Thirty years ago, in a facility buried beneath a vast Wyoming emptiness, an experiment gone awry accidentally opened a door. It is the world’s best-kept secret—and its most terrifying. Trying to regain his life in the Alaskan wilds, ex-con/ex-cop Travis Chase stumbles upon an impossible scene: a crashed 747 passenger jet filled with the murdered dead, including the wife of the [resident of the United States.
Though a nightmare of monumental proportions, it pales before the terror to come, as Chase is dragged into a battle for the future that revolves around an amazing artifact. Allied with a beautiful covert operative whose life he saved, Chase must now play the role he’s been destined for—a pawn of incomprehensible forces or humankind’s final hope—as the race toward Apocalypse begins in earnest. Because something is loose in the world. And doomsday is not only possible...it is inevitable.
©2010 Patrick Lee (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers
"It's all here: brilliantly devious enemies; nifty, innovative gadgets and weaponry; hang-on-to-your-hat action; and razor-sharp plot twists aplenty." (Publishers Weekly)
"Audacious and terrifying - and uncannily believable." (Lee Child)
Jeff Gurner pulls you right into each character and the action, right down to a not-so-real giggle. That voice and giggle were beyond anything I would have imagined reading the book.
This book kept my heart pumping, anxious to hear what would come next.
Patrick Lee has earned a place on my short list of authors I will search for new titles. Kudos Mr. Lee!
Difficult to believe that this was a NYT bestseller. The story is weak and not saved by the "surprise" ending. Lots of gratuitous descriptions of violence. (Spoiler: does a good writer really have to split a guy in half with an elevator and describe the wreckage???) Silly, predictable story begging for a movie and a sequel, neither of which I'll be looking for any time soon. Fortunately there are well written sci-fi thrillers out there.
Interesting story idea and I listened to it, but a lot of "bashing in" heads with a crowbar. I don't mind the occasional murder, but a good portion of this book was graphic description of death.
I enjoyed this book, with reservations. It was pretty much non-stop action from start to finish. The performance by Jeff Gurner was great. I also thought the idea of the Breach was clever; the ending reminding me a little of Inception with layers within layers. What I didn't like was the rather formulaic plot line of: women and/or men that have extraordinary military capabilities, but are killed or tricked easily by evil masterminds; ditto brilliant scientists and government strategists. I also get tired of the kick-butt, militarily-adept female who commands men, kills with ease, and has Zena, Princess Warrior capabilities, but always seems to be a brick-shy-of-a-full-load, when things go bad. Come on! There are a host of better ways to have written this book without some of the B-movie parts. Gosh! Just can't wait for the movie!
I really enjoyed the twists n turns while I tried to see what was coming with no way of predicting that! It kept me guessing the whole time as it got better and I enjoyed it more and more! I hope there's more books dealing with the breach!
This story is anything but boring. With multiple dimensions, battles with vaguely described beings and forces, movements backward and forward in time, it takes an alert listener to stay with the story and not get lost. Sometimes I felt like I was visiting a 21st Century "Wonderland" - just needed a white rabbit.
I'll have to listen to it again some day, to fill in the gaps. Jeff Burner did a great job with narration. He's easy to listen to.
I'm going to look for other books by Patrick Lee.
ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance
I enjoyed "The Breach" quite a bit..the hero is a Jack Reacher type guy who is tough and smart, the female protagonist is, once again, a very smart tech geek computer woman with skills in physical fighting and guns (we have yet another sort of Dragon Tattoo female protagonist here..the female lead du jour this year) and the plot left me guessing--- is it a message in a bottle from aliens or from future humans.
I thought the plot a bit jumpy-lots of back story-but enjoyable. I don't write spoilers so I won't go into details of the plot but as a long time sic-fi reader I liked it a lot.
Writing kept my attention and Jeff Gurner could read me the phone book and keep my attention.
The first of a trilogy it was well worth the on sale at the time credit for me.
Light on romance and heavy on action..The Breach was well worth the credit for me and I plan on getting the second book in the series.
Too far fetched for my taste. The hero gets out of too many tight jams while trained professionals get killed.
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