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Panic (Leopold Blake Thriller #2)

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  704 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews
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 three 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. Unfortunate
Kindle Edition, 286 pages
Published February 26th 2013 by WJ Books Ltd
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Nick Stephenson
Feb 20, 2013 Nick Stephenson rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
[comments from the author] I wrote Panic to best capture the essence of books I enjoy reading the most. Namely; flat-out pacing, plot twists a-plenty, pulse-pounding action, and a central mystery that will keep you guessing. I wanted to combine the brain-twists of a classic mystery with the excitement of an action thriller, and I’m very pleased with the results.

I hope you all enjoy.
Jan 09, 2014 Judie rated it liked it
Just think of the Energizer Bunny: He just keeps going and going and going.

Criminology consultant Leopold Blake and the others working on his case–his body guard, Jerome, and Police Sergeant Mary Jordan--could be the bunny’s models. Despite being knocked unconscious, beaten, shot, and otherwise put out of commission, they manage to wake up, get up, and continue chasing the bad guys.
The deaths of three state senators from different areas of the country, all appearing to be suicides, and the di
Craig McGray
Feb 21, 2013 Craig McGray rated it really liked it
Buckle up, because Nick Stephenson has penned a thriller that speeds by at break-neck pace. Leopold Blake and his partner Jerome, have grabbed me by the throat and I can't wait to see what they have waiting for them in the rest of the series.

With precise blows, Stephenson creates fight scenes that had me clenching my jaw with tension. The twists and turns put into the story kept me guessing and it only took a couple of sittings before I turned the last page.

Solid character development, and obv
Debbie Oxier
Feb 20, 2016 Debbie Oxier rated it really liked it
I probably should have read Wanted first in order to better understand what Leopold "Leo" Blake referred to as his team. There is Jerome, his bodyguard. Jeremy's presence is necessary because Leo is extremely wealthy and he also spends most of his time fighting bad guys. Jerome can fight like nobody's business and also has an arsenal of weapons that would put most law enforcement agencies to shame. Then there is Mary. She actually works for the police department but there's a connection between ...more
Simon Jenner
Oct 02, 2013 Simon Jenner rated it really liked it
With danger lurking around every corner, FBI consultant Leopold Blake fights for his life on way too many occasions as he tries to get to the bottom of a well-planned kidnapping and several high profile murders.

Leopold is an unusual but likeable character. He will do whatever it takes to see justice prevail and seems to have a sixth sense for clues that others miss. Jerome is his beast of a bodyguard, but after 20 years of service has become more of a sidekick and best friend. He is definitely t
Feb 28, 2013 Laura rated it liked it
Waiting within the pages of 'Panic' there are some fascinating characters. I particularly liked the ever resourceful bodyguard Jerome who has strength and heart in equal measure... Well maybe just a little more strength. That man's a beast! One of the great things about the book is that even the support characters are given heart and purpose - I found Arthur hilarious!

This book definitely reminded me of Sherlock Holmes mixed with a generous helping of James Bond. As a reader I was instantly intr
Jaideep Khanduja
Feb 03, 2014 Jaideep Khanduja rated it it was amazing

Book Review: Panic by Nick Stephenson: An FBI Expert Becomes Murder Suspect

Panic: A Leopold Blake Thriller is written by Nick Stephenson in a very interesting manner that makes this murder mystery fiction a very engrossing read. Three top political leaders are murdered in a mysterious manner and the case goes to FBI expert Leopold Blake who has expertise in resolving such kind of complex cases. The cases which are of very high complexity and are thought to
Rashmi Pant
Jul 25, 2014 Rashmi Pant rated it it was ok
Leopold Blake is an extremely rich man. He as all the time in the world and can just "look" at a crime scene and "solve it". He has access to the latest, in technology in terms of weapons and kills with impunity. Fights break out, people are killed but no collateral damage and no witnesses found. Crimes scenes cleaned up and no evidence left. All this and he is just a police consultant! Well, please forgive me if i say, some logic would have been nice.
Oct 28, 2013 Kristi rated it liked it
Fun novel. The main character Leopold Blake is a bit Sherlockian in his deduction skills. The book is full of action and there were some moments with eyeballs that made me pretty squeamish. Some of the situations they found themselves in got a bit over-the-top for me. Enjoyed the cast of characters and look forward to reading more about them. The mystery is solved...sort of. Definitely leads you on to the next book(s).
Terry Parrish
Jan 26, 2015 Terry Parrish rated it it was amazing
Loved it. These books are so fast to read. Like the story and the conclusions of them, too. Now on to the next one.
Kay Hadashi
Jun 25, 2013 Kay Hadashi rated it it was amazing
Exciting book to read. The scenes were unique and exciting, with a fresh plot and characters. The first book I've read in a long time that I couldn't put down.
Jane Blanchard
Feb 02, 2017 Jane Blanchard rated it really liked it
Nick Stephenson continues the "Private Investigator Series of Crime and Suspense" with Panic. In this suspenseful thriller, Leopold Blake must solve the mystery of three murdered senators and the kidnapping of another senator's daughter. In the process, he becomes the target and fights for his life. As Leopold makes crime scene deductions, I can almost hear Sherlock saying, "Elementary."

