The Breach

The Breach

by Patrick Lee

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“Audacious and terrifying—and uncannily believable.”
—Lee Child

New York Times bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series, Lee Child, was blown away by The Breach—and you will be, too! A novel of unrelenting suspense and nonstop surprises, The Breach immediately rockets author Patrick Lee into the V.I.P. section of the thriller universe. A treat for Jack Bauer (“24”) fans and “X-Files” aficionados, it is a white-knuckle roller-coaster ride that combines the best of Dean Koontz and Michael Crichton with a healthy dollop of Indiana Jones thrown into the mix—the perfect secret agent/government conspiracy/supernatural adventure.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061584459
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/29/2009
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 92,289
Product dimensions: 4.00(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Patrick Lee lives in Michigan. He is the author of The Breach, Ghost Country, and Deep Sky.

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Breach 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 204 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reads like a Dan Brown novel. Non stop action, great character development, clever storyline. ( P.s., try not to read previous rambling reviews by idiots that for some reason feel compelled to reveal plot details. I'm sure you would probably like to read the book yourself.)
Stillie More than 1 year ago
I started reading and could not put this book down. The author did a great job of keeping the plot moving in directions that were surprising and unexpected. Great read! I give this book a high read recommendation!
Anders_jl_213 More than 1 year ago
The Breach was exceptional, well written and can't wait for the next ones!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book non stop till the ending. What a great debut!! I'm always looking for new authors and this guy has the potential to be right at the top of the best selling authors of today. I look forward the next book in the series. Keep up the good work!!!
rnoncology More than 1 year ago
Great book! Hooked me right at the beginning and right up to the end. Will definitely buy this author/series in the future.
shastadawn More than 1 year ago
Had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen!!! I wasn't disappointed!!!
jglabelle More than 1 year ago
This was the first book by Patrick Lee I've read and I will definately look for others books by Lee. Lots of plot twists including the ending. Like most thrillers, there are some very dificult situations from which there seems to be no escape. Most are plausible. Characters and scenes are developed well. Not easy to stop reading at any time.
Kataman1 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this tale with a new action hero Travis Chase who is a mix of John McClane meeting Harry Bosch. Chase is someone who did something wrong and ended up spending twelve years in prison. When he gets out he is offered a position in his brother's computer company but instead decides to go someplace where nobody knows him so he can be alone and find himself. He ends up in Alaska hiking through sections of Alaskan wilderness. While on one of these hikes a 747 jet crashes close to him. Travis goes to investigate. He finds everyone aboard dead but notices that among them is the first lady, who has scrawled a note. The note tells him to kill the people that did this as a matter of natural security and to call a phone number and let "Tangent" know what happened. The bad guys that did this have apparently taken a father and daughter prisoner and are torturing the daughter in front of the father to get him to tell them something. His willpower is slowly fading and Travis decides to take aciton to start killing the bad guys and try to rescue the two people. This leads to battles with numerous bad guys like a Die Hard movie. We find out that everything is related to an underground desert base controlled by Tangent, a covert government group. In that base an experiment with ion colliders has created a "breach" in maybe the fabric of time and space. Through the breach come different "entities" which are objects with different types of powers. The most powerful object is the object known as Whisper. I kind of likened the objects to the various mutants of the X-Men and The Whisper as being like Magneto. The book moves as breakneck speed and little by little we learn what Travis had done to land him in prison We also learn that Whisper seems to know all that will happen regardless of whether the predictable or unpredictable is done. Everything that happens seems to center around Travis and it is up to him to defeat the bad guys and Whisper or the world could face dire consequences. Virtually impossible to put this book down! Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the descriptive action scenes, strong female character and ovverall plot with its twists and scifi angles. I definitely recommend.
lscottfreeman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you are on the lookout for a highly suspenseful, action packed thrill ride then look no further than this debut novel, the first of two to come out by Patrick Lee. Travis Chase is trying to pick up the pieces of his life after serving the past 18 years in prison. The former police officer finds himself deep in the Alaskan wilderness pondering whether or not to return home to Minnesota or stay secluded. Stumbling upon the downed wreckage of a jumbo airliner he discovers the body of the First Lady of the United States. However, what he finds is nowhere near as shocking as what has gone missing. Unless he can find it and stop the cataclysmic chain of events that have been set in motion the world will never be the same again.Mixing the best of thriller writing with elements of Science Fiction this is a novel not to be missed.
