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When Peter Ash interrupts a crime in progress, he's set on a collision course with dangerous enemies and terrifying technology. A man wanted by two governments, Peter Ash has found a simple, low-profile life in Milwaukee, living with his girlfriend June and renovating old buildings with his friend Lewis. Staying out of trouble is the key to preserving this fragile peace . . When Peter Ash interrupts a crime in progress, he's set on a collision course with dangerous enemies and terrifying technology. A man wanted by two governments, Peter Ash has found a simple, low-profile life in Milwaukee, living with his girlfriend June and renovating old buildings with his friend Lewis. Staying out of trouble is the key to preserving this fragile peace . . . but when Peter spots a suspicious armed man walking into a crowded market, he knows he can't stand by and do nothing. Peter does interrupt a crime, but it wasn't at all what he'd expected. The young gunman appeared to have one target and one mission--but when he escapes, and his victim vanishes before police arrive, it seems there is more to the encounter than meets the eye. Peter's hunch is proven correct when a powerful associate from his past appears with an interest in the crime, and an irresistible offer: if he and June solve this mystery, Peter's