Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Fold by Peter Clines - Book Review

From the publisher: STEP INTO THE FOLD.
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, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve: far out in the California desert, a team of DARPA scientists has invented a device they affectionately call the Albuquerque Door. Using a cryptic computer equation and magnetic fields to “fold” dimensions, it shrinks distances so that a traveler can travel hundreds of feet with a single step.

The invention promises to make mankind’s dreams of teleportation a reality. And, the scientists insist, traveling through the Door is completely safe.

Yet evidence is mounting that this miraculous machine isn’t quite what it seems—and that its creators are harboring a dangerous secret.

As his investigations draw him deeper into the puzzle, Mike begins to fear there’s only one answer that makes sense. And if he’s right, it may only be a matter of time before the project destroys…everything.

A cunningly inventive mystery featuring a hero worthy of Sherlock Holmes and a terrifying final twist you’ll never see coming, The Fold is that rarest of things: a genuinely page-turning science-fiction thriller. Step inside its pages and learn why author Peter Clines has already won legions of loyal fans. 

I have read several of Peter Clines's other books (including the excellent Ex- Series and 14) and really enjoyed them, so I jumped at the chance to read his newest book, The Fold. I was not disappointed in the least. Quick synopsis: Mike Erikson has an eidetic memory and an off-the-charts IQ. His buddy at DARPA hires him to investigate DARPA's latest invention - a sort of inter-dimensional doorway that results in near instantaneous travel. It will change the world. However, the group of scientists responsible for the doorway are extremely secretive, and things just seem a little off.  As Mike spends more time looking into the circumstances surrounding the door, things become more and more complicated. To say more may give things away.

The book was great. I love Clines's writing style, and read this book in a matter of days. The plot moves quickly, while building suspense and tension the entire time. The characters are engaging, particularly Mike. The descriptions of how his memory works, using the image of red and black ants, is ingenious. Clines takes the time to add characterization throughout the story, and the reader will find themselves picking up on little clues to the overall mystery as they move through the story. The supporting cast is also well-written, as the focus is on a small group of people at basically one location.

I can't say enough good things about The Fold. Peter Clines has again written a fantastic book, one with a sci-fi premise and a touch of horror. It is engrossing and well-written. The Fold slowly grabs your attention and builds to a terrific climax.  I would highly recommend this book, and particularly to readers who enjoyed Clines's novel 14.

I received a preview copy of this book through the Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review.

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