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Use the HTML below. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. Learn more More Like This. The Legacy of a Spy. The Wedding Party Shooting in Vain That's Not Me The Waiting City A chronicle of the life of furniture salesman turned bank robber Eddie Dodson. The Legacy of a Spy Edit Cast Cast overview, first billed only: Kevin Flack Isabel Lucas Mandy Riddick William Zappa Edwin Flack Tammy Macintosh Grace Flack Colin Friels Mayor Riddick Roy Billing Edit Storyline A young aspiring rock guitarist is forced to become the musical director of the local marching band when his father is hit by a bus just four weeks before a major competition.

The heart can be the greatest instrument of all. Edit Details Official Sites: Edit Did You Know? Add the first question. When her mom died of breast cancer when she was a teen, she went to her mom's friend who always spewed about God, where was God when the one time she prayed He didn't answer? Counselor, Phin McGarth, had no interest in women since his wife had died and he knew that God needed her more, since he laid eyes on Tori Taylor, his patient he needed to remain professional, besides she wasn't a believer.

When she said she was having memories of her heart donor, was she insane too? Harry Kraus does it again as he spins a gripping tale full of intrigue and suspense! Tori is determined to find out her donor as her nightmares torment her and she is determined to get justice for the woman who gave her life so that she would live, but threatening calls to "leave it alone" made her more determined to find justice for Dakota Jones. May 04, Dan Walsh rated it it was amazing. Don't usually read medical thrillers, but couldn't stop reading this one once I started.

Loved it, and it had a fascinating premise. Oct 28, Lisa Johnson rated it it was amazing. A Heartbeat Away Author: David C Cook Fantastic! That is the first word that came to my mind when I finished reading this book by Harry Kraus. This is a story that will capture you from the get-go and not let you go until the very last page. The storytelling is superb, and the ability to get the reader emotionally involved was masterful. There are four main characters in this contemporary medical thriller. The use of flashbacks fills in details an Title: The use of flashbacks fills in details and creates mystery and suspense.

Victoria Taylor is a something oncology surgeon. She operates on cancer patients to remove cancer with great success. She revels in the awe and adoration of her med students and patients. Her patients really like her, her med students put her on a pedestal and treat her like a god, but the nursing staff disdains her. She publically humiliates the staff whenever they make mistakes. Now the table is turned and Victoria is the patient. Her heart is dying due to a very aggressive infection and she needs a heart transplant.

She is notified of an available heart and undergoes the operation. In the recovery room, she experiences a frightening dream. Or is it a memory? As her recovery progresses, she continues to have nightmares. She comes to believe that these are actually memories from the person who gave her the new heart. Is this even possible? The memories are of a murder. Did this murder really happen? Is she going crazy? While recovering, she learns that she has been put on administrative leave due to an incident between herself and a janitor in front of several staff members.

She is required to do certain tasks or she will lose her job. One of the tasks is to undergo anger management counseling. Her counselor helps her along the way. Does she discover God along with way too? What evil does her investigation uncover? Is there a murderer out there waiting to strike again? Phin McGrath is a social worker who has agreed to counsel Tori. He listens as she shares her memories and has no doubt they are real.

He helps her with her investigation and begins to develop feelings for Tori. However, Tori is not a believer and Phin is a strong believer. He agrees to continue to help her investigate, but pulls back from their developing personal relationship. Emily Greene is shown via flashback as a pretty girl who longs for love. She falls in love with her neighbor and wants to be with him forever, but he is the son of missionary parents and they are returning to Africa soon.

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Christian Mitchell is the only son of a surgeon who is also a missionary and works in Africa. He has grown up in Africa. He has a heart of deep compassion and discernment. He is a believer and Emily says she is a believer too. Christian walks away that summer when they were 16 and never sees Emily again.

He becomes a pediatrician and works in a clinic downtown in a poor area.

He sees a patient who brings along a friend. This friend has different hair color and is dressed differently, but he could swear it is Emily. What had happened to put her in these dire circumstances? What secrets is she hiding? I definitely plan on reading more books by Harry Kraus. Incidentally, the author is also a surgeon and medical missionary who practices in East Africa. My rating is 5 stars. I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book. The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.

Other reviews can be read at http: Also follow me on Twitter lcjohnson, FaceBook at https: Feb 11, Paula Phillips rated it it was amazing. Have you ever read Cecelia Ahern's book "Thanks for the Memories" in which it discussed about a women who had gotten a blood transfusion and then she started to develop memories of the man who had given her the blood? This is a case called Transference Memories where certain people recieve parts of others bodies and with that transference comes memories of the original owner.

It is very rare but it has said to occur, how it happens or why it happens - nobody knows. In A Heartbeat Away , Harry ha Have you ever read Cecelia Ahern's book "Thanks for the Memories" in which it discussed about a women who had gotten a blood transfusion and then she started to develop memories of the man who had given her the blood?

