Sunday, February 20, 2011

Ghost Country - Patrick Lee

Ghost Country is the sequel to The Breach by Patrick Lee.  Every once in a while you read a novel that is so well put together, you can completely believe the alternate reality that is presented in the book, and it totally draws you in.  The first novel I remember that did that to me was Dune by Frank Herbert.

This book is a sci-fi alternate reality action novel that starts with the attack of a motorcade that one of the main characters from The Breach, Paige is in.  Subsequently Travis (another one of the main characters from The Breach) is recruited to help rescue her.  The rest of the novel involves time travel, "outside the box" thinking and some good old fashioned action novel weapons laden assaults.  Without giving too much away, time travel is a part of this book, but it is presented in such a natural way it adds to the story.  There is a really fine line that the author has to walk with these kinds of things, and Patrick Lee did everything right with it.

One thing this novel had in it that The Breach didn't have were a few moments where my heart just sank, because I had no idea how the characters were going to get out of the situation they were in.   I really want to describe one situation that literally had me freaking out, but I can't because it would be too big of a spoiler!

Up next - I have no idea.  I wanted to read Stalking the Angel by Robert Crais, but it isn't on the kindle and they don't have it at my library.  No idea.  Maybe read some of Steve Weddle's short stories involving Oscar Martello.  My wife might kill me if she sees another book show up in the mail.

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