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John Hawkins is counting down his last days as chief of police on the Lone Crow Reservation in the lonely, frigid woods of the Yukon. But when a faceless body with mysterious wounds washes up on the shores of the Porcupine River, he’s pulled deeper in than ever before.

Hawkins and coroner Jacob Littlecorn suspect the disfigured body is that of theoretical physicist Graham Raphelson, also known as the “molecular madman of Trinity College”, who recently disappeared. The two investigators enlist Meg Gilday, a charter boat captain, and Linda Raphelson to examine the place where her husband was last seen alive. There, they find a house infested with more than secrets: bugs wriggle behind the walls, and in the attic sits a bizarre machine cobbled together from toy parts and electrical wire, a device that might be able to tear a hole through the fabric of reality itself. When Meg and Jacob get bitten and someone goes missing, Hawkins realizes that firing up the machine might be the only way to solve the case.

Buzzing with suspense, this dark, gripping mystery from acclaimed horror writer Nick Cutter will leave listeners’ skin crawling. 

©2020 Nick Cutter (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Oh, Nick... what happened?

The Troop and Little Heaven made me a Nick Cutter fan; even The Deep and Acolyte - although not as good - kept me wanting more of the author's ability to spin an intriguing yarn with plenty of strong characters who are plunged into plots that drag them into the other-worldly. So, I am amazed that Mr. Cutter wrote The Breach - a novel that has so little character build that I really didn't care much about any of them. As well, the reason behind the sci-fi mystery is disjointed and never adequately explained, making the story line flimsy at best. Even the creepy creatures could not save this unfortunate novel that concludes with a very predictable ending. On a happier note, Marc Vietor's narration is quite good.

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Underwhelming

This story was just interesting enough to keep me reading, but it didn't make a ton of sense and the characters weren't overly compelling. Kinda just reads like an old episode of The Outer Limits or something. Not terrible, not great. Meh.

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  • 2020-11-04

Nick Cutter Does It Again

What an absolute master of the genre. This story is such a crazy ride that could only come from the mind of Canada’s gift to horror. Cutter deserves serious recognition for his creation of recognizable, flawed, likeable, doomed characters, and of course for making the readers skin bubble and crawl along with his creations.

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  • Michael
  • 2020-10-26

Insectile Ooze

A Nick Cutter novel couldn't have come at a better time. He is definitely one of my all-time favorite horror writers. Once again Nick delivers up a twisted and imaginative concept oozing with deformities and larval insects.

5 Stars*****

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  • Rhonda
  • 2020-11-03

Don’t waste your time

What the hell was this book even about?
The narrator pushed me over the deep end. Seriously, don’t waste your time!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-12-09

Yes.

Great literature? No. Great horror? Most definitely. I had to, at various times, turn on the lights, stop eating, or just straight up stop the book. This is modern cosmic horror at its finest. Lovecraft would have approved.

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  • Colin
  • 2020-11-16

Nick Cutter Knows How to Scare Adults

This is just another shining example of Cutter's profound understanding of what horror fiction is supposed to be. He knows that, when it comes to making the adult mind feel fear, it's ideas and concepts that ware afraid of, not simply ghosts and monsters. Cutter makes you feel not just fear for what's happening now, but also dread for what comes next.

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  • Jake
  • 2020-11-08

Nick Cutter’s Least Interesting

Comparing this to three of his other books i have read (Troop, Little Heaven, Deep), this is my least favorite. It does have the same style and benefits of the others: shocking grotesque scenes without going overboard, ominous setting, and very real character actions (no classic horror-movie dumb decisions).

However, the lack of story lead-in and character development made it very hard for me to keep focused. His other three did a great job of laying the scene and giving the characters plenty of back story to relate to them. In The Breach, you are just thrown into the horror and intensity without much context of the characters.

I would 100% recommend the other three I mentioned above to a fan of horror lit, but I can’t say I would even mention this one. Give it a go, if you’re a big Cutter fan, but be prepared for the meat of the story right away.

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  • Venatius
  • 2021-05-18

Disjointed and ultimately unsatisfying

A bit of a wreck. While there are a few individual moments with some fantastic horror imagery (a consistent strong point of the author), there is absolutely nothing in the way of interesting characters or coherent plot. Several major plot points that seem like they're going to tie together into explaining the premise of the story simply end up hovering in awkward proximity to it without ever tying in. I understand suspension of disbelief plays a major role in horror fiction, but some of the parts of the story that should keep it grounded in a sort of plausibility, like scientific and police procedure, utterly fail to do so. Even the ending is inconclusive in a way that is just unsatisfying rather than ominous or haunting. I've enjoyed a fair bit of Nick Cutter's work, but this feels like a massive misfire. As far as the narration, however, I have no real complaints. It was appreciable if unremarkable.

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  • deb
  • 2021-05-14

yawn. The Troop was good, this was not.

meh. I really liked The Troop, but this book was a big miss. will be returning it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-04-24

Loved it!

Oh I loved it! The narration was great, though there was a strange pause at the beginning and here and there if mix up his narrative and speaking parts. It was still great though! Loved the ending too, very good descriptions!

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  • Brendan M.
  • 2021-04-22

Trypophobia to the max. Horrible and amazing.

Nick Cutter knows how to make you cringe. His obsession with horrific insect description and uncomfortable space keep you listening. Not for the feint of heart but if you enjoy nightmares and being shocked awake in a cold sweat while crying then this book is for you.

I hate bugs.

Only reason I didn’t give this all 5 stars was due to a few audio editing issues.

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  • Jennifer t.
  • 2021-04-03

Super creepy

This book does for wasps what The Troop did for worms. Loved it! Nick Cutter is one of my favorite horror writers for a reason.