Terminus

Narrated by: Ray Porter
Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,344 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Murdoch’s past has finally come crashing down on him. His former girlfriend. His Family. He’s been happily avoiding them for ages, trying to live something close to a normal life. But now he’s been drawn back into another one of their ludicrous attempts to bring about the end of all things. 

Chase has spent the past year just trying to get away. Trying to escape the memories that won’t stop following him, the moment when his life collapsed. He’s traveled around the world trying to stay ahead of it all, but those final moments may be catching up with him at last. 

Anne is tired of living in the past. She’s finally looking to the future and embracing her destiny. She’s going to lead the Family forward on their greatest, final crusade to destroy the hated Machine of their long-time adversary. 

Their paths will intersect in the middle of nowhere, on an uncharted island where the walls of reality are thin...and an apocalyptic threat is tearing its way through.

©2020 Peter Clines (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC.

Our favorite moments from Terminus

"We will save this world from itself."
"The big lie always started with a lot of boring truth."
Murdoch and Anne meet to discuss their mission.

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About the Creator

Peter Clines was the inspiration for both the epic poem Beowulf and the motion picture Raiders of the Lost Ark, and is single-handedly responsible for repelling the Martian Invasion of 1938 that occurred in Grovers Mills, New Jersey. He grew up in the Stephen King fallout zone of Maine, where—fueled by a love of comic books, Star Wars, and Saturday morning cartoons—he started writing sci-fi and fantasy stories at the age of eight. He is the author of The New York Times best-selling time-travel adventure Paradox Bound, the sci-fi thrillers Dead Moon and The Fold, and the acclaimed Ex-Heroes series. His other works include Dead Men Can’t Complain, The Junkie Quatrain, the ongoing Carter and Kraft short story series, a collection of unproduced screenplays, and countless articles about the film and television industry. He currently lives and writes somewhere in Southern California.

About the Performer

Listener favorite and multiple award-winning narrator Ray Porter continues his out-of-this-world partnership with Peter Clines, delivering an epic performance while giving voice to a number of memorable characters. He has performed more than 300 books across many genres and was named an Audible Narrator of the Year in 2015.

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Super dope entry in the Threshold series

Heck, this was good. This return to the present fits perfectly as a follow-up to 14 and The Fold. I’d say it’s more 14 than The Fold (though I liked The Fold better), but I don’t know how to get more into it without spoilers.

I guess I can say that, unlike the first three books in the series, you really do need to have read the previous books, 14 and The Fold (Dead Moon isn’t necessary) for this one to make sense.

If you’re into the Threshold series so far you’re gonna love this one.

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Excellent addition to the series

Peter has said in interviews that he doesn’t like it when you have to read the entire series for the latest book to make any sense, and he writes with that in mind. Terminus, as in Dead Moon, doesn’t require you to have read -14- and The Fold to make sense - but it sure helps. Fans of the series have been clamoring for a direct sequel to the first two books. We only kind of get that, as only two of the characters we’ve met thus far actually return...though one we’ve only met indirectly shows up in spades. Well...two of him show up, but that’s complicated. If you’re clamoring for more of a direct sequel, like me, you’re going to have to wait. Damn you, Peter!!!! *dramatically shakes fist at the heavens*
Clines jumps directly into the action here. No time is wasted AT ALL. The story has a large, international cast, tight pacing, monsters, mayhem, and - as a bonus to me - the destruction of Los Angeles. Don’t worry, it all gets sorted out in the end. Sort of. Well...not so much actually. How does one say that it both IS and ISN’T ok? Schrödinger’s Ending? Have I coined a new phrase? Anyway. Fans of Lovecraftian horror should enjoy this, though in this one we don’t get the slow burn of creeping existential dread. All in all, Terminus is an exciting addition to the Threshold series, even if the stories are only tangentially related to each other.

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Finally continuation

Within minutes I was hooked. Characters were coming back and plots were coming together. It’s the first book that needs you to read anything from before but I’m glad we’re pushing the story forward.

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Better than Dead Moon but...

I absolutely loved 14, and I really liked The Fold. I have listened to both many times with no diminished enjoyment. Dead Moon I could barely slog through. I appreciate the author working to incorporate 14, The Fold and Terminus into a cohesive storyline, but for me it didn't feel like it was the original plan, more of something he did because everyone cried for it. The characters were barely developed and only in the most ham-handed fashion (sorry, but having a character constantly only know things because their dead daughter showed him something once is not character development), some very clunky dialogue, convenient skill sets (oh, you were an honest policeman? oh, you were an electrician?) and convenient emotional ties (oh, your daughter died at the same age as some other kids and so now we are going to have a fight about it?) and a surprising lack of peril. Don't get me wrong, people are killed and cities are destroyed left and right, but you don't actually feel worried about it. Also, it was pretty apparent that Clines ran out of ways to describe how big the alpha predators are and seemed as tired of doing so as I was of listening to it. The book also seemed a bit lazy. Mechanics are poorly described and consciousness transference is literally glossed over with no explanation or even attempt at one. The kidnapping of a main character and transport across the world? Don't ask how, but it happened. Even the reasoning behind two random civilians being on a cargo freighter is under-explained, possibly to add an air of "mystery", but instead just adding to plot convenience.
Perhaps one day Clines will give us a novel explaining how the Family developed- why they are mutated at a certain age and to varying degrees, where their money comes from, how they and Alex originally learned of the Alpha Predators and each other's existence, why Alex wrote and published a book describing his formulas and the mechanics of his work when you'd assume he wanted to keep it all secret from the Family... But those answers aren't found here.
Lastly, Ray Porter. I have always really enjoyed Ray Porter but find myself more and more annoyed with how he does women's voices- they always sound like an 80's movie drag queen. He also is typically pretty great with accents but they seemed come and go here.
I don't plan on returning this book, but doubt I'll give it more than one re-listen. Fans of the series should give it a go and there is enjoyable material there, but I'm not holding my breath until another book comes out.

