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By Michael Palmer

He long island occasions bestselling writer and grasp of suspense gives you 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 deal with, President James Allaire expects to provide the speech of his occupation. yet not anyone anticipates the terrifying flip of occasions that forces him to quarantine each person within the Capitol construction. A terrorist crew calling itself "Genesis" has unleashed WRX3883, a perilous, hugely contagious virus, into the development. nobody absolutely understands the lethal impact of the germ apart from the crew chargeable for its development—a staff headed by way of Allaire, himself. the one one that 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 inspiration why he has been arrested, but if Allaire deals to unfastened him in alternate for his aid battling the virus, he reluctantly is of the same opinion 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 safeguard, who's effectively at domestic in Minnesota, having been chosen because the "Designated Survivor" for this occasion. With enemies either named and unnamed ultimate in, and the protection of the kingdom at stake, Griff needs to get to the bottom of the mysteries of WRX3883 with out violating his pledge as a scientist to exploit no animal checking out in his experiments...and time is working out.

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

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Sympathisch. Mir wurde immer klarer, daß ich eine schwierige Aufgabe vor mir hatte. »Wie ich Ihnen schon sagte«, erklärte Stephanie, »Dr. Delaware 35 ist Spezialist für Angstzustände bei Kindern. Wenn jemand Cas-sie helfen kann, mit dem Krankenhaus fertig zu werden, dann er. « Sie sah besorgt aus. »Ausgezeichnet«, sagte Stephanie, »dann werde ich jetzt gehen. « »Nein, im Moment nicht, Dr. Eves. Ich dachte nur . . « »Noch nicht, Cindy. Das gestrige EEG war vollkommen nor­ mal. Doch, wie wir schon besprochen haben, bei Kindern dieses Alters heißt das nicht viel.

Sie haben ihre Rechte abge­ treten. Sie sollten ursprünglich im alten Hochhaus der lutheri­ schen Klinik untergebracht werden, das vor ein paar Jahren gekauft wurde, als die Lutheraner noch schlimmere Haus­ haltsprobleme hatten als wir. Der Vorstand versprach damals allen, die bereit waren umzuziehen, phantastische Zimmer­ fluchten. Die Abteilungen, die sich dazu bereit erklärten, wurden dann übergangsweise auf Wohnwagen verteilt und ihre alten Räume an andere vergeben. Dann entdeckten sie — das heißt, Plumb entdeckte es —, daß zwar genug Geld da war, eine Anzahlung auf das Gebäude zu leisten und mit den Umbauten anzufangen, man aber versäumt hatte, genügend Mittel für die Fertigstellung und für den Unterhalt zu sichern.

Sie ist ausge­ sprochen . . ja, >einfach< ist wohl das Wort. Besonders für die Schwiegertochter eines hohen Tiers. « »Der Ohrring, sein Beruf, sein ganzes Auftreten. Er sprach davon, daß er in seiner Kindheit unter großem Druck gestan­ 56 den hätte, dadurch sei er zum Rebellen geworden. Vielleicht gehörte die Heirat mit Cindy zu dieser Rebellion. Er ist zwölf Jahre älter als sie. « »Könnte sein, ich weiß nicht. « »Nicht direkt. Ich spiele nur verschiedene Gedanken durch. Für ein Münchhausen-Profil ist es noch viel zu früh.

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