Liquid Fear

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Overview

When Roland Doyle wakes up in an unfamiliar motel room with a strange man?s wallet in his pocket and a woman?s dead body in the bathroom, he fears the worst?and that?s before he finds the vial of pills labeled ?take one every 4 hrs or else.? Or else what?

Ten years ago, Dr. Sebastian Briggs?s clinical drug trial for a cutting-edge fear-response drug went horribly wrong ? or did it? It?s true that one trial participant died and five others were left with no memory of what ...

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Overview

When Roland Doyle wakes up in an unfamiliar motel room with a strange man’s wallet in his pocket and a woman’s dead body in the bathroom, he fears the worst…and that’s before he finds the vial of pills labeled “take one every 4 hrs or else.” Or else what?

Ten years ago, Dr. Sebastian Briggs’s clinical drug trial for a cutting-edge fear-response drug went horribly wrong — or did it? It’s true that one trial participant died and five others were left with no memory of what happened to them. But now several interested parties, including a major pharmaceutical company and an ambitious U.S. senator, are willing to back Briggs’s continued research. All he has to do is recall his five surviving “volunteers,” whose addiction to a mysterious drug has left them largely at his disposal. They will do anything necessary to keep the pills coming and to stave off the creeping phobias, intense sexual impulses, and all-consuming madness that lurk on the edges of their minds. It’s easy enough for the good doctor to lure the survivors back to the remote Monkey House, where the original trials took place. But when the pills finally run out…the real show begins.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612182070
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
  • Publication date: 12/20/2011
  • Pages: 273
  • Sales rank: 1,267,041
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet 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. To learn more about him, check out his website at www.hauntedcomputer.com.

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  • Posted April 27, 2011

    Liquid Fear Blew Me Away! EXCELLENT!

    WOW. Nicholson has released yet another winner! What an intriguing cast of characters and storyline... I could not put this one down. A crazy scientist, his terrified victims... cover-up...chills and thrills. Scott Nicholson remains my favorite writer. Would love to spend a day in his warped mind! *smiling*

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  • Posted January 16, 2012

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    Intense!

    I've long been disturbed by how our FDA operates, and this book is like a nightmare come true. Nicholson's writing is vivid. He gets inside the emotions, making us feel them right along with his characters. I had a hard time following the plot at first but, once I got into it, I didn't want to put it down.

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  • Posted January 14, 2012

    PURE ENJOYMENT!

    I simply couldn’t put this book down until I had devoured every sentence up to the very last chapter. Full of almost-unbearable suspense, the story had me riveted in my seat for hours. From politicians vying to become president and striving for world domination; an over ambitious scientist and professional thugs, as well as the victims of the drug tests - the characters in this book are tremendously realistic and believable. The scientist is not your stereo-typical lunatic, but rather a cautious schemer with a healthy measure of paranoia, which of course adds to the hair-raising tension. The author has that magic in his word use and descriptions of scenes, which make you feel right at home in the world he has created for his characters. This remarkable skill is even more effective as the point of view throughout the story shifts frequently - but the reader is never left behind. The fact that you never know which characters to “trust”, wonderfully enhances the suspense. Until the conclusion in the last chapter of ‘Liquid Fear’, I had reservations about whether there are any “good’ characters in this story. So what really adds to the magnificence of it all, is the reader’s perception of right and wrong, moral and immoral; and thus the book will have a different impact on everyone who reads it. “Liquid Fear” provided me with many hours of page-turning entertainment. The cleverly designed plotline in which the author gives nothing away, had me guessing and speculating right up to the last page. It is a book full of action and suspense that never lets up, but which makes it an absolute must read and well deserving of its 5 stars! (Ellen Fritz)

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  • Posted December 24, 2011

    Will Keep You Hooked and Wanting More

    Liquid Fear by Scott Nicholson is a page-turning story that dives head first into the bizarre and unknown. The reader will immediately become immersed in the world that Nicholson has created and have no option but to continue reading until the end. Wendy, Roland, Alexis and Anita are all brought together again when they start remembering a dark past that happened while they were test subjects to a new product Dr. Briggs was working on. Originally thought to be a medicine to help one conquer their fears, they are left wondering if the impulses they are feeling are really their own dark desires or just a side-effect of the drug they yearn for. Either way they soon realize they are just test mice running through Dr. Briggs maze with no apparent way to escape. A relatively quick read (it took me about 4 hours), Liquid Fear touches on topics like controlling your fears, human experimentation, political corruption, sexual desire, murder and pain. This book does contain adult language, sex, violence and gore and should only be read by mature adult audiences that are 18+.

