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Summary

“Absolutely brilliant!” (Jonathan Maberry, New York Times best-selling author)

The new supernatural thriller from New York Times best-selling author Peter Clines

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.

©2022 Peter Clines (P)2022 Audible, Inc.

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Disgusting

I'm so disappointed. I've tried more than three times to get through this book. I just can't though, because it's too much gore involving kids. Completely disgusting. I never would have expected such from this author. He's absolutely one of my favourites. I think the book description needs to have warning that it's straight up horror. I've never 'read' anything so gross. What's more annoying is that when the book isn't being horrific and gory, it's a super boring road trip between a man and a twelve year old girl. They drive, they buy clothes, they go to motels, and repeat, interspersed with horror I've never read before. Let alone in a Peter Clines novel. I just don't understand why it's been written like this. I absolutely love all other Clines books. And as for the narrator of this one, he's dead pan to the point of exhaustion. There are so many information dumps too, told by the the twelve year old girl. She goes on and on chapter after chapter, explaining the torture and suffering of children in unnecessary supernatural horror ways, that I won't describe herein as I don't want to sicken any one else.

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Clines does it again

This is not another entry in the Terminus series, or Ex-Heroes. What it is however, is a cracking story in its own right. It reads like a TV series, and has some twists and bumps that add to the journey along the way. I thoroughly enjoyed this, and look forward to what is next.

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meh

It's a shame, I really liked the fold and 14. This book not so much. A road trip with lots of phlegm.

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Should have been a Threshold entry.

Enjoyable enough, but so close to the authors mainline series of horror novels, I was left wondering constantly why it wasn't a part of that lore. With the loose continuity of that series, it could fit well with a couple of tweaks.

This is certainly a book that will trigger more than a few people, it has cruelty to kids and body horror but is well told in Peter Clines' usual easy going tone and meaning.

Worthwhile and well narrated by Timothy Andrés Pabon, if you can stomach the themes.

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A great Agent story with a Weird Fiction twist

I approached this book as an established fan of Peter Clines' "threshold" series, the nature of which is such that it's hard to say whether this book is an intentional continuation. What's important is that if you enjoyed those books, The Broken Room has all the elements you liked about those in a fresh new package.

The dynamic between the two protagonists - a former SpecOps agent and a pre-teenage girl - is both natural and touching, and each of them get their time to shine. In true style, the story takes a surprising swerve into the weird and unnatural, in ways that will put a smirk on the face of old fans and drop the jaws of new fans. I enjoyed the inclusions of contemporary themes surrounding the treatment of detainees at the US/Mexican border.

Full disclosure: 14 remains my favourite Peter Clines book, but that's mostly because of my personal preference for 'everyday' characters being thrust into a mysterious or threatening situation, as opposed to slick and super-capable ex-military characters. Hector's sections contain plenty of gun-nerding and impressive "over the years" deed-drops which I personally find a little dull, but is sure to please anyone who's enjoyed any spy or military fiction. And for those who don't, like me, these aspects are absolutely not disproprotionate and do not distract from the excellence of the story.

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Engaging but derivative

An interesting story told well, but it really reminded me of Eleven's experiences in Hawkins Lab of Stranger Things.

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brilliant

Peter clines has become one of my favourite authors.
the otherworldliness and the strange in his books right up my street.

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yes and no

Fascinating idea, but a little clishe and pg13 for me. if it had included more realistic details and less of the "old alcoholic ex soldier saves the day" I would've loved it. I wasn't charmed by the girl either.

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Just not for me I guess.

Once I saw in audible the sentence "From skeptic to obsessed" written about a person reading "14" I got curious and purchased "14"
I got obsessed too - not only by 14 but by the Peter Clines catalogue - minus the X-hero series, which is not my flavor.

So when "The Broken Room" came out, I spent a penny... or at least a credit on it at once and dove into it. Boy I had high expectations... It was a PETER CLINES novel..

But man... was I disappointed. Long before the end I realized that this was a mistake. A bad one. One long boring road-trip. I felt like I was reading a mix of the Stephen King books "The Institute" and "Billy Summers" - both of which also disappointed me - the latter a LOT more than the former.
Perhaps I am just getting on in years fast, and seem to change flavors in books, I don´t know, but nothing in "The Broken Room" appealed to me.. simply nothing.

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Up there with your best work: 14, and The Fold!

I love Clines' dynamically drawn heroes protecting the innocent, trying to settle karmic accounts, but some will find this book difficult. Perhaps not as difficult as confronting the reality from which its inspiration was no doubt drawn: human trafficking, the caging and separation of immigrant children from their parents etc. It is full of the ironies and hypocrisies of this recent and dark chapter of history approached in a complex and allegorical manner developing the themes of the dehumanization of migrants and children and the impact of neglect on the developing human mind. It does this as all good horror does by not directly talking about it, but by remaining a tightly written allegorical horror story and page turner.