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MORE THRESHOLD PLEASE!!!

Love this series, relisten over and over. Super excited about this one.
TERMINUS was a little harder for me to follow. Love the characters and RAY PORTER. Feel like it’s building up and “gathering” and hope for more and more and more of this story - this world - to unfold.
Liked DEAD MOON as a far-off off-shoot, because I love space scifi and zombies and found the characters engaging. But glad to be back.
14 is my favorite, and TERMINUS was enjoyable to me as story/character development... not so much as a stand-alone story.
As a reference: I LOVE Wil Wheaton narrating John Scalzi (LOCK-IN, HEAD-ON & REDSHIRTS) and Ernest Cline, Adam Baldwin and Bronson Pinchot narrating Larry Correia (GRIMNOIR & TOM STRANGER), and Rosario Dawson narrating Andy Weir (ARTEMIS).

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If you liked 14 and the fold......

Some new characters, some characters you will know. loved the the twists and turns. too many spoilers to say too much. But I was glad to get more on the story from the fold and 14.

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Exactly what I wanted from the series!

I don't think anything will top 14, but this is a very close second place!
Clines started out his 'Threshold' series so strongly, I worried he'd never get back to the same level. Terminus assuages that concern as it continues with the plot developed in 14 and takes it further in to the yawning void!
If you were as disappointed by Dead Moon as I was, then this will come to you as a breath of fresh air.

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He's Back!

This is the Peter Cline Threshold Series I waited for! I was scratching my head at Dead Moon, but Terminus brings the series back together without it being a blatant rip off of either 14 (one of my favorite fiction books of all time) or The Fold.

Standing well on its own, Clines does a fantastic job introducing the reader to the Lovecraft inspired Threshold universe without feeling the need to go back to the prior books to get up to speed. At the same time there are enough, as Ray Porter puts it in an interview with Cline, "Easter Eggs" to connect the story throughout the series.

Porter's (one of my favorite narrators) performance is consistently engaging having an almost empathic connection to the characters bringing them and the story to life in a way few actors have an ability to do well.

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A lot better than Dead Moon at least.

If 14 was a perfect ten, The Fold, a seven, and Dead Moon a zero, this one was a five or six.

Which makes it just okay....but at least not a Dead Moon.

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A great continuation of the struggle started in 14

I zoomed right through it sitting on the edge of my seat from the beginning. Also love the narrator, he's got a wonderful way with creating characterization.

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  • Clare Hill
  • 02-05-20

Welcome return of familiar characters

After the amazing first two books in the Threshold series, 14 and The Fold, I was a little disappointed in Dead Moon, which seemed to have only tenuous connections to the first 2. Now Terminus returns familiar characters and situations with some surprises along the way. A satisfying book, and I would leave Dead Moon out and read/listen to 14, The Fold and Terminus as a trilogy, treating Dead Moon as a spin off (it's not a bad book, just doesn't seem to fit) in future. Terminus is so good I got to the end and immediately started listening again, which I also did with the first 2

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-31-20

Ray and Peter deliver again

14 is my all time favourite book. Ever.
Then we have The Fold, followed by Dead Moon.
Dead Moon being the week link.
This one though us a gripper from start to finish.
There is the welcome return of an old face. As well as.some new people.
If you buy one book this year. Buy 14!
Then you'll become hooked and get the rest

They are that giid.

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  • The phantom reviewer
  • 02-13-20

Clines does to again!

This is a great second book to 14. Porter narrates it very well and the story is fast and interesting. If you like Peter Clines' work then this is a must buy.

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  • Dj Baldry
  • 02-12-20

Love the way these books all come together.

loved 14 ,loved the fold and LOVED this!! its great how these books all link together... hope for another book soon!

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  • Bob
  • 02-10-20

Another intriguing tale. Another great performanc.

Ray Porter performs this work very well. Top of the class in fact. The characters are well defined. Even the three African voices. Vi's South Asian caustic comments are particularly well served by Porter's talents. Go Ray!

This book is a good sequel to 14. A similar style that portrays puzzles. This time there is much less mysterious explanation and more island action. But there are still surprises a plenty. It is all there for the reader to see but I stil have WTF moments before realising the author had it all in plain sight.

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  • SadDan
  • 02-03-20

It's good, but misses the mark.

Much like the other books in the series, it's a great build up. The way Peter Clines builds a story is wonderful. Unfortunately I felt there were too many let downs at the high points in the story. Where 14 and The Fold built slowly, they managed to hit hard when it mattered. In fairness Terminus is probably still better than most books you'll read this year. I just wanted something more, maybe in the next one.
As always Ray Porter is outstanding.

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  • George
  • 02-02-20

Excellent as always

Peter Clines never disappoints and this is no exception, some twists that i didn’t expect. Can’t wait for the next one

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  • B. Rawlings
  • 02-11-20

Finally!

14 and The Fold are still two of my favourite books, and learning that there was finally a third in the story (discounting the unrelated Dead Moon), I got really excited. And although this story didn't quite live up to those two, it was still thoroughly enjoyable and has given me a hunger for more deserted island horror stories! It was also great to have a favourite character from 14 cameo in this story, bringing an added layer of humour and sarcasm to the dialogue.

If 14 and The Fold were perfect 10's, and Dead Moon was a pleasant 8, this would be an 8.5, though I gave it a 5 star rating purely for the fact it continued the main story and brought back the same narrator.

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