A piece of impossible technology has fallen into Travis Chase's hands: a device that opens a doorway to a point seventy years in the future. What Travis finds on the other side are the long-abandoned ruins of our world, devoid of any human presence. Now, with the only two people he trusts, he begins a search of the ruins, in the hope of discovering what will end our worldand how we might yet avoid it.
But the investigation touches a nerve almost at once, not in the future, but among powerful people in the present day. People who are hiding the very secret that will crash our civilization. For Travis and his friends, the race is on to solve a global-scale crime that hasn't even been committed yet. A murder mystery with the whole world as its victim. The action straddles the present day and the devastated future, ranging from the crumbling and forested remnants of Washington, D.C. and Manhattan, to the eerily well preserved sprawl of Yuma, Arizona, a bone-dry city where the last newspapers ever printed remain intact and legible among the ruins. And they're dated just a few months from now.
Harper, Paperback, December 2010, ISBN: 9780061584442
"At the start of Lee's dramatic sequel to Breach, gun men hit the motorcade in which Paige Campbell, who has just met with the U.S. president, is riding through Washington, D.C., and kill everyone but her. Before she's captured, Campbell uses her cellphone to get off a call for help to Bethany Stewart, her colleague in the shadowy outfit known as Tangent. Stewart, in turn, recruits Travis Chase, who was once briefly involved in a Tangent operation, and reveals to him the existence of an "entity" resembling a dark metal cylinder that opens a hole in time. Since the entity has shown a horrific future for humanity, Chase and Stewart, who suspects the president was behind the motorcade attack, must scramble to save their friend and forestall devastation in the years to come. Lee imaginatively blends a Baldacci-like political tale of betrayals and assassination with time travel in a thoughtful science-fictional thriller."
"WOW! Double Wow! Starkly original, Ghost Country by Patrick Lee will make Asimov and Heinlein cheer with the angels. The techno-thriller meets sci-fi, and the result is mind-blowing."
Stephen Coonts, New York Times bestselling author of Flight of the Intruder
"Settle back and savor this one. Patrick Lee has an intense brand of storytelling. He's a most welcome addition to the genre. The real deal. I look forward to reading more from him."
Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Emperor's Tomb
"Patrick Lee's Ghost Country is in a word: Brilliant. Less a novel, than an adventure, it left me breathless and awed. It's explosive, innovative and ultimately mind-blowing. Pure exhilaration from the first page to the last."
James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of The Doomsday Key