A Heartbeat Away
Author: Michael Palmer
Of this novel, a Goodreads reviewer wrote, “I’ll start with a confession: I literally had trouble putting this book down once I started.” Hmmmm.
Three-minutes into this “read,” my disbelief could no longer be suspended. How, I asked, could a lonely power station attendant not realize there are two intruders until a Bowie knife pokes his neck? Listen to the audio book opening. Hear what I mean.
I could accept that terrorists might infect the State of the Union crowd with a highly-contagious virus. But, how did the villains get all of those explosive vials into all of those VIP briefcases and purses?
This best-selling author did infuse his novel with “human interest.” As for “a semblance of truth,” I learned a valuable lesson. Should I ever write a book like this, I’ll use the James Bond model. I’ll not only present the arch villain’s plan early on, but show why the FBI and Homeland Security (or MI5) weren’t on the bad guys’ trail, even though their shutting off power from New York City to Albany and blowing up an important institution should have started major investigations months before the State of The Union.