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Panic Button - A Psychological Thriller by [Lee, Frazer]
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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 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.

Official website: frazerlee.com 
Facebook: facebook.com/AuthorFrazerLee 
Twitter: twitter.com/frazer_lee

Product Details

  • File Size: 366 KB
  • Print Length: 180 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (February 6, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 6, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0076Q31WA
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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 All2gethr.com. 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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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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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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l am a man cursed with a very limited attetion span. Even with a house full of gadgets books, games and a music collection that threatens to force me out of the hoose I get bored, and fidgety. You may be asking what has this got to do with this book. well before reading this book I had already watched and enjoyed the film of this book.

It may come as a surprise that I am not a huge fan of honor movies. Too many of them sacrifice a good story, tension and a cast of decent characters for pathetic attempts at shock. Panic Button, when you consider just how little gore is actually in the film was, for me, one of the tensest films I have watched in a long time.

So why pick up a book where I already know what is going to happen? To be honest it's not something I normally do. Probably., the main reason is I really enjoyed Frazer book The Lamplighters, and if memory serves me correctly I think I got a copy of this book before I saw the film.

Panic Botton is an excellent novel on many levels, as a horror thriller it works very well. Fraser plies on the tension from the word go, a maintains it right to the end.

However it also works exbemly well as a chilling commentary on the modem phenomenon of social media. There has been a number of films and books that have tried to tie horror and social media together, most have been unsuccessful. Mainly because the social media aspect has been tacked on in a vain attempt to keep a dying franchise going on for one more pitiful episode.

Panic Button succeeds because the social media aspect is integral to the story. Character wise you could argue that the people trapped on the plane are well worn clichés .
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Great, very unusual, original plot, lots of graphic violence that was necessary as part of the story. You need to be tough to read it; it is not for the squeamish. Tests the wavy lines of morality. Only book I ever read non-stop.
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It begins with a less-than-credible premise and then delivers a clumsy and sophomoric story. The characters are flimsy and without substance, so I was not particularly vested in their well-being. This book was hypnotic--and not in a good way.
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