The Fold

The Fold

by Peter Clines


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The Fold by Peter Clines

A page-turning science-fiction thriller from the author of Paradox Bound and the Ex-Heroes series.

Step into the fold. It's perfectly safe.

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn’t much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he’s content with his quiet and peaceful existence.  

That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve: far out in the California desert, a team of DARPA scientists has invented a device they affectionately call the Albuquerque Door. Using a cryptic computer equation and magnetic fields to “fold” dimensions, it shrinks distances so that a traveler can travel hundreds of feet with a single step.

The invention promises to make mankind’s dreams of teleportation a reality. And, the scientists insist, traveling through the Door is completely safe. Yet evidence is mounting that this miraculous machine isn’t quite what it seems—and that its creators are harboring a dangerous secret. As his investigations draw him deeper into the puzzle, Mike begins to fear there’s only one answer that makes sense. And if he’s right, it may only be a matter of time before the project destroys…everything.  

A cunningly inventive mystery featuring a hero worthy of Sherlock Holmes and a terrifying final twist you’ll never see coming, The Fold is that rarest of things: a genuinely page-turning science-fiction thriller.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553447477
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 03/01/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 134,285
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

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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The Fold: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
BookGirlR More than 1 year ago
The Fold was great for approximately the first 70% of the novel.  The story zipped along and I was really into it.  I loved the main character, Mike, and understood his wish to be normal.  I was on the edge of my seat and excited to see how this was going to turn out.  Then, at 69% (I read on an e-reader so it shows me the percent read) something strange happened (not strange good; strange bad).  Up until this point the story, although written in third person, had been following Mike.  We had little glimpses inside his head and knew what he knew and what he thought.  All of a sudden we are following Sasha.  It was weird and it threw me out of the story.  “Wait… This is a story about a man named Mike, why are we suddenly reading about Sasha?”  And then it head hops several more times before the end of the novel.  If you are going to head hop, which I seriously dislike 98% of the time because it isn’t well done, you need to set that precedent early on.  To start jumping around in the last third of your novel, in my opinion, is unprofessional and shows that you rushed through it, or did not plan properly.  The last third of the novel could have used better editing overall.  The characters repeat themselves.  Other reviewers complained about the use of the ‘f’ word, which I do not have a problem with.  But there is a lot of redundancy in the dialog, and in the narration, as if Clines is beating us over the head to make sure we understand where he is going with the story.  Which is another example of the end of the novel being rushed.      I enjoyed The Fold, and I do recommend it for lovers of weird fiction.  However, be aware that the writing is not of a professional level before going in, and then you won’t be disappointed when you reach the final third of the novel. **I received a free copy of this novel, in exchange for my honest review, via NetGalley.**
Anonymous 4 days ago
Great story. Most of the science was acceotable and there was nothing illogical to stop the book from grabbing you and making you finish the adventure. The old pulp fiction enemies were fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So darn good and easy to follow
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice change of pace. Needs a sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Clines is pretty skilled at character development. In fact, much! better than plotting. I really enjoyed the first 2/3 or so of both The Fold and 14. Then he dumps into action/horror/whatever with lots of changes to, well, to the point that I just didn't care. I had bought both on a whim. I dropped 14, couldn't finish it. Did get through the Fold, and decided to go back and finish 14, but that was an exercise in skimming. But I really do like his characters, so this gets 3 stars for really interesting people, though I just don't care what happened to them in the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent story, good, hard SF science.. Good character development.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked it, but it could have ended 100 pages earlier
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so good. Everything that I've read by Clines is just about perfect. Definitely check this book out and see for yourself. Read his book 14 first.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book Because I had read a few other stories he had ridden. Usually when you st art up a Peter Klein novel you you get basic character development and it's a kind of a fast ramp to the story and then plateau,then canstory over. Cheap, fast, and mildly enertaining. This one though was sllllooooowwww goin. Once the accelerator dropped, awesome. Pick it up, give it a read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was mesmerized by Mike's mind and how PC described how it worked. I anxiously await the sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun read. Love how this author imbudes real characters with real humor in all of his works¿.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had previously read "14" and loved it, so I thought I'd give this one a try. I could not put it down. The characters and the mystery surrounding the project were a joy to explore, even though I did figure out what was happening before they did. While this story is a stand-alone, it does take place in the same universe as, and after the events of "14," and if you enjoyed either one, you'll love the other.
