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Panic Paperback – 8 Jun 2006

3.4 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (8 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751538310
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751538311
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.5 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,127,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PANIC is a ride down the roaring rapids. Jeff Abbott has put together a hell of a page turner. (Michael Connelly)

PANIC is Jeff Abbott's best yet ... an instant classic (Lee Child)

A near-perfect thriller... cheer the arrival of our latest master of the fine art of the page-turner (BOOKLIST)

Abbott has fashioned another burst of white-knuckled suspense that's extremely hard to put down. (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY)

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A turbo-charged thriller about a young man who discovers his whole life has been a lie.

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This is my third Abbott novel, but probably my last , as his writing has become just too formulaic.

A young film-maker gets a desperate call from his mother and arrives at her place shortly after to find her murdered. From there he discovers that his parents were not the simple people he had assumed them to be. Enter the CIA, rogue agents and desperate attempts to make sure important documents do not become public.

This is one long and fast chase, but not much more. Just when you think you can almost live with elements of the plot, up pops something else which is just so improbable that it has you sighing. Then more bullets and chases and finally the inevitable showdown involving our now superhuman film-maker.

If you're an action-seeker, this book delivers it; if you need to see some sense of reality, however, you should probably steer clear of this book. 7/10
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I have not read any Jeff Abbott books before I picked up `Panic'. On the cover there were very positive reviews by some of my favourite thriller writers - Lee Child, Harlan Coben and Michael Connelly. Taken in by the marketing spiel, I bought the book.

Sadly, I have been very disappointed. Maybe Child, Coben and Connelly were pushed by some publisher trade-off deal to hype this book, but I can't believe that they actually believed the reviews that they supposedly wrote.

If you read the original Robert Ludlum books (not the factory churned out imitations in his name) you will be familiar with the conspiracy thriller genre. Lots of different spy agencies chasing each other, agencies within agencies, traitors and/or double agents in each, who-can-you-trust, your great granny is actually a ninja-assassin etc., etc... Ludlum managed, in general, to carry it off.

Well, `Panic' is seeded in this genre, but fails miserably to walk in Ludlum's footsteps. Abbott has taken the genre to ridiculous lengths. It is just so unbelievable and unconvincing that it becomes almost comical - not the point of a thriller. Characters - unconvincing. Plot - unconvincing. Pace - frantic to the point of absurdity.

It starts quite well, but after 50 pages rapidly deteriorates into comic book. I battled on to the end but it wasn't really worth it.

My recommendation is if you enjoy well-crafted thrillers don't bother with this one.
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When young film-maker Ewan Casher gets a distress call from his mother, he rushes to the family home to find that she is dead, his father is missing and he himself the target of some shady characters. Unknowingly duped into a relationship with one of the people after him, he finds himself unwittingly caught between two top American spy agencies as they stalk him for some information they believe his mother forwarded to him. On his tail is the elusive Jargo, a rogue agent who sells information to the highest bidder, sometimes stealing the information back from another buyer. As Ewan discovers a huge secret about his parents, and himself, whilst searching for his father, he finds himself in more and more danger, and has to call on a few favours from unexpected sources to help him get from a to b without being captured.

Jeff Abbots Panic starts off as a thrilling fast paced read. It throws you straight into the action whilst developing its main character as a likeable sort, vulnerable yet approachable. But as Ewan is thrown from one disaster to the next, and from one villain to the next, it starts to lose your interest. There are various twists to the tale, some believable, some not so much. Its well written and for the most part enthralling, but some of the plot points are stretched to the maximum in order to pad out the book. There is a massive dip in the middle and I didn't feel that the book really recovered from that. I struggled to get to the end, and remained with it only because of my loyalty to the start of the book. Abbots a decent writer, and I am willing to give him another shot, but he needs to learn to keep momentum with his story. Its too easy to let it descend into the contrived, and when you lose your reader, its difficult to get them back again.
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This was an emergency pick up at a railway station for me, drawn in by the mega hype on the back cover and the interesting plot summary. OK, I should have known better with the hype but that doesn't change the fact that this is a bit of a let down.

The idea is good - mysterious phone call from mother to son, leads to revelation of double life and intrigue. The style of writing, though, and the execution of the idea leave a lot to be desired. The hero moves from innocent at the start, to scheming, brutal action man at the end, with little in between. He swallows great leaps of plot without pausing for breath. He takes injury, violence, deception and betrayal in his stride, and dishes them back out again with great delight. It doesn't feel even remotely real. And none of the surprises have any real impact, because you don't particularly care about the characters and you can see what's coming anyway.

I finished it, so it isn't especially *bad* but it is distinctly average, and has put me off trying again with the same author.
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