Panic Paperback – 8 Jun 2006
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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)
A turbo-charged thriller about a young man who discovers his whole life has been a lie.See all Product Description
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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
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found Jeff Abbott's acclaimed 2005 novel to be a very easy read, and it didn't take me long to finish it.
'Panic' tells the tale of a young filmmaker called Evan. Read more
Evan is a documentary maker who receives an urgent telephone call from his mother. When he returns home he discovers that she is dead – in fact she has been murdered. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Anne
Still reading but the main character is a teenage which I found to begin with odd having read a few of his other novels but worth a read so far.Published 21 months ago by Mark
Okay - so the premise is that a young (attractive, of course, we can't have ugly heroes or protagonists) guy who's been living a normal, not too exciting life, is suddenly thrown... Read morePublished on 24 May 2014 by Jood
I didn't realise this book was altered for a younger audience. Still a good read though. However, watch out for this, as apparently the word 'ultimate' was the clue.Published on 15 May 2014 by LadyLouisa
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it hard to put it down. A Recommended read. Will now try some other of Jeff Abbotts books.Published on 19 Aug. 2013 by Pauline
I felt I really had to write something about this book. It had me gripped from the very start. I picked it up and had finished it 2 days later! Read morePublished on 29 July 2013 by Sarah Barker