Print Review: The Fold

The Fold
By Peter Clines
Crown Publishers
Release Date: June 2, 2015
ISBN-13: 978-0553418293

Leland “Mike” Erikson has an incredible memory and a high IQ, which translates into an ability to collate and analyze everything he sees. His friend Reggie, who works for the US government, entices and tricks Mike into checking out a government-sponsored Top Secret project which is  promising in it awesomeness; but worrisome with its lack of transparency regarding process and method. Reggie hopes that Mike will be able to discern not only how the project works and report back; but be able to confirm his suspicions that things aren’t quite right. Mike ends up at an isolated project site in California to discover a SFF geek’s dream come true… a teleportation portal!  Mike is embedded with the team, but sure enough, it turns out things aren’t what they seem… In fact not at all…

The opening chapter is an intense, edge-of-your-seat model of suspense, and a clue as to what happened out on the canyon’s edge where the project was developed. Peter Clines leaves us there though, to file it in the backs of our minds as the reader is launched into a fun sci-fi mystery: What exactly is going on when people walk though the portal? And what is it that has Reggie feeling like he’s got on his shirt backwards? What’s on page 99 that will get some readers excited? The novel is rife with pop-culture references, a hallmark of Clines’ writing; but a tad more subtle than in The Ex-Heroes series.  The Fold is set in the same universe as 14, and contains the same sense of fun, imagination and thrilling horror 🙂

If I were to quibble about anything, it would only be this: I think Peter Clines’ is holding out on the readers a little bit. The space in which he allows the reader to exercise their imaginations, is also the space Cline could be showing how smart he really is. Each novel however, has been better than his last; and I look  forward to his next work whatever world he sets it in 🙂

OTHER: I received an Advanced Reader’s Edition of The Fold (by Peter Clines) through the LibraryThing Early Reviewer program. I receive no monies, goods or services in exchange for reviewing the product and/or mentioning any of the persons or companies that are or may be implied in this post.