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The Breach (Travis Chase #1)

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Thirty years ago, in a facility buried beneath a vast Wyoming emptiness, an experiment gone awry accidentally opened a door.

It is the world's best-kept secret—and its most terrifying.

Trying to regain his life in the Alaskan wilds, ex-con/ex-cop Travis Chase stumbles upon an impossible scene: a crashed 747 passenger jet filled with the murdered dead, including the wife of

Mass Market Paperback, 372 pages
Published December 29th 2009 by Harper (first published 2009)
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Apr 20, 2015 Diane rated it liked it
This was a totally fun but also ludicrous book. The story has so many twists and turns, especially at the end, that after I finished I tried to puzzle out the loopiness.

Then I gave up trying to understand because the plot required so much suspension of disbelief that I might as well have been walking on air.

Let's go back to the fun part! Travis Chase goes on what he thought would be a peaceful hike in the Alaskan wilderness. One day he finds an airplane that had crashed in the woods. He goes to
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
After several false starts, I got into this book. I read most of it on the way to Illinois for Thanksgiving. This is one of those books that takes a while to get started, but once you're in, you're in. The concept is so crazy, it takes a while to figure out what's going on. I think the closest comparison I could make is the TV show "Fringe". It's that kind of crazy. Also it's the kind of thing that people who have tons of conspiracy theories and deep distrust for the establishment, corporations ...more
Nov 02, 2012 Rizwan rated it it was amazing
Just finished The Breach, and the only thing I can say is that it was simply AWESOME! A very quick and easy-to-follow read which I didn't exactly expect as I thought it'd be more labyrinthine with too many hard to understand techno/scifi jurgons. And though there were never any shortage of "scifi talk", it was just as much to give reader a perfect headway of things, and never went over the head. But first and foremost, The Breach is an action-suspense novel, and in that criteria it delivered in ...more
Mar 04, 2014 Nick rated it did not like it
I read this book because David Goyer is adapting it to film. Reading this book reminded me of The Onion's accusations that Fast & Furious was written by a 5-year-old child, because that's the only logical explanation for the illogical sequences and stupendously trite tropes in that film, just as it is the only logical explanation for what happens in this book.

It has a main character who is a nobody with a troubled past, thrust into a huge government cover-up when he finds the President's wif
Mike (the Paladin)
You know...I like this book more than I expected to. I'm hoping that this leads into a good series that holds up. Our protagonist here is one who's got a past or maybe I should say a Past that's with a capital P. He was a dirty cop and we learn real quick (so it's not a spoiler) that something he did cost the life of the woman he loved.

He's spent the last years in prison and is looking at re-starting his life at 40.

Then fate intervenes.... Or is it fate? Humm....

The way the story unfolds, the
Jun 06, 2011 Katy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vine-book
Please note: I read and reviewed this in 2010 from a copy I received from Amazon Vine.

My Story outline: The Breach starts out like a thriller - the main character, Travis Chase, just released from prison, stumbles upon the wreck of a 747 that contains, among other things, the dead body of the First Lady and a cryptic note alluding to "Tangent." There is no sign of a rescue operation - in fact, there is no sign that anyone else heard the crash.

From there, things start to get weird, and slowly but
Oct 28, 2012 Keifario rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Patrick Lee is a skilled writer and The Breach is a creative story. I liked it enough that I'm interested in moving on to the second book in the series, and I would easily recommend it to people. The first 1/3 of the story is intriguing, atmospheric and suspenseful.

But, I almost wanted to give this three stars instead of four because there's a long scene in the middle that goes way over the top. The body count is ridiculous and unnecessary, and my already maxed out suspension of disbelief began
Andrew Huff
Mar 29, 2010 Andrew Huff rated it really liked it
I admit I'm a bit of a lit snob and typically don't like these action thrillers too much, but the sheer audacity of this plot managed to overcome all my objections and by the end I was hooked. Even though I muttered a few "this is so stupid" statements, they were always followed by "but I can't stop reading". In the end, I would even say I liked it. The story is utterly implausible and ridiculous, but you have to admit it's a pretty cool idea. Imagine a unicorn with a machine gun instead of a ho ...more
Mike Vasich
Apr 15, 2012 Mike Vasich rated it it was amazing
Wow, amazingly fun and fast paced! Since I'm far too lazy to write a proper summary, I'll just say this:

Travis Chase comes across a downed 747 that leads him into a worldwind of intrigue and supernatural suspense. And it's all centered on a mysterious alien device called the Whisper.

I usually only read about 50 pages at a sitting before I get antsy. I devoured about 200+ pages of The Breach in one sitting, pausing only to pee a few times.