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  • Posted December 18, 2011

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    Loved it - fast-paced and fun

    Ten years ago, a group of students took part in research of a new drug, designed to help people suffering from PTSD. However, in order to see how the drugs helped, first the volunteers needed to have trauma induced. Strangely, they have mostly forgotten the events of that time, and while they were close before, they have mostly drifted apart. But then, suddenly, they start to remember. They¿re being called back. The experiment isn¿t over ¿

    The plot in this book is amazingly fast-paced ¿ it starts with a bang and just keeps going, getting weirder and weirder. There is no way to tell what really happens at any given time, since the characters have all had their brains tampered with and their memories messed up. I also got a kick out of Kleingarten ¿ I know I am probably messed up in the brain, but I found him hilarious. He was just so gleefully sociopathic. Definitely a great story, especially for people who enjoy a really messed-up situation. The sequel is ¿Chronic Fear¿ ¿ watch for my review coming up!

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

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    Took me a while

    to get into the book. I'm reading on a Kindle, so about 30%, but then everything started to click and it ended up being a great read. The first part jumps around between characters and pseudonyms, but I like a complex plot, so no problem. Really, it is my own personal peccadilloes that kept me from enjoying the first part - I don't like drugs, alcohol, and would never take part in medical research. That didn't leave me much to work with, but then the story clicked together with what was really going on (or a hint of it) and then I settled in for a good read! I have about a dozen of his other stories and would recommend them all.

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  • Posted August 12, 2011

    Great Thriller--Hoping Life Won't Imitate Art

    Scott Nicholson always comes up with intelligent high concept books, so I turn to him when I need a great read and I am addicted, especially to Scott's books. This one, based on a hapless group who participates in drug trials, is almost too realistic. I could foresee pundits discussing this book if the media discovers these brain-altering drugs are actually being administered to people who think they have signed on for something beneficial. I also worried when I looked up the government bioethics site Scott mentioned and saw that many pharmaceutical companies have moved their drug trials to developing countries to avoid the FDA "red tape" here. Liquid Fear is the kind of thriller I will read more than once. I finished it a couple of weeks ago and am still thinking about it.

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  • Posted July 24, 2011

    Intriguing storyline

    The storyline interested me - the idea seems plausible in the 'cloak and dagger' ways of covert government projects. However, there were too many moments I felt disconnected from the characters and lost in 'small talk' by the author's attempt for the reader to understand each characters. I had to re-read and focus on the story.

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  • Posted July 10, 2011

    Good read

    Weird but very entertaining

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2011

    Scott Nicholson is the MAN!

    Liquid Fear, wen I first started reading it, was a little...different. Engaging and filled with action, but definitely different. However, that difference was a strength not a weakness. I lived in this novel for a couple of days. The players come to life in a rare way that even if you didn't particularly care for them, you cared about what happened. That's a strong reason to keep turning page after page, and that's just what I did, often into the wee hours of the night. I don't want to give anything away, I would much rather you discover these things on your own. Admittedly, I am a Nicholson fan and have been for almost a decade, so I had high hopes for Liquid Fear, as well as high expectations. Scott delivered on all points. Great book!

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  • Posted May 6, 2011

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    Brilliant Thriller!

    This story follows a cast of characters that are part of an experiment gone horribly wrong (or right if you take this from the perspective of the master mind behind it). As the book progresses you begin to see how their fates are intertwined and the nature of the experiment in which they are immersed. It's easy to empathize with each of their plights as they are manipulated at every turn to finally end up at their intended destination, The Monkey House.

    It's a brilliant thriller that I cannot recommend enough. And if you like shifting points of view, like I do, then you'll easily see the master of storytelling that Nicholson is.

    There are writers out there that can pump out a good story, but few can do it was well as Nicholson while still delighting with his ability to craft sentences. This is a man who knows his art. And similar to Drummer Boy, the story doesn't seem to escape your head when you're not reading it. I definitely plan on picking up more of his work. He's on my A-list of authors.

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  • Posted March 30, 2011

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    Total Terror!! Highly Recommended.

    Liquid Fear ... the terrifying thing about this book is that the premise is highly plausible - chillingly so. It's a horror story of downright greed and hunger for power. I was on tenterhooks right through to the bitter end. Am label-checking my pills from now on. Heck of a read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2011

    twisting thriller

    This book messes with your head. A thrill ride into dark places, it touches every nerve before exploding into a rush for survival.

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