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on 2 January 2011
Patrick lee has taken every sci-fi cliche in the book, added a hero who has the word 'indestructable' through him like a stick of rock, spiced it all up with an intellectual love interest and thrown it all together to produce a complete piece of hokum. I couldn't believe any of the plot, the action was over the top and I read it all in just over a day. The ending is very clever and will fool everyone. Leave your brain behind and read it. What reading is all about - escapist fun.
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on 18 July 2012
This sci fi / 'near future' thriller is a wickedly good read and I was absolutely thrilled to discover that it is the first of a trilogy and that the two following books are readily available. The acid test of a good writer is that they are capable of writing about the implausible while making it sound totally believeable. Not that many writers have the skill to pull this off but Patrick Lee has it. Another plus is that the book is so easy to get into. From the first few words you're off and into a fast paced, page turning, totally escapist yarn. And it keeps you guessing all the way through. It took me completely by surprise a couple of times. LOVED this book and I can't wait for the other two books to arrive so that I can find out what happens next!
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This has been on my watch list for some time now and I was both grateful and delighted that my friend Judy sent the trilogy all the way from the US.

A hard book to describe and review, it's a fast paced thriller with a strong SF theme running throughout. But it is also a bit bonkers and you really have to suspend belief as the author throws all sorts of weird ideas and concepts into the mix. In essence there is a rip through to `somewhere else' through which artefacts with a range of abilities are dropped through. The good guys are protecting them for the good of mankind and the bad guys want them for different reasons. Although the concepts here are over the top, they are also inventive and there are some great ideas behind them - it's nonsense but great fun and provided you approach the book with the right mind-set this is hugely enjoyable.
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Redcoat's review is spot on; Patrick Lee's debut novel, The Breach is great fun. It takes a mix of strait action thriller, mystery and sci-fi and makes all the disparate elements work as a whole.

How readers will respond to the book will very much depend on whether they are willing and able to suspend their disbelief. Whilst the much of the action is pretty straight forward, with nice meaty episodes of well written combat, the plot on which they are hung is veers very heavily into sci-fi territory. If like me you're a fan of Lincoln Child & Douglas Preston, or even some of James Rollins slightly more outlandish novels you'll probably be willing to go along with some of the ideas that underpin The Breach, but if you like your thrillers to be earth bound lacking wilder flights of fancy (although all of Lee's concepts are well thought through) the sci-fi trappings will probably put you off.

If you can get past the fantastical concepts on offer what you get is an extremely fast and relentlessly paced thriller (close to the pace of a Matt Reilly novel, but thankfully without the childish plotting and prose), with as I've mentioned some fantastic action. You're also introduced to a great lead character, Travis Chase, who despite having the sort of name that you only find in action-thrillers is definitely not the usual one dimensional heroic lead. Capable but not superhuman he's also given a pretty dark back story that lends both the character and his actions extra depth and significance. The female lead, Paige, is less well drawn by contrast but is far from the helpless damsel in distress.

Best of all The Breach also offers up a genuine and interesting mystery to go with the action and the vaguely X-Files-ish sci-fi. Most thrillers provide plenty of action and some solid plot hooks but are utterly predictable in terms of how the story will pan out (e.g. good guys win!) or telegraph the bad guy's motivations from the get go. The Breach by contrast keeps you guessing right up until the end and comes up with a final revelation that I didn't come even close to predicting. Its an extra dimension that is very welcome.

The Breach was so enjoyable I'm actually sorry that it wasn't longer. At times it felt like the author was trying to cram too much in, and a bit more time to let the story breath might not have gone amiss. Certainly beyond Travis and Paige none of the other characters are more than names and some plot developments get skated over rather too quickly.

The rapid pace does however, distract from a few iffy bits of plotting. For the most part Lee's concepts work at first glance, but I'm avoiding thinking about them too much because I'm know I'd find plenty of holes in the book's logic. I'm also not sure whether the extremely high body count is really justified by the plot. Certainly one set piece in Zurich, whilst startling, verges towards the gratuitously tasteless and stretches plausibility to breaking point. Dialling it down a notch in future books might not be a bad idea.

