I enjoyed this novel so much that I've ordered a copy of The Breach, Patrick Lee's first novel set in the same world as Ghost Country. A high-tech sci-fi thriller, Ghost Country starts off with the motorcade of scientists from a secretive organization being mowed down on the order of the president and doesn't let up from there. One woman (Paige Campbell) survives, and with the aid of two others (Travis Chase and Bethany) set out to stop the events that could lead to then end of life as we know it. A special device known as an Entity allows them to see a bleak future where humanity is all but wiped out. Against overwhelming odds they seek to stop this future from happening, but will they be in time?
I ate this book up. I finished it in a few days, which is fast for me as I usually fall asleep at night after reading just a couple of pages of a book. Lulls in the action are scarce and each reveal is more incredible than the next. That's not to say it is a perfect story. Character development is sparse. I was forced to suspend disbelief at the coincidences and timing in a number of instances, but I was so swept up in the action that it really didn't bother me. If you are looking for an adrenaline filled thrill ride in the vein of the X-Files, you owe it to yourself to give this book a chance.
From my SF Signal review: REVIEW SUMMARY: Ghost Country is 24 for science fiction fans. Y'know, when 24 was good. MY RATING: BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Travis Chase must rescue Paige Campbell who was kidnapped when she learned via alien technology that the world will be a vast wasteland in seventy years. MY REVIEW: PROS: Relentless action; engaging plot-driven story; good use of alien technology; perfectly paced. CONS: Author's tendency to specify … more
Ghost Country is the second novel in a series about a phenomenon called The Breach, which seems to be a passage or worm hole between dimensions. On one side of The Breach is Earth in the present time. What's on the other side is not clear, at least in this second book, but one thing is evident, which is that an advanced civilization of some sort lies on the other side. How do we know? Because artifacts of an advanced technology keep coming through The Breach. Scientists on the Earth side are … more
With all the accolades given to this book I was expecting a lot more. It took more than 75 pages to get into the story but then it got good up to the end. Travis Chase is again asked to attempt an impossible rescue of Page. This time by Bethany, an employee of Tangent, a secret government agency whose main function is to guard and study The Breach. The Breach is a gate to another dimension, from which mysterious devices keep passing through. Page is captured by gunmen and held by government … more