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Publisher's Summary

Murdoch’s past has finally come crashing down on him. His former girlfriend. His Family. He’s been happily avoiding them for ages, trying to live something close to a normal life. But now he’s been drawn back into another one of their ludicrous attempts to bring about the end of all things. 

Chase has spent the past year just trying to get away. Trying to escape the memories that won’t stop following him, the moment when his life collapsed. He’s traveled around the world trying to stay ahead of it all, but those final moments may be catching up with him at last. 

Anne is tired of living in the past. She’s finally looking to the future and embracing her destiny. She’s going to lead the Family forward on their greatest, final crusade to destroy the hated Machine of their long-time adversary. 

Their paths will intersect in the middle of nowhere, on an uncharted island where the walls of reality are thin...and an apocalyptic threat is tearing its way through.

©2020 Peter Clines (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC.

About the Creator

Peter Clines was the inspiration for both the epic poem Beowulf and the motion picture Raiders of the Lost Ark, and is single-handedly responsible for repelling the Martian Invasion of 1938 that occurred in Grovers Mills, New Jersey. He grew up in the Stephen King fallout zone of Maine, where—fueled by a love of comic books, Star Wars, and Saturday morning cartoons—he started writing sci-fi and fantasy stories at the age of eight. He is the author of The New York Times best-selling time-travel adventure Paradox Bound, the sci-fi thrillers Dead Moon and The Fold, and the acclaimed Ex-Heroes series. His other works include Dead Men Can’t Complain, The Junkie Quatrain, the ongoing Carter and Kraft short story series, a collection of unproduced screenplays, and countless articles about the film and television industry. He currently lives and writes somewhere in Southern California.

About the Performer

Listener favourite and multiple award-winning narrator Ray Porter continues his out-of-this-world partnership with Peter Clines, delivering an epic performance while giving voice to a number of memorable characters. He has performed more than 300 books across many genres.

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don't usually leave written reviews

But! this was a very good story. Very Lovecraft, Cthulhu forever! words words words.......this is why I don't leave written reviews.....

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Love the Book!

A worthy sequel to The Fold. A fine performance by Ray Porter, I swear I could listen to him read a phone book. Can't wait for the next book in the series!

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They never disappoint.

I have yet to listen to a Peter Clines book that didn't have me gripped within the first 5 minutes and this was no exception. Ray Porter as always is a delight to listen to. My only wish is that a few characters died harder ... Mr. Clines made me hate them that much. The return to the "machine" was great fun, I highly recommend this.

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Nice story. excellent narration.

Just a bit difficult to follow if you haven't read the series. Otherwise a nice addition to the concept, leaving room for more books.

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My least favourite book in the series

It reads like a sequel.

Characters who you sort of cared about in other books reprising roles that are sort of connected to their prior roles... But this time on an island!

What made the other books interesting was the mystery of what this machine, breach, creature was.

All of the really great exposition happened in 14 and The Fold (Dead Moon, was just a fun sci-fi zombie bonus), so there's not much left to tell.

It's not bad, but it probably won't be worth it unless you are a super fan.

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a real 3rd book for the series. great loved it.

ray porter rules, characters return. not the let down of dead moon. awesome sauce. highly reccomend. ending is a nail biter.

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so good

really a good book to finish this wonderful serie it's good from start to finish

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excellent!

superb performance as always from Ray Porter. The story is up-to-date and a great mix of scary with dark humor.

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another great book to the series

after listening to the first two books in the series I was eager to listen to more. Reading the reviews for dead moon had made me skip it, but I thought I would give the last book a try. The description seemed deceiving and I thought this one would also not align with the overall story. But once I got listening, I realized I was gravely mistaken. If you liked the first two books, you will love this one.

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ties some things together

if you listen to 14 or the fold you will like this one. It connect some of the plot points and for the first time gives this universe a bit more of a feel of a series rather than an anthology, but they're all still pretty disconnected and could be approached in any order though this is most closely related to 14,which is good because it's been the best of the series thus far.

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  • Sandra L. Etemad
  • 2020-01-30

Super dope entry in the Threshold series

Heck, this was good. This return to the present fits perfectly as a follow-up to 14 and The Fold. I’d say it’s more 14 than The Fold (though I liked The Fold better), but I don’t know how to get more into it without spoilers.

I guess I can say that, unlike the first three books in the series, you really do need to have read the previous books, 14 and The Fold (Dead Moon isn’t necessary) for this one to make sense.

If you’re into the Threshold series so far you’re gonna love this one.

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  • Mary
  • 2020-02-08

Better than Dead Moon but...