I will however, definitely be picking up the next 'Breach' adventure, Ghost Country. If it includes as many fresh ideas and as much incident as his debut it promises to be a great follow-up.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 28 September 2012
"The Breach" is the page-turning debut novel by author Patrick Lee which is the beginning of an epic science fiction trilogy that is full of mystery, adventure, and a perplexing topical question that hovers over the entire story. The story begins with Travis Chase on a camping trip in a remote area of Alaska's Arctic National Park where he discovers a crashed Boeing 747 jet liner and on board, among the dead he also finds the body of the First Lady of the United States aboard this very unusual aircraft. This beginning soon leads Travis to meet Paige Campbell and lands both of them in the middle of a wide-ranging, high-powered pursuit that involves clandestine groups of rivals and a scientific discovery called 'The Breach': a mysterious portal from which items with puzzling capabilities come through from an unknown source. The author does a great job of moving the main fast-paced tale and a parallel tale along, as the story goes international, with Chase having to survive by his wits against unusual enemies. Loaded with abrupt surprising plot twists, this novel is highly entertaining and Highly Recommended. Four and a half MYSTERIOUS Stars! (384 pages, reviewed in text and text-to-speech. Part 2 and 3 of the trilogy are Ghost Country and Deep Sky).
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on 3 November 2012
This is one of the most entertaining books I have read in a long time. A science fiction thriller set in a contemporary setting, the books protagonist is the heroically named Travis Chase.
Chase is a man with a questionable history. Trying to forge out a new life for himself, he is hiking through Alaska when he discovers a crashed 747.
With the crash site appearing to be three days old, Chase wonders why there are no rescue services anywhere to be seen. A 747 cannot crash and simply be forgotten. The mystery unfolds on board the plane, where Chase discovers the First Lady of the US, and the message she holds.

The adventure then kicks off and never lets up. Travis is made aware of a secret organisation `Tangent', and the fantastic `entities' that they have at their disposal. To say any more would spoil the story, but Tangent have enemies that also have access to the mysterious entities. All in all, this was a very satisfying and entertaining read. This is pulp sci-fi at its best and is very imaginatively written. Could I describe it as a combination of James Bond and Men in Black? It looks like I just have. This is definitely a book I will passing on to friends. I am looking forward to reading the two sequels, Ghost Country and Deep Sky.
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on 15 October 2015
This is how properly enjoyable nonsense should be written. The Breach is a simple entertainment centred on a desperate and sometimes vicious search for a very desirable McGuffin. Step past the third page, suspend your disbelief (highly advisable), and you’re right in the thick of the action. It’s great stuff.

Travis Chase is a man escaping his past and attempting to decide his future while trekking through the wilds of Alaska. Just several hours away from his vehicle he stumbles across a major mystery which sends the story shooting into high gear. Torture, gunplay and weird unearthly objects pepper the plot, not to mention undocumented government agencies operating secretly out of deep underground bases.

The pace never flags and despite the odd over-ridiculous occurrence – a shootout in Zurich springs to mind - this novel had me captivated from the beginning. It’s a happy mixture of science fiction and Bourne.

I greatly look forward to reading the next two Travis Chase adventures.
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Brilliant first part of Patrick Lee's Sci-Fi trilogy starring Travis Chase very much like Lee Child's Jack Reacher on steroids. If you start with this you must go on to Ghost Country then Deep Sky you'll find that you can't wait for the next instalment it's so addictive.
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on 7 December 2011
I have not enjoyed something as original as this for a long time. Clearly its escapist but there were some very clever episodes i really enjoyed in here. Rare for me to write a review but i felt i had to give the book its dues. Looking forward to the next.
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on 18 November 2010
Patrick Lee's The Breach is an un-put-downable fast paced sci-fi tinged thriller, which i finished off in 3 days... A page turner it certainly is, with non stop, flowing cinematic action and scenes, the story deserves the movie treatment for sure. When the lead character Travis Chase stumbles across the wreckage of a 747 whilst on a hike in a remote location, the story races along, twisting and turning in a grand adventure that will keep you reading until the end. The plot, action and unique devices dreampt up by the author and used by Chase to outwit his enemies will amaze you and final twist is pure pleasure to complete a great book. Ghost Country, the author's sequel is on order...!!!
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