Jeff Abbott - Fear
"The story just kept running at full throttle… "
Miles Kendrick is a federal witness hiding from the mob. He is haunted by the horrifying memories of his best friend's death. While helping his psychiatrist with a mysterious favour, 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 crippling fears. Utterly in the wrong place at the wrong time, Miles ends up in the path of Dennis Groote, an ex-FBI agent, now turned hit man. Groote is determined to find a cure for his traumatised daughter - and equally determined to gain control of a secret drug formula worth billions on the open market. A formula that 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 counter-strike 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 this one troubled man before he can get his life back...
This was certainly a different sort of book. Written from the perspective of someone who was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after killing his best friend and who is also now in Witness Protection after a Police sting has gone horribly wrong.
With the help of other patients and his therapist, Michael/Miles is on the run to find the truth about what happened to him before he went into Witness Protection and to save his own life and that of his new found friends.
The subject matter here was certainly strange and I found it a little far fetched at times, yet I did enjoy the humour of the book. The characters, both real and imagined (!), were well thought out and multi dimensional. The story just kept running at full throttle all the way from start to finish, with allegiances changing with every page and a really good surprise twist at the end.
A fast paced novel and well worth a read.
Reviewed by: H.A.