Chestersthing on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this book a lot - Very good read with plenty of Suspense. This is Lee's first novel and he will be around a long time. Can't wait for the sequel.
mbg0312 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Solidly plotted thriller. Fun, but nothing special, but the writing is a few notches above the Dan Branch/James Patterson level.
JosephLYoung on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting speculative fiction that spans twenty plus years. Principal character had a long term prison sentence then left his family and home to build a new life and come to terms with his sense of guilt. After a year of working and saving, he takes a period to hike and camp in the wilderness far away from other people. Just a chance to distance himself from the closeness that marked his incarceration. Then his peaceful interlude is interrupted in the middle of the night by strange noises and lightening. When he awakes, he dresses, makes coffee and stretches, walking to an overlook to the valley below just as the mist is clearing. A 747 has crashed in the valley below. How could it be here without a score of rescue copters and specialists hovering over it? He packs his camp including his tent in ninety seconds and begins the difficult hike to the wreck site below, intent on providing whatever medical assistance he is capable of. This begins his entry into world level intrigue with his actions making the possible difference between continuation of life on Earth or some other much worse subservient role for mankind. He is exposed to tools and entities that are so far beyond anything modern man knows that It is like ants interfacing with supreme beings with the sense that they aren't even aware of your existence. Will the actions Travis Chase takes doom mankind or become it's salvation? Great characters and action on every page. If you like strong women, Paige Campbell will renew your faith in the possible. Great story with suspense holding you to the edge of your chair. Allocate enough time to read it through as you won't want to put it down.
majkia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fast-paced techno thriller with scifi elements, Engaging characters, compelling mystery with a satisfying ending!
AussiePenMan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this book when looking for recommendations after reading Stephen King's "The Stand".Whilst not as gripping as The Stand, and the characters not as well developed as King's, it is nonetheless a well told story. Almost every night when putting it down the story was poised with a new threat to be overcome. The ideas and obstacles Lee creates are enjoyable and unexpected. Very creative story elements.The love affair between the principle characters was not overwhelming - just sufficient to drive some of their motivations.This is the first in a three-book series. I will not hesitate to read the second.
cdhtenn2k10 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this novel, and am glad to see there is a sequel. Lee's prose moved along nicely, and never bogged down with intricate detail or unnecessary description. Dialogue was crisp and well paced. Action smooth and easy to follow.I liked the fact that the main character had very little dialog for most of the book. One thing, though, that I didn't understand, is why the main character went along so willingly with what was happening to him. I think that had to do with the Big Reveal at the end, and if so, that could have been a little clearer.This is for the most part a single character narrative. What takes place away from the MC is brief and to the point, not detracting from the MC's story. The flash backs are quick and tells the read just what they need to know, leaving some details for future disclosure or the reader's imagination.I really like the idea of the Breach itself and the mystery surrounding it. Lee does a good job of piquing the reader's interest and leaving things to the imagination.[The Breach] falls into a genre I've been reading a lot of lately. It's the super-secret-just-outside-the-government's-reach-but-still-the-government-agency that deals with supernatural/alien/monster stuff. Think [David Golemon]'s Event books, or [Jonathan Maberry]'s Joe Ledger novels, or Warehouse 13 and Primeval (both on TV), and maybe a little of [Jeremy Robinson]'s Chess Team, too. All in all, a great thriller/action read.
JechtShot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An ex-cop/ex-con, Travis Chase, discovers a downed 747 in a remote part of Alaska. Upon further examination of the plane, Travis finds The First Lady dead holding a note with very specific instructions. What happens next is a whirlwind ride through the realm of the near-impossible and Travis Chase is caught in the middle of a battle to save humanity. We learn that an accident with a Large Ion Collider opened a one-way portal from an unknown realm and that a secret group known as Tangent has been challenged to be the guardian of 'The Breach'. However, Tangent has enemies and a former employee is dead set on invoking a plan known only to himself and an entity from the Breach known as 'The Whisper'.This is Patrick Lee's first novel and action packed from start to finish. Is the book far fetched? Yes, but it provides a brilliant framework for future novels. The formula may eventually grow stale, but I look forward to the next entity to arrive from The Breach and how it will act to destroy or perhaps save the world as we know it. A great fast paced thriller.
