The Fold

The Fold

A Novel

Book - 2015
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A brilliantly twisty, turny supernatural mystery from the author of the Ex-Heroes series and 14

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's just how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen may not be much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but Mike is content with his quiet and peaceful existence.

That is, until an old government friend presents him with an irresistible mystery--one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve: it seems that a team of DARPA scientists has invented a device that could make teleportation a reality. But something is very wrong with the project. The personalities of the scientists who work on it are changing. People are dying. And reality itself seems to be...warping.

Mike soon learns that the machine is not at all what it appears to be--and that its creators may have opened a doorway to something horrible that lurks just outside our world's borders.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, 2015, ♭2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780553418293
Branch Call Number: CLIN
Characteristics: 375 pages ; 24 cm

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jharris98
Jan 31, 2017

Great book, If you liked 14 you will enjoy this book. I recommend reading 14 first.

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abcedmillered
Jan 09, 2017

Fast-paced and super witty allusions to Star Trek, MST3K, and other nerdy staples. The main character is Sherlockian, yet relatable. Hope to read more sci-fi by this author.

a different take on teleportation and what alternate realities could mean. Lots of suspense and a slow buildup to the actual problem of the book makes for fun reading.

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scifiandscary
Apr 04, 2016

I wish I could say that I loved The Fold. Heck, I wish I could say that I really liked it! Unfortunately, I can’t.

I went into The Fold fresh from 14 and was expecting great things and intrigued to see where he would go next. (Again, I listened to this as an audiobook, and I was glad to see it was the same person that narrated 14 who also narrated The Fold.) I think that even though The Fold was not a sequel persay to 14, it fell into the ‘second book in a trilogy’ issues that so many 2nd books have.

There were 2 things about the book that were downright irritating, and I hope the author never makes these mistakes again in the future.

1.) Repeated references to ‘the ants’. We get it, the main character has a photographic memory and the visual representations of ants is how his mind works. You do NOT need to tell us this every other page. Every time there’s a reference to Mike remembering something, this does NOT need to be said. It is perfectly okay to say “he mentally compared” or something like that.

2.) The main character is a genius with excellent pattern recognition capabilities. WE GET IT. He has excellent pattern-recognition capabilities. He’s a genius. He has a photographic memory. STOP TELLING US. Please. The constant repetitions are just downright annoying. Now, not included as a major, but a minor annoyance – the geniuses were idiots! Seriously? How could they not put at least some of the minor stuff together?

Overall, I think Mr. Clines tried way too hard to replicate the formula that made 14 so successful, but just could not get it to work with the storyline he’d chosen. Instead of being eager for the story to continue – I couldn’t wait for it to end. Instead of highly anticipating reaching the climax and wanting the story to be done because (as he did with 14) he’d wrung every ounce of drama from me, I couldn’t wait for it to end simply because I wanted to put The Fold on my “Finished reading” list.

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stephaniedchase
Feb 29, 2016

Fun, fast-paced pop science fiction, with an engaging main character and a twisty plot. The end of the book doesn't quite live up to the promise of the beginning.

Could not put this book down! Intelligent scifi account of a man with an extraordinary memory who travels to San Diego to find what is going on in a special experiment.
Lots of action that keeps you reading all night.
Best book I've read since 'Armada' by Ernest Cline.

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kriegel
Jul 19, 2015

This book was AMAZING! I couldn't put it down. My guess about what was happening was right, but I was impressed with how the author laid it all out. I highly recommend it.

Leshka Jun 13, 2015

Just like StarGladiator, I figured out what was going on from the first couple of chapters, while it took half the book for the characters to figure it out. However, being in love with HP Lovecraft and Stephen King, I found the second half of the book just as, if not more, entertaining. I devoured this book, even reading it at work (not recommended!) The ending feels a little "Oh my, I'm at the end of the story and need to finish it quick," but I loved this novel!

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StarGladiator
Jun 06, 2015

This is a well-written sf novel, save for several shortcomings: if you are an SF fan, you will grasp the plotline within the first several pages [really, really well-used or wornout story gimmick, stopped being clever years ago!]; also, the main character is highly implausible [Jules Feiffer's file clerk cartoon, once a mainstay in Playboy Magazine, was meant to be a joke - - file clerk as supergenius, but uninterested in utilizing said genius]. Stating that, a new SF fan will probably love this book, and not too bad a read otherwise.

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Sep 12, 2017

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.

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