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Title:Ghost Country
Authors:Patrick Lee
Info:Harper (no date), Edition: Original, Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:****
Tags:ER, science fiction, time travel, action, member giveaway

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What would you do, if you knew how the world would end? If you knew for a fact that next week, the President of the United States would press that magic button, and our whole world would end in ruin, would you try to stop it?

Not me. I'd wait that shit out, sittin' on my porch with a shotgun, hoping some zombies would come by. Because, as it is, the world is pretty dull. Nothing interesting ever happens.

I mean, how long has it been since a nuke was dropped? 60 years or so? It's been too damn long. How the hell is Iraq still a country? It should be a smouldering ruin by now, goddamnit. We've got thousands of nukes just laying around doing nothing. It's time we laid some waste.

In [b:Ghost Country|8479092|Ghost Country (Travis Chase, #2)|Patrick Lee|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1393478102s/8479092.jpg|13344068], an artifact has popped out of the Breach, which allows the user to see into the future. Or even open a portal and visit that future.

Well, being the curious fuck-stick that he is, Travis Chase opens a portal, looks around at the wasteland and thinks hey, that might be fun. So, he jumps on in, leaving his love Paige behind. Because, conflict.

So, this whole book is about Paige running around with knowledge of the future. She tries to stop the world from ending, and of course, fails miserably. She really is useless without Travis around to help.

Eventually, Paige says "Fuck this shit," more or less, and opens a portal to the future to join Travis, who has been fucking around in wasteland for 70 goddamn years. But, of course, he's had an awesome artifact with him that keeps him young.

Fuck those goddamn artifacts. They ruin everything. Every fucking time. There's this whole plot thing, where it seems impossible. There's absolutely no way this can end well. Enter a motherfucking artifact, and wham-o, problem solved. Goddamnit to hell. ( )
  gecizzle | Mar 5, 2015 |
I loved this book. Apart from being a great fast-paced thriller, it has a touch of romance too.
From the first book: some thirty years ago something like a portal opened and the scientists gave it a name - the Breach. Every now and then various objects come through it. Some of them are bad and some are good. Tangent, a secret organization, was created to collect and analyse those objects. This book deals with an object which shows a future (deliberate use of a). Paige went to show the object to the president and to tell him a horrible thing they have learned from it. Her group was killed and she was captured. Bethany, a girl Paige called for help. This is short summary of the action part. It is really fast. They don't get a moment of piece.
Now for the romance part. You get they fell in love in the first book. You get the reason why Travis left. There is no drama, no dumb love triangles. Now, the following are not exactly spoilers. They are more moments I loved regarding the romance.
Travis finds out some things in the future which help him decide to tell Paige the reason he left. In the third book he is probably back.
I loved how they didn't have to say more than necessary. Two examples:
“I understand that there’s something you really, really cannot tell me,” she said. “And I understand that it has nothing to do with how you feel about me. Because I know how you feel about me. Yesterday morning, when I stepped out of Finn’s office onto that girder and saw you standing five feet away, it didn’t surprise me in the least. I hadn’t expected it—but when I saw you, it seemed like the most normal thing in the world that you’d be standing there. That you’d be there for me. So I know. And I understand . . . even if I don’t understand. ..."
And another, even more heartbreaking, is when he decides to stay and give Bethany and Paige enough time to get away:
“The seconds drew out again. Then he felt one of Paige’s hands on his face. Her fingers tracing its contours. The closest she could get to a last look at him.
“Be there,” she said, and then her hand fell away."

I know this is s thriller and the main focus is not what happens between these two, but that is the exact reason I loved those crumbs we got.


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  Irena. | Aug 26, 2014 |
I just finished it as the first book in this series. Very refreshing! ( )
  zhoud2005 | May 13, 2014 |
Please Note: I read and reviewed this book Feb. 2011 from a copy I received from the Amazon Vine program.

My Synopsis: This book is the sequel to The Breach. After the events in that book, Travis Chase has left Tangent in order to try to prevent future events that were predicted in The Breach. However, when events collude to cause Bethany Stewart - a member of Tangent - to call Chase back to help, he comes. She shows him a new Entity that recently came through the Breach - this one punches a hole in time to a specific point in the future. The future shown is horrific - there are no people left; the wilderness is overrunning the cities. And then there are the bones ... lots of bones. What happened to cause this future? How can they prevent it?

My Recommendation: With its nonstop action, this book is perfect for adrenalin junkies. Like The Breach, Ghost Country combines the best of thriller and science fiction into a unique style that is sure to please a wide variety of readers. This is a "don't miss"! I highly recommend it. ( )
  Katyas | Apr 21, 2013 |
Good for what it is - a fast-paced thriller with thin characters but a strong plot. ( )
  mbg0312 | Feb 14, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061584444, Mass Market Paperback)

For decades, inexplicable technology has passed into our world through the top secret anomaly called the Breach.

The latest device can punch a hole into the future . . .

What Paige Campbell saw when she opened a door into seventy years from now scared the hell out of her. She and her Tangent colleagues brought their terrible discovery to the President—and were met with a hail of automatic gunfire after leaving the White House. Only Paige survived.

Fearing a terrifying personal destiny revealed to him from the other side of the Breach, Travis Chase abandoned Tangent . . . and Paige Campbell. Now he must rescue her—because Paige knows tomorrow’s world is desolate and dead, a ghost country scattered with the bones of billions. And Doomsday will dawn in just four short months . . . unless they can find the answers buried in the ruins to come.

But once they cross the nightmare border into Ghost Country, they might never find their way back . . .

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What Paige Campbell saw when she opened a door into seventy years from now scared the hell out of her. She and her Tangent colleagues brought their terrible discovery to the President - and were met with a hail of automatic gunfire after leaving the White House. Only Paige survived. Fearing a terrifying personal destiny revealed to him from the other side of the Breach, Travis Chase abandoned Tangent . . . and Paige Campbell. Now he must rescue her - because Paige knows tomorrow's world is desolate and dead, a ghost country scattered with the bones of billions. And Doomsday will dawn in just four short months . . . unless they can find the answers buried in the ruins to come. But once they cross the nightmare border into Ghost Country, they might never find their way back.… (more)

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