Deep Sky by Patrick Lee (Travis Chase, Book 3)3
Read by Jeff Gurner
Length: 9 Hrs 30 Min
Genre: Science Fiction Action Thriller
Quick Thoughts: Deep Sky reads like 24 meets The 4400 with plenty of vast conspiracies, world saving action scenes and thought provoking science fiction themes, seamlessly merging them all into something that is truly unique. I will definitely miss these characters and the world Lee has created for them to play in.
Special Note: As always, I try to offer the most Spoiler Free review possible. Being that Deep Sky is the final novel in a trilogy, it was impossible to write this review without major spoilers for the first novel of the series, The Breach. You may want to avoid reading this review, if you have yet to read The Breach.
I really like when a book throws me for a loop. Not, so much with a big twist within a thriller or mystery book, since, well those types of books often go for big twists. You look for them, almost expect them. I like when a book turns out to be something quite different from what I expected. When books that you thought you had a grasp on based on its labeling and synopsis, then out of left field comes something that is a total game changer. The Wells brothers both seem to be able to pull this off well, with Dan Wells I Am Not a Serial Killer and Robison Wells Variant both having transformational moments at some point in the book. Yet for some reason, many readers don’t like this. They cry foul. The scream, "I thought I had this book pigeonholed, and I was wrong and I blame you Mr. or Mrs. Author Person." Another book that did this extremely well was Patrick Lee’s The Breach, the first of his Travis Chase novels. I went into it expecting a typical thriller, and come out with something more, and in my personal opinion, better. Yet, listening to the third novel, Deep Sky, I started to get an inkling of a feeling of disappointment that I confirmed with a bit of research. When I started, I believed his Travis Chase novels where a series without a set ending, even with the underlying mystery of The Breach. Yet, I discovered that the series was a trilogy and this would be perhaps my final adventure with Travis Chase and the often unlucky people of Tangent.
Deep Sky starts off with a literal bang. A missile from a secret site within the US hits the Whitehouse killing the president. The only information left behind leads to a highly secret Tangent investigation from well before Travis Chase, and Tangent leader Paige Campbell’s time. Paige and Travis must uncover the secrets of the investigation, while facing off with some of the countries most powerful and dangerous men. While Deep Sky’s lightning quick nearly real time pace is flawlessly executed and the characters are surprisingly well developed for a book which is basically non-stop action, it’s the uses of Breach technology, Gadgets sent from the far future through a sort of portal, which is the organization Tangents job to control, that makes this novel excel, Lee has thought up an extremely clever devise that is used wonderfully to drive the pace and save the book from being bogged down is exposition like many thrillers can be. Being the end of the trilogy, Lee does an excellent job answering the many underline questions, and tying up many loose ends, yet, leaving just enough wiggle room where a return to this world is quite possible. Deep Sky reads like 24 meets the 4400 with plenty of vast conspiracies, world saving action scenes and thought provoking science fiction themes, seamlessly merging them all into something that is truly unique. I will definitely miss these characters and the world Lee has created for them to play in.
Jeff Gurner continues his narration of this series, and does it well, especially considering the blistering pace of the novel does not offer him many chances to breathe. He voices Travis Chase is a crisp, clear no nonsense manner, and allows the action to build on its own, never needing to push it. Gurner seems to have a strong grasp on these types of thriller, and does a good job presenting the action is an understandable way. With the end of this series, I am quite interested to know what Patrick Lee has planned for us next. He has definitely created a fan in me.