TheAlternativeOne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Book Review - The Breach by Patrick LeeThe other day I received Ghost Country, the second book in the Travis Chase series, as an Advance Readers Copy in exchange for a review. (Shout out to the Early Readers program at for the opportunity.) Looking through my ¿to read¿ pile, which is more of a wall than a heap, I noticed that I already owned a copy of The Breach, the first book in this series, and it was in queue to be read soon. Needless to say it went to the top of the pile. I had to read the series in order, you see. I¿m delighted to report that both books were a pleasure to read. The Breach, Patrick Lee¿s debut novel and the first book in the series, is a fascinating and engrossing read from start to finish and the premise is decidedly unique and vastly creative. Thirty years ago, in a buried government think-tank beneath the wastelands of Wyoming, an experiment went terribly wrong. During the process a mysterious fissure opened into an impossible unknown. Is there an incredibly distant alien universe on the other side? Or is the breach a conduit from one section of space to another? No one is sure but what they do know is that mysterious gadgets and scientific anomalies have begun to appear through the rift. They range from the mundane to the improbable. Medical guns that cure disease and injury with a touch, foot-long dishrags that weigh 25,000 pounds and defy the laws of nature, and other items so dangerous a secret organization is developed to hide and protect them. But, when Travis Chase, an ex-con with a checkered past, stumbles upon the wreckage of a crashed aircraft the world he once knew is changed forever and he begins to understand how dangerous the breach may be. When Travis rescues a breach operative being tortured near the plane crash he is pulled into the secret world of a conspiracy like no other. Patrick Lee has an uncanny ability for building great Science Fiction stories. Period. That he incorporates elements of conspiracy theory, murder mystery, spy thrillers, intrigue, and future/alien technology into the mix is pure bonus for the reader. (Note: I¿m not convinced the technology is alien or from our own future yet. There are other possibilities which I hope will be explained in later installments.) That Lee¿s premises and plot twists are eerily believable and skirt the edge of our own technological advances borders on the genius and his story will keep the average reader not only engrossed but totally entertained. You¿ll be on the edge of your seat anticipating the ¿what¿s next¿ surprise through the entire story. And that¿s not even the best part¿What¿s really intriguing to me are the possibilities Lee presents and the places The Breach may ultimately take us. What or who is on the other side of the breach and why are they sending bits and pieces of their technology through it? Are the artifacts alien? Or are they from our own distant future? Are we depositing our treasures to preserve them from eminent collapse? Hopefully, Mr. Lee will eventually explain it to us all¿ ten or twelve books from now. This is, for me, a captivating series full of credible technological advancements that are just half-a-step out of synch from our own. Ideas like these are the reason we have micro-wave ovens, lasers, and communication satellites. They are the reason we advance scientifically. Keep up the great work Mr. Lee and I¿ll keep spreading the good word to anyone who¿ll listen.4 out of 5 starsThe AlternativeSoutheast Wisconsin
atlantic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Somewhat flawed but still enjoyable read. Good premise with twists that keeps you guessing until the end. Some of the scenes that were driving the plot were just too unbelievable and over-the-top. Less would have been more at the end.
Homechicken on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read the second book, Ghost Country, first through the early reviewer group here. It was good enough that I wanted more, and bought this book shortly thereafter. The Breach feels...fresh. It establishes the history of the main character Travis Chase as the story progresses, and continues to develop him throughout the book. He has a complicated past, and an even more complicated future.I liked the idea of the Breach, and it's nice to get the origin story of how it came about. This book is set in today's world, but also works in some futuristic science fiction as well. If you like spy novels, modern action/adventure/thrillers, or science fiction books, you shouldn't miss The Breach!
JennieLeigh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a well written book, with characters that were easy to become attached to. The action was gripping and the plot enough to keep me guessing until near the end. It is a good blend of sci-fi and action, with just the tiniest hint of romance thrown in. It was entertaining enough that I will likely read the sequel, though I'm thinking I'll wait until the price for the ebook drops into a more reasonable range.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An original take on some tried and true themes. Written so well the story falls out of the book and into your brain without realizing you even read it.
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Very fun ride
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to put down