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Breakers (Book 1) by [Robertson, Edward W.]
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About the Author

Ed's short fiction has appeared in a few dozen magazines and anthologies, including AE and Fantastique Unfettered. In addition to the Breakers novels, he's the author of the epic fantasy series The Cycle of Arawn. Born in the Pacific Northwest, he currently lives in the LA area with his fiancee. As with all authors, he has the mandatory two dogs and one cat.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 804 KB
  • Print Length: 299 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007712HM4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 190 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,058 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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3.5 stars.

This is by no means a perfect book, but it's engaging and readable. It's essentially a story of two weak men, forced to deal with two impossible situations: first a plague, then an alien invasion. The third character, one of the men's wives, is much more likeable than either man but is essentially sidelined for much of the book, which is a shame - I would have liked to see more of her story.

I'm in agreement with the other reviewers that the ending feels a bit rushed, and that the major plot development right before the end is completely glossed over (and it really should have been devastating for the characters) so is rather frustrating for me as a reader. But until that point, I'd been happily plowing my way through the story, eager to see what happened next.

And at least it HAS an ending, and a fairly satisfying (albeit rushed) one. So many free Kindle books stop in the middle of a scene, trying to force you to buy the sequel to find out how it ends (an tactic I deplore as disrespectful to the reader and just poor storytelling).

Worth a read
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This is largely the story of three people who survive a pandemic virus that wipes out 99% of the human race. Walt is a bitter New York man who believes he lost the love of his now dead girlfriend; Raymond and Mia are a young couple living in LA and struggling financially. Gradually the world they know is stripped away from them as people start to become ill and die. Even worse is to come when the source of the virus becomes apparent and there seems to be no knight in shining armour to rescue them.

If this sounds downbeat, it is. Relentlessly. This is not a book for those that need cheering up. People die. Horribly. Those that live almost all behave terribly, which I thought was a jarring note. People are usually better than that. On the plus side it's reasonably well written which kept me reading and it was refreshing to find a different take on the post apocalyptic sci fi novel.
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By 💥 Vivid TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Jan. 2014
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I liked this quite a bit but it seemed to lose momentum towards the end. First half was fantastic and as good (or better) as most I've read in the genre, but as the second half was nearing the end I got bogged down by the mechanics of them doing what they were doing. I wanted action and I got a lot of 'talking' about action. I wanted them kicking asses and taking names. I'd definitely recommend it though, and also the novella. Really good story and without a doubt the guy can write :)

I'm still a little unsure what the creatures actually looked like but I'm sure I'll find out soon enough when it's snapped up and made into a movie (finger's are crossed for a movie version) :D

It's like a cross between Falling Skies, Independence Day and the first third of The Stand.
I'm sure I'll probably read the next two in the series but I'm not straining at the leash to get to them yet.
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Enjoyed this book enormously,really can't wait to read the rest of them. Written very well,hope the next are the same.
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Great read, well written and easy to read. I am adding this author to my wish list and looking out for more books
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Loved it, I couldn't put it down. Bought all the series too. Give it a try you won't be disappointed.
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This is a gripping read that had me sneakily pulling my Kindle out at work so I could find out what was going to happen to the characters next. It is rather like Stephen King's "The Stand", but at a more manageable length and actually more horrible in some places. Robertson has a talent for suddenly pulling out a grotesque event or concept without much over-emoting, and then moving on with the story. This kept the pace brisk.

There were a couple of negative points that stopped me from giving this five stars; I thought that Walt was the only compelling character and that everyone spoke in exactly the same wisecracking, action movie hero tone. All the women are pretty similar and the narrator is too prone to clunky philosophising.

Despite this, Breakers is an engaging read and will keep you wanting more. The writing is sprightly and the scenarios vivid. Definitely one of the best low-cost Kindle books I've read!
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The novel started very well. The gist is that a plague has wiped out most of humanity, and the book follows those who are immune from the outbreak onwards.

There is a varied cast of individuals, all characterised very well, and the way they cope with the end of civilisation varies from person to person.

It starts out like an intelligent take on something similar to Survivors, and I read avidly their tales... And then the aliens turned up.

It's not a surprise to anyone who read the blurb that aliens are in it, and yet they ruined, for me, an excellent book.

It went from something exploring character development and plot and specific well thought out pacing, to a bog standard action adventure story. The first half of the book could have been nearly anything without affecting the second half remotely. And it spoiled the reading experience for me.
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