The Broken Room
by Peter Clines
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Pub Date 01 Mar 2022 | Archive Date 21 Mar 2022
You can still owe the dead.
Hector was the best of the best. A government operative who could bring armies to a halt and nations to their knees. But when his own country betrayed him, he dropped off the grid and picked up the first of many bottles.
Natalie can’t remember much of her life before her family brought her to the US, but she remembers the cages. And getting taken away to the Project with dozens of other young children to become part of their nightmarish experiments. That’s how she ended up with the ghost of a dead secret agent stuck in her head.
And Hector owes Natalie’s ghost a big favor.
Now Hector and Natalie are on the run from an army of killers sent to retrieve her. Because the people behind the Project are willing to risk almost anything to get Natalie back and complete their experiments.
"With The Broken Room, Peter Clines weaves a genre-crossing tapestry of compelling storytelling. Characters-living and dead-you care about, and plot twists you could never see coming. Absolutely brilliant!"
-Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of V-Wars and the Joe Ledger thrillers
"A full-throttle thriller that deftly fuses superspy heroics and paranormal weirdness, The Broken Room is relentless."
-Marshall Karp, #1 New York Times bestselling author, cocreator/coauthor of the NYPD Red series
"The Professional meets Stranger Things for a heart-stopping ride through Clines's America."
-Scott Sigler, New York Times bestselling author of Ancestor and the Infected series
"A must-read for thrill-seekers longing for spooky season."
-Sam Maggs, author of The Unstoppable Wasp: Built on Hope
"It's Jack Reacher meets Stranger Things with American Elsewhere vibes. Heart-racing adventure…It's one hell of a ride."
-Jennifer Brozek, author of Never Let Me Sleep and Last Days of Salton Academy
"A delightfully unpredictable ride! It was a roller coaster made entirely out of curveballs, but Clines makes it look easy."
-Brian Clevinger, writer and cocreator of Atomic Robo
"The Broken Room is one of Clines's best books and captures that same magic that made King, McCammon, and Koontz household names."
-Stephen Blackmoore, bestselling author of the Eric Carter series
"A dark thriller with lovable characters, a dark mystery, and a blood-curdling horror element, The Broken Room delivers a fast-paced thriller."
-Craig DiLouie, author of The Children of Red Peak
"At once brutally relentless, darkly unsettling, and strangely touching…It's a cosmic horror John Wick."
-Robert Brockway, author of Carrier Wave and Rx: A Tale of Electronegativity
"It's rare to find this blend of pulse-pounding action and tremendous heart, but somehow Clines gives us a perfectly balanced narrative."
-Madeline Roux, author of the Asylum series
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The Broken Room
by Peter Clines
I've never read anything by Peter Clines.
And honestly it was a very interesting book.
With fantastic writing, great interesting characters, mystery and intrigue I was sucked into Hector and Natalie's world.
I can say that I thought it was a terrific sci-fi book.
The action was also amazing, kept me wanting more.
Finished this late last night.
And I don't feel bad about losing hours of sleep. Worth it.
Thank You for your generosity and gifting me a copy of this amazing eARC!
I will post my review closer to pub date.
I've read most of Peter Clines' other books and enjoyed all of them. I'm happy to report that his latest - THE BROKEN ROOM - did not disappoint! I will not go into detail about the plot in order to avoid spoilers, but the best thing I can say about this book is that once I started reading I could not put it down. I did not plan on staying up past midnight to finish, but that is what happens when you get to read a great book with an interesting/engaging story. I will recommend that my library purchase a copy.
Thanks to Blackstone Publishing and NetGalley for providing an early copy to review.
Two immediate thoughts: 1. Since the novel 14, I will read anything by Peter Clines produces. 2. Generally I am not a big fan of the Thriller genre nor of action films (except for Early Steven Segal). Mr. Clines' newest, THE BROKEN ROOM, is a massively riveting cross-genre blockbuster....and I hope this one is adapted for film, because it would fill theaters to the brim.
Horror Noir plus Lovecraft + Thriller + Mad Science + Seriously Bad Guys + Antiheroes Saving the Day! A "retired" black ops agent unexpectedly enlisted to rescue and protect a "special " young child, both of them persons of color, from The Project, where Mad Science runs amok in experimentation on children and crossing the Cosmic Void; and beware what's crossing the void into our reality via "The Broken Room."