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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Onyx; Reprint edition (August 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451412427
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451412423
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,481,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

If there was a drug that allowed people to forget the worst moment of their lives, how far would someone go to obtain it, given the potential profit? Such a drug, code-named Frost, lies at the heart of Abbott's latest novel. Miles Kendrick is in the federal witness protection program and also undergoing therapy for post-traumatic stress syndrome, a condition manifested by his being haunted by the "ghost" of his best friend, Andy. When his therapist is blown up in her office, Miles finds himself being pursued, along with two other PTS patients, by several deadly factions, each of whom erroneously believes that the trio possesses the priceless Frost. Ganser delivers a strong performance as narrator. His characterizations, especially the ruthless yet oddly sympathetic hit-man, Groot, and the annoying but funny phantom, Andy, are nicely delivered. But it is his sense of pace that keeps this audiobook moving. Ganser manages to convey the excitement, suspense and urgency of Abbott's thriller, keeping listeners on the edge of their seats through every chase and narrow escape.
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From Booklist

What's more suspenseful than a hapless Everyman targeted by a ruthless killer who will stop at nothing to acquire a secret? Perhaps a trio of unbalanced mental patients (and one imaginary friend) pursued by a plethora of shady types and a sadistic killer who leaves behind a trail of bodies in pursuit of some vaguely defined object relating to a secret cure. Then again, perhaps not. Abbott loses some of the focus and momentum of his riveting hardcover debut (Panic, 2005), hanging a huge amount of nonstop action on a fairly slack mainspring--a medicine called Frost, which may help cure post-traumatic stress disorder, the shared affliction of federally protected witness Miles, reality-show-star Celeste, Iraqi War veteran Nathan, and the daughter of aforementioned killer Dennis Groote. The success of his first title may generate some demand among thriller fans, but this one is likely to disappoint all but the most voracious of the genre's readers. David Wright
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Customer Reviews

Not a book you can come back to and have it make sense.
Abbot builds his characters and you can visualize each one feeling the pain each endures-the joy of getting hard, sought after answers.
Gary D. Ford
In "Fear" the plots and sub-plots keep the reader guessing to the very end.
Jerry Saperstein

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on October 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The title of Jeff Abbott's latest novel is well chosen. The psychological impairment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the thread that runs through FEAR; it is the possibility of a cure --- and the profit that might be made from it --- that brings three individuals reluctantly together not only to conquer the condition that is controlling their lives but also to save themselves from shadowy pursuers who seem to be bent upon their destruction.

Miles Kendrick is a former investigator for an organized crime family. Now in witness protection in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Kendrick is being treated for PTSD resulting from the death of his best friend Andy, who literally haunts Kendrick's every waking hour. When Dr. Allison Vance, Kendrick's psychiatrist, offers a new treatment regimen, he's reluctant. However, when Vance's office is destroyed in an explosion just as he was scheduled to meet with her, Kendrick embarks on a wild journey with two unlikely companions who were also being treated by Vance.

Celeste Brant had fifteen minutes of fame as the winner of a reality television show before her husband was subsequently murdered, sending her into a traumatic, self-imposed isolation. Nathan Ruiz, meanwhile, has been traumatized by a wartime experience and is receiving in-patient treatment to help him recover from his recurring nightmares. Both Brant and Ruiz are showing signs of progress with an experimental drug called Frost, which is being used on them without proper experimental protocol.

Millions of dollars could be made from the drug on the open market, but it's Dennis Groote, an ex-FBI agent employed by a pharmaceutical company, who has more than money on his mind as he pursues the Frost formula.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on August 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
In Miami Miles Kendrick worked for the Barrada mob, but turned against them leading to his best friend's death and the FBI hiding him inside the federal witness protection program. He lives, a loose euphemism for it because many things are denied him. For instance he no longer drives a car out of a fear of a bombing, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Miles sees psychiatrist Dr. Allison Vance, who is trying to help him cope with what she has diagnosed as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which developed after he inadvertently killed his best friend while assisting the FBI.

Surprising Kendrick, Dr. Vance asks for his help, but soon after she is killed by an explosion in her office. He assumes the Barrada mob killed her, but learns she was involved with a new miracle drug Frost touted as curing PTSD; he craves trying the drug. However former FBI Agent Dennis Groote turned hitman has other plans for Kendrick, other Vance patients and Frost. If Kendrick fails to control his fears, he will be dead when he and Groote confront one another.

Though fans will need to accept some of the escapades, this is a superb action thriller that grips the audience from the onset and never slows down until the final altercation as the readers do not know how the antihero will react in the crisis due to the crippling fear he feels. Kendrick's desperation to try a potentially dangerous drug to control his fears serves as a metaphor for those with severe illnesses willing to try anything immediately and not wait for FDA approval (besides which their recent record is not to healthy). The story line is action, more action, and super more action as Jeff Abbott provides his fans with a one sitting on the edge of your seat thriller.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Audiophile on June 9, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The first half of this book was extremely suspenseful and intriguing, and provided an interesting look at the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. Though some of the characters were innovative (the reality T.V. show character who had become agoraphobic was well drawn, and the main character with his ghostly visitors), most of the others seemed like stereotypes. When the book degenerated into a murderous, car-chase, shoot-em-up, though, I got bored. When Abbot threw in a concocted and unsubstantiated plot twist at the very end that really felt like a betrayal of the reader and was just completely unbelievable, I got both bored and annoyed.

It seemed like a book written to be a gun movie, and written after watching a bunch of gun movies, by a guy who likes gun movies, and has a little more imagination than most gun-movie oriented novelists, but not by much. Something very paint-by-numbers about it, especially toward the end, and I did not feel satisfied when I finished it.

Still, all in all, not a bad way to pass the time while doing housework.

Read by L.J. Ganser, who did an excellent job building suspense and providing voice characterization.

I review only audiobooks. Check out my other reviews, then download, plug in, and never be bored again.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Adam Craig on January 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Jeff Abbott's Fear isn't actually a bad novel. The main problem is that Abbott starts the book off so well, that the reader only gets more and more disappointed as the storyline devolves into something that we have all read time and time again. As the "twists" pile up, the incredulity on the part of the reader increases at an exponential rate.

The plot of the novel is so hard to follow, but the basic situation at the very start of the novel is this: Miles Kendrick is a mob-informant who is currently undergoing psychiatry for post-traumatic stress disorder. He's had this disease ever since shooting his best friend Andy, and Andy haunts him ever day, in fact, Miles can literally see Andy and talks to him. Miles has a doctor, Allison Vance, whom he thinks can help him, until she sends him a mysterious note asking him for help, and then she is blown up in her office while Miles is on his way to see her. From there, we are introduced to a wide range of characters, who are involved some way or another in a large plot to get a new drug on the pharmaceutical market. The new drug, dubbed Frost, supposedly cures PTSD, but the problem is that the research used in finding the drug was illegal, so Miles is forced to unravel the mystery of how Allison was involved with Frost, all while protecting himself and his friends from constant danger from almost every party involved in the illegal drug deal.

Not a bad plot, huh? Well, at first I thought the book would be a clever examination of PTSD, with a good mystery plot interspersed throughout. But the book quickly degenerates into a by-the-numbers thriller, which really is too bad.
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Jeff Abbott is the international-bestselling, award-winning author of ten mystery and suspense novels. Jeff is a native Texan and graduated from Rice University with a degree in History and English, and worked as a creative director at an advertising agency before writing full-time. He lives in Austin with his wife and two sons. You can visit his website at www.jeffabbott.com and follow him on Twitter @JeffAbbott.

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