The Breach (Engelska) Massmarknadsbok – 1 Januari 2010
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- Utgivare : HarperCollins Publishers Inc (1 Januari 2010)
- Språk : Engelska
- Massmarknadsbok : 384 sidor
- ISBN-10 : 0061584452
- ISBN-13 : 978-0061584459
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 President 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.
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How readers will respond to the book will very much depend on whether they are willing and able to suspend their disbelief. Whilst the much of the action is pretty straight forward, with nice meaty episodes of well written combat, the plot on which they are hung is veers very heavily into sci-fi territory. If like me you're a fan of Lincoln Child & Douglas Preston, or even some of James Rollins slightly more outlandish novels you'll probably be willing to go along with some of the ideas that underpin The Breach, but if you like your thrillers to be earth bound lacking wilder flights of fancy (although all of Lee's concepts are well thought through) the sci-fi trappings will probably put you off.
If you can get past the fantastical concepts on offer what you get is an extremely fast and relentlessly paced thriller (close to the pace of a Matt Reilly novel, but thankfully without the childish plotting and prose), with as I've mentioned some fantastic action. You're also introduced to a great lead character, Travis Chase, who despite having the sort of name that you only find in action-thrillers is definitely not the usual one dimensional heroic lead. Capable but not superhuman he's also given a pretty dark back story that lends both the character and his actions extra depth and significance. The female lead, Paige, is less well drawn by contrast but is far from the helpless damsel in distress.
Best of all The Breach also offers up a genuine and interesting mystery to go with the action and the vaguely X-Files-ish sci-fi. Most thrillers provide plenty of action and some solid plot hooks but are utterly predictable in terms of how the story will pan out (e.g. good guys win!) or telegraph the bad guy's motivations from the get go. The Breach by contrast keeps you guessing right up until the end and comes up with a final revelation that I didn't come even close to predicting. Its an extra dimension that is very welcome.
The Breach was so enjoyable I'm actually sorry that it wasn't longer. At times it felt like the author was trying to cram too much in, and a bit more time to let the story breath might not have gone amiss. Certainly beyond Travis and Paige none of the other characters are more than names and some plot developments get skated over rather too quickly.
The rapid pace does however, distract from a few iffy bits of plotting. For the most part Lee's concepts work at first glance, but I'm avoiding thinking about them too much because I'm know I'd find plenty of holes in the book's logic. I'm also not sure whether the extremely high body count is really justified by the plot. Certainly one set piece in Zurich, whilst startling, verges towards the gratuitously tasteless and stretches plausibility to breaking point. Dialling it down a notch in future books might not be a bad idea.
I will however, definitely be picking up the next 'Breach' adventure, Ghost Country . If it includes as many fresh ideas and as much incident as his debut it promises to be a great follow-up.
But whereas it could get too techy he manages to stay the right side of going all nuclear physics on us. He keeps it simplistic and relies on the readers imagination which he assists with a pacey righting style.
I read the book in no time and found it thoroughly entertaining.
Synopsis; Chap out in the tundra wilderness on a mission to just get away from the grind finds a downed plane (a big one). But there is no rescue parties and his tentative investigation leads him down a path you WILL not believe.
I am not saying anymore. Its cleverly constructed throughout.
Suspend belief and enjoy.
Chase is a man with a questionable history. Trying to forge out a new life for himself, he is hiking through Alaska when he discovers a crashed 747.
With the crash site appearing to be three days old, Chase wonders why there are no rescue services anywhere to be seen. A 747 cannot crash and simply be forgotten. The mystery unfolds on board the plane, where Chase discovers the First Lady of the US, and the message she holds.
The adventure then kicks off and never lets up. Travis is made aware of a secret organisation `Tangent', and the fantastic `entities' that they have at their disposal. To say any more would spoil the story, but Tangent have enemies that also have access to the mysterious entities. All in all, this was a very satisfying and entertaining read. This is pulp sci-fi at its best and is very imaginatively written. Could I describe it as a combination of James Bond and Men in Black? It looks like I just have. This is definitely a book I will passing on to friends. I am looking forward to reading the two sequels, Ghost Country and Deep Sky.