The action is steady, though at times, unbelievably over-the-top. In spite of Leopold's and Jerome's (his body
Rishika S.
Dec 02, 2013 Rishika S. rated it liked it
Panic comes with a tagline of sorts - A Leopold Blake Thriller. There is only one problem with that though; the book isn't all that much of a thriller.

The good points of Panic include a more than decent story line, a good mix of characters, and some really detailed action sequences that leave you feeling like you're watching a movie. Unfortunately, even the good points couldn't really hold up the book or make it very thriller like.

While the story is not bad, it's not exactly innovative or out of
Kelsey Ketch
At first, I was very intrigued by Panic, especially in the initial chapters. They were thrilling and engaging. I loved the introduction of the different characters. I even liked how Leopold proved himself an expert in the very first chapter, countering the doubt the police had over the homicide scene. Unfortunately, about half way through, the story lost my interest for several reasons.

The first reason was that Leopold had too much knowledge about… well… everything. It wasn’t that he was just an
Jul 28, 2016 Heather rated it it was ok
This is the 2nd book in this series that I have read. It is the last one I will read. Such a bummer because it was my summer reading project to read all of these books, but I cannot go on.

Much like Wanted, the story begins kind of in the middle. Yes, it draws the reader in. No, it never catches the read up. As I said in my review of Wanted, it's like joining a tv series half way through the first season. This book is like joining in Season 2. Yes, I know the character names, but that is all I kn
Apr 18, 2014 Nicko rated it liked it
This book was a good read but lost two stars for the following reasons:

1) The story reads like an 80's action flick. The mystery is really non-existent since you get to know the real bad guy early on into the book. Not much of a twist until the very end and it's not a twist: it's a cliffhanger that I am assuming sets the tone of the second book. Everything else is action. Unrealistic action. Another reviewer noted that Leopold Blake seems to be all-knowing / all-powerful and this rings true. The
Jul 22, 2015 Barbara rated it it was amazing
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 nic ...more
Aug 16, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it
Police consultant Leopold Blake is asked by police to look into the case of a US Senator who had committed suicide. The Senator was third Senator to die under odd circumstances. Leopold quickly points out it was murder pure and simple. Christina Logan, daughter of powerful Senator Logan is then kidnapped. Police Sergeant Mary Jordan is assigned the case. Leopold and his right hand / help with everything man Jerome team up with Mary. The story line has Leopold, Mary, and Jerome through some tough ...more
Feb 15, 2014 Bert rated it really liked it
This is the first of the Leopold Blake mystery series novels. We have the protagonist as an independently wealthy criminalist/profiler/consultant who is called in to find the killer of three state senators and three young adults. He or she has also kidnapped the adult daughter of a United States Senator. Lots of enigmatic twists & turns, as slowly the connection between the events becomes more obvious. The author has skillful descriptions of physical challenges and confrontations, weapons sy ...more
Jan 07, 2014 Tom rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, i-own, kindle
I'm struggling to say that I liked this book, but I'm struggling to explain why. I think it's in the unanswered questions. Who exactly is Leopold Blake? Why does he have a bodyguard? What is his story? Why is he in the role that he is? The narrator frequently calls him "the consultant". What exactly does that mean? Is he a private eye? He's never really called that. Who is Mary? What is her relationship with Leopold? She seems to not care that Leopold breaks all kinds of laws in the interest of ...more
Sep 01, 2014 Denise rated it it was amazing
I am never let down when I read a book by Nick Stephenson. 'Panic' is another example of a great thriller/mystery. I love the Leopold Blake series. This is a great novel with action, thrills, suspense and always filled with remarkable results. Well written. The storyline was absolutely gripping. I could not put it down. The characters are as always, great. I love how Leopold never wavers from his characteristic way of getting to the bottom of things and you can always bet he will get himself int ...more
Lauren Good
Aug 04, 2013 Lauren Good rated it liked it
Shelves: suspense, mystery
A laughably absurd novel, but I kind of enjoyed it. The protagonists Sherlockian leaps of logic are one thing, but he's a wealthy and well-known individual and they leave his battered car at the scene of a crime amongst other destruction -- and no one comes looking for him? He's running around coming up with military-esque attack plans (with no such background as far as I can tell) absolutely blindly, and his friendly NYPD sergeant is more than happy to follow him, break laws with him, and walk ...more
Apr 05, 2014 James rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Having already been disappointed by book two in this series, I decided to give the author another chance and wish I hadn't. This is a fast-moving mystery that could have made a great read, but it is written more as a come-on for the rest of the series than a stand-alone book. It is the first in the series, and the author fulfilled his purpose well. Unfortunately, his purpose was to promote the other Leopold Blake books rather than to provide the reader with a great reading experience. He introdu ...more
Dec 15, 2014 Dave rated it it was amazing
My criteria in reviewing a fiction 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 mom
Feb 08, 2014 Janet rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery & thriller lovers
Panic, by Nick Stephenson, is one of those mysteries where you keep reading it even though you need to do something else. Leopold Blake & his bodyguard Jerome are quite a pair. I can't imagine anyone having their combined strength plus knowledge of computers and weapons. I'm pretty sure that some of the weapons they used or encountered don't really exist in the real world, but it was fun to read about their uses.