Exciting, pulse-pounding, intriguing . . . kind of like t
Feb 28, 2012 Kate rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, ebook
Be forewarned: This book is BRUTAL.

No, really. It's brutal. While the descriptions are never over the top - for the scenarios involved, the prose is remarkably restrained and lets the reader's imagination fill in the horrifying details - the situations themselves are horrific and the physical violence done is immense. If you have a weak stomach and/or a strong imagination, you may not want to read this book.

Then again, you may want to, because for all its brutality, it's inventive, engaging, and
Aug 24, 2012 John rated it it was amazing
This is the first Travis Chase book by Patrick Lee -- I'd never heard of the author before, but I saw a couple of his books at the bookstore and they seemed interesting. It looked like a trilogy, and I couldn't tell which was the first book, so I waited until I got home and researched it on the Web -- turns out the bookstore didn't have the first book in stock, so I ordered it from the library.

The book did NOT disappoint -- it read quite a bit like a Dan Brown novel, minus any of the Biblical/Kn
Nov 21, 2010 Daniel rated it really liked it
Reminds me of some of the better Twilight Zone and Outer Limits episodes I've seen. A science experiment goes awry, smart people try to solve the problem while villainous people try to exploit and abuse the consequencs, and the protagonist somehow connects to it all. Questions drive the plot, and half-answers keep things interesting. Best of all, I still have no idea what Patrick Lee is up to with this book or its forthcoming followup - and I'm keen to find out. So: entertaining in the moment an ...more
Jul 17, 2015 Donna rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, crime-mystery
I've wanted to read this author for awhile. I loved that this story takes place in Alaska, since I am from there. So that was fun for me. Basically this was a fun little read, but it was so incredibly far-fetched. Sometimes, far-fetched can be fun too, but this seemed beyond me. I had a hard time truly embracing this, but I can't deny that it was enjoyable. So 3 stars and I will read more by this author. I liked his characters and the plot seemed well thought out.

Henri Moreaux
The Breach is one of those books that's a real pleasure to read and draws you in from the first page to the last.

A unique plot and plenty of action as well as plot twists keeps you turning the pages will into the night.

Looking forward to the following book 'Ghost Country' now.
Mar 07, 2017 Stephan rated it liked it
I did enjoy reading this, but it's not as good as I'd like it to be. It is so action driven, there is no time for the characters to really deal with the arising situations. Yeah, they felt bad for killing hundreds if not thousands of innocent people at one point. But then they take the next step and all is forgotten. Things happen and then next things happen without Lee making them fit. I think I'd want Lee to add 200 pages to this book and give the characters room to cope and flesh them out.

Fate's Lady
Apr 03, 2014 Fate's Lady rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi
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Feb 25, 2011 Rose rated it really liked it
Ok, I admit I had many eye-rolling moments with this highly unlikely story. But in the end I have to say, it was just a nice pulpy, page-turner!

Travis Chase is out one year from spending a long time in prison, we found out why in bits throughout the story, to find himself backpacking in Alaska and discover a plane wreck. From there he discovers one strange thing after another, meets his soon to be girl and within 3 days finds himself tangled up in the most bizaare storyline I've read in a long,
Freda Malone
Mar 04, 2015 Freda Malone rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I had already read Ghost Country by Patrick Lee which was the second to the series and really enjoyed it. A hard core sci-fi that gets you thinking. So - I picked up the first book, The Breach, which also features Travis Chase and I enjoyed this one even more. Action packed and doesn't quit throughout the whole book. Creative way to incorporate technology perhaps a thousand years from now. I could say much more exciting things but don't want to spoil it. A good fast read.
Dec 29, 2012 Robby rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lee Child/Jack Reacher Fans
Recommended to Robby by: Self
This is the first novel for Patrick Lee. Thus,the intro of Travis Chase as the lead protagonist. When I read the back cover;(just a portion herein); "Trying to regain his life in the Alaskan wilds,ex-con/ex-cop Travis Chase stumbles upon an impossible scene: a crashed 747 passenger jet filled with the murdered dead, including the wife of the President of the United States". Now that peaked my interest. And I must say; I was not disappointed. This is the first installment of several near-future a ...more
Aug 12, 2015 Ctgt rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, action
Nan B
Mar 22, 2017 Nan B rated it really liked it
I gave it four stars for sheer concept. The plot is so outrageous it's almost fun? but also frightening. It moves as fast or faster than the former TV show 24, has unexpected turns, plenty of dead bodies, and some detailed gory violence as well. At one point I actually had to skip over some of those details - my imagination gets the better of me. I did have a little eye roll and sigh about the ending, but I suppose that can be attributable to expecting to write a series. Overall it was a good sc ...more
Feb 21, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"Die Pforte" von Patrick Lee ist ein actionlastiger Science-Fiction-Thriller, der mir insgesamt recht gut gefallen hat.

