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Chronic Fear [Kindle Edition]

Scott Nicholson
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Book Description

Chronic Fear is the second installment of Scott Nicholson’s chilling Fear series, which began with the harrowing Liquid Fear. The story picks up one year after the notorious Monkey House trials, from which the tiny handful of survivors have scattered in the wind. For while the unwitting human guinea pigs are still alive, the experimental drugs to which they were subjected continue to wreak havoc on their emotional stability. World-renowned neurobiologist Dr. Alexis Morgan knows first-hand the horrors of the sadistic experiment: her husband, Mark, was one its victims. As a result, he is plagued by unpredictable bouts of rage and paranoia. Dr. Morgan’s research into the drug leads her to suspect presidential candidate and U. S. Senator Daniel Burchfield of plotting to gain control of the drug for his own purposes, a power play that is sure to result in countless casualties unless she and three Monkey House survivors can outwit the shadowy figures behind the conspiracy—if they don’t lose their own sanity first.

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"Nobody thrills like Nicholson does. Nobody." - J.A. Konrath, Stirred

"Scott Nicholson knows the territory. Follow him at your own risk." - Stewart O'Nan, A Prayer for the Dying

"This is one author who aims for the kill and never misses." - Jeremy Robinson, Torment

"Like Stephen King, he has an eye and ear for the rhythms of rural America, and like King he knows how to summon serious scares." - Bentley Little, The Disappearance

About the Author

Scott Nicholson is author of more than a dozen novels and seventy short stories, as well as six screenplays, four children’s books, and three comic book series. His novel The Red Church was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award and an alternate selection of the Mystery Guild. He also has collaborated with bestselling author J.R. Rain on several paranormal novels. He has served with the Mystery Writers of America, the Horror Writers Association, and International Thriller Writers. A former journalist, radio broadcaster, and musician, Nicholson won three North Carolina Press Association awards.

Product Details

  • File Size: 464 KB
  • Print Length: 309 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612182089
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (December 20, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005VIA9ES
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,907 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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45 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT SURPRISED! December 23, 2011
By Leslie
Format:Kindle Edition
Let me clarify the title of my review, NOT SURPRISED. I mean that I am NOT SURPRISED that this, too is an excellent book by one of my favorite authors. As always, Scott Nicholson delivers! It is very hard for me to give any book a 5-star review. That can be very misleading & deceiving, and puts my own reputation on the line. However, for the book CHRONIC FEAR, I have no reservations rating this book (and the author) with 5 "GOLDEN" stars! I have been following Scott Nicholson since I read his book, TRANSPARANT LOVERS" which was free on my Kindle last summer...and I have been hooked ever since. I do not want to compare Scott Nicholson to other authors, as I see other reviewers have done, because I do not think that is fair to him. He is in a league all his own, and deserves no bias or comparisons, based on someone who would then be expecting him to write like someone else. Do yourself a favor, and order CHRONIC FEAR for your Kindle or Nook. It will be an excellent read while you are home for the weekend...if it even takes you that long to get through the book, as you probably won't be able to put the book down!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Books are called Sequels for a Reason April 5, 2012
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Get a few research scientists, a drug making genius, some rogue, or not, CIA agents, a man who wants to be president, a bible spouting fundamentalist, a few more agents from an unknown agency, an artist, a doctor, and put them all together with a drug that unleashes the forces of rage, greed, and naked hunger for power and you end up with a lot of people killing each other. It's impossible to figure out who the good guys are, as there probably aren't any. There are just the evil and the less evil and they all have guns. They all want the formula for the drug, and if not that, then the antidote. Once you've taken the drug, Seethe, the rage never completely leaves, it is only mildly soothed by the antidote.

I found it ironic that while writing about the Monkey House, the writer continually wrote about all of the passions, the passions beyond human endurance that these characters survived, but in this book, they all seem rather bloodless, flat, uninteresting, incapable of such passion - except the most paranoid and delusional of them. And for the most part, it turned out that he was right.

The most profound problems with this story is that if you haven't read the previous novel, Liquid Fear, then this one takes awhile to make sense of. That is, this is not a stand-alone novel. It can be, but only if you want to suffer.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It! February 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the perfect follow up to Liquid Fear. We're dropped into a world of power and corruption. Important people want the Halcyon and Seethe experiments completed. Others want the entire debacle erased. The survivors of the drug trial are rebuilding their lives, even as they are slowly losing their minds.