I didn't realize that I was reading the 2nd book in the Leopold Blake series, so
Apr 05, 2015 Joanna rated it it was ok
I got this as part of a two book package on Kobo. I'd never heard of the author before and thought this was good way to check it out. Sad to say, I was disappointed.

I found the writing bland and formulaic. The characters were predictable and flat - anyone who's read any of the Pendergast series knows how good these types of characters can be, and this feels like a lame, sophomoric copy.

I confess I didn't finish the book - I got to where I just didn't care anymore. There are so many amazing boo
Oct 16, 2013 Min rated it it was ok
The plot was predictable. The characters were reasonably ok, nothing unusual about the silent yet efficient bodyguard, the pretty but tired police detective, and the mr-know-it-all expert. The fighting scenes are a little drawn out to my liking, although I appreciate the moves required. A typical Hero wins the day despite all the hurt, injuries, and everything else thrown at them. Amazing how the Hero (in this case, the Expert) can survive everything, and I mean, everything, but all the bad guys ...more
Apr 16, 2015 Shanitapita rated it really liked it
Whoa. The title of this book, Panic, really starts to make sense in the last 25 pages. Intense! I was nervous and it was great. I thought the story was smart and complex, I had to pay close attention. There was one death that was particularly gruesome, that I didn't care for, but on a whole I just enjoy these characters. Leopold. That man can take a punch! I very much enjoyed this follow up to Wanted. The cliffhanger at the end of Panic makes it even more likely that I will keep reading the seri ...more
Daniel Ace
Sep 14, 2014 Daniel Ace rated it really liked it
My first time with Leopold and his world. When you read this, your mind will immediately draw parallels with Sherlock and Elementary. Don't give up. Stay with the story. This is the first book in a thriller series. It establishes the world and the players in it. A fast moving story that at the end throws in a twist that I wasn't expecting at all that makes me very intrigued to read more about this series.
Aug 07, 2013 Tara rated it did not like it
1. No character development: It felt like the characters were written about somewhere else and you should have come in knowing them. 2. Silly and see through plot: I had it mostly figured about 1/3 in. 3. Main character kept reminding me of a combo of Sherlock Holmes and Tony Stark (Ironman.) Too many gadgets, ridiculous fight scenes and lack of injury, considering the brutality of the fight scenes, made the character seem "super-heroish."
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Nick Stephenson was born and raised in Cambridgeshire, England and will now refer to himself in the first person. My approach to writing is to hit hard, hit fast, and leave as few spelling errors as possible. I write thrillers, suspense novels, and the occasional witty postcard, all of which are designed to get your pulse pounding. Don’t let my headshot fool you – I’m actually full colour, on most ...more
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