- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Broadway Books; Reprint edition (March 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553447475
- ISBN-13: 978-0553447477
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 687 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Absolutely riveting…[features] weird science, great characters, snappy dialogue, a slowly developing mystery and edge of your seat action.”
"A mind-blowing science fiction mystery that kept me guessing right to the end…Clines’ writing is steeped in popular culture and unexpectedly funny, yet highly perceptive and infused with a subtle intelligence. If you haven’t read him, you’re in for a wonderful surprise."
--Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Dead City
"A smart, intense thriller with just a dash of dark humor, The Fold will keep you turning pages until the wee hours of the morning. Well done, Peter Clines!"
--DJ Molles, author of the Remaining series
“Wow! This is why I love spec fic. Brilliant, unpredictable, and mind-bending, The Fold is one of the best books I’ve read in years. An SF thriller that summons Lovecraftian monsters, it will surprise you again and again. Read it!”
--John Dixon, author of Phoenix Island
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About the Author
PETER CLINES has published several pieces of short fiction and countless articles on the film and television industries. He is the author of Paradox Bound and the acclaimed Ex-Heroes series. He lives in Southern California.
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Mike shows up, and is immediately shown a successful test of the "Albuquerque Gate", involving one of of the staff scientists, and the game is on. There are some twists and turns, a little romance, some military mayhem and more between the beginning and the extremely fast-paced last 20% of the novel. Fans of Hugh Everett's ideas about the correct interpretation of quantum mechanics will like this one, as will many hard sci-fi aficionados. This is a novel written by and for adults, and contains one or two extremely tame sex scenes and a whole lotta F-bombs. It pains me to have to add that last sentence but I am tired of seeing novels savaged by gentle folk for whom sex and the F-word mean that a novel ought to be rated X and/or banned or burned.
I am now a fan of Clines and can't wait to read 14 and his other, previously published novels.
10/2/15 -addendum after reading Clines' 14. Read THE FOLD first. The two novels are sequels/prequels/sidequels of each other. Knowing what I know now, I am glad that I read THE FOLD first, otherwise much of the latter part of that novel would have been completely predictable after reading 14.
It had been a while since I bought a novel that I was actually looking forward to go back to. Clines wastes no time in setting up the mystery that will keep you reading. The pace is good, either due to a good writer or a good editor, or both, with no useless or boring fluff. I gave it 3 stars because the story doesn't flow as smoothly (the example above of the scientists that can't see what's plainly in front of their noses is just one), and the characters aren't as compelling and developed (some of them were fairly interchangeable) as in '14'.
The Fold is almost a mash-up of science fiction and horror. It start as a purely sci-fi story, with some dark twists and suspense overtones. There are solid and well described characters, most pretty interesting, and a story that keeps building. The plot takes a twist and jumps into horror territory and finishes with a flourish that is close to fully satisfying, if a half-step off. It sets up a sequel nicely (should one be in the works) without leaving any loose threads. Flaws? Sure, some characters get irritating (and they are probably supposed to be), there's some repeated dialogue (but in the contest of the story, there should be) and some plot devices maybe don't perfectly fit but it all hangs together really well.
I liked it very much and I hope I get to read something involving these characters again.