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Constant Fear

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  830 ratings  ·  136 reviews
In Daniel Palmer’s electrifying, brilliantly plotted new thriller, a private school campus becomes a battleground as a desperate father takes on a terrifying enemy….

When Jake Dent’s dreams of baseball glory fell apart in a drunk-driving incident, his marriage did too. In those dark days, a popular survivalist blog helped to restore Jake’s sense of control. He’s become an a
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published May 26th 2015 by Kensington
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Judy D Collins
Top 50 Books of 2015 "Best Audiobook (tie), Best Father/Son Action Adventure Suspense Thriller."

No one can pull out all the stops like Daniel Palmer, one of my top all-time favorite suspense authors, having read all his books, while anxiously awaiting his next adrenaline rush thriller.

In Palmer's upcoming latest, CONSTANT FEAR, he turns up the complexity, suspense, and intensity, with father and son team, fighting against a terrifying enemy.

In Winston, Massachusetts, Berkshire County, a quin
Maureen DeLuca
Feb 12, 2018 rated it liked it
It wasn't that bad of a read- the idea was interesting, and I have to say at times it was a bit bogged down with 'stuff'. Reading the reviews for this book there were 4 and 5 star reads all the way down to 2 stars.

Here we have some kids, who are smart and hack into a computer and steal 'bit coins' -Turns out the money was from a drug cartel gang.... never a good idea.

The story is ok to good, kept my interest most of the time......a bit far fetched the other times---but hey, it's a book! And li
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jake Dent is a single father raising his diabetic son, Andy. Jake is a Doomsday Prepper. He also is a baseball pitcher whose career ended after a drunk driving accident. Jake works as a custodian at the Pepperell Academy, a private high school.

Andy is a computer geek who attends Pepperell Academy. He forms a club, called the Shire, with five of his friends. They are hackers who steal money from rich parents and give the money to charities. Things get dangerous when they steal $200 million in bit
May 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, thriller
I received a copy of Constant Fear by Daniel Palmer in exchange for my honest review.

Jake Dent is a dooms day prepper in the closet. His son, Andy, is a hacker Robin Hood. What happens when Andy steals from the wrong people?

An interesting premise with an execution that did not do it justice.

First, the entire attitude that being a prepper is some awful, dirty secret that Jake has to hide didn't really jive with me. I'm a hippie and I have hippie friends - perhaps that's why I don't find the no

I've not read one of this authors books before, I don't know why, maybe its because I've not heard of him until the other day when I saw a book friend reading Trauma.

I realized then I had the first chapter of CONSTANT FEAR from Net Galley to read, so I hoped on that today.

Its a great introduction to this author for me. I was enthralled with his writing. Its really made me want to read the rest of this book.

This is about a Father and son.....

I don't want to spoil anything and lay it all out on
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This one was definitely a page turner! My iPad said I had four hours to go in this book, next thing I knew it was 36 minutes. It was that intense. My roommate came home during the last hour and a half of it and I raised my hand and said "I'm in the middle of a hostage crisis". He shook his head and left me alone. Ha!

Seriously at the beginning it was a little slow, but that was just leading up to the good part, then another little slow part, then a greater part, then came the greater part, and t
Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
This is one of those reviews that I hate to write. Why do I hate to write it? Well, let me explain.

I judge a book by its cover. I know that I’m not supposed to, but I do. Constant Fear has a fantastic cover, that’s what first grabbed my attention.

The next thing that I look at is the synopsis, and Constant Fear has a great sounding premise; a fallen hero (Jake Dent) is haunted by a mistake from his past. Jake’s son has become a modern day Robin Hood who has bitten off more than he can chew. Jake
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
(audio) sigh. another one that i didn't love or didn't hate. it was honestly a chore to get through, but not so much that i abandoned it. it felt tedious and it was also painfully slow in some places. out of 11 hours, the last 2 were the best. those 2 hours were the 2 hours i anxiously wanted to finish. those 2 hours, though, did not save this book for me. too predictable.
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
I could see this as a movie. The premise was something that worked for me. This is a father/son book. The father is a fanatical prepper and he is so fanatical about it that he feels the need to hide it from his girlfriend. He raised his son with this ideal, but the son realizes he is not on-board with his dad's life outlook. With the set up done, the story finally begins. It was predictable (not to mention highly highly improbable), but I really enjoyed the dad's journey in this. We all want a d ...more
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this was great! Heart pounding and pushed adrenaline the whole way! What happens when you steal money and you steal from a Mexican cartel? Matters get way worse when someone then steals the money from you! To make matters worse you are kids! Who do you turn to? Yikes! It was my first read by this author but not my last by far!!!
Debbie Oxier
Mar 11, 2016 rated it liked it
I hated giving this three stars because there were several things I really liked about this book. I loved the characters. Jack was a single father. He'd once been on the road to becoming a major league baseball star when an accident while driving drunk put an end to that career. Then his son was diagnosed with diabetes. As a result, Jack's wife, Lauren, walked out on Jack and Andy, never to be seen again. Now Andy is in high school, attending the private school where Jack works as the janitor. J ...more
Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: summer-bingo
I found this one to be nonstop action. Jake has been beaten down a few times in his life and in response becomes a prepper (like the guys on tv). He has worked not only to stock food and supplies but also guns and ammo. Additionally he and his son, Andy, practice their skills. Jake's day job is as a janitor at a private high school and part of the benefits include tuition for his son. His son and a few other semi-geeky kids form 'The Shire' and they become modern day Robin Hoods - skimming money ...more
Apr 30, 2015 rated it liked it
This had a great premise and having enjoyed the author's previous work, I was expecting more out of this. The characters never seemed quite developed enough, there was a death that seemed out of place, and the bad guy was predictable. On the plus side it was an intriguing read. There was a lot of action and kept you going. This also felt more like the first in a series, but I think it is meant to be a standalone.
Jane Russo
Jun 29, 2015 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book, at the beginning. Mid way through the book it just seemed to get bogged down and when it should have been suspenseful it wasn't. The book was about 100 pages too long
Nikki Sciarrino
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a really good story about a boy who is struggling to find his way and his father who had found a way to bury everything that he felt like he couldn't handle in the past.

