Fear

Fear

by Jeff Abbott
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Fear by Jeff Abbott

What if you could forget the worst moment of your life?

Miles Kendrick is a federal witness hiding from the mob, constantly haunted by the horrifying memories of his best friend’s death. While helping his psychiatrist with a mysterious favor, Miles stumbles into a murder -- and an illegal medical research program that could free him and millions of others with post-traumatic stress disorder from their crippling fears. In the wrong place at the wrong time, Miles ends up in the cross-hairs of Dennis Groote, an ex-FBI agent turned hitman. Groote is determined to find a cure for his traumatized daughter -- and to gain control of a secret drug formula worth billions on the open market, a formula he believes Miles possesses.

Pursued by both Groote and government agents, Miles runs for his life. He draws on his old skills as a mobster’s spy to survive a deadly duel of strike and counterstrike with the unrelenting and brutal Groote. Miles finds two unlikely allies: a mentally broken ex- soldier and a reclusive woman whose life was destroyed by violence. To save them all -- and with one last chance to be the man he once was -- Miles takes the battle back to the powerful, murderous forces who want to silence one troubled man before he can get his life back. . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525949725
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/17/2006
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.34(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.19(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Jeff Abbott is the New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels. He is the winner of an International Thriller Writers Award (for the Sam Capra thriller The Last Minute) and is a three-time nominee for the Edgar award. He lives in Austin with his family. You can visit his website at www.JeffAbbott.com.

