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The Breach

(Travis Chase #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  7,958 ratings  ·  697 reviews
Audacious and terrifyingand uncannily believable.
Lee Child

New York Times bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series, Lee Child, was blown away by The Breachand you will be, too! A novel of unrelenting suspense and nonstop surprises, The Breach immediately rockets author Patrick Lee into the V.I.P. section of the thriller universe. A treat for Jack Bauer (24) fans and
Paperback, 372 pages
Published December 29th 2009 by Harper (first published December 10th 2009)
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Apr 20, 2015 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
Mar 04, 2014 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
 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 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. First and foremost, it is an action-suspense novel, and in that criteria it delivered in spades. The ...more
Aug 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, 2020-shelf
Picking up and putting down this book, I'm left with a huge impression that this was designed to be a video game.

Action, shootem-up, video game. Along the way you can pretend you're the MC of "24" and you go from one bloody step to the next bloody step as the otherwise fairly high-concept SF trope driving it gets revealed.

Like I said, a video game.

Unfortunately for me, I like role-playing video games much more than the straightforward shootem-ups. I want to feel the consequences of my actions,
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 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
A. R.
Mar 29, 2010 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 ...more
Mike Vasich
Apr 15, 2012 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
Feb 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, sci-fi
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
Dee Haddrill
Sep 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Travis Chase is an ex-cop/ex-con who is trying to find some meaning to his life in the Alaskan wilds. After coming across a downed 747 jet, carrying the First Lady of the US, he is drawn into a secret world where a breach into another dimension has been opened in an underground facility.

Great story, good characters and looking forward to the next one. I like the sci-fi aspect and the action was just rolling along!

Colin Mitchell
Dec 07, 2017 rated it liked it
This novel appeared to be listed as a thriller, it was that but it was also more science fiction. No spaceships but aliens, other intelligence's and time travel making a good read. The main character is Travis Chase, who is an ex-convict, ex-police detective and the son of drug barons or is he. Appearances are never quite as they seem. Read more if you dare! but don't Whisper.
Aug 24, 2012 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
Jan 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2011, e-books
3 Star book, 5 Star Fun!!!!

This book delivered exactly what it was supposed to deliver. It was a fun, fast paced, and a light science fiction thriller that is easily devoured in an afternoon. I have not read anything by Patrick Lee before, but I will definitely look more of his works up now. This is a sci-fi that revolves around "The Breach", a rip in space, in time, leading to who knows where?? The protagonist Travis is likable even though he clearly has a disturbing dark side. I enjoyed this
Nov 21, 2010 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 ...more
Jul 17, 2015 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.

Jim Lay
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An awesome thriller with sci-fi elements that reminded me of early Koontz. Travis Chase is a man trying to run away from his past when he stumbles on a conspiracy of other-worldly proportions. After finding a crashed plane full of murdered people, including the president's wife, he finds himself in the middle of a battle to control something called The Breach. 5 stars!
Amber Scaife
Nov 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Thrillers are not my usual fare, but this one was given to me as a Christmas present a couple of years ago and so I thought I should give it a go. The writing was...not great, the characters flat and unevolving, and I'm sure that if I let myself examine the plot beyond a quick glance it would be easy to find a bucketload of holes. But. BUT. Somehow or other - reader, brace yourself - I *enjoyed* it. The story was so over-the-top ridiculous and the twists so crazy and unlikely that I couldn't ...more
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.
Jul 25, 2019 rated it liked it
An interesting sci-f/thriller that reminds me of a less surreal Roadside Picnic.
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
5 star for a solid first half then tails off after that.
Mar 07, 2017 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 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi
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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,
Dec 29, 2012 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 ...more
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
A book worth reading. Every once in a while you find a nice surprise, a novel that is unique and intriguing. A science experiment goes wrong, but something interesting comes out of it. Something no one is prepared for. Something dangerous, but alluring at the same time. Travis Chase, recently out of prison is trying to find himself in remote Alaska and make some decisions about his future. While hiking he stumbles across something extraordinary, which pulls him into a world that changes the ...more
Freda Malone
Mar 04, 2015 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.
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Pretty freaking kick ass! The coolest thriller I've ever read. Bring on part 2!

My advice: don't read the synopse. I didn't and I'm glad I didn't.
Brittney Monroe
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Holy mind fuck ending!

That is all.
Nan B
Mar 22, 2017 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 ...more
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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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