For decades, inexplicable technology has passed into our world through the top secret anomaly called the Breach.
The latest device can punch a hole into the future . . .
What Paige Campbell saw when she opened a door into 70 years from now scared the hell out of her. She and her Tangent colleagues brought their terrible discovery to the President and were met with a hail of automatic gunfire after leaving the White House. Only Paige survived.
Fearing a terrifying personal destiny revealed to him from the other side of the Breach, Travis Chase abandoned Tangent . . . and Paige Campbell. Now he must rescue her because Paige knows tomorrow's world is desolate and dead, a ghost country scattered with the bones of billions. And Doomsday will dawn in just four short months . . . unless they can find the answers buried in the ruins to come.
But once they cross the nightmare border into Ghost Country, they might never find their way back . . .
©2011 Patrick Lee (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers
First off, don't even consider listening to this book unless you have listened to The Breach. In my opinion, The Breach is a vastly better book, and Ghost Country would spoil many important elements if you were to listen to it first.
As a sequel to The Breach, I was pretty disappointed in Ghost Country. The basic plot was interesting enough, but it lacked the excitement, variety, and twists that were present in The Breach. One of the things I liked so much about The Breach was the various use of the "entities" and their mysterious origins, uses, and consequences. In Ghost Country, the story focuses on just one type of entity, and while it does offer some potentially interesting uses, you'll pull your hair out listening to the characters go through some long, drawn-out sequence of events before they finally realize how to use the entity to their advantage.
On the bright side, Jeff Gurner gives another solid performance in his reading of the book. (If you're unfamiliar with his work, you must check out Daemon and Freedom(tm) by Daniel Suarez.) His narration makes almost makes up for the mediocrity of Ghost Country.
This was a great sequel to The Breach! I almost didn't read this book due to the negative reviews I read, but since I enjoyed The Breach so much I decided to give Ghost Country a try and am so glad I did. The reviews Ghost Country got on Amazon were much more positive and I have to agree. I thought the story was very well done. This book was action packed with a well thought out story. It was a true page turner and the story never let me down. My only disappointment was when the book ended because it was over. I highly recommend Ghost Country!
I really liked this book, up until the ending. The story was written well, the narrator was very good, and listening to this book was enjoyable. The ending however, felt rushed and confusing. There were story items that were not explained and I even went back and re-listened hoping to find I missed something. I'll let other readers decide on their own if it was lacking a few plot items.
I had a hard time listening to the reader. A bit in your face. Also, while the story line was good, there were abrupt changes that lost me for a while and no real character development. While I enjoy good action adventure I like to get to know the players a little more.
I might try another book by this author if it had a different reader.
I thought he was too abrupt, too strong a voice. It might have been what was required by the tone the author wished to create, but I found it unpleasant and I was easily distracted from the story.
I liked the idea of the story, but because I was so distracted while listening to the reader's voice, I often lost the thread.
I am not sure exactly why some reviewers are whining that this was not a good book because it was not as good as the first book of the series. Hardly any sequel can ever be as good as the first book (or movie) since the more spectacular concepts are typically introduced in the first of any series.
This was just fine as a sequel and had the same suspense and tone as the first book. Well worth it and I would recommend it highly.
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"Ghost Country" follows 'The Breach" with more details as to what 'entities' that come from the hole into the future are and why they are being sent. 'Entities' are weird gadgets that appear in a whole in the time continuum for no apparent reason. Scientists try to figure out what these thingies are, what to do with them, and the author has shown some humor in his description of the 'entities', such as 'heavy towels'..dishcloths that weight tons..a sort of ??who knows why? sort of thing. Also sent thru are dangerous things and silly things.
This could be a stand alone novel-the plot is well written and details revealed slowly. Protagonists from "The Breach" reunite and continue with a plot that caught me unawares. It was not predictable which I like a lot..dislike novels that I can figure out in advance!
I don't write spoilers, so I won't go into lots of details, but I strongly suggest those who enjoy "The Breach" buy "Ghost Country".I think the author has written a stronger second novel and look forward to the third in this trilogy-it's available now so I bought it half way thru "The Breach".
I would easily recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Sci-Fi thrillers. Not only was the storyline original, but it was well thought out, detailed, and wrapped up in the end. Also, the author had a great knack for anticipating my questions and answering them before it ruined my suspension of disbelief and it did not have a J.K. Rowling 19 years later type of ending. The only monkey in the wrench, so to speak, was the character Bethany who seemed to possess unrealistic computer savvy. But I guess her character was needed in order for the storyline to progress, so it was something I could easily overlook.
As mentioned, the plot was well thought out which allowed the story to always move forward by revealing new facts while still covering or answering old ones.
I've been an audiobook fan for a few years, and for me the narrator is almost as important as the author. He/she can make or break an otherwise great story. He does a great job of making every character plausible and where you instantly recognize the character which keeps you in the story moment without struggling to remember where you are.
My biggest reaction or thoughts about the whole experience was the overall enjoyment of the entertainment factor. For me the devil is in the details and it can be a deal breaker. Nothing slaps me in the face and screams
For me a great mystery is where the reader has to get inside the mind of the author and figure out what happened. A great sci-fi is just the opposite. The author has to get inside the mind of the reader in advance and figure out what his objections will be to believing his story. Kudos to the author for his originality and doing just that.
I liked that it kept me in suspense at all times.
Can't wait for more books by Patirck Lee
Jef Gurner is one of my favorite narrators. He can switch his voice making it easy to detect who is who and his voice is easy to listern to for long intervals.
Definitely a good read. Entertaining, and very interesting story line.
The one thing lacking is an actual ending. Just a sudden end with no real resolution or explanation of what happened.
all things considered, this book is well written, entertaining and well worth the read. I hope this series continues along the same lines.
Relatively Quiet Remnant of Sanity.
I stumbled onto the Breach Series because of Jeff Gurner. He's a great reader, IMHO.
This book was a good action packed thrill ride, but I didn't like it as much as the first book in the series. The story is fun and the tech that Lee invents in his books tend to be creative and fantastic. His writing reminds me a little of Daniel Suarez, but that might due to Jeff Gurner reader both authors for the audio version.
My one complaint with this book is that the author tended to leave the reader hanging, over and over again. The characters can't believe what they are seeing, but the reader has to wait another few paragraphs before they find out what it is. In some instances that is okay, but it felt overused.
For what it's worth, I did listen to this in two sittings. I had a 5 hour car trip and listened to half going one way and half going back home. I probably could (should) have taken a break or two from the action, but it was intriguing enough to keep me entertained for the whole ride.
There were a few plot points which were predictable to the outsider, but it makes sense that certain characters wouldn't be thinking in those terms in the heat of the moment, so I won't fault him for anything like that.
If you're into the tech thriller genre, or if you just love hearing Jeff Gurner read, this book is worth adding to your library.
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