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Breakthrough Audiobook

Breakthrough: The Great Martian War, Book 2

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This is the second of the three-part series covering the opening salvo of the Great Martian Invasion. US forces recover from the initial shock of the Martian invasion of the Southwest and attempt to set up a defensive line along the Mississippi. The best minds in the US try to come up with ways to defeat the Martians using the little captured technology available to them. Meanwhile, President Roosevelt tries to rally world leaders to aid in stopping the invaders.

©2016 Scott Washburn (P)2017 Scott Washburn

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    Norma Miles 10/10/2017
    Norma Miles 10/10/2017
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    "The Mother of Invention."

    The first Martian landing in the opening years of the twentieth century took the world by surprise and was defeated only by the invaders falling prey to man's diseases. When the Martians came again, four years later, Earth needed to be better prepared.
    Breakthrough continues the story of an alternative history, of the world of 1909 fighting for survival against their formidable attackers, an account which began in the book, Invasion. Following the lives and creative processes of fictional and historic characters, such as Roosevelt, Edison and Tesla, the action is fast, creative and has a realistic feel as new weapons, good and not so effective, are invented and thrown at the Invaders. Cleverly, the point of view, whilst mainly from the perspective of the defenders, is also given periodically from that of the Martians themselves, and their problems and fears, which takes the book beyond the simple "YeeHa!" of success.

    Ray Greenley's narration helps carry the whole book forward clearly and with alacrity. His pleasant voice is well modulated, carrying conviction and understanding of the text. His voicings of the various protagonists, human and Martian, is more distinctive than in the first book and each feels appropriate and distinctive: the slightly mechanical Martian conversations are especially well done. The narration definitely adds depth to the story.

    Overall, an enjoyable story and, unusually, better than the first in the series. Good fun (especially the portraits of the non fictional characters) as well as a good action thriller. Recommended to all Science fiction fans, especially those with a slight steam punk bent.

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    kanundra 28/02/2017
    kanundra 28/02/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Great second book!"

    I really thought that this book took the main idea and just knocked it back into space. I have no idea who is going to win this... is there a book 3, I hope so. Because there were a few things that I really needed some answers too.

    There were several things I enjoyed through-out the book, and being back with Telsa is one of them, he's such a quirky character and he's fun to follow. The build up of the Martians to humans in the first book aided here, because I thought that the balance now from the human side starts to make us wonder if and who is in the right. I'm not sure.

    The action scenes in here will knock your socks off there's a great sense of humour from the characters as they discover what the weapons can do for them, and I my fav scene involves a ray gun, I mean who hasn't pretended to use one of these when rpg'ing as a kid! My fav show was V and ray guns were it.

    The author nailed the continued story ideas I'm sure of HG Wells, and where they could have gone, this is an excellent series and I really look forward to more.

    Ray, performs as great as ever, his deeper tone to his voice adds in a rustic olde world quality which matches the original tone to how War of the Wolds might have been. A great performance, and excellent writing. I look forward to the final part in this series, (had to go make sure there really was a book 3, is there? hope so! ) :)

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  • Ross
    01/02/17
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    "Great story great narration."
    Would you listen to Breakthrough again? Why?

    You bet have already listened to it 3 times. Will do it again. Will listen to the 1st book again also.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nicola Tesla. He just seems right.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Shelling the tripod with train wrecked field gun.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The second destruction of the defence forces.


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  • MSEreads
    Marianna, FL
    31/10/17
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    "Good Sequel; Tense Battle for Survival"

    This is a good sequel which brings the reader/listener into a tense battle for survival of the species. My rating 4.25.

    I enjoyed coming back to these characters. The conflict continues between the Martians and the 1909-10 version of the US forces under the commander in chief, Theodore Roosevelt.

    The Americans are improving their technology, but it is still not enough. They may have a few successful encounters but the battles are still being controlled by the Martians. The Martians target the transport systems (railroads) in order to limit the tanks and other equipment that the humans can bring to the fight.

