Panic by Jeff Abott

20 Dec

There is such a thing as too many good reviews. I mean the front and back of this book is covered in other authors shining compliments about Abott as an author and it seemed that this book could literally do no wrong. The best book EVER!


So so wrong…

It’s not like it was terrible but it just didn’t live up to the phenomenal reviews and comments plastered all over the front and back covers. Or maybe I had just heightened my expectations too much and it was never going to live up to them. Whichever, the result is the same. Disappointment.

In fairness to the author it was very fast paced and exciting most of the time and the characters were likeable enough but it wasn’t unputdownable as stated on the back cover, nor was it ‘edge of the seat brilliance’. I struggled through a good portion of it as a lot of the storyline was unnecessarily convoluted and ridiculously complicated for what is essentially at the end of the day a thriller.

Evan is a documentary film maker who gets caught up in a whirlwind situation after his mother is killed by a man called Jargo who works for the CIA but not really as he’s kind of a double agent who was raised by the KGB to be a trained killer and spy but then ventured out on his own, killed his boss who was also a double agent (or was he?) and now is chasing Evan as he thinks Evan has some sort of client list belonging to him. Do you see what I mean by the plot line being slightly confusing?

Oh and of course lets not forget Carrie who is Evans girlfriend who turns out to be working for Jargo but then turns out to be working for the CIA. But are the CIA truly the good guys or can Jargo be trusted? It’s fairly bloody obvious to me that Jargos an evil monster but the characters all seem to struggle with this conclusion for some unknown reason.

I’m glad I’ve finally read this book as it’s been sitting in my to read pile for possibly the longest of any book I’ve ever had. I wonder why?


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