71-year-old grandmother who has been an avid reader all my life. I have recently retired from being a litigation attorney (for Plaintiffs).
Many books have a very obvious bad guy - not so with this one. The deadly virus is rampant and it is hard to tell who can be trusted. Even the President's actions are suspect. More than one time, I guessed wrong on who the culprit was. I also was not really sure there could ever be a satisfactory resolution, but I was wrong. The story flows beautifully with just enough suspense to keep you intrigued and a great resolution in the end. I highly recommend.
Great book . Very enjoyable reading. I was excited to see how the story ends but sad too see the book come to the end!!! If you enjoy good suspense you will like this one
I'm a huge Palmer fan, but this is not worth the read. Too unbelievable and too corny. Read one of his others if you have a choice.
One of the things I really dislike about political/techno thrillers is when I can predict the outcome from just reading the first few chapters. "A Heartbeat..." follows the formula so closely that I found myself begging my iPod -- "please! don't do it -- do something else!" And then the characters would do what I expected them to do -- and their predictable actions did not even make sense.
Michael Palmer has done better in the past -- this time however, he phoned it in.
Like the other reviewer, I too wish I hadn't wasted a credit on this book.