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Terminus

Narrated by: Ray Porter
Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
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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.

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Finally!

14 and The Fold are still two of my favourite books, and learning that there was finally a third in the story (discounting the unrelated Dead Moon), I got really excited. And although this story didn't quite live up to those two, it was still thoroughly enjoyable and has given me a hunger for more deserted island horror stories! It was also great to have a favourite character from 14 cameo in this story, bringing an added layer of humour and sarcasm to the dialogue.

If 14 and The Fold were perfect 10's, and Dead Moon was a pleasant 8, this would be an 8.5, though I gave it a 5 star rating purely for the fact it continued the main story and brought back the same narrator.

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Terminus - great book!

Great book full of the sorts of paradoxes and Hitchcockian horror we expect of Peter Clines.

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Another excellent story from Clines!

I don’t know how he does it! Clines has written another strong, involving and intense story that kept me thoroughly hooked to the the last. Just love his language, tone and humour! Can only highly recommend ALL his books.

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Just as good as 14 and the Fold

Terminus dives deep on the areas left vague in the previous chapters and it does a damn fine job. It's scope is vastly wider than the previous chaoters which makes it feel less 'personal', but that is by no mean a bad thing. Think of 14 and Fold as roasting marshmallows over a fire, while Terminus is the setting off on the grand adventure.

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  • Sandra L. Etemad
  • 30-01-2020

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
  • 08-02-2020

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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  • Jonathan Lester
  • 09-02-2020

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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  • Aerindel
  • 09-02-2020

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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  • Paul
  • 01-02-2020

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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  • Micheal
  • 31-01-2020

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
  • 01-02-2020

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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  • MattyPies
  • 01-02-2020

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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  • Intillectrician
  • 04-02-2020

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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  • Ross Sivertsen
  • 02-02-2020

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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  • Clare Hill
  • 05-02-2020

Welcome return of familiar characters

After the amazing first two books in the Threshold series, 14 and The Fold, I was a little disappointed in Dead Moon, which seemed to have only tenuous connections to the first 2. Now Terminus returns familiar characters and situations with some surprises along the way. A satisfying book, and I would leave Dead Moon out and read/listen to 14, The Fold and Terminus as a trilogy, treating Dead Moon as a spin off (it's not a bad book, just doesn't seem to fit) in future. Terminus is so good I got to the end and immediately started listening again, which I also did with the first 2

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-01-2020

Ray and Peter deliver again

14 is my all time favourite book. Ever.
Then we have The Fold, followed by Dead Moon.
Dead Moon being the week link.
This one though us a gripper from start to finish.
There is the welcome return of an old face. As well as.some new people.
If you buy one book this year. Buy 14!
Then you'll become hooked and get the rest

They are that giid.

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  • Lauren McCartney
  • 14-04-2020

A little let down

I have loved this series of books so far, and unlike some, actually enjoyed the Dead Moon book.
But this one.. I felt like it had such potential.. but it just missed the mark a few times, and then abruptly ended.

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  • benjamin
  • 24-06-2020

better be another book

if Mr. Clines doesn't continue this story with these characters he should be put in jail and be forced to write manyore adventures

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  • mike
  • 08-09-2020

excellent addition to Threshold series.

An excellent addition to Clines Threshold series. Sequel to "14", which I recommend you read / listen to first.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-08-2020

Excellent performance!

Very well performed, and a story that kept on twisting until the end. Great to have a very modern and up to date horror/fantasy story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-08-2020

An improvement on the last book.

I loved the 1st two books in the threshold series, the 3rd book dead moon was a bit of a let down. While this is an improvement on book 3 its still not to the standard of the first two.

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  • Codeye
  • 31-07-2020

A brilliant book series.

This just ties it all together brilliantly, not so much dead moon but the other three are a worthwhile listen. My favourite was 14, real cliff hanger moments.

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  • Maisy Mulgrath
  • 16-07-2020

Love the twist endings

There’s always exciting twists and turns throughout the book, then every time you think that’s the last twist. BOOM. Another and another until a satisfying ending that calms me every time. Lots of death though. Not many characters usually survive with each new instalment in this series. Poor them. Except for the baddies. They get theirs.

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  • Sy
  • 01-07-2020

A perfect end to the series !

The journey these books have taken me on over the series has been fantastic. Terminus has been no exception and was a perfect ending but leaving just enough to the story to continue in your mind.

I don't think you could have chosen a better person to narrate the stories than Ray Porter. His voice modulation and ability to sound like four completely different people in one sequence of events really brought it all to life.