StephanieTiner More than 1 year ago
Mike Erikson is not your average American high school teacher, but that is what he wants to be. He has made a life for himself in a small town in Maine, and as far as anyone can tell, he is your average man. But there are other people who know differently, especially his old friend Reggie who thinks Mike should do more with his life. When Reggie shows up in Maine, Mike immediately suspects he is there to recruit Mike to work for DARPA. And he is. Reggie wants Mike to use his unique abilities to help solve a mystery. A group of scientists have found a way to move from one location to another in the blink of an eye. But something isn't right. Mike has to find out what before it all is too late. I have never been a huge science fiction reader. I've read a few science fiction book here and there, but very few. Despite this fact, I enjoyed most of this book. The concept of folding space didn't seem like a kind of story that I would be less than happy to read. So I decided to read my first real science fiction book in years. As for the writing, it was well written. Even when discussing scientific calculations, theories, and scientists themselves I was able to follow the story line without a problem. This also allowed me to enjoy the story without having to research concepts and scientists every few pages. The author wrote about the machines, gadgets, and beings in a way that allowed me to easily construct an image in my mind. I was not expecting the story to take a turn that it did, close to mid way through the book. That said, this unexpected change was not in all a bad change. Also many readers of this genre would probably enjoy it greatly. If I had done some research into the other books Peter Clines has written, I probably would have had an inkling that the book may in fact go in the direction that it did. I do wonder if there will be a sequel. I think there should be because of the way the book ended. Though in the afterword there was reference to one of the author's other books.I may look into this other book sometime in the future. All in all, I found this to be a very interesting story. I would recommend this to fans of Star Trek, as that is the only thing I can compare it too personally. While this book will not make it into my favorites list there are many people who love this kind of book and I feel it will be a big hit. I plan to give this book four out of five stars. I received my copy of this novel from for the sole purpose of an honest review.
xokristim More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I'm not the biggest fan of Science Fiction, but I am trying to give it a chance. I feel like this book was an excellent place to start. I was hooked from the first chapter, it had me so confused. It started with intense mystery. I also loved the fact that their were two mentions of pop culture right at the beginning. I immediately liked the main character. He had a great sense of humor, was highly intelligent, and very down-to-earth. He has a photographic memory and refers a lot to "ants" which was very confusing at first. Once I deciphered that meaning it made perfect sense. I felt like the character descriptions were a bit lengthy. At least all the details about the side characters I mean. I didn't joy the descriptions of the facility though he gave me a great picture.. overall I really enjoyed the story I'm glad that I started out with this book as my first science-fiction read I would highly recommend it to other people who want to get into the science-fiction genre. *I'd like to think for the chance to read this book for free*
syphi More than 1 year ago
A compelling story to begin with, it devolved into profane tedium.
TRFeller More than 1 year ago
The most visibly successful accomplishment of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is the Internet, but in this novel, one of the projects appears to have achieved something that would be even more revolutionary: teleportation. However, the project managers keep stalling on turning over their teleportation device to the Defense Department and want to continue testing, although they have already established that it is safe for humans. Consequently, their supervisor at DARPA, Reggie Magnus, sends his oldest friend, Leland “Mike” Ericson, to investigate and make an evaluation. Mike has both an exceptionally high IQ and total recall, but he makes a living teaching high school English. (Reggie has been trying to hire him full-time for years.) What Mike discovers is even more profound than teleportation. This is a fascinating read in the tradition of Michael Crichton and H.P. Lovecraft, not only for the ideas and their development, but also for the characters. All six members of the teleportation team are well developed characters with backgrounds and quirks. (One is a Trekkie, for instance.) It appears to be the beginning of a series, as the ending is quite open-ended.
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Drewano More than 1 year ago
The fold a fun Sci-Fi book with great characters and a great mix of action, mystery and a bit of Sci-fi. If you’ve read Clines before and liked his stuff (especially 14) I think you’ll really enjoy this. The only downside is that from the title I was able to guess what the fold was and guess what was happening before it was revealed. That being said what came next wasn’t guessable and was a lot of fun. The book really moves and while it isn’t a nuanced character driven book, it’s made for someone who likes to laugh and imagine what could be. I feel like there could be some more fun in store with the way it ended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really great had me hooked the moment i started it.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
