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Passport to Panic

(1958)
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Lewis Page needs money urgently and a way out. He determines to get it from his wealthy brother, who lives in a remote region of San Mateo in South America. Upon his arrival, however, he finds his brother desperately ill and in the hands of a notorious man named Benevides. Held prisoner, Lewis slowly but surely learns what is going on, whilst Benevides is making newspaper headlines throughout the continent. Fearful and dramatic events, with dangerous and violent intermissions, allow Lewis to rediscover his true self.

Eric Ambler was born into a family of entertainers and in his early years helped out as a puppeteer. However, he initially chose engineering as a full-time career, although this quickly gave way to writing. In World War II he entered the army and looked likely to fight in the line, but was soon after commissioned and ended the war as assistant director of the army film unit and a Lieutenant-Colonel. This experience translated into civilian life and Ambler had a very successful career as a screen writer, receiving an Academy Award for his work on The Cruel Sea, by Nicolas Monsarrat, in 1953. Many of his own works have been filmed, the most famous probably being Light of Day, filmed as Topkapi under which title it is now published. He established a reputation as a thriller writer of extraordinary depth and originality and received many other accolades during his lifetime, including two Edgar Awards from The Mystery Writers of America (best novel for Topkapi and best biographical work for Here Lies Eric Ambler), and two Gold Dagger Awards from the Crime Writer's Association (Passage of Arms and The Levanter). Often credited as being the inventor of the modern political thriller, John Le Carre once described Ambler as "the source on which we all draw". A recurring theme in his works is the success of the well-meaning yet somewhat bungling amateur who triumphs in the face of both adversity and hardened professionals. Ambler wrote under his own name and also during the 1950's a series of novels as Eliot Reed, with Charles Rhodda. These are now published under the Ambler umbrella.



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January 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: Passport To Panic
Author(s): Eric Ambler
ISBN: 0-7551-2540-1 / 978-0-7551-2540-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: House of Stratus
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Title: Passport to Panic
Author(s): Eric Ambler
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Title: Passport to Panic
Author(s): Eric Ambler
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