I absolutely loved 14, and I really liked The Fold. I have listened to both many times with no diminished enjoyment. Dead Moon I could barely slog through. I appreciate the author working to incorporate 14, The Fold and Terminus into a cohesive storyline, but for me it didn't feel like it was the original plan, more of something he did because everyone cried for it. The characters were barely developed and only in the most ham-handed fashion (sorry, but having a character constantly only know things because their dead daughter showed him something once is not character development), some very clunky dialogue, convenient skill sets (oh, you were an honest policeman? oh, you were an electrician?) and convenient emotional ties (oh, your daughter died at the same age as some other kids and so now we are going to have a fight about it?) and a surprising lack of peril. Don't get me wrong, people are killed and cities are destroyed left and right, but you don't actually feel worried about it. Also, it was pretty apparent that Clines ran out of ways to describe how big the alpha predators are and seemed as tired of doing so as I was of listening to it. The book also seemed a bit lazy. Mechanics are poorly described and consciousness transference is literally glossed over with no explanation or even attempt at one. The kidnapping of a main character and transport across the world? Don't ask how, but it happened. Even the reasoning behind two random civilians being on a cargo freighter is under-explained, possibly to add an air of "mystery", but instead just adding to plot convenience.
Perhaps one day Clines will give us a novel explaining how the Family developed- why they are mutated at a certain age and to varying degrees, where their money comes from, how they and Alex originally learned of the Alpha Predators and each other's existence, why Alex wrote and published a book describing his formulas and the mechanics of his work when you'd assume he wanted to keep it all secret from the Family... But those answers aren't found here.
Lastly, Ray Porter. I have always really enjoyed Ray Porter but find myself more and more annoyed with how he does women's voices- they always sound like an 80's movie drag queen. He also is typically pretty great with accents but they seemed come and go here.
I don't plan on returning this book, but doubt I'll give it more than one re-listen. Fans of the series should give it a go and there is enjoyable material there, but I'm not holding my breath until another book comes out.

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  • Aerindel
  • 2020-02-09

A lot better than Dead Moon at least.

If 14 was a perfect ten, The Fold, a seven, and Dead Moon a zero, this one was a five or six.

Which makes it just okay....but at least not a Dead Moon.

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  • Jonathan Lester
  • 2020-02-09

way too rushed, predictable

I'm a huge fan of 14 and the Fold, but this and Dead Moon are pretty bad. it's way too rushed and nothing felt impactful or surprising. narration is amazing, but that's about it.

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  • Paul
  • 2020-02-01

Excellent addition to the series

Peter has said in interviews that he doesn’t like it when you have to read the entire series for the latest book to make any sense, and he writes with that in mind. Terminus, as in Dead Moon, doesn’t require you to have read -14- and The Fold to make sense - but it sure helps. Fans of the series have been clamoring for a direct sequel to the first two books. We only kind of get that, as only two of the characters we’ve met thus far actually return...though one we’ve only met indirectly shows up in spades. Well...two of him show up, but that’s complicated. If you’re clamoring for more of a direct sequel, like me, you’re going to have to wait. Damn you, Peter!!!! *dramatically shakes fist at the heavens*
Clines jumps directly into the action here. No time is wasted AT ALL. The story has a large, international cast, tight pacing, monsters, mayhem, and - as a bonus to me - the destruction of Los Angeles. Don’t worry, it all gets sorted out in the end. Sort of. Well...not so much actually. How does one say that it both IS and ISN’T ok? Schrödinger’s Ending? Have I coined a new phrase? Anyway. Fans of Lovecraftian horror should enjoy this, though in this one we don’t get the slow burn of creeping existential dread. All in all, Terminus is an exciting addition to the Threshold series, even if the stories are only tangentially related to each other.

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  • MattyPies
  • 2020-02-01

If you liked 14 and the fold......

Some new characters, some characters you will know. loved the the twists and turns. too many spoilers to say too much. But I was glad to get more on the story from the fold and 14.

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  • Micheal
  • 2020-01-31

Finally continuation

Within minutes I was hooked. Characters were coming back and plots were coming together. It’s the first book that needs you to read anything from before but I’m glad we’re pushing the story forward.

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  • LittleVTwin
  • 2020-02-01

MORE THRESHOLD PLEASE!!!

Love this series, relisten over and over. Super excited about this one.
TERMINUS was a little harder for me to follow. Love the characters and RAY PORTER. Feel like it’s building up and “gathering” and hope for more and more and more of this story - this world - to unfold.
Liked DEAD MOON as a far-off off-shoot, because I love space scifi and zombies and found the characters engaging. But glad to be back.
14 is my favorite, and TERMINUS was enjoyable to me as story/character development... not so much as a stand-alone story.
As a reference: I LOVE Wil Wheaton narrating John Scalzi (LOCK-IN, HEAD-ON & REDSHIRTS) and Ernest Cline, Adam Baldwin and Bronson Pinchot narrating Larry Correia (GRIMNOIR & TOM STRANGER), and Rosario Dawson narrating Andy Weir (ARTEMIS).

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  • Ross Sivertsen
  • 2020-02-02

He's Back!

This is the Peter Cline Threshold Series I waited for! I was scratching my head at Dead Moon, but Terminus brings the series back together without it being a blatant rip off of either 14 (one of my favorite fiction books of all time) or The Fold.

Standing well on its own, Clines does a fantastic job introducing the reader to the Lovecraft inspired Threshold universe without feeling the need to go back to the prior books to get up to speed. At the same time there are enough, as Ray Porter puts it in an interview with Cline, "Easter Eggs" to connect the story throughout the series.

Porter's (one of my favorite narrators) performance is consistently engaging having an almost empathic connection to the characters bringing them and the story to life in a way few actors have an ability to do well.

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  • Intillectrician
  • 2020-02-04

Exactly what I wanted from the series!

I don't think anything will top 14, but this is a very close second place!
Clines started out his 'Threshold' series so strongly, I worried he'd never get back to the same level. Terminus assuages that concern as it continues with the plot developed in 14 and takes it further in to the yawning void!
If you were as disappointed by Dead Moon as I was, then this will come to you as a breath of fresh air.

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