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If there was a drug that allowed people to forget the worst moment of their lives, how far would someone go to obtain it, given the potential profit? Such a drug, code-named Frost, lies at the heart of Abbott's latest novel. Miles Kendrick is in the federal witness protection program and also undergoing therapy for post-traumatic stress syndrome, a condition manifested by his being haunted by the "ghost" of his best friend, Andy. When his therapist is blown up in her office, Miles finds himself being pursued, along with two other PTS patients, by several deadly factions, each of whom erroneously believes that the trio possesses the priceless Frost. Ganser delivers a strong performance as narrator. His characterizations, especially the ruthless yet oddly sympathetic hit-man, Groot, and the annoying but funny phantom, Andy, are nicely delivered. But it is his sense of pace that keeps this audiobook moving. Ganser manages to convey the excitement, suspense and urgency of Abbott's thriller, keeping listeners on the edge of their seats through every chase and narrow escape. Simultaneous release with the Dutton hardcover (Reviews, June 12). (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Miles Kendrick is in the Witness Protection Program following his testimony against a Florida mob family. In the final confrontation with gang members, Miles accidentally kills his friend Andy, and now Andy's spirit haunts him in his new life in Santa Fe, NM. When he learns of an experimental drug called "frost" that could cure him of his posttraumatic stress disorder, Miles also finds that this knowledge could cost him his life. Along with fellow PTSD-sufferers Celeste (a reality-show winner who witnessed a brutal murder) and Nathan (an Iraqi war veteran), Miles embarks on a complex, bloody journey that takes him from New Mexico to California. Is frost a miracle drug or a flawed product that kills those who take it? Will Miles and his allies be able to defeat the never-ending series of villains willing to kill to keep their secrets? Abbott's dialog is sometimes overwrought, and the tale could lose a character or two, but L.J. Ganser skillfully carries listeners through all of the twists and turns of this suspenseful story. Recommended for medium and large public libraries.-Joseph L. Carlson, Allan Hancock Coll., Lompoc, CA Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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