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Publisher's Summary

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
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Critic Reviews

"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)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Autumn on 05-17-10

Unspeakably surprised; No regrets

I chose to buy this book for the sole reason that Jeff Gurner reads it. I had never heard of the author nor the particular title. I finished Jeff Gurner's other reads, namely Daemon and Freedom (TM), and was blown away by his performances. On that single criterion, I chose this title, along with the help of another reviewer which said the book was a wild ride.

Aside from the predictably fantastic narrator, the book was shorter than the other books I've purchased, by about half the length. That being said, the writing was extremely well paced, and I not once felt like it was moving more quickly than I thought comfortable, nor did it move too slowly. It's the kind of story I could see made into an action movie of some sort (though I don't think it's necessarily the right material for a boring Hollywood thriller).

Up until the very end, the book has several tight turns that completely change the game, and I have to admit that I couldn't see any of them coming. Everything that felt like a silly plot failure turns out to be accounted for, and I couldn't have asked for a better total experience.

Something that I couldn't gather from the description of the book on Audible: the story is a sci-fi one, where the plot is based around some fairly supernatural objects. Luckily, the sci-fi is coherently mixed into the real world, so that very little of the story feels so far fetched so as to render it too "out there".

Brilliant book. Absolutely loved it. Another slam-dunk performance for Mr. Gurner, and I must say that I'll be interested in anything else that the author, Patrick Lee, has to write.

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16 of 17 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Dennis on 04-16-10

worth the wild ride

This is a good book. It takes you to a place and makes you a part of the action. The writing is good, the narration is good. If I were told the storyline beforehand I would not have given this book a chance, I am very glad that I did, it takes you from the start and keeps the interest going to the end. It is fantastic at times but for some reason it all works, again I think the author is a good at his craft. I would recomend this book.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By The Cheethams on 07-17-14

A ripping yarn

What about Jeff Gurner’s performance did you like?

Jeff Gurner does another excellent job reading a cinematic sci-fi thriller. I chose this book after searching his catalogue, having listened to Influx. Very much in the same vein, if you enjoyed.. Then you may also like...

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By John on 06-01-18

Modern action sci-fi masterpiece; READ it! :D

I’ve not been as excited about a book series as much as this since getting halfway through Jack Reacher book 1!

This story unspools expertly and with some set pieces that blow you away in scale, audacity and delightful foreshadowing. The author sets up the plot devices so surreptitiously and then uses them in ways that astound.

When you read this, and you should, and reach Prague, you’ll see what I mean... enjoy!

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