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 able to figure out how some of these objects work, but others remain a mystery.
The first novel in the series, called The Breach (duh!), is presumably about events leading up to the discovery of the passage and how it became a secret project of the US (who else?) government. This second book focuses on two particular objects that come through The Breach and how their properties ignite an intense power struggle between a few of the scientists and the current US administration.
Without giving away key plot details, I can say that the objects are cylinders, each of which is capable of opening up a sort of window between two time periods on Earth. A person can crawl through the window and end up 80 years into the future, which is exactly what a couple of main characters do. What they see there freaks them out to the point that they risk their lives trying to change the past so that the future they've seen won't come to pass.
There are some good ideas in this novel, the title of which refers to the scary future revealed by the cylinders. The plot is quite predictable in some places, however, and the denouement is completely incredible, as in not plausible. Nevertheless, the story is not a total loss because author Patrick Lee displays some truly creative ideas, particularly regarding his descriptions of the remnants of several US cities post-holocaust. And in fairness, I should say that I may have enjoyed Ghost Country more if I had read the first book in the series.
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 … more
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
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
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