Thursday, January 20, 2011

Book Review: The Breach by Patrick Lee

I just finished reading The Breach by Patrick Lee. This is his debut literary effort. I read his bio after I finished reading the first book in his two part Travis Chase series, The Breach and Ghost Country. Patrick was born in western Michigan in 1976.  He wrote and sold two screenplays in his twenties, but they were never produced. He turned to writing novels and now in his early thirties, he has published The Breach and Ghost Country. I haven't read Ghost Country which continues where The Breach left off yet, but I will add the review once I have.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Breach. It was one of those books that I couldn't put down. I started it yesterday afternoon and finished about 24 hours later. The story revolves around the main character, Travis Chase. The unusual part about his character is that through most of the book, we are unsure of weather he is a good guy or a bad guy. We want to believe that he is good, but there are elements throughout the story that warn us that this may not be the case. Many times characters in books are one dimensional and either strictly good or bad, however, by revealing small tidbits throughout the story, the author is creating a mystery and is keeping the reader guessing. I enjoyed this aspect as well as finding the actual story very entertaining and even mostly believable.

The actual story is about a man, Travis Chase, who upon being released from prison for a crime that is revealed in small glimpses throughout the story, decides to camp out in the Alaskan wilderness.  One night he hears a strange sound during a thunderstorm which turns out to have been a jetliner crashing a few miles away. Travis climbs down to help the survivors, but quickly realizes that survivors are not likely and that this is no ordinary jetliner. The storm that apparently brought the airplane down, was three days ago and no one is even searching for it. Things get even more strange once he investigates the inside of the airplane and finds the  passengers shot dead inside. Among the dead is the First Lady holding a note urging whoever finds it to go after and kill their attackers. What follows is a mix of believable action/adventure and science fiction including futuristic artifacts, some of which are benign and helpful and others of which are purely destructive and so dangerous they could destroy the world and kill everyone.

The other main character is a strong female scientist by the name of Paige Campbell, the only survivor of the downed jetliner. She decides to trust Travis and bring him in on the top secret organization that she works for. Can she really trust him or is she making the worst mistake of her life? Can they save the planet together or does Travis have other plans? Read the book and find out!

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