The President of the United States is about to make the yearly State of the Union speech when a deadly virus is released inside the Capitol building. As over 700 people struggle to survive, the President can only think of one man who might help him, a man who is in solitary confinement in a maximum security prison, sent there by the President himself.
A Heartbeat Away starts with a bang and doesn’t slow down until the end. The medical science is kept to a minimum, as the focus stays on the characters and their actions. Each character from the President down are all believable, enjoyable to read and interesting enough to keep your attention during the slower parts of the book.
Viruses are very complex and writing about them can be a challenge to keep the information in layman’s terms but Michael Palmer does a very good job of it. The plot if fairly straight forward with a couple of deviations from the straight and narrow, which keeps the reader wondering how all the loose ends are going to be tied up. Tied up they are in a nice little bundle that should satisfy any reader.
A Heartbeat Away is a very entertaining book and Michael Palmer is an author that I will read more of.