6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Fast, edgy and exciting,
This review is from: Panic (Hardcover)
This book follows the story of Evan Casher, a successful young documentary film-maker whose whole life starts to unravel when he discovers his mother's murdered body. From this moment on, Evan is plunged into a dark and dangerous world he never knew existed of freelance spies and international intrigue.
When it comes to action and excitement, "Panic" definitely delivers the goods. You're guaranteed a dramatic fight scene or at least an earth-shattering revelation on pretty much every page and Abbott never loses this sense of momentum.
However, he does tend to ignore the "show, don't tell" philosophy and as a result, the reader often has little work to do in figuring out what is really going on - the motives of every character have already been laid bare. Also, I can't help but question the ease with which the main character becomes a veritable killing machine - after all, this guy films documentaries for a living but all of a sudden he becomes fantastically skilled in shooting, unarmed combat and hostage negotiation. Abbott seems to put it down to human's basic need for survival as well as an illustration of how far a man will go for love but it all seemed to be a bit too easy for my liking.
Nevertheless, I'd definitely reccommend "Panic" as entertaining holiday reading. Just don't think too much and you should enjoy it.