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Reviewed by Stephen Brayton for Readers' Favorite
In Panic, Jeff Abbott gives us Houston documentary filmmaker Evan Casher, who gets a frantic call from his mother in Austin. When he makes a hurried trip home, he finds her dead and is subsequently attacked. Thus begins his run from parties who insist he give them certain files they claim his mother sent. He does not know who he can trust, and this includes his girlfriend who is also part of a shadowy organization called the Deeps. From Texas to Louisiana, to Ohio, to London, and Florida, Evan tries not to panic as he traces the history of the Deeps and discovers his own family ties...and the fact that everything about his life and his parents are not what he believed.
For the most part, Evan does NOT panic even when he sees his family history revealed. I heard more panic in those who want Evan to either die or cooperate. Abbott does a fine job of laying out the story, and drew me in with tantalizing bits of how Evan learns the truth little by little. There's intrigue, suspense, and corruption, and something a bit different from the usual run of spy thrillers out there. Something plausible and scary in that it could be true... I listened to the audio version and the narrator helped the story spur the imagination by using believable voices for each character. I've read Abbott's work before and in many of his stories, there's a touch of the bizarre. Panic is no exception. Plenty of action and twists to keep you going. Abbott writes another winner!