Book Review: The Fold: A Novel, by Peter Clines
Peter Clines latest offering, The Fold: A Novel, is a mind-binding, page-turning, high-octane Sci-Fi thriller. It reads like a cross between Michael Crichton, Sherlock Holmes, and the Syfy 90’s TV show, Sliders.
The main character, Mike Erikson, is a small town New England high school English teacher. While he appears to be just a regular guy, he is actually one of the smartest people on the planet with razor sharp observation skills and an eidetic, photographic memory. He remembers everything he has ever read or seen. He is recruited by an old friend to help solve a mystery. In the California desert near San Diego, a group of DARPA scientists have invented a device called the Albuquerque Door. The device uses a cryptic computer equation and magnetic fields to “fold” dimensions, thus shrinking distances so a traveler can move hundreds of feet with a single step.
While the invention proves promising, there seems to be a problem that scientists refuse to discuss. Mike is sent to use his observation skills and deductive reasoning to help figure out if the machine is a help or a danger. Every step takes him deeper into the mystery and towards a twist that you don’t expect.
While I enjoyed the story, I did not appreciate the author’s use of profanity. In the second half of the book when the intensity of the mystery ratchets up, one character in particular becomes more profane and litters her conversations with “F” bombs. The author slips one in occasionally and you initially don’t notice it. But by the final chapter, it feels like they are everywhere. It just didn’t seem like it was necessary. While I normally avoid books with profanity, by the time it became noticeable, I was hooked by the story and did not want to put it down.
I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.