I am a little torn about this book. I loved this book and found it to be an engrossing story for the first 250 pages or so. At that point the story took a left turn for me and I have to admit that I am still wondering why the author decided to go in that direction. The last section of the book wasn't bad in any way it just wasn't the direction that I thought the story would go. I do realize that many people will actually find the final parts of the book to be the highlight of the story. I almost immediately liked the main character, Mike. The way Mike's character was completely relate-able despite the fact that he has abilities that are beyond the average individual was amazing. Not only was Mike relate-able, I was able to completely envision how his mind worked and how he was able to process everything so quickly. It took me a lot longer to connect with any of the other characters in the story but that is largely because of how the story developed. I loved the idea behind the story. A device that can teleport individuals? Where do I sign up? Every time I have to drive a distance, I dream of the day that this device will become a reality. A story based on such a device was one that I couldn't wait to read. This straight forward idea was presented in a way that kept me turning the pages. I couldn't figure out what was really going on and I found myself having a hard time putting this book down. I really enjoyed the author's writing style. The pacing of the novel was well done and I loved the fact that the story made me think. There was more than enough action to keep me guessing and there were lots of twists that I could have never guessed. I was really wanting to see how Mike was going to figure everything out. I loved being in his head and seeing how his mind worked on these problems. This was a solid 4 star book for me until the last 100 pages or so of the book. As I mentioned, the story took a turn that just didn't seem to flow with the rest of the story for me. It was exciting and unexpected but it almost felt like a different story for me. It was really the last part of the book that caused me to lower my rating to 3 stars but I do think that many readers will enjoy the twist. I would recommend this book to science fiction fans. This is the first book by Peter Clines that I have read and I look forward to reading some of his other work in the near future. I received a copy of the book from Blogging for Books for the purpose of providing an honest review.
bookiewookie More than 1 year ago
Well, I didn't much like 14, I found that one dragging onward to a disappointing ending. So I started reading this one with a ho-hum feeling, a fear of being let down again. Imagine my surprise when I didn't want to put the book down, and when I was thinking geez, this is fast, very smooth. Whereas it seemed to take forever for anything significant to happen in 14, this one had action and calamities, suspense and dark secrets, from the very beginning. 14 helped to make me more willing to suspend my disbelief in this one. And while I suspected where Fold was heading, there were enough twists and turns, and surprises, to keep me from uttering, I knew it. This is a sf, mystery, horror, action read. My cons involve the characters themselves, I didn't like Sasha and Jaimie was just too flippant' and shallow. However, I just loved Bob, and Mike, and Reggie. I also thought the'Bogart' character was interesting, and the stern and distant seeming Arthur and Neil, also likable characters I cared about. The big dark secret of the door made for a fast and fun read. Sure, I could point to a lot of holes, but hey, this is an exciting sf/F read, nothing took away from the general feeling of page turning, fun excitement. Enter the Fold at your own risk. ..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not a big fan of sci-fi but I really enjoyed this one. Great characters that I liked. Well done!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good follow-up to go with "14!"
PowerMacMan More than 1 year ago
Peter Clines has done it again. He starts you out reading a book, that you have a pretty good idea of where it's headed. Then slowly you feel like something is wrong. It's not quite what you thought. There are little things that bother you. You aren't quite sure, but you begin to doubt things, and then all hell breaks loose. I loved reading and listening to Mr. Clines' book, 14. So when Audible sent me an email that he had a new book out, I went to their site and got it. The narration works very well. Ray Porter has a voice that works for Peter Clines' writing. He puts the story out into your brain, but never gets in the way. Mr. Clines knows how to twist a story. He gives you clues about what is going on, but you miss them, for a while. Then you start to wonder. You think, "Did I miss something? I think I remember something, but I'm not sure." Then he continues into the realm of something else, he starts to bring in elements of horror, of creatures from another possibility. But it all feels so real, so logical, so possible. I loved The Fold. I had to go outside and do some extra chores, just so I could continue to listen to it. This is an example of a great audiobook. The story and narrator work perfectly. Together they become real. You can't stop listening. I give The Fold 5 Stars out of 5, and Two Big Thumbs Up! If you like a science-based story, set in the present, with just a touch of weirdness, and horror, read The Fold, or better still get the audiobook.