Panic: A Leopold Blake Thriller

Panic: A Leopold Blake Thriller

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by Nick Stephenson
     
 

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Swift. Silent. Deadly.

Leopold Blake, expert criminology consultant for the FBI, had his weekend all planned out - and it didn't involve dealing with a murdered senator, a high-profile kidnapping, and at least half a dozen near-death experiences. Three politicians have been murdered in as many weeks, all expertly dispatched, and only Leopold can get to the bottom

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Swift. Silent. Deadly.

Leopold Blake, expert criminology consultant for the FBI, had his weekend all planned out - and it didn't involve dealing with a murdered senator, a high-profile kidnapping, and at least half a dozen near-death experiences. Three politicians have been murdered in as many weeks, all expertly dispatched, and only Leopold can get to the bottom of it. Unfortunately, as all hell breaks loose on the streets of New York City, he soon finds himself the next target of a powerful enemy who wants him silenced. Permanently.

Against the backdrop of political corruption and murder, Leopold and his team must fight for their lives to uncover the truth before it's too late. Panic is the first novel in the Leopold Blake series of thrillers, which can be read and enjoyed in any order.

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ISBN-13:
9780957616707
Publisher:
WJ Books Limited
Publication date:
02/26/2013
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.65(d)

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Panic: A Leopold Blake Thriller 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
KyKF More than 1 year ago
I have to say that I'm often suspicious about reading something by a new and unknown writer, most of the fiction books I read are fairly well known and I take recommendations from friends and family rather than just picking up random stuff. This, however, was something I stumbled upon almost by accident and I'm glad I did The story rips along at a pace, introducing some intriguing characters, interesting locations and its fair share of plot twists and teasers - including a tantalising lead on to the second book in the series This is definitely for you if you like an exciting thriller in the Dan Brown sort of mould, although it doesn't have the same sense of delving into e.g. symbology/religion/science if that's your thing - it's a gritty straight up crime fiction and there are plenty of violent confrontations instead! I enjoy seeing developments over a series, so I'm already looking forward to getting my hands on future episodes of this story
Brencz More than 1 year ago
Nick Stephenson is a new read for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. He moved things along quickly and kept you guessing. Woven in the story there was murder, mystery and humor. You can’t take it serious because the law enforcement wouldn’t have someone like the main character, Leopold Blake, get away with everything he did but it sure makes for good reading. I think Stephenson did a great job of developing all of the characters especially the main one Leopold Blake. Each of the characters were nicely developed along with all the scenes within the story. Some of it were very detailed in all the weapons used. This book was about three murderers and a high-profile kidnapping. The police weren’t doing a great job on finding out who done it but Leopold Blake sets in and gets the ball moving. He and one of the NYC finest along with Leopold’s trusted bodyguard try to uncover the truth of what was going on with the murders and kidnapping before it was too late. Its setting also shows all the political corruption within the city. I really enjoyed the book and it won’t be the last of Stephen’s books. I will now go back to read the first of A Private Investigator Series of Crime and Suspense Thrillers and look forward to reading them all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The name doesn't make complete sense until the final 25 pages but, wow, then the panic kicks in and it's excellent!
DebbyJ More than 1 year ago
Fun to read.
otterly More than 1 year ago
Leopold Blake puts himself and several friends in harm's way in this novel as they try to find a Senator's daughter and rescue her from certain death. There are lots of twists and turns. Mr. Blake has a personal arsenal of weapons hidden at his residence, and encounters numerous beatings and near death as he, his bodyguard, a police woman and a goofy friend have adventures. THere are several expensive cars involved as well. I would read more Blake adventures, and would recommend this for a book group discussion.
jojoLJ More than 1 year ago
This is an enjoyable read. Well told and well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My criteria in reviewing a book are 1) does it hold my interest?  Am I staying up late to read more of it? 2) Allowing for a little poetic license, am I comfortable with the behavior of the characters and their environment?  i.e. no magical solutions unless it's a book about magic.  3)  Am I anxious to read the next book in the series? Or disappointed that it is not a series.  I am working my way through the Leopold Blake series and they all have met all three criteria with honors.  At the moment, I am very happy that there are two more books in this series for me to read.  I do keep hoping for more romantic involvement between Leopold and Mary.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book a lot. It was very fast-paced, albeit unrealistic. The action rarely let up throughout the book. I'm not usually into romantic side stories, but I was expecting something more in that category based on how the book progressed. I would recommend this book to anyone who is 18+ years old.
Kataman1 More than 1 year ago
This review is based on a reviewer copy received from the author but is my own honest opinion. This book was very difficult to review as the writing is very "unpolished" and seems to be the product of watching too many Die Hard films. Leopold Blake is a consultant working with the New York City Police. He has recently investigated crime scenes from three Senators that were thought to be suicides but from Leopold's poor Sherlock Holmes immitation, he concludes that each was a carefully staged murder. (The author should read one of John Verdon's David Guerny novels to see what a real smart police consultant does). Leopold is apparently wealthy and has a "bodyguard" named Jerome who goes with him everywhere (a poorly written version of Harlin Colbin's Myron Bolitar). He is asked by Police Sergeant Mary to go to another Senator's house to discuss his daughter's (Christina) kidnapping. Senator Logan has a team of mean security lead by an ex-black ops officer named Stark. After the group leaves Logan's house, Stark has his men follow them. The team then goes to investigate with Christina's "talkative" friends who tell them way more information than any college student would ever share with police. They then go to the bowels of Columbia University, along the way Sergeant Mary breaks about 50 police rules including just breaking down doors, stealing keys, killing bad guys and not calling for backup, etc. At this point of the book I just wanted to skip to the end. It is written in a way that the reader's intelligence is constantly insulted. The most baffling thing is that after the last page, there are three preview chapters of a sequel book. How this came about is anyone's guess and I will not be rushing out to get it.