- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Harper; 10th Impression edition (December 29, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061584452
- ISBN-13: 978-0061584459
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 439 customer reviews
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The Breach Mass Market Paperback – December 29, 2009
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Starred Review. Lee's debut thriller pits ex-con ex-cop Travis Chase against increasingly dire odds as the action ratchets up like levels in a complex video game. Fresh out of prison, Travis sets out on a solo Alaskan trek, wanting nothing more than quiet time for introspection. Then he encounters a downed plane containing the dead bodies of the United States's first lady and several others, plus hints about a mysterious missing item. Armed with superior firepower and the instincts and savvy of a good cop, Travis tracks down the murderers, who are torturing hostage Paige Campbell to get her father, Peter, to reveal another clue. Travis manages to rescue Paige just as Peter confesses the information and is killed. His last words send Paige and Travis into a dangerous world of secrets and conspiracies, where they slowly learn about the eponymous Breach and meet progressively more menacing foes. It's all here: brilliantly devious enemies; nifty, innovative gadgets and weaponry; hang-on-to-your-hat action; and razor-sharp plot twists aplenty. (Jan.)
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“Audacious and terrifying-- and uncannily believable.” (Lee Child)
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The plot of this novel is quite complex and neatly woven with reveals coming at all the right times. This keeps the pace of the story just right. The Breach is an action thriller at it's core, but Patrick Lee expresses his intelligent (or very thorough research) with all the scientific information he uses as the backbone of the adventure.
The two main characters are carefully exposed. Travis Chase in particular as his past is unraveled through detailed flashbacks. He's flawed, but driven to do what's right despite his inner conflicts. He is also an analytical mind that has much to offer people whose intelligence far exceeds his own. This gives him value in a shadowy agency that have some of the most intelligent minds in the world. Paige Campbell is the female lead, and she exhibits the right amount of strength and vulnerability. She's a woman who is very smart and well trained.
Lee doesn't waste words or descriptions either. Everything moves as it should with no unnecessary padding. People always says "I couldn't put it down." For me, I don't throw this term out liberally. There are a handful of books that "I couldn't put down" and The Breach is definitely one of them.
I realize I'm a little late to the party. The Breach was released back in 2009 and Lee has released two more books in this series, Ghost Country and Deep Sky, but that's what is great about books. They are forever and it doesn't matter when you find them, they are timeless. Especially when they come in a series. If you jump on a series late, you are now able to read most or all of the titles without having to wait years for the next book (which I plan to do with these titles). For something thrilling and very unique, The Breach is what you're looking for.
I think the nature of the plot, with the interesting twist which takes place about 75% into the story, made the ending difficult to write, forcing it to be a Catch-22 predicament blended with a science fiction déjà vu. It was not a satisfying end for me because it did not match the satisfaction and enjoyment I received from the first 99% of the story. Maybe there was no better ending to be had. Maybe the author painted the story into a corner and there was no other way out. Maybe... but I will never know.
Unlike some other reviewers, the ending did not make me feel the need to rush out and read the second novel in the series in order to get a more satisfying conclusion. I thought this novel was a complete story in itself. In fact, I was surprised that there would be a second Travis Chase novel because I didn't think he was that strong of a character to carry a trilogy series. Maybe he gets stronger in the next volume.
But, without a doubt, the first 99% of this story is well worth the read.
PS: I thought there was an uncanny similarity of this story's opening to the opening of Dean Koontz's Watchers. In Watchers, the MC (Travis Cornell) leaves his home for a hike in the woods to reflect upon his life. In The Breach, the MC (Travis Chase) leaves his home for a hike in the mountains to reflect upon his life. In Watchers, while on his hike in the woods, the MC encounters a strange, high-tech dog (Einstein, the wonder-dog). In The Breach, while on his hike in the mountains, the MC discovers the crash of a strange airplane with a high-tech object on it (Whisper, the wonder-sphere). There are many other similarities between the two novels. It would not surprise me if Watchers was one of Patrick Lee's favorite stories.