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Tori Taylor ends up almost dying and getting a new heart - she starts to develop nightmares of sorts - the nightmares though aren't like the monster hiding under your bed or in your closet type , but are vivid - almost like they are repressed memories. How is this possible?

Tori Taylor now with the assistance of her friend Charlotte and newfound friend hospital shrink and counsellor Phin must embark on a journey to discover where her heart came from as the memories are telling Tori, that something bad was the cause of the owner's death and not just a simple electrical fire. This novel is filled with intensity , christian aspects , medical terminology , action , adventure and of course MURDER.

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If you love Medical novels and also looking towards a Christian aspect , try any one of Dr. Harry Kraus's novels and you will find yourself impressed. Aug 20, Tara rated it liked it. Sep 03, Kim rated it it was amazing Shelves: As a doctor, she is adored by her residents and hated by her nurses as she demands perfection in every aspect of critical care.

Tori begins having memories that are not her own that she believes belonged to her heart donor. She begins her own investigation into the death of the woman who gave her heart and her new lease on life. Tori not only has horrific memories but she also has become more compassionate. She can sense what others are feeling and what they need. She is curious to find out more about whose heart she received. Woven throughout the story is another story of Christian and his love for Emily.

As Tori and Phin investigate what happened, someone begins to stir up trouble for her and threaten her as she tries to investigate further into the fire that she dreams about but never personally experienced. She senses that her memories are evidence of foul play and has no idea what she is delving into. I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Dr. The medical details greatly enhanced the story and brought an authenticity to the story that I enjoyed. The characters were so believable and their development was natural.

My only critique would be that the story starts out a little slow but it was an exciting mystery that I ended up solving along with the heroine. I would definitely recommend this book and will be looking into more books by this author. The only one who might be able to help is virologist Griffin Rhodes, currently in solitary confinement in a maximum security federal prison for alleged terrorist acts, including the attempted theft of WRX from the lab where he worked.

Rhodes has no idea why he has been arrested, but when Allaire offers to free him in exchange for his help combating the virus, he reluctantly agrees to do what he can to support the government that has imprisoned him without apparent cause. Meanwhile, every single person in line for presidential succession is trapped inside the Capitol—every person except one: With enemies both named and unnamed closing in, and the security of the nation at stake, Griff must unravel the mysteries of WRX without violating his pledge as a scientist to use no animal testing in his experiments…and time is running out.

Hardcover , First Edition , pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about A Heartbeat Away , please sign up. Was there a deeper meaning to the dog at the end? I feel like I'm missing something See 1 question about A Heartbeat Away…. Lists with This Book. Mar 17, Rob rated it it was ok.

I love the old Michael Palmer, like back in the day Palmer. Unfortunately, in A Heartbeat Away , Palmer has lost his groove. Recently, I went and watched I am Number Four. I had not seen a trailer; all I knew was the premise, which sounded fascinating.

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Going in expecting great things, I was so disappointed to essentially be watching Twilight 8. Teenyboppers and aliens as far as the eye can see. A Heartbeat Away was like that. The premise is amazing. A virus is released by terrorists during t I love the old Michael Palmer, like back in the day Palmer. A virus is released by terrorists during the State of the Union.

Over people held hostage, the core of our government. There is one designated survivor. The plot is weak, the characters unbelievable. The pacing was tough to follow and at several points I had to backtrack because the scene jumped so abruptly. In the old days, Palmer's novels were quick-paced medical thrillers, themed around one person against some devious medical system. After reading A Heartbeat Away , I wish he would go back there. Feb 27, Mal Warwick rated it liked it Shelves: I literally had trouble putting this book down once I started reading it. A competent piece of work by an author of nearly two dozen similar books, but just not great.

First, I suppose, is the subject matter. A Heartbeat Away is about Presidential politics and biotechnology, both of which are topics I find irresistible. Chapters end with cliff-hanging suspense, sometimes in the middle of conversations, and elsewhere leaving you hanging while the scene shifts abruptly to the events unfolding in another tensely drawn subplot. Maybe I should feel ashamed of myself for actually reading this book from cover to cover?

Feb 20, Jerry B rated it did not like it.

We're big Palmer fans, having read his every novel. We usually totally enjoy his medical thrillers, but find a disturbing trend in his two recent books. It seems the author, almost shades of Robin Cook, has run out of stories with a plausible medical plot and somehow feels compelled to branch out into the political arena ala David Baldacci. Our biggest gripe with "Heartbeat", the title itself almost a spoiler, is that it is entirely implausible -- not merely the initial shocking development at t We're big Palmer fans, having read his every novel.

Our biggest gripe with "Heartbeat", the title itself almost a spoiler, is that it is entirely implausible -- not merely the initial shocking development at the State of the Union address, but virtually every plot turn thereafter. With people escaping secured compounds, stumbling across the one person they are searching for in a city of 10 million, etc. We don't remember short chapters ala Patterson to be Palmer's style, and to us it did nothing to sustain or create suspense; rather, it just gave us so many scene changes we found ourselves reading two or three pages, then setting the book aside for another time.