Clines' novel has a very clear moral center, (unlike the moral equivocation in something like "let the right one in" for instance and many more) which is the point and why I felt someone should write this review. It is in no way any more disgusting than a good horror story should be while making a clear moral point, which is what good horror has always done. But the impact of that point depends of course on what one might bring to the novel oneself. It will be controversial perhaps but with that said, thank you Mr. Cines for writing it, it made me angry but not with you or your book which is quite simply up there with your best work such as 14 and The Fold!

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  • 01-03-22

What is this?

I'm a pretty big peter clines fan with that said. WTF hours of a 12 year old girl explaining a situation about a deep state compound from a 12 year old girls point of view? Go back to threshold universe Pete. This is awful. The narrator is also seriously lacking may that's part of the problem I don't know but I've listened to everything clines has done and this is just WTF.

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  • Timothy B.
  • 16-03-22

Clines finally went woke.

Yeah, we get it. "Orange man bad! Americans are racist ! "
When did this guy start pandering so hard ?

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  • 07-03-22

Ridiculous immigration sterotypes

I'll start by saying I'm not sure why I even finished this book. Perhaps because it was recommended to me by an audible employee. 

I was enjoying the book until the border scene: "America was scary now. People at the border were scary and mean. They put us in cages. We had to use the bathroom in the corner and were laughed at..."

I understand this is fiction but the author "researched" the topic of immigration by having a single contact that fed him a lot of BS that was obviously not first-hand knowledge.  

It's frustrating when I want to read/listen to a fiction book in order to escape the blatant cognitive dissonance that seems to have taken up every single media outlet only to be slapped by more BS.

Do some REAL research. To start, the cages were constructed before 2014.

Describing being physically abused, tortured, put into solitary confinement, drugged, and terrified with the off-hand comment, "It was almost as bad as the cages," is absolutely ridiculous. 

I was born and raised in New Mexico. The population of "brown-skinned people" is over 50%. To say there was a "good ol' boy cop" looking for a latino to harass is absurd.

In addition to this, there were a lot of inconsistencies throughout the book. "Act like a boy...I'm just a normal dad out with his daughter..." As well as repetitive phrases which grated as well. 

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  • Diane
  • 07-03-22

Disappointed

I'm not very interested in the fights. I half listen to the battles waiting for the author to get on with the story. There were many fights and they went on forever. Should have been over, but no, one more struggle. Love the author, not this book

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  • Lawrence Tate
  • 02-03-22

Peter Clines, what have you done now?!

Before I say anything else, I love the book, the premise, and the characters. The story is a powerhouse. Peter Clines, you’re one of my “go-to” authors. Timothy Andres Pabon, thanks for a great performance! I’ll be watching for your name when I’m looking for a new listen.

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  • Zero
  • 08-03-22

Not his best work... Good ideas going nowhere.

I'm a HUGE fan of his other books, but this one left me bored. There's good ideas here but they're strung along between boring action scenes and wooden dialogue.

Clines actually explains the genesis of this book in the afterword, where he had a really interesting idea that quickly turned into four chapters without any planning, and then he had to figure out what to do for the next 300 pages... (spoiler: not a lot)

This isn't up to par with The Door, or even his later Ex series. What happened? Is it burnout? Laziness? I was thrilled to get this downloaded, but that turned to disappointment soon afterwards. It's just not good. After his last book, it's looking like a downward trajectory. I'm not super thrilled about that idea.

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  • Booklover
  • 21-03-22

Not his best work

warning, slight spoiler ahead. I'm a huge Peter Clines fan. He has a great way of using descriptive narrative that really draws you into his stories and usually his stories are compelling. This one is not a compelling story. I found the girl's narrative of her story too omnipotent for a 12 year old. The story starts relatively cliche and the plot is predictable. There were fun elements of mystery and supernatural stuff but all in all it was overshadowed by page after page of repetitive descriptions of puking that do not further the story line. I did make it to the end just to see what happened but it was a tortured route. There are some fantastic, really fantastic Peter Clines works out there and this is a wonderful writer, just not this book. sorry.

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  • Tudle
  • 02-03-22

Another Weird Trip

Another great book from Peter Clines. I thought The Broken Room was a great trip worth taking.

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  • MMay
  • 04-03-22

Threshold .5

I don't understand why this wasn't considered part of the threshold series. it fits really well and could be a nice side but away from the main "cast" similar to "dead moon"

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  • Brantley
  • 04-03-22

Another fun listen from a great author!

A little different, as you can expect from Mr Clines. Has ties to other characters you may remember, in a world that you can recognize, without being a direct link to any of his other stories. A good chunk is the narration of a horribly abused and psychologically programmed young immigrant girl, but if you progress in the story you will see that it is about much more than just a government black-site.
Narrator did well, I just don't feel like he had much range, but not everyone can be Ray Porter I guess.

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