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A Heartbeat Away by Michael Palmer
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Feb 12, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction
Read from February 13 to 28, 2011

Heartbeat Away was the perfect book for a listen this past week while on vacation. Robert Petkoff, the narrator does an excellent job of providing the voice to Michael Palmer's latest fast paced thriller and keeping me engaged throughout. Heartbeat Away hits the ground running and doesn't let up. The opening explanation of the order of presidential succession beginning with the Vice President and going 17 more steps until the last, The Secretary of Homeland Security is reached. You've heard the story before, one of a terrorist group wreaking havoc on the US with a deadly virus, but there's enough plot here to keep you reading. I loved the opening scene as Dr. Jim Allaire, The President of the United States steps up to the podium to deliver what should be his career making State of The Union Address to the American people. As he begins, little poof sounds are heard throughout the chamber and a lethal white powder is dispersed throughout. The chambers are shut down and sealed immediately as the president realizes the severity of the situation. The importance of the doomsday survivor, that person who is appointed by the president to be away when all others are in jeopardy, becomes quite apparent.

Michael Palmer is a longtime, doctor writing fiction, favorite of mine. He is a master of medical suspense and this one certainly kept my heart beating!

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Robin I like this author, too, although I've gotten waaay behind on reading his books. I am anxious, though, to read his son's (Daniel Palmer) book,Delirious.

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