The pace is quick and unrelenting. Nicholson gives enough detail from the first book to make this one work as a stand-alone. Still, I'd suggest reading Liquid Fear first in order to get the full impact.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eagerly Anticipated Follow-Up December 23, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
There are few books that I've looked forward to more than Nicholson's follow-up to his exciting thriller Liquid Fear. In Chronic Fear, the stakes are raised and the thrills continue. Nicholson's expert writing pulls the reader in and never lets go. If you enjoy smart, sophisticated thrillers, make sure to read this one.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Any devotee of Scott Nicholson knows not to let any new offering pass by un-purchased and unread. Readers of "Liquid Fear" have been anxiously awaiting the sequel, and here it is: "Chronic Fear." Just the title alone gives me shivers! So of course, buying it was my first step, reading as fast as I could turn the pages was the second step.

Put yourself in the shoes of the returning characters: just when they think they escape-there is no escape. Life goes on, but it goes on in torment and torture and fear. And now-there may be a conspiracy behind the conspiracy, one involving the Big Guns-Big Fed and Big Pharma-and power-trippers who care only about expanding their hold on society and culture, regardless of the victims tossed aside carelessly along the way. No, you don't have to be a serial killer to leave tons of victims in your wake (witness Jim Jones) and in "Chronic Fear," the terror is ratcheted up from the first sentence.

Forget what you've heard about praising writers who "bring it on" in Chapter 1; Mr. Nicholson cranks up his engines in Sentence 1, and then he never stops. If you can finish any book by this author without constantly looking over your shoulder and starting at shadows, you're doing better than I. Run, do not walk, to your nearest bookselling outlet and GET "CHRONIC FEAR." Then watch your life change.

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He did it again! December 23, 2011
By Steve
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Scott Nicholson has another hit here! What's better than Liquid Fear? Chronic Fear! Gotta give this book a read. Nicholson knows how to write thrill rides from start to finish. Once you pick up this book you won't want to put it down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A-One Sequel February 19, 2012
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This follow-up to Liquid fear has none of the problems the first one had. And for me, there wasn't a lot then. It jumps right into the action and races along pell-mell to the end.

It's a year later and the survivors of those now eleven year old drug experiments, and the attempt by Briggs to start them up again are still having problems. The drug Seethe is still working on them, people are still interested in it, and they are being watched.

Dr. Alexis Morgan simply wants to help her husband Mark and is slowly administering Halcyon to him, the drug that makes one forget.

But forces in the government want that secret.

A nice follow-up to Liquid and I see an opening for a third novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars sure I liked it, I read a
Can't remember, sure I liked it, I read a lot
Published 10 days ago by Peggy
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this, however it was a little slow in ...
I enjoyed this, however it was a little slow in parts. The ending was a good lead into another book.
Published 11 days ago by SG
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really like it.
Published 27 days ago by Debbi L Pearce
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh, Not my scene
When I read this one I hadn't read the first book. To be honest it was kind of hard for me to read both books because this really isn't my area. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Demonite
4.0 out of 5 stars So much Fear
Nice sequel and also a nice table setter for the third novel! Can't wait for the next book in this series.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good & more unique story
Easy to read, not a lot of vocabulary that must be looked up. Kept me on the edge of my seat most of the time so it was hard to put it down and go to bed. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sondra C
5.0 out of 5 stars CHRONIC FEAR
A truly scary book.It also makes one think. Does this really represent how a government..not just ours,really operates? Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Builds up a good story but leaves you hanging at the end.
After a slow start, the book really starts to build a good story but seems to end too soon and leaves you hanging. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jeffery S Bierman
1.0 out of 5 stars Read the prequel forst or you won't get it
Not a very good book. Too many references to the first book which I didn't read. Story was weak and not a real attention grabber. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Daniel J. Hensel
4.0 out of 5 stars review of chronic fear
This was a well written book that could be confusing at times in its sequence of events. Overall, though it was intriguing and an easy read.
Published 5 months ago by Melissa R. Smith
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I believe the writer only creates half the story, and that you complete it by bringing your imagination, experience, and heart to the tale. I am happy to share the journey with you.

I've written more than 20 novels, about 80 short stories, four children's books, some comic books, screenplays, and a couple of non-fiction books, as well as five collaborations with J.R. Rain. Many of my tales are based on supernatural legends from the Southern Appalachian Mountains, and I also write mystery and suspense thrillers that are most often compared to the work of Stephen King and Dean Koontz.

I've also published Liquid Fear and Chronic Fear with Amazon's Thomas & Mercer imprint and McFall with 47North, as well as a number of audiobooks and foreign translations. I love hearing from you, because you're the reason I do this, so let's connect! Learn more about my work at

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