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Fear 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Brenda Ballard for Readers' Favorite Paths collide as three, no, make that more, people's lives intertwine when a secret medical project gets away from its researchers. Miles Kendrick, a post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) sufferer, is asked by his therapist to help her but before he can find out what it is ... she is murdered. Strong arms from several factions become visible and are aggressively seeking the stolen drug known as Frost. Hanging in the balance are countless memories meant to be forgotten, as many lives are to be altered positively forever, and the few caught in the middle who fear for their next breath.  Fear, by Jeff Abbott, is possibly one of the most disturbing and exciting thrillers I have read in years. Although it is a little difficult to sink into the story line at the beginning, it all comes together at once and from there you will not be able to put it down! Fear will raise the hair on your arms, set your toes tapping, and leave you on the edge of your seat. It is so lifelike that conspiracy theories become real and will make you wonder about things you personally have witnessed in life.  Jeff Abbott has an incredible imagination. He shares the twists of his stories in such a way that the reader feels as though they might be a third party to the activities. In one scene, I found myself clenching my jaw so hard that it made my ear hurt ... it is really that good!! Bravo to Mr. Abbott and thank you again for sharing your talent with the world!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, finished it in two days. Surprising twists. I would recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In Miami Miles Kendrick worked for the Barrada mob, but turned against them leading to his best friend¿s death and the FBI hiding him inside the federal witness protection program. He lives, a loose euphemism for it because many things are denied him. For instance he no longer drives a car out of a fear of a bombing, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Miles sees psychiatrist Dr. Allison Vance, who is trying to help him cope with what she has diagnosed as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which developed after he inadvertently killed his best friend while assisting the FBI. --- Surprising Kendrick, Dr. Vance asks for his help, but soon after she is killed by an explosion in her office. He assumes the Barrada mob killed her, but learns she was involved with a new miracle drug Frost touted as curing PTSD he craves trying the drug. However former FBI Agent Dennis Groote turned hitman has other plans for Kendrick, other Vance patients and Frost. If Kendrick fails to control his fears, he will be dead when he and Groote confront one another. --- Though fans will need to accept some of the escapades, this is a superb action thriller that grips the audience from the onset and never slows down until the final altercation as the readers do not know how the antihero will react in the crisis due to the crippling fear he feels. Kendrick¿s desperation to try a potentially dangerous drug to control his fears serves as a metaphor for those with severe illnesses willing to try anything immediately and not wait for FDA approval (besides which their recent record is not to healthy). The story line is action, more action, and super more action as Jeff Abbott provides his fans with a one sitting on the edge of your seat thriller. --- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could have left out about the first 125 pages. But it finally got interesting and was good
TommyNylin More than 1 year ago
I thought this book would have been more of a psychological thriller and was therefore disappointed. However, it was not a bad book just was not what I had in mind when purchasing the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are some spelling mistakes, but I guess that's just eleven-year-old me being obsessive. Liking it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kari put down his pencil, and flicked his tail in annoyance. School always made angels and humans sound bad. He sometimes wondered if tha is what really happened, but he couldnt argue with his history teacher. Kari stood up, and handed his essay in to his teacher. <br> <p> Kari was a demon in the lower realm in the town of Broken Pines, right on the border of human and demon realms. He had short horns and bright red eyes. Unfortunetly for him he had blond hair, a rarer trait, but he was constently looked down upon. Everyone else in town had black or brown hair, like most demons. His tail too was odd. Karis tail was thin, long, and felt like pigs hide, but softer. His tail also ended in a bit of fluff that looked like black flames when he moved it. All of this led to a kid who was convinced he might someday be an anime protaginist or something. <br> <p> The bell rang, and Kari hurried to pack his things. Once that was all said and done, he ran out of the building and- <br> "Going somewhere Coarl?" A demon steaped out of the shadows, flicking his reptillian tail. <br> "James. How nice to see you this fine afternoon. I would like to remind you that my name is not Coarl, its Kari." <br> "Coarl, Kari, same thing. Their both girls names. Lets take a look over here, behind the school, hm?" James grabbed Kari by the ear and dragged to spite the smaller boys protests. "Youre so weak, you might as well be one of 'em angels." <br> "What makes you think angel are bad. You havent met them, they can fly too," the larger boy started to lift Kari to throw him in the trash. "Wait! James-" <br> "Can it scrub," grunted James. <br> "If you dont throw me in, Ill... Ill get you the head of a human! You can say you killed it, or whatever! Dont throw me in! Its trash compacting day and you know it!" Kari felt himself being lowered. <br> "If I see you and you dont have it," James slashed his tail across Karis cheek. "Theyll be more where that came from," Kari sighed. Even though James could beat him up in a heartbeat, that demon could never resist a chance at fame, glory, and a chance to be in the spotlight. But now Kari had to kill a human. Kari sat up and started walking home, slinging his backpack over his sholder has he went. He would leave tomorrow morning and be back in a day with a head, d possibly a lifetime free from James bulling. <br> <p> <br> Please comment. I like it and it makes me happy. Au revoir.
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Gasps and trears come into my eyes. "I'm sorry. I'm so sorry."
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Good start. Loved the dreams. Like how you jumped in like that without a huge intro.
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Once again, Jeff Abbott has written a fast paced mystery with plenty of twists and turns. Furthermore, the price is very good.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Trust a father to do just about anything for his kid. In the case of Dennis Groote, a deranged ex-cop, he will stop at nothing to get hold of a new wonder drug which could lift the nightmarish depression imprisoning his daughter. Unfortunately, a whole lot of other characters also have their own reasons for wanting - or not wanting - to see the drug unleashed on the public. Which means that Groote has to play Dennis the menace to get his way - and he really knows how to dish out hurt. So it is that the story hurtles ahead like a missile locked unerringly on a target. The reader just has to hang on tight for the ride, which is played out in short, snappy chapters, with a terse cliffhanger at the end of each Will the hero, Miles Kendrick, manage to purge his own demons to adapt and stay one step ahead of Groote? Will Celeste Brent, winner of a reality contest, gather her wits for one more Survivor-like challenge to break free of her self-imposed mental shackles? While these characters are not fleshed out enough to gain the reader's sympathy or spark off revulsion, author Abbott knows how to keep the surprises coming thick and fast to compensate for that. The result is that though you think you should be reading something meatier and more thought-provoking, you cannot put this down. Abbott has also done his homework to pepper intriguing but disturbing nuggets of information about mental health to pose this tricky question: Are people really better off if they can totally erase horrible memories?
Progdad More than 1 year ago
Another great Jeff Abbott story. Keeps running right from the start.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my first from this author and will get more. Enjoy this read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not a review of the book. This is for all you SCHOOL KIDS out there who use this review site to make book reports. If you enjoy making book reports so much GO BACK TO SCHOOL. Let the rest of us enjoy the suspense of reading the book ourselves.