When it takes us three weeks to read one of our favorite writer's efforts, that time frame tells the whole story. As much as we hate to say it, and we may well be in the minority, we find this to be his worst book to date; and one we found thoroughly unenjoyable. We gave up Robin Cook when he went over and stayed over the top -- we surely hope Palmer's next gets back to what made him great.

Mar 06, Tanya rated it it was ok Shelves: A Heartbeat Away was one of Palmer's weaker contributions to the genre; I couldn't help but wonder if he threw the last third together to meet a looming deadline. While the premise of the story was fascinating, the execution left much to be desired.

I found wicked-witch-of-the-west Ursula Ellis unbelievably cardboard, and both her actions and rationale completely implausible. Griff's computer simulations of virus mutation were absolute science fiction, and his soapbox opposition to animal testin A Heartbeat Away was one of Palmer's weaker contributions to the genre; I couldn't help but wonder if he threw the last third together to meet a looming deadline. Griff's computer simulations of virus mutation were absolute science fiction, and his soapbox opposition to animal testing was annoying. Genesis' plan I won't go into it here, in case anyone reading my review still wants to read the book was so twisted and fraught with things that could go wrong that no intelligent terrorist group is that an oxymoron?

Granted, the book was exciting and moved quickly, but I am very critical of non-fantasy books that expect me to suspend reality and believe anything the author throws my way. All in all, I started out liking A Heartbeat Away , but as its weaknesses avalanched into a rushed and jumbled ending, I just couldn't give it even 3 stars. Sep 17, Kristen rated it really liked it Shelves: If you love medical thrillers and political thrillers, this is the book for you. When a terrorist group called Genesis unleashes a rapid virus known as WRX in the White House, it causes panic and pandemonium.

Everyone panics where there's law and disorder. It's up to the President, James Allaire, to do what he had to do to prevent exposure from spreading outside the White House. He calls Griffin Rhodes, a scientist who's been wrongfully convicted of a crime he didn't commit, for his help on If you love medical thrillers and political thrillers, this is the book for you. He calls Griffin Rhodes, a scientist who's been wrongfully convicted of a crime he didn't commit, for his help on making a cure, while his nemesis, Speaker of the House, Ursula Ellis plots to use it to her advantage to become the president.

Feb 14, Jill rated it liked it. This suspense novel posits a domestic terror group calling itself Genesis that has been wreaking havoc on the country in small increments. Now it ups the ante by an attack in the U.

A lethal virus spray is released in The Chamber of the House of Representatives which, for this event, is host to of most of the power brokers in the country. View all 3 comments. Aug 16, Steve rated it it was ok. Simplistic plot, but a fun, quick read. Jan 11, Sarah Glenn rated it liked it.

His earlier books focused on doctors running afoul of conspiracies in their local hospital; now, his writing eye is fixed on terrorism and government conspiracies - with a medical twist, of course. James Allaire is preparing to give the first State of the Union address of his second term. Among the issues he plans to focus on - in front of his assembled allies and enemies - is terrorism, most notably that of Genesis, which appears to be a home-grown left-wing cadre. As he makes his opening remarks, small explosions occur throughout the crowd. Genesis has planted a Level Four virus, WRX, around the congressional chamber, and everyone there has just been exposed to it.

The back cover of Heartbeat lists the presidential order of succession. This becomes relevant quite quickly. Everyone listed in that order was at the address except, ironically, the Secretary of Homeland Security. Palmer lets the reader know that at least one person in the line of succession must be away during such events because of revolting developments like this. Allaire knows the virus is highly lethal; he discontinued the government's development of it after it was stolen.

He must control the panic in the Chamber - and seal the building. No one gets in, no one gets out. The scientist who headed the WRX project is missing. Her subordinate, Griffin Rhodes, is in prison for stealing the virus. Rhodes is the only chance they have. Allaire promises him a presidential pardon if he comes up with a cure. The secret lab has been reopened and his old lab assistant will be waiting for him. Rhodes demands a witness. He was framed for the theft and railroaded into prison. That, and every drama needs a love interest. The newly freed Rhodes goes to work on finding a cure.

Angela tries to locate the missing WRX project head. Genesis, which has eyes and ears everywhere, targets the would-be saviors. It makes for a barrel of fun. I like stories with a medical angle, and Palmer gives us a taste of the science involved, doing a good job of explaining the research and aspects of human biology without going into pages of jargon. Are there some five-dollar words in there? Yes, but you can speed-bump over the worst parts or fire up Google. I also enjoyed the political backstabbing that began almost immediately. Palmer does not identify his office holders by party affiliation and does his best to avoid making them resemble their real-life counterparts.

Genesis is not what it seems, though. What I would have liked: A scene where Doctor Allaire was treating a sick congressman would have been nice.

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