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The Breaking

The End Time Saga, Book 2
Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
Series: The End Time Saga, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
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The hunt is on to find Patient Zero...

Both the East and the West Coasts of the United States have collapsed, and the US military is in full retreat. All their attempts to stem the tide of the dead have failed.

Former counter-terrorism agent Mark Steele and his fellow survivors have been bushwhacked in the West Virginia hills. The fringe West Virginians are teaching him a valuable lesson in the new rules of the apocalypse. The mountain folk are as resilient as they are ruthless, and Steele must find a way out to save his people.

In a desperate gamble to stop the virus, retired Air Force Colonel Michael Kinnick has been entrusted with finding Dr. Joseph Jackowski, who's gone missing in West Virginia. Kinnick's depleted unit of Special Forces soldiers have reached the breaking point as the dead assault them at every step.

Outside of Pittsburgh, Dr. Joseph Jackowski's quest to find Patient Zero has stalled. Unwillingly conscripted into the National Guard, he has been enlisted into Colonel Jackson's rapidly depleting force. As the military quarantine disintegrates around Pittsburgh, death marches closer, and time is running out.

Steele is forced to go further than he ever imagined in order to save his loved ones, but when he is done, will anyone still recognize him? Will he recognize them? And will he recognize himself?

In this thrilling sequel to End Time, Daniel Greene continues his fast-paced and gripping apocalyptic saga. The Breaking transports us to a near future composed of death, honor, destruction, and hope as the United States falls and lives crumble before a devastating zombie virus.

©2018 Daniel Greene (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Tracy P.
  • 21-10-18

WHY SHOULD IT BE THAT 'WE' GET ALONG SO AWFULLY?!

"The Breaking" highlights an intense good vs evil battle for survival.

Sadly, flesh eating zombies are not enough of a reason for the few living humans left to come together, and fight as a united front, all in a mutual quest for survival. Nope... Not when their are a limitless number of human psychopaths still roaming the earth, and the only law they will ever face will now have to be dealt out via vigilante justice. Everything goes in this new world, and living in a constant state of paranoia and sheer terror is apparently the new normal for those still remaining. Survival of the fittest in its rawest form!

This episode was an epic emotional roller-coaster ride, upon which I found myself shouting, cheering and fist pumping the air more times than I can count.

Mr. Greene really knows how to reel in his readers/listeners with his powerful storylines. The humanization of all the characters (protagonists and antagonists, alike) was fantastic! Every single one had a story to tell, and as a listener, it was easy to garner insight into why each character very likely manifested (for better and/or worse) the behaviors we heard described. As a result, my heart went out to one particular character, whom I initially detested, however, after hearing about the unavoidable, and unfortunate life-course they were predestined to living/surviving (pre-apocalypse) I completely understood why they grew into the type of individual they ended up becoming, and actually developed a great deal of compassion for them well before the book's end. Still did not like their personality, yet, I understood why it was the way it was. Good lesson in not allowing my first impression to be set in stone.
The authenticity of all of these characters was palpable. Just . . . Wow!

My listening experience, as always, was supreme! Thanks to the talents of Mr. Szarabajka, who nails every character with a phenomenally distinctive voice for each. #listening pleasure!

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  • JJ
  • 27-07-18

Bravo for The Breaking!

Once again, another fantastic book, by Daniel Greene. I say Bravo for Book Two, The Breaking. Suspense and action from the very first pages, this book keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end. Steele steals the show (especially during the pit scene), but new characters appear throughout the book to give the series fresh and interesting twists. Narrator Keith Szarabajka, outdoes his Book 1 performance and now I can’t wait for Book 3. Well done!

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  • Jennifer Hoskin
  • 14-01-19

A Breath of Life in the World of the Undead

The Breaking is a dark and gripping thriller thanks to the writing skills of author Daniel Greene. These interwoven stories provide something for everyone; a band of loyal (mostly?!!) friends, lovers, scientists, federal agents and military to give us a bit of perspective from each but the individuality to remind us that people often don't fit in to our neat little boxes. Just when I thought we might be safely moving in to known territory, Greene takes us down an unforeseen path to his terrifying world where we couldn't have known we wanted to travel. I'm again in awe at Greene's fresh talent and ability to breathe life in to the world of the undead.

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  • F.W.
  • 30-12-18

SOOOO FREAK'IN GOOD

I cant believe I am already done with this book and on to next!! I you love Zombie books you will love this series

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  • Lisa L
  • 11-08-18

Great addition to the series

Overall I liked this book, the zombies are taking over, loyalties are tested and relationships both formed and broken. There is plenty of action, fighting and excitement to keep you entertained. I do have one problem, however I won’t go into details because of spoilers, suffice to say Gwen and some of her choices make no sense to me and have me disliking her. I’m willing to wait and see what happens next, hopefully some clarification on things, but Steel and Gwen I am not feeling. Ignoring that the rest of the story, the majority of the story is exciting and well worth the read.

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  • RJ
  • 19-03-19

Reaching the breaking point!

Our protagonist Mark Steele and crew are waylaid by West Virginian hillbillies, Gwen and others captured, Steele left for dead. The captured survivors of the virus must now survive their captivity. The virologist Jackowski is with a military unit searching for Patient Zero. While Colonel Kinnick with his Special Forces team search for Jackowski. Lots going on with plenty of action. The thrilling saga continues.

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  • Daniel
  • 13-09-18

Irritating

Is it wrong I was rooting for the zombies to get Gwen? She is written as stupid, selfish and insufferable. And she's not the only one. I haven't experienced so much navel gazing about everything since the most recent Walking Dead marathon. Plus, why must every character make moronic decisions?

I'm rooting for the zombies.

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  • Russell Austin Arenz III
  • 02-08-18

It got better

Rarely some series get better. Though still not the best you can see some marked improvements in the story line.
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  • AmieD
  • 14-10-18

Should not have wasted my money!

First one was mediocre at best. Thought about not getting the second, did get it and have regretted it! Another zombie apocalypse story with poorly developed characters and disappointing storylines. Narrator only good thing.
Save your money and your time.

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