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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,430 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Palmer Narrator: Robert Petkoff Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On the night of the State of the Union address, President James Allaire expects to give the speech of his career. But no one anticipates the terrifying turn of events that forces him to quarantine everyone in the Capitol building. A terrorist group calling itself “Genesis” has unleashed WRX3883, a deadly, highly contagious virus, into the building. No one fully knows the deadly effect of the germ except for the team responsible for its development—a team headed by Allaire, himself. 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 WRX3883 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: the director of Homeland Security, who is safely at home in Minnesota, having been selected as the “Designated Survivor” for this event. With enemies both named and unnamed closing in, and the security of the nation at stake, Griff must unravel the mysteries of WRX3883 without violating his pledge as a scientist to use no animal testing in his experiments … and time is running out.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jonathan | 2/18/2014

    " The depths of evil within the government are highlighted in this novel about mad science gone wrong and the terrorist sabotage of the State of the Union address. The finish was too easy... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Margaret | 2/18/2014

    " Enjoyed this book alot. Read it almost cover to cover. The President is giving his State of the Union address and over 700 high ranking government officials are present at the Capitol. A suspected terrorist attack makes it necessary to lock down the entire building to determine was is going on as officials in the building begin to develop flu-like symptoms. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Debra | 2/13/2014

    " As per usual, a twisty-turney page turner. Don't think you've got it figured out cuz you probably don't. I really like this author and have read almost everything he's ever written. Absolutely enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lee | 2/9/2014

    " We listened to this audio on our recent car trip. It's a story about the insidious greed for political power and wealth and the extent to which the characters will go to get what they want. Disenchantment with politics seems to be a common theme these days, and unfortunately a justifiable one with the political climate we have been living in for the last decade. The premise was a bit far fetched as was the solution to the predicament. But leave your reality check at the door and it's an entertaining story, exciting and fast paced action. "

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