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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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5 out of 5 stars
By Spudboy on 03-20-17

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Ross on 02-01-17

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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5 out of 5 stars
By kanundra on 02-28-17

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Norma Miles on 10-10-17

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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