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Panic Button - A Psychological Thriller [Kindle Edition]

Frazer Lee
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Written by Frazer Lee (Lamplighters) official nominee for the Bram Stoker Awards 'Superior Achievement in a First Novel' Award 2012.


In PANIC BUTTON, Frazer Lee explores timely fears about online privacy and security, cyber bullying and identity theft.

Based upon the screenplay of the film praised as The Social Network of shocks by Film4 FrightFest's Alan Jones, this taut thriller holds a mirror up to our plugged-in society and compels us to peer behind the online personas that hide our true selves.

Four young people win a trip of a lifetime to New York, courtesy of their favourite social-networking website On board the private jet, they are invited to take part in the in-flight entertainment a new online gaming experience. But this is no ordinary game. Trapped at 30,000 feet and forced to play for their lives and the lives of their loved ones by their mysterious captor, they are about to learn that putting your life on-line can have deadly offline consequences...

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This is an intelligent and propulsive book, pressing all the right buttons - panic or otherwise - as a standalone piece of fiction even if you've not seen the movie version" (Paul Mount, Starburst Magazine)

"A chilling commentary on the modern phenomenon of social media...I highly recommend reading this book, after which you really should go and see the film as well" (Jim McLeod, Ginger Nuts of Horror)

"More than competes with anything the creators of the original Saw could dream up" (Hellnotes)

"Frazer Lee explores the real dangers of putting our lives online and, through his characters, shows the real-life consequences of cyber-bullying, privacy, identity theft and the dangers of hiding behind the internet." (Malysa Stratton Louk, Digital Journal)

About the Author

Frazer Lee's Bram Stoker Award nominated first novel The Lamplighters is published by Samhain Horror and his short stories have appeared in anthologies including the acclaimed Read By Dawn series. His screen credits include the award-winning short horror movies On Edge, Red Lines, Simone, and the horror/thriller feature film (and movie novelization) Panic Button. He lives with his family in Buckinghamshire, England, where he is working on his next novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 299 KB
  • Print Length: 178 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (February 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0076Q31WA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #698,401 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For those who love gore... March 3, 2012
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So, I really like the psychological aspect of books. Panic Button has that in spades. It starts with Jo, a mother who leaves her child with her mother to go on this trip she won from a well known web site that she frequents called She meets the 3 other winners, and the trip begins. But fairly quickly, it is different than what it appears to be. I'll leave it at that, so as not to spoil the plot.

I will say that I agree with the other reviewer that it really makes you think about what you put out there about yourself on the internet (as I type this...), but at the same, it is a thriller, thus its main purpose is thrilling the audience. In that I say, job well done. I did get drawn into the story and had to find out how it ended.

However, I was looking for something a lot less...gory. There is blood and gore all over the place with this book. If I didn't want to find out the ending so badly, I probably would have stopped reading it. I felt this was a bit over the top in several ways, but for those of you that stomach and enjoy that, this book is for you. For the rest of us, you may want to avoid this and the stomach turning that will occur. The term "body parts" is used repeatedly. And yes, it literally references actual separated body parts.

So, I have to give it a 3, because it drew me in enough to make me want to read until the end, even though I kept telling myself I had to put it down.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not as good as expected March 11, 2012
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I got this because I like psychological thrillers. However this was more like torture porn. If you like movies such as Saw and Hostel then this is the book for you.

The only good thing it had going for it was the fast pacedness and the lengthy character descriptions.

I thought the twist at the end was terrible. Being a psycho-analyser myself I thought it was a bit far fetched. I could see the motive for the main guy involved but for the other people involved in carrying out the crime it was just ridiculous.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very suspenseful thriller February 26, 2012
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This was quite a suspenseful and riveting thriller. I expected to read it over a period of several days, but couldn't put this book down and finished it in a single sitting (mostly on the edge of my seat!) It's not for the faint of heart - there's plenty of violence, sex and gore. The lesson that I walked away with was discomfort with how much information is on the Internet, free for anyone with knowledge of cyber-stalking or hacking. The four strangers who take this flight to hell learn the hard way that everything you download, everything you buy online, everything that you post on your social-networking sites and forums - it can all be accessed and your innermost secrets can be revealed... Spooky! I really liked this book a lot and look forward to reading more from this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Great Read! June 4, 2013
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This was a good book. It started a little slow but built up as the book went on.

You never knew what was going to happen next. It always kept you in the edge of your seat.
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4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD Psychological Thriller February 25, 2013
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I actually enjoyed this. It really makes you think twice about what you put on social media profiles and cyber bullying. I finished this quickly. It was suspenseful, quick, and easy to read. HOWEVER, unrealistic when the bully was reveal.ed
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More About the Author

Frazer Lee's debut novel, The Lamplighters was a Bram Stoker Award® Finalist for 'Superior Achievement in a First Novel'.

One of Frazer's early short stories received a Geoffrey Ashe Prize from the Library of Avalon, Glastonbury. His short fiction has since appeared in numerous anthologies including the acclaimed 'Read By Dawn' series.

Also a screenwriter and filmmaker, Frazer's movie credits include the award-winning short horror films 'On Edge', 'Red Lines', 'Simone', and the critically acclaimed horror/thriller feature (and movie novelization) 'Panic Button'.

Frazer lectures in Creative Writing and Screenwriting at Brunel University London and Birkbeck, University of London. He resides with his family in leafy Buckinghamshire, England where (when he's not getting lost in a forest) he is working on new fiction and film projects.

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