I really enjoyed the baseball analogies, it demonstrated how Jake still compared everything to that time in his life. I love how Jake didn't want Andy to ever feel like his mother left because of him. He did a great job raising his son on his own and was finally starting to realize that there was another chance at love f
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book lived up to its review, if you like Lynwood Barclay or Harlan Coben, you'll enjoy this book as well
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Jake Dent is the facilities manager at an expensive private school in the country. He has a son, Andy, he's proud of and a nice girlfriend, Ellie, who would like the relationship to be serious. Jake has a secret, he's a Prepper in his off hours. Andy also has a secret which is going to pull them into a maelstrom of trouble.

I really enjoyed this book. It's a thriller with improbable scenarios; I can get on board with that if the author is able to keep the tension rising and reality hovering on t
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
This review has also been posted on Devin's Book Hub. I had received an eARC for reviewing purposes, but it doesn't change my opinion on the book. :)

Jake and his teenage son Andy live alone in a trailer in a quiet Massachusetts town. His ex-wife Laura has been out of the picture for many, many years after Jake was in a drunk-driving incident which threw his baseball career out the window, as well as Andy's diagnosis with diabetes. It was too much for her to handle so she walked out of his life,
Jennifer  (BTH Reviews)
4.5 stars

*I received a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This review originally appeared on my blog: Books That Hook

Constant Fear is an exciting thriller about a man named Jake who is raising his son on his own, in an unusual manner. Jake is a doomsday prepper. He has tried to instill in his son the necessity to be ready for an attack of any kind. The story gripped me at the beginning because I didn't know who Jake and Andy were running from. Jake mentions an enemy, but he doesn't say w
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.0 out of 5 stars -= Be prepared...

Jack Dent and his son, Andy, live in a double wide trailer in Massachusetts -- close by Andy's prep school where Jack works as the head of maintenance. Because of some issues in his past, Jack has become a doomsday prepper and has trained and drilled his son for the day when the world falls apart. Jack stresses that they must control what they can, even more difficult sometimes because Andy has diabetes, and Jack is a single parent. All of this preparation, th
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First book I've read by Daniel Palmer but it certainly will not be the last. Excellent suspense thriller that is hard to put down. Jake Dent is an unassuming maintenance man at the exclusive Pepperell Academy hiding a secret obsession. He is a prepper....someone who prepares for doomsday. The only person who shares his secret is his son Andy, who thinks his dad is foolish but goes along with his dad's prepper drills and training. But Andy has a secret of his own. Andy has formed a club of hacker ...more
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
Meh, just, meh. I enjoyed the character development but it still left me feeling unfulfilled. It wasn't a very original story either, since I know i have read a few of similar plot. But the titles are not coming to mind, i guess they were also forgettable. There's better reads with better plots then this. Skip!
Shannon Dyer
May 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Round up to 3.5 stars. Improbable ending.
Barbara Bryan
Apr 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
Just not my thing. Stupid story, End of world survivalist, drug cartel, kid hackers.
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
Once again author Daniel Palmer weaves an interesting tale with his suspense thriller, "Constant Fear". Palmer never fails to come up with some unique plots that branch off into many twists and turns. Protagonist Jake Dent is a custodian at a prestigious secondary academy for the really rich. Set in the western Massachusetts town of Winston, Pepperell Academy is as high priced as it is prestigious. Jake in his younger days had a left arm that major league baseball scouts dreamed about. However b ...more
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
The last 1/3 to possibly 1/2 of this book would have earned 4 stars, had it not been attached to the first half. Not that it was bad, just REALLLLY SLOOOW to pull me in. I almost gave up on it several times -- the story was semi-interesting, decent characters, but I really just didn't care about them until the plot started to move a little more than half-way through. If you make it that far, it becomes a pretty good book.
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lot going on here.

This was a good story. . .in many way, I wasn’t sure I would like it when I found out Jake was a prepper and forcing his son into drills he didn’t want to do but it turned out to be a good thing for both of them. The story was action packed and the ending was excellent. Kept me interested to the end. Well done.
Elaine Jones
Slow start but...

I almost didn't read this but I continued. The plot picked up and the storyline raced along. I couldn't stop, stayed up way too late finishing. Will definitely read more by Daniel Palmer.
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book very much. It kept my interest throughout. The characters were very believable. It was an interesting setup with kids being held hostage at a school. The bad guys were really bad and it was cathartic to see them get what they deserved!
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
The story set-up was very predictable and a little boring. I found it interesting that the protagonist was embarrassed to let anyone know he was a prepper. But then, when it came time to use his skills, his prepping somehow made him into a one-man SWAT team. Too ridiculous, but some fun action.
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DANIEL PALMER is the author of four critically-acclaimed suspense novels. After receiving his master’s degree from Boston University, he spent a decade as an e-commerce pioneer. A recording artist, accomplished blues harmonica player, and lifelong Red Sox fan, Daniel lives in New Hampshire with his wife and two children where he is currently at work on his next novel.

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