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The Fold

(Threshold #2)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  28,818 ratings  ·  3,143 reviews
A brilliantly twisty, turny supernatural mystery from the author of the Ex-Heroes series

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,
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 1st 2016 by Broadway Books (first published June 2nd 2015)
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Evan Hammerman He already wrote 14 and The Fold. A third book would make a good trilogy. Peter if you are reading this, please write a third book.
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Wendy Darling
The first 260 pages of this book are easily 4.5/5 stars. The last 100...are not. Maybe 3.5 stars in the end?

Must ponder further and fight the disappointment that is all the more crushing because the first 2/3 of this book was so brilliant.
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Mike's a small town teacher. He just wants a normal life. The thing is Mike has a gift/curse/secret. He has an eidetic memory.

Calm down Reid fangirls. He looks more like this.

His memory skills are super charged. The guy is a walking computer. He sees it in his head as ants moving information around.

I don't think I want any ants in my head but this part of the book had me hooked.
Then his friend who heads some government agency or such wants him into his organization. Why? To go out
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
💌 To my dear friends who were silly enough to give this book 4 and 5-star ratings: I love you. Despite your spectacular lack of judgement.

This book in two words: mediocre and juvenile. Yes, this is officially the worst Science Fiction book I have ever read. The only thing I liked about it? The premise. And to be honest, I'm not even sure why I'm giving this two stars when it doesn't deserve more than one. This has to be the stupidest, most ridiculous, most uninteresting SF story ever written an
Rick Riordan
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adult science fiction

I read this book very quickly – always a sign that I liked it. The story moves along at a brisk pace. The mystery keeps unfolding in increasingly bizarre new layers. A team of scientists discovers a way to teleport matter between two rings – very much like Stargate, though early on we are warned not to make that comparison, because the scientists hate it. The only problem: The team is secretive about how the technology works, and why they insist on testing it for another ye
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
This SF techno-thriller isn't perfect but I really liked the concept and the brilliant main character.


This was a fun one. Leland Erikson, called "Mike" for an intriguing reason that I won't spoil for you, is a high school English teacher. He has a genius level IQ as well as an eidetic (photographic) memory, but he wants to live a normal life, so he takes only low-profile jobs. Mike's quiet life is periodically invaded by his old friend, Reggie Magnus, who now works for the government and is kee
Dan Schwent
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lovecraftian, 2015
When DARPA scientists create a wormhole device in the California desert, why is New England schoolteacher Mike Erikson tapped to investigate the installation? Because Mike Erikson has an eidetic memory and is one of the smartest people on the planet! Can Mike find out what's really going on at the installation despite the secretive scientists?

I got this from Netgalley.

On paper, this book sounded right up my alley. What's not to like about Sherlock monkeying about with some kind of wormhole devic
Ɗẳɳ  2.☊
Oy vey, what can I say? This book was . . . no bueno. With such an intriguing premise and lead, the final product felt like so much wasted potential. Especially considering how much I love science fiction—it’s one of my favorite genres. Well, to clarify, I love smart science fiction, but what you have here is one the most brilliant minds on the planet analyzing a tricky situation, then implementing some of the most maddeningly idiotic and ill-considered strategies imaginable. And isn’t it ironic ...more
Robin (Bridge Four)
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4.5 Quantum Donut Stars

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Maybe you are like me and one of the few people who have read 14 by Peter Clines (that is a friends review attached because my review for 14 sucks) and so you too knew a little bit about the direction this book was going to go OR maybe you, like almost all my other friends on Goodreads have never even heard of 14. I’m going to say that it
Jun 11, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, 2015, sci-fi
Mike Erikson might be the smartest person on Earth, but he’s content to use his high IQ and eidetic memory as a small town school teacher. However, his friend Reggie is a big deal at DARPA and has been trying to hire Mike for years, and now he finally finds a job that Mike can’t resist because of its groundbreaking nature.

DARPA has been funding a top secret project called the Albuquerque Door* in which a small group of scientists have successfully been able to fold space-time so that a long dis
Edward Lorn
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I fully admit I probably shouldn't love this book as much as I do. But I cannot deny that it's the only book this year that I couldn't put down until it was over. I had several books that I didn't want to put down but ended up putting down anyway. This one I read in one sitting. It consumed me. I was able to escape for the span of six hours.

