Review & Giveaway: Ghost Country by Patrick Lee

Released yesterday (Dec. 28) from HarperCollins was Patrick Lee’s Ghost Country. I loved loved loved this book (and you know I never gush). Want to win a copy? Read on…

PLOT:   For decades, inexplicable technology has passed into our world through the top secret anomaly called the Breach. The latest device can punch a hole into the future . . .What Paige Campbell saw when she opened a door into seventy years from now scared the hell out of her. She and her Tangent colleagues brought their terrible discovery to the President—and were met with a hail of automatic gunfire after leaving the White House. Only Paige survived. Fearing a terrifying personal destiny revealed to him from the other side of the Breach, Travis Chase abandoned Tangent . . . and Paige Campbell. Now he must rescue her—because Paige knows tomorrow’s world is desolate and dead, a ghost country scattered with the bones of billions. And Doomsday will dawn in just four short months . . . unless they can find the answers buried in the ruins to come. But once they cross the nightmare border into Ghost Country, they might never find their way back . . .

THE AUTHOR: This is the second Travis Chase novel from Michigan author Patrick Lee, following The Breach.

MY THOUGHTS: Okay, I have to preface this by confessing that I am a SERIOUS disaster-movie geek. If it’s a disaster flick, however awful, I assure you I have seen it. I probably own it. (The irony that I was myself in the middle of Hurricane Katrina is not lost on me, and I’ll admit I lost my taste for disasters for a couple of years. Believe me, they’re not nearly so fun when they’re happening to you.) So it follows that I have a weakness for apocalyptic fiction. Ghost Country is a great apocalyptic story, and I’ll be going back and picking up its predecessor The Breach now. Patrick Lee achieves something not too many apoca-fiction (I need to trademark that) authors can, and that is decent characterization as well as worldbuilding. Oh, they’re not the world’s deepest-feeling characters; the emotion is very subdued. But it’s there, and I give the author props for that. The worldbuilding, and the ability to convey a complex system of people moving back and forth between a seventy-year span without confusion, is extremely well done. In my new rating system, I give Ghost Country a 62: that’s the page at which I didn’t want to put the book down till it was finished.

THE GIVEAWAY: I’m giving away a copy of Ghost Country–just tell me your favorite disaster movie or apoca-fiction book (my fave apoca-novel is Stephen King’s The Stand). As always, extra entry for comments, blog followers, followers on Twitter @Suzanne_Johnson, and an extra for Tweeting (or Retweeting) the contest. Drawing will take place on Friday, New Year’s Eve.

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man's Curse; Black Diamond).

16 thoughts on “Review & Giveaway: Ghost Country by Patrick Lee

  1. I’m living in an apoca-lab this week. All the cells are dead due to a CO2 depletion disaster. Which is cool, because I can’t do any real work and have to check other people’s blogs compulsively.
    I’m kind of a big fan of Planet of the Apes, myself. Or Soilent Green (both FINE examples of Charlton Heston’s best non-biblical work). I had a pet pirhana in college named Mad Max the Aquarium Warrior.
    Huh. I didn’t think I was a big fan of the genre, but I sure have spent alot of time with it!

  2. I was looking into this yesterday when I was going down the release day books, and this was another book I would love to read.

    I liked the movies The Book of Eli, Dawn of the Dead (original).

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    Thank you, Suzanne!

  3. I have to second King’s The Stand. I particularly love the opening shot, with The Blue Oyster Cult playing.

    Also Retweeting this.

  4. Will have to read this, whether I win or not. I’m a huge fan of this stuff as well, mainly because, looking at the world, it’s all too believable.
    My favorite is an oldie by Kim Robinson: THE WILD SHORE
    Must have read that 10 times already, and never get tired of it.
    Thanks for this opprtunity!

  5. I absolutely loved THE BREACH, and I’ve been waiting for GHOST COUNTRY forever. I can’t wait to read it!!

    Hmmm…I’m going to say THE HUNGER GAMES for my fave apoca-novel.

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  6. Hi 🙂
    Thank you for the opportunity to win!
    My favorite apocalypse movie(s) are Armageddon, Deep Impact, and the little-seen CARRIERS.
    Happy New Year!

  7. Count me in if this is international please.

    I love dystopian/(post) apocalyptic so I love books like The Hunger Games, The City of Ember and The Children of The Dust and movies like Armageddon and The Day after Tomorrow.

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  8. My favourite disaster movie is Independence Day.

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