Review: Terminus (Threshold #4) by Peter Clines

Rating: 9.0/10

Synopsis

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.

Review

Thanks to the publisher and author for a listening copy of Terminus (Threshold #4) in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this LC did not influence my thoughts or opinions on the novel.

Terminus is cosmic horror at its finest, both on the small scale and the large. A great mix of characters, Lovecraftian mythos, and alternate realities make this a go-to for anyone who has enjoyed the Threshold series up to this point, or even those looking for a creature-feature on more of a god-like scale.

You know, it has been a WHILE since I read The Fold (Threshold #2) – almost 5 years in fact -, and even without having read 14 (Threshold #1) and Dead Moon (Threshold #3), I don’t feel like I missed out on a single thing going straight into Terminus. I read through some of the early reviews and they seemed to relay this same sentiment, though having read 14 would’ve given me a little more perspective as some readers tout this as its direct sequel.

Clines does a great job working with multiple story-lines, bridging the gap between all of the characters and their eventual rendezvous. While we are given glimpses into their pasts and can see motivations behind their actions, the cast is still fairly surface, but honestly, it doesn’t detract from the overall story being told here. If I had to pinpoint something to compare it to, I would have to say Godzilla: King of the Monsters. While you may think me crazy, check out Terminus for yourself AND THEN tell me I’m wrong.

Sort of hard to talk about the actual story without spoiling the listen for you, but I definitely recommend checking it out. Ray Porter, as always, does a fantastic job with the narration. Most of the way through, I seriously thought it was Seth MacFarlane jumping in, which I guess it sort of a compliment/maybe not? Ray can reach out and berate me if I’m out of line.

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