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The Fold: A Novel Kindle Edition
Step into the fold. It's perfectly safe.
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.
--Andy Weir, New York Times bestselling author of The Martian
“A terrific SF mystery.”
—Fantasy Book Critic
“A fun, brilliant read. Technical enough to enthrall, fast-paced enough to stay engaging to the explosive end, The Fold has everything I want in an SF novel, and then a little bit extra.”
--Mira Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Feed
“Part techno thriller, part supernatural mystery, all awesome.”
"That rare thriller that always keeps just one step ahead of the reader...a crackling, electric read."
--Chuck Wendig, New York Times bestselling author of Aftermath
“A little Crichton and a little Sherlock--and sure to please fans of both."
--Wesley Chu, author of Lives of Tao
“An ingenious science mystery with a terrifying Lovecraftian twist.“
“A science fiction thriller with a bit of Sherlock Holmes and a bit of H.P. Lovecraft thrown in…a book you’ll want to pass along to your friends when you’re done.”
“I was enthralled…a mix of scientific extrapolation, fast-paced plotting, surprising twists, clues for the savvy reader, and credible characters.”
—Sci Fi Bulletin
“Absolutely riveting…[features] weird science, great characters, snappy dialogue, a slowly developing mystery and edge of your seat action.”
"A mind-blowing science fiction mystery that kept me guessing right to the end…Clines’ writing is steeped in popular culture and unexpectedly funny, yet highly perceptive and infused with a subtle intelligence. If you haven’t read him, you’re in for a wonderful surprise."
--Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Dead City
"A smart, intense thriller with just a dash of dark humor, The Fold will keep you turning pages until the wee hours of the morning. Well done, Peter Clines!"
--DJ Molles, author of the Remaining series
“Wow! This is why I love spec fic. Brilliant, unpredictable, and mind-bending, The Fold is one of the best books I’ve read in years. An SF thriller that summons Lovecraftian monsters, it will surprise you again and again. Read it!”
--John Dixon, author of Phoenix Island --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B00NDTS7NC
- Publisher : Crown (June 2, 2015)
- Publication date : June 2, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 4823 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 378 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #105,214 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Mike shows up, and is immediately shown a successful test of the "Albuquerque Gate", involving one of of the staff scientists, and the game is on. There are some twists and turns, a little romance, some military mayhem and more between the beginning and the extremely fast-paced last 20% of the novel. Fans of Hugh Everett's ideas about the correct interpretation of quantum mechanics will like this one, as will many hard sci-fi aficionados. This is a novel written by and for adults, and contains one or two extremely tame sex scenes and a whole lotta F-bombs. It pains me to have to add that last sentence but I am tired of seeing novels savaged by gentle folk for whom sex and the F-word mean that a novel ought to be rated X and/or banned or burned.
I am now a fan of Clines and can't wait to read 14 and his other, previously published novels.
10/2/15 -addendum after reading Clines' 14. Read THE FOLD first. The two novels are sequels/prequels/sidequels of each other. Knowing what I know now, I am glad that I read THE FOLD first, otherwise much of the latter part of that novel would have been completely predictable after reading 14.
There are some similarities between this book and the first book in the series ("14"). The similarities are not lazy overlaps but careful tie-ins. I expect more continuity in the third and fourth books.
The main character is Leland "Mike" Erikson who has some super-hero skillz especially when it comes to information: an IQ somewhere north of 180 and an eidetic memory. These might be a blessing to some people (if they had these skills) but to Mike they're a burden. It's really hard to write a character like this (or act like this in a movie or TV show) but Peter skillfully never makes a false step. Mike is plausible and consistent. He's also generally a nice guy. We never find out whether he prefers the red or black ants.
The story is well written slowly peeling back the layers of the ogre, I mean, plot to show that not all is as it seems. Mike goes back and fills in the details that the Albuquerque Door project missed. Like in the novel "14" where a faux-religious cult seeks to turn off the building that keeps a doorway between parallel universes closed, the Albuquerque Door team keeps opening that door to the point where it won't close. Guess who wants to come to dinner? Guess who's on the menu?
I wish that the Marines had brought a bit more fire power to the battle of the "bugman" and the "seraphs".
Seven-legged green cockroaches. Just saying.
All and all, except for the horror elements, a pleasant read. Now I'm onto his next novel in the series "Terminus"!
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But one day Mike’s closest friend Reggie, a government agent with influence, invites Mike to head to San Diego to join a team of DARPA scientists, led by Arthur Cross, who are working on a mysterious secret project they have named the Albuquerque Door. More precisely, Reggie wants Mike to investigate the project and find out exactly what it is that Arthur and his team have found and whether it is worth the investment. All Reggie knows is that the Door is a device that folds dimensions. A person can walk through one door and exit another in an instant, with just one step, however far apart the doors might be. Mike doesn’t have to be a genius to work out what a leap for mankind teleportation would represent.
Reggie suspects, though, that Arthur is hiding something from him, that he is reluctant either to explain the technology or to release its benefits into the world despite its great successes. Mike can’t resist the challenge and soon finds himself observing the team as they send each other to and fro between the doors placed on either side of the facility.
I’m no expert on quantum physics (or if I am, I keep it hidden) but that didn’t matter at all with The Fold. Mike might be a genius but he too has to learn what’s going on and, as he observes, he becomes our eyes, explaining what has happened in an unobtrusive but fascinating way. Mike falls for the Star Trekkingly fabulous wonder of it all and his enthusiasm for it is catching. But he’s also suspicious of how it works, particularly as he realises that Arthur and the others may actually be as much in the dark as he is. Something is going on, the behaviour of the team, likeable though they may be, is inconsistent, and, as he digs, Mike discovers that not all of the experiments were quite as successful as he’d been led to believe.
I gobbled The Fold up. I loved the writing, I loved the fun of it, full of references to pop culture, and yet so brilliantly fascinating and, as we headed into the second half, utterly thrilling, horrifying, jawdropping and marvellous! Peter Clines has the most amazing imagination and he made me want to believe it could all happen. The first half is sciencey while the second half delves deep into horror and I surprised myself to discover that I enjoyed the two equally. One reason for this is the unifying figure of Mike – I really, really liked this man. I loved the way his brain works and he manages to be both human and superhuman at the same time. The other scientists all have their unique personalities and the setting itself is so well depicted – it’s like some strange science camp in the middle of nowhere for people who don’t quite fit in elsewhere.
I’d been longing to read The Fold for such a long time. It came out in the US ages before it was released over here and I suffered with my impatience. With all that anticipation going on, I’m so happy to report that it didn’t just match my expectations, it far exceeded them and gave me one of the best times I’ve had reading a science fiction thriller in such a long time. It’s one of those rare books that I wish I hadn’t read just so I could have the pleasure of reading it for the first time again. All the stars to this one.
What I didn't enjoy was the price tag. I think nearly ten pounds is to much.
I like the convenience of the Kindle but this was a bridge to far.