031258752X
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publish Date: February 2011
  • Page Count: 404

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2010-12-13
  • Reviewer: Staff

Palmer (The Last Surgeon) offers a nifty plot premise in this high-concept medical thriller, but a plethora of subplots distracts from the more interesting primary issue. As the U.S. president, James Allaire, is beginning his State of the Union address, a number of small containers of a viral agent explode and infect the more than 700 people, including every important member of the government except the director of homeland security, who have gathered in the House chamber. The Capitol must be sealed off and the infected audience held inside until a cure for the disease can be found. The plotters behind the attack, a group of domestic terrorists known as Genesis, demand, among other things, that the government abolish the Patriot Act and cease unchecked spying on ordinary Americans. Overblown prose does little to make the implausible scenario more believable. Readers with a low tolerance for the hyperbolic are advised to give this one a pass. (Feb.)

 
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