    The story follows the primary characters from book one, both US and Martian. Andrew Comstock has been promoted and is still working in the ordinance department to help develop improved weapons that can increase the American chances in the war. He travels from D.C. to Niagara Falls to observe Tesla testing the Martian lasers. Then he travels to Santa Fe where he is commanded to head a force in the field.

    The young farm girl who survived the battle in book one has become a nurse who longs to fight the Martians up close and personal. She is very close to the front lines and involved in caring for physical and mental injuries inflicted upon prisoners who are rescued from the Martian home hold.

    Qetjnegartis is a Martian warrior in the home hold who is fighting for his race. He has a “bud” (an infant) whom he is training as one of the replacement corps. The Martians have their own reasoned strategy as they fight for survival and, sadly and frighteningly, elimination of the human population.

    Mr. Washburn writes a convincing and engaging plot. He has developed likeable characters, US and Martians. The story has good action and interesting social growth and interaction as the reader/listener is pulled into a tense battle for survival of the species.
    I recommend this to fans of the original story (War of the Worlds) and those who enjoy engaging sci fi. I look forward to more in the series.

    Audio Notes: Ray Greenley does a wonderful job with the narration. He provides strong, distinct voices and carries the action forward. The narration enhances the story for me.

    I received this Audiobook from the narrator for an honest review. My rating 4.25.

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  • Spudboy
    Idaho
    20/03/17
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    "The Martians are entrenched!"

    Second book in this series. I liked the first book better, but this is common for me. Middle books aren’t nearly as exciting as the first book in the series. However, I am absolutely looking forward to the third book in the series. There was a lot of character development in this book. Of course, Ray Greenley really brings this book to life.

    If you have read the first book in this series, you can’t miss this second book. We really start seeing the challenges the world faces. How can we truly seek to beat this foe when they are so deeply entrenched? Not sure how the author is going to pull this one off, but I am sure anxious to find out. It is helpful to have read the original book, but not necessary.

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  • Bob
    Pennsylvania, USA
    15/02/17
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    "Good sequel, looking forward to book 3!"
    If you could sum up Breakthrough in three words, what would they be?

    Will Martians Win?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Breakthrough?

    When Tesla was going a little crazy blasting everything around with a captured Martian heat ray gun. I can just imagine him cackling as everything in site burns.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Greenley – was your favorite?

    Frank Dolfen - he's a great grizzled veteran character who is the kind of guy who has really earned his stripes.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to this book while commuting, so it was a nice pace listening for an hour or two at a time, then coming back later.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great continuation of the first book. The story moves on and there's lots of character development. I'm excited to see how this story progress is in the next book in the series.

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  • Gregg Dieckhaus
    07/02/17
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    "The Martians are back!"
    What did you love best about Breakthrough?

    This book takes place in the All Quiet on the Martian Front game world. The author did a great job of developing that alternate history time line.


    What other book might you compare Breakthrough to and why?

    HG Wells: War of the Worlds
    The Great Martian War: Invasion


    Did Ray Greenley do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Ray did a decent job. My problem was that I actually read book 1 and his "voices" never seemed to match my own.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Pick this up, its worth the credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • in1ear (John Row)
    Aurora, Colorado
    13/01/17
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    "More Focused than Book One in the Series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Breakthrough to be better than the print version?

    Sorry, I haven't read the e book or print format. I am very impressed with this audio version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Breakthrough?

    This is Book Two in the series. I also reviewed the first book a few months ago. I'm impressed with how evolved the writing and thus the story is. Book One had a lot of development of the Martian characteristics. Book Two here, is much more listenable regards the story and human characters.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Greenley – was your favorite?

    The characters work together to make an interesting story. I liked Teddy Roosevelt, and the young nurse's part in the book. Ray Greenley kept my interest with his storytelling skills.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The evolution of the battle successes of the Humans.


    Any additional comments?

    This is developing into a very good action series in a true manner to H.G. Wells's War of the Worlds

    Quite an enjoyable listen!

    Thanks for the opportunity to review it!

    This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost. Which I can only assume was voluntary on their part. I am happy to give my honest review of it. I think I'm suppose to mention how reviewing this was voluntary on my part too.

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