By Michael Palmer
He big apple occasions bestselling writer and grasp of suspense promises 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 deal with, President James Allaire expects to offer the speech of his profession. yet nobody anticipates the terrifying flip of occasions that forces him to quarantine all people within the Capitol construction. A terrorist workforce calling itself "Genesis" has unleashed WRX3883, a dangerous, hugely contagious virus, into the development. nobody totally understands the lethal influence of the germ with the exception of the group liable for its development—a workforce headed through Allaire, himself. the one one that may be able to assistance is virologist Griffin Rhodes, at the moment in solitary confinement in a greatest safeguard 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 support fighting 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 native land safety, who's thoroughly at domestic in Minnesota, having been chosen because the "Designated Survivor" for this occasion. With enemies either named and unnamed remaining in, and the protection of the kingdom 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 operating out.
Tense, exciting, and fully believable, A Heartbeat Away will make you replicate, ask yourself, and be really afraid.
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It was his way of acknowledging that I knew what he was up to, meaning it was useless for him to keep at it, and that he would now get to the point. ‘‘Fukuoka was too small,’’ he said. ‘‘Sapporo, too remote. Nagoya was too close to Tokyo. Hiroshima was possible because the atmosphere is good, but I thought the Kansai region more likely because it’s less distant from Tokyo, to which I guessed you might want to maintain some proximity. That meant Kyoto, possibly Kobe. ’’ ‘‘Because . ’’ He shrugged.
Have a seat,’’ I said, motioning to the bar stool to my left. ’’ ‘‘Suit yourself,’’ I said. ’’ He smiled, knowing I was ribbing him, and ordered an herb salad with tofu and mozzarella and a plain orange juice. Harry’s never been a drinker. ’’ I asked him while we waited for the food to arrive. An SDR, or surveillance detection run, is a route designed to flush a follower or team of followers out into the open where they can be seen. I’d taught the subject to Harry and he’d proven himself an able student.
He knows better, but can’t help himself. It’s one of the things I’ve always liked about him. ‘‘I thought you wanted me to retire,’’ I said. ‘‘From your relationship with Yamaoto and his organization, yes. But I thought we might then have the 26 B ARRY E ISLER opportunity to work together. ’’ He was talking about his never-ending battle with Japanese corruption, behind much of which was his nemesis Yamaoto Toshi, politician and puppet master, the man who had suborned Holtzer, who for a time had been my unseen employer as well.
A Heartbeat Away by Michael Palmer