Zum Inhalt: Der Ex-Polizist Travis Chase wurde nach 15 Jahren aus dem Gefängnis entlassen. Anstatt mit Hilfe seines Bruders einen Neuanfang zu wagen, reiste er in die Einöde Alaskas, wo er bei einer längeren Wanderung weitab jeder Zivilisation ein Flugzeugwrack findet. Die Insassen starben aber nicht durch den Absturz allein, sondern wurden erschossen und unter den Opfern befin
Aug 01, 2011 Theresa rated it really liked it
It's funny how we decide to pick up books sometimes. I was introduced to David Eddings by some fanboy-types I knew while going to college. I think I'm grateful I wasn't running with the Oprah-crowd back then. I don't think I could handle the angst. Anyway. The Breach by Patrick Lee is a book I wouldn't have even known about if it weren't for John DeNardo over at SF Signal and I might still have passed it up if it wasn't for the occasional tweet to remind people that it might be worth checking ou ...more
Blood Rose Books
Jan 31, 2014 Blood Rose Books rated it really liked it
In the first in an action packed new series Patrick Lee introduces a man that never wanted to be a hero and a mysterious weapon that has the ability to change everything:

Travis Chase has just been released from prison and he is trying to restart his life back on the right side of the law. He decides to get back to nature and take a backpacking trip across the Alaskan wilds, but this trip will change his life forever. Travis stumbles upon a crashed 747 passenger plane that is filled with people m
Mar 02, 2013 Adarsh rated it really liked it
Patrick Lee is the newest member of the elite 'doomsday thriller' authors. Like his predecessors Michael Crichton and Dan Brown, his works are tailor-made for Hollywood.

Heavyweights David S. Goyer (Dark Knight) and di Bonaventure (Transformers) are potentially involved in the making of 'The Breach'. Great news, indeed. A mega-budget and a top billing crew are exactly what Patrick Lee's source material needs.

It is not easy to get into the story without giving away something. But, I can tell you t
THE BREACH (Pub. 2010) is Patrick Lee's debut novel. It's an intriguing read and moves at a great pace.

The story is centered around our present-day world with a catch -- due to a catastrophe at a super-collider station, the United States has a secret facility with an ongoing phenomenon known as 'The Breach'. The Breach is a port hole torn in the fabric of existence that is acting as an exchange tube. And some unknown entity has been sending 'gifts' to mankind via this tube for three decades. Th
Richard Guion
Jan 07, 2011 Richard Guion rated it it was ok
I noticed a few people I follow on Twitter and various podcasts were talking about Patrick Lee’s novel, The Breach. They described it as something like the TV show 24, plenty of intense action with sci-fi elements. Sounds like good popcorn entertainment, right?

Alas, The Breach fell flat for me. The plot has some decent moments, with a high concept idea that Warren Ellis might have come up with—a Breach into another universe that needs to be protected from the enemies of the United States. (I cou
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
This is the first book of a trilogy and it starts beautifully. I really want to read the rest and being mere 350 pages I will read them shortly. Unfortunally I am changing home so my reading time as being spent elsewhere.

This book starts in action and end in action. In between we learn what is the Breach and how all things are connected.

We follow throughout the book Travis Chase and he is an interesting character, ex-cop and ex-com, and inbetween we have a couple of chapters with other characte
Feb 26, 2012 Gavin rated it liked it
Writing these book reviews has lead me to a few realisations over the past couple of years, two of which I will bore you with now:

1. I will perpetually be an idiot in retrospect.
2. The hardest type of review to write is one about which you do not care.

The Breach, by Patrick Lee, is a completely workmanlike novel. A solid lunk of book, wallowing in cliché and gender trope without anything to distinguish itself from the endless shelves of airport fiction other than a lack of racism, smooth, inoffe
Lelia Taylor
Feb 26, 2012 Lelia Taylor rated it it was amazing
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The Breach
Patrick Lee
Harper, January 2010
ISBN 9780061584459
Mass Market Paperback

Travis Chase has a past, a prison sentence served for deeds that deserved the conviction, although some might say he had justification for his behavior at the end. Whatever the case, he has come to the Alaskan wilderness for the solitude that may help him make some decisions about the direction the rest of his life should take. He’s not alone in the backcountry, though, and the sounds he wasn’t sure he heard three ni
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Patrick Lee was born in west Michigan in 1976.He started writing by working on screenplays but eventually moved to novel writing.
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