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)
Science fiction is my favorite genre and the plot element of the eponymous "Breach" has a lot of potential. However, this author unfortunately does not realize how important it is for the "fantastic" elements of the story to make sense (at least in a relative way) to the reader. Brandon Sanderson has written a lot on this subject in his discussion of how to write "magic systems" in fantasy, and the same applies to non-hard science fiction as well. The primary plot driver in this book is like a "Deus Ex Machina" in reverse--an enemy that can do anything and knows everything. The characters' internal dialog in the book constantly bemoans how powerless they are against this force, and that's the reason why this book becomes so tedious to listen to. You just end up waiting for the end of the book and having to content yourself with the interesting parts of the book you find along the way.
Nice action thriller that never lets up. Unlike all too many audio books, this narration helps the story instead of distracting from it. Looking forward to getting the next book.
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!
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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.
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.
Too far fetched for my taste. The hero gets out of too many tight jams while trained professionals get killed.
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 was disappointed in the Breach- It never really went anywhere but I do not like science fiction. The book could have stopped many pages before it did and I cannot say I enjoyed it.
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