Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Panic, by Jeff Abbot

This book was 11:38 long and was published in 2005. The narrator was L. J. Ganser.

I have never heard of this author before, but he's has 6 or 7 previous novels in print, plus a newer one last year.

This story is about a young man who goes back home to discover his mother has been killed and his father is missing, and that they had secret lives that have just come apart.

Evan Casher is a 24 year-old documentary filmmaker with an impressive career, a new girlfriend, and a family that was not all it appeared to be. And not even the girlfriend is what he thought she was. And now he is a pawn in a murderous game between clandestine organizations that blame each other for the Hell that has broken loose upon his family. Each asks him to trust them to save him from the other, and both want whatever his mother was killed for.

This is a well-written story about an rather ordinary man discovering that he has been lied to all his life. Then he has to figure out which group of strangers to trust, and decides that he cannot trust either.

I liked this story because the main character had no wealth to bail him out, like so many others do in other books. He has to be resourceful, clever, and as ruthless as a man with nothing left to lose. The story's resolution was diabolically interesting and one I've never heard before. This was a 4 star book. I will look for more by this author.

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