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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,199 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick Lee, Sara Paretsky Narrator: Jeff Gurner Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Breach Series Release Date: December 2010 ISBN: 9780062061645
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Sara Paretsky's genius made Chicago private eye V.I. Warshawski a household name. Now the New York Times bestselling author explores an unseen corner of the city she loves. In Ghost Country she has written a parable for the millennium, a powerful, haunting novel of magic and miracles, of four troubled people who meet beneath Chicago's shadowy streets--and of the woman whose mysterious appearance changes all of their lives forever.

They come from different worlds and meet at a time of crisis for all of them. Luisa, a drunken diva fallen on hard times, discovers on Chicago's streets a drama greater than any she has experienced onstage. Madeleine, a homeless woman, sees the Virgin Mary's blood seeping through a concrete wall beneath a luxury hotel. Mara, a rebellious adolescent cast out by her wealthy grandfather, becomes the catalyst for a war between the haves and have-nots as she searches among society's castoffs for the mother she never knew.

As the three women fight for their right to live and worship beneath the hotel, they find an ally in Hector Tammuz, an idealistic young psychiatrist risking his career to treat the homeless regardless of the cost. Tensions in the city are escalating when a mysterious woman appears during a violent storm. Erotic to some, repellent to others, she never speaks; the street people call her Starr. And as she slowly transforms their lives, miracles begin to happen in a city completely unprepared for the outcome.

In this extraordinary novel, Sara Paretsky gives voice to the dispossessed, to men and women struggling to bury the ghosts of the past, fighting for their lives in a world hungry for miracles, terrified of change. A magical, unforgettable story of myth and madness, hope and revelation, Ghost Country is Sara Paretsky's most eloquent and ambitious work yet.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • “Brilliant...left me breathless and awed.”

    James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of The Doomsday Key

  • “Settle back and savor this one. Patrick Lee has an intense brand of storytelling. He’s a most welcome addition to the genre.” 

    Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Emperor’s Tomb 

  • “Lee has created an excellent setup for a franchise of action thrillers centering on the various alien artifacts that come out of the Breach. The quality of his imagination and his writing marks him as heir-apparent to such science thriller masters as James Rollins and Dean Koontz.”

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer

  • “Lee imaginatively blends a Baldacci-like political tale of betrayals and assassination with time travel in a thoughtful science-fictional thriller.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Jeff Gurner’s deep, compelling voice and well-acted presentation are icing on the cake of an adventure that will keep listeners glued to their earphones...Gurner expertly portrays reluctant hero Travis Chase, Paige, and the supporting characters. A great listen.” 

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michele bookloverforever | 1/27/2014

    " interesting plot with whiny "hero". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shawn Manning | 1/23/2014

    " This one was fair to middling. It had been some time since I read the first novel, so it took me a bit to get up to speed. You can get the plot synopsis elsewhere. I found this to be a light read with a few "oh really" moments. If you like the James Bond movies, you will enjoy it. Good escapism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott Freeman | 1/14/2014

    " A pulse-pounding follow-up to one of my favorite thrillers in recent years. By all means pick up Patrick Lee's The Breach. Heinlein meets Child. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 1/13/2014

    " good sci-fi story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 1/8/2014

    " Second book in the thrilling triology from Patrick Lee. Just as good as his first novel The Breach, but with more action, more suspence & a thrilling story line you simply cannot predict! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven Mclain | 1/8/2014

    " Sometimes I think these stars don't quite do book reviews credit. For instance, I rated "Ghost Country" by Patrick Lee the same as I rated something like "Hunchback of Notre Dame." Are the two books comparable? Not really. One is about 19th century France, inequality, religion, secularity, burgeoning revolution and the eponymous hunchback. The other is about time-travel, shadowy quasi-government cabals of murderous (but very humanely murderous) aid workers. Yep, Doctors Without Borders goes psycho in "Ghost Country." It's also a romp, and I don't use that word often unless I'm talking about my dog trying to eat waves on the beach. This book is just a good time. It never aspires to literature, and that's fine. I enjoined the four or so hours it took me to rush through. It is told with verve, alacrity and that Dan Brown-esque style that begs--no, it demands--you turn the next page. Even when the clock strikes 3 AM, you just have to keep going. And I suppose that deserve four stars in and of itself. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rachael | 1/7/2014

    " Terrible writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan Rauber | 1/4/2014

    " Even better than The Breach. I literally finished this in two days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy Sudar | 12/26/2013

    " A suspenseful read, slow in some sections lightning fast in others. One element of the story line involves time travel. This author's approach to changing the present without changing the future is brilliant! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy | 12/10/2013

    " More of the same great pacing and out-there sci-fi that made The Breach such a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wayne | 4/2/2013

    " Slight dip in quality from the first. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey Higgins | 12/30/2012

    " Excellent book! Read "The Breach" first then this follow up. Excellent author and excellent storyline. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sorawit | 9/15/2012

    " It was fast-paced, entertaining thriller. But the first book "The Breach" was much more captivating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Francesca | 9/1/2012

    " Ok, I thought the first one was good but kind of a "boy book" but this one was even better and not a boy book at all. Great mix of thriller, science fiction, character development, intriguing personal motivation...very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lochsevn | 8/3/2012

    " This book and "the Breach" were fun, a nice break from some of the more serious stuff I've been working my way through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick | 7/4/2012

    " I love this small series. I am so so sad it's over. I want more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark All | 6/30/2012

    " Breakneck action thriller! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Schweighsr | 3/21/2012

    " This is antly written book, I really enjoyed it. I won't spoil it here, but... what would you do if given a glimpse of the future - and you saw the end of the world? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Omar Manejwala | 8/31/2011

    " Of the three in the series, this is the best. Sci-fi writing at its near-best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chad | 4/7/2011

    " Another good installment by Patrick Lee. Another story where you can't stop reading because you want to see what happens next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ally | 3/29/2011

    " just finished. Captivating...couldn't put it down. Took just a few days -- as hubby said...great sci fi "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katy | 3/29/2011

    " If it's even possible, more riveting than the first one (The Breach). I literally could not put it down. Plausible, but chilling...Lee is a master of suspense and plot weaving :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 3/12/2011

    " I've read The Breach as well, and I enjoyed this book even more. The characters are so real you worry what is going to happened when they are in danger. The ending on this book was much more satisfying than The Breach as well. I'll be following this series and eagerly awaiting the next book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 3/11/2011

    " I really enjoyed The Breach, book 1 in this series, but Ghost Country was amazing! Speculative fiction at its best, it kept me guessing & reading frantically; I wish I had started it on a weekend, so I could have read it straight through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 3/9/2011

    " A pulse-pounding follow-up to one of my favorite thrillers in recent years. By all means pick up Patrick Lee's The Breach. Heinlein meets Child. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 3/7/2011

    " not as well-constructed as the breach, it was still a fast and fun read that keep almost constant forward momentum. plus, i like i happy ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosie | 3/6/2011

    " A very good read. I normally don't read sci-fi, but once started on this one, it was hard to put down. Some loose ends not tied up at the end, but maybe it is because I read this one before the first in the series, called "The Breach". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 2/25/2011

    " Not quite as good as the first book "the breach" but almost, just almost. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Weldon | 2/24/2011

    " A fast, intense read with a fascinating premise. Plenty of action and suspense, with a science fiction feel to it--think Michael Crichton. "

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