Thinking of the apocalypse during the holidays

By | December 26, 2011

As I said last week, I’ve got family visiting for the holidays, so I haven’t had much time to do much of anything that doesn’t involve Christmas (or touristy things, hehe). So I thought I’d have to put the apocalypse to rest until January (because the apocalypse needs a holiday too).

Then while putzing around Amazon, I found some Kindle deals, and bought a thriller called The Breach for $0.99. (Haven’t read it? You should. Go read it. I’ll wait. Why are you still reading this post? GO READ THE BOOK.)

And THEN I discovered that it was the first book in a trilogy. Because of course it is. So I skipped off to the Kindle Store and bought the second book, Ghost Country (at full price). Because of course I did. And guess what?

IT HAS TO DO WITH THE APOCALYPSE. Because of course it does.

Image from patrickleefiction.com.

The blurb, from the author’s website:

A piece of impossible technology has fallen into Travis Chase’s hands: a device that opens a doorway to a point seventy years in the future. What Travis finds on the other side are the long-abandoned ruins of our world, devoid of any human presence. Now, with the only two people he trusts, he begins a search of the ruins, in the hope of discovering what will end our world—and how we might yet avoid it.

But the investigation touches a nerve almost at once, not in the future, but among powerful people in the present day. People who are hiding the very secret that will crash our civilization. For Travis and his friends, the race is on to solve a global-scale crime that hasn’t even been committed yet. A murder mystery with the whole world as its victim. The action straddles the present day and the devastated future, ranging from the crumbling and forested remnants of Washington, D.C. and Manhattan, to the eerily well preserved sprawl of Yuma, Arizona, a bone-dry city where the last newspapers ever printed remain intact and legible among the ruins. And they’re dated just a few months from now.

That’s right. Somebody WANTS to end the world. And it’s a HUGE coverup. THAT INVOLVES THE (fictional) PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

HOW EXCITING IS THAT?

THIS BOOK. OMG THIS BOOK. I read it over two nights, and I would’ve read it in one sitting were it not for that pesky thing called sleep. And, you know, my kids. And the rest of my family.

Once I finished it, I pre-ordered the last book in the trilogy, Deep Sky, which releases tomorrow. I don’t know if it’s related to the apocalypse, but I’ll be sure to post about it if it does. (I’d imagine it does in some way, because even The Breach touches on the possibility of the end of the world.)

And now that I’ve just given you three timesinks to round out your holiday season, I’m off to play tour guide.

You’re welcome.

(But if you hate the books, I never told you about them. You got those recommendations from someone else. Not me. Nope, definitely not me.)

2 thoughts on “Thinking of the apocalypse during the holidays

  1. Megaton

    This sounds really good. Do you think it can be read standalone, or would you need the background of the first one to understand it?

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  2. Char Post author

    I think it’d be best to read the first one just to get an understanding of what the breach is and what it does. (Also, the first book is good, hehe.) The second book also refers to things that happened in the first book, though they don’t play any roles other than as background info in the second.

    On the other hand, it’s pretty easy to get an idea of what the breach does, even from just this book. It tends to play a significant role in this trilogy, lol. The only thing that might make you go “huh” is the relationship between two of the main characters, which starts in the first book.

    If you want a brief overview of the first book so you can skip right to this one, let me know and I’ll tell you.

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