Then I see all my friends thought it was just "all right" or plain "ridiculous" and I started questioning my preferences, my
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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After reading Ron 2.0’s review I had no plans on reading The Fold, but then Ed loooooooved it so I just assumed Ron 2.0 read it wrong per usual and this little baby went back on the TBR. But THEN? Then Shelby agreed with Ron 2.0 and if you are familiar with them you’ll know that never happens. I figured that meant the apocalypse was nigh and I had to make sure I had some stuff taken care of before I read it . . .

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Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, horror
The author's voice sounds like Dean Koontz and sticks pretty damn close to its SF roots until it turns into some delightfully wacky horror. I'm a creature of habit. I love horror, and anything that gives it to me is my friend.

If it's ostensibly SF before it gives me all that horror, then I'm pink as a bloody peach.

I'll get something out of the way, first. It feels like a hugely popular novel. I don't know if it is, or will be. I'm reading it because it's new SF and it's an author I've never tou
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
4.0 Stars
This was an exciting science fiction thriller that hooked me from the very first chapter. The mystery was so compelling because (at least at first) I had absolutely no idea what was going on. Eventually, the clues started to come together and it was so satisfying when the clues came together in a crazy reveal.

I love the bits of science sprinkled throughout this novel which made this crazy story feel more grounded. The main character had a photographic memory, which made him a bit of a S
Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
The fold is another great science fiction/horror by Peter Clines. It is a stand alone novel but if you have read his previous novel "14" you will be pleasantly surprised by some merging stories and characters.

Mike Erikson likes to think of himself as a normal guy... Your average high school teacher. However he has a special ability, a eidetic memory. He is able to remember everything he has ever seen or heard, replaying it exactly like it just happened. His old friend Reggie convinces him to co

Three of my most favorite Stephen King sci-fi-esque stories include the novellas The Mist and The Langoliers and the not to be missed short story "The Jaunt" (which if you haven't read this delightful, chilling diddy yet GO DO IT NOW and thank me later). Seriously, it's awesome.

The Fold in all of its pulpy goodness, thrums along with a vibration that's very Stephen King in its approach to sci-fi and I couldn't help but be reminded of those three stories while burning through its pages. It's fun
Mogsy (MMOGC)
5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

The Fold is an amazing book. I couldn’t put it down, which is not something I normally write in reviews because it sounds so much like a cliché. In this case, however, it’s absolutely true and no exaggeration. This book even caused a moment of blustering indignation at one point, because it was 4:30 in the morning but it still wasn’t letting me close it up and get some sleep. And that is the story of how I finished this al
The opening chapter is pure thriller and engaged me immediately. Then we are introduced to Mike, a likeable high school teacher who just happens to be a genius. Not only is he brilliant, but he has a photographic memory. A good friend of his from college has been trying to poach Mike to go to work for him in a hush-hush government experiment, and finally succeeds in piquing Mike's interest enough to woo him away from teaching, and sets him up in a secret testing compound.

Mike is given little in
Scott Sigler
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is difficult to review this book without spoilers, and since I hate spoilers in all forms, I will keep this short. I would say if you like Stephen King or Peter Straub, this is right in your wheelhouse.

First of all, though, this is one of the most interesting main characters I've ever seen. It's not a spoiler to say this guy has an eidetic memory. Now sure, dozens (if not hundreds) of authors have used characters with photographic memories, but I've never seen the mechanism for remembering s
Mike (the Paladin)
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action, fantasy
Well...looking at my "currently reading" shelf and seeing it appears that I can keep like 20 books going at once I guess I should review a couple and get them off said shelf.


This is the third book (I think) I've read by Mr. Clines and it's a great read. No doubt about it if you like fantasy or science fiction brain candy I think there's an excellent chance you'll like this one.

Now let me note that there are a couple of "minor" flaws with the book, but sheer good "storyness" (should that be "
Apr 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Fold is my second encounter with Peter Clines after reading 14, and while I see a number of similarities between the two books I actually surprisingly liked this better.

Mike Erikson is a high school teacher living an ordinary life in an ordinary town, but when he is approached by an old friend Reggie to take a look at a new technology that is being secretly developed by DARPA scientists that would allow a person to be teleported from one place to another by taking a single step. But when he
TS Chan
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
4.5 stars.

The Fold is yet another utterly absorbing and entertaining genre-bending novel by Peter Clines, which was impeccably narrated by Ray Porter.

I didn't even realise that I've read the first book in the Threshold series, 14, almost exactly a year ago. It must be something related to this bizarre universe that Clines have created in his series of connected stand-alone novels which triggered such a coincidence. The Fold is the second book in the series, with a completely different story and
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This was a really fun read. It merged the genres of mystery, horror, sci-fi, and fantasy very well. The whole story had the feel of an episode of The Twilight Zone, which was pretty cool.

Mike Erikson is living the quiet life as a high school English teacher in a small New England town when he gets a visit from an old college friend who wants him to stop squandering his genius IQ and eidetic memory and come help evaluate a team of secretive DARPA scientists who are working on a project they clai

Buddy read with some awesome people at Buddies Books and Baubles


This was pretty entertaining and fast paced. It never lost its momentum. And yet something faltered in the story towards the end and I was left feeling a bit dissatisfied. Can't quite put my finger on what and why. May be it was the way too many cool/creepy ideas were thrown into the mix in the last third of the book and almost none of them reached their full potential or were developed even a bit. There are a lot of clue
Cindy Newton
I picked this book up because I didn't want to cart the hefty hardback I'm in the middle of to jury duty, and thought this slim paperback would fit nicely in my purse. It did, and once I started it, it was really difficult to put down. It's science fiction, but thank God! not as droningly sciencey as The Martian.

The first chapter is a great hook, but after that the story settles into a more sedate pace . . . for awhile. Then it picks up and really hits the gas and doesn't let up until the end. T
Jun 24, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
Well. That happened.

I received a copy of this via Netgalley and was super excited - it sounded cool and amazing and everyone was mentioning The Martian (My favourite book of 2014) in their reviews. I had to have it.

Small town genius hermit, lured into working for his friend of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA - I had to look it up) to look into a government funded invention whereby magnetism (I imagined a couple of huge MRIs) and advanced mathematics create a 'fold' - effect
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, sci-fi

Never has a book being split in half as diversely as this for me, talk about peaks and troughs!

I was really digging the book at the beginning, even up to the half way point. I was fully invested and would easily have rated this at 4 stars. An interesting lead character, Mike, who has an eidetic memory along with a genius level IQ which could have easily come across as a dick but he's actually alright. The interesting plot with a group of scientists finding a way to travel vast distances in
Mar 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thoroughly entertaining story about a door through space!

This only has a few things in common with the first book, 14. One thing being the green, mutated cockroaches and the other being two people from the first book show up at the very end. Oh, and I think that was a "squale" there towards the end as well.

I'm reading and/or listening to a lot of science fiction lately, but not too science-y, if that makes any sense. I'm not looking for super technical, REAL science, just entertainment. Of cou
Tim Martin
If something seems to be too good to be true, it probably is.

Mike Erikson, a brilliant man who happens to have an eidetic memory, just wants to live a quiet life as a school teacher in a small New England town. Both blessed and cursed with a completely inability to stop analyzing and cataloguing all things around him and a memory that will never, ever let go of anything (he can watch entire movies from memory, concentrating on every scene), he is called out of his self-imposed exile from the wo
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

Wow! That was one trip of a book! I liked it :) I always know I like a book when I can't wait to see what's going to happen yet and I start talking out loud to the book and the stupidity of what people are doing or not doing.

I loved one of the main characters, Mike. I wish I could have his mind! I would love to have a smart, photographic memory. I would love to just have a smart brain, but I digress. I loved he was referred to as Sherlock, because who doesn't
I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was an incredibly exciting book! The first half or so was the set-up, character development, and setting the scene. It started out like a "typical" mystery, with hidden agendas, secret agents, and the like. At about the 55% mark, things took a swing, and by that, I mean a WILD swing! The tension ratcheted up with each new discovery, and there were some truly surprising twists. By the 80% point, I couldn't put the book down!

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Peter Clines is the author of the genre-blending -14- and the Ex-Heroes series.

He grew up in the Stephen King fallout zone of Maine and--inspired by comic books, Star Wars, and Saturday morning cartoons--started writing at the age of eight with his first epic novel, Lizard Men From The Center of The Earth(unreleased).

He made his first writing sale at age seventeen to a local newspaper,

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