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Deep Sky (Harper Thriller) Mass Market Paperback – December 27, 2011
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From the Back Cover
The anomaly called the Breach is the government’s most carefully guarded secret.
But there is another secret even less known . . . and far more terrifying.
As the U.S. President addresses the nation fromthe Oval Office, a missile screams toward the White House. In a lightning flash, the Chief Executive is dead, his mansion in ruins, and two cryptic words are the only clue to the assassins’ motives: “See Scalar.”
Now Travis Chase of the covert agency Tangent—caretakers of the Breach and all its grim wonders—along with partner and lover Paige Campbell and technology expert Bethany Stewart, have only twenty-four hours to unearth a decades-old mystery once spoken of in terrified whispers by the long since silenced. But their breakneck race cross-country—and back through time and malleable memory—is calling the total destructive might of a shadow government down upon them. For Travis Chase has a dark destiny he cannot be allowed to fulfill . . .
About the Author
Patrick Lee lives in Michigan. He is the author of The Breach, Ghost Country, and Deep Sky.
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If plotting and tying complex elements together are Lees' strong points as a story-teller, whats suffers a bit is his development of the main characters- Travis Chase and Paige Campbell. I would definitely like to know more about Chase. He is a hero/anti-hero type of character who should have a rich history that would sharpen the reading experience to learn.
None-the-less, Lee provides some neat twists on the old worm hole through space saga and his take on alien development is refreshing as well.
I am a little surprised at this being trllogy. Lee leaves us with kind of a cliff-hanger at the end involving Chase and future of humanity. I dont think the reading public will leave this alone and I expect Lee to be besieged by fans to close this last chapter in a new book, at some point.
I give this four stars on the thinness of the characters, but could easily go to 4.5 if that option was available.
A strong tale by a talented writer. You wont be able to put this down.
My one warning about this book: If you don't remember the first two books very well, go back and read them before you read this book. Lee makes frequent references to the events in those books without rehashing them, so you will be lost if you don't remember what happened.
Now to the nitty gritty: This is some of the better hard sci-fi that I've read in the last few years. It is hard science fiction, meaning that the book plots are fundamentally revolving around the science aspect, rather that the 'science' being a thinly veiled cover for a standard thriller plot.
The premise is novel in that it isn't simply the discovery of an alien artifact which centers the plot rather it is a steady stream of artifacts whose use, source, and purpose are indeterminable. What IS novel is how Mr. Lee invokes this premise and uses it to build a fast paced, intriguing, and compelling world set right around our contemporary milieu yet completely and utterly overshadowed by the fantastic artifacts and their mysterious origin.
The books were well edited, and the author does a good job of not tiring out the reader with an overuse of catch phrases and cliches.
The final book - and so ultimately the series - is a contradiction. It has one of the best and most unexpected plot twists I've come across in a long time among the hundreds of works I've read. I also find the staging for the ending to be well done, which (unlike some of the reviewers) I very much liked. I came away with that indefinable eerie sensation you get after watching some of the better early Twilight Zone episodes. It left me feeling introspectively discomfited and pondering what I would do. It caused me me to be vaguely dissatisfied in that everything wasn't perfectly wrapped up. That isn't a bad thing as I found myself speculating on the future of the world he created, wondering "what if?". I suppose the dissatisfaction comes from being conditioned by the mass produced, churned out slop that is most sci-fi and the way they feel they have to spoon feed us the finish.
Patrick Lee isn't a Bradbury or Asimov (yet), as he lacks the breadth of scope and underlying foundational insight into the human (and alien) psyche, but he is definitely an excellent read and well worth the purchase. I'm eagerly waiting for additional works, and as he matures as a science fiction writer I see strong potential for future works to be top shelf sci-fi classics.
I would certainly recommend this series be added to the collection of any science fiction library from the casual reader to the hard-core collector.
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Even if it's not your genre Patrick Lee I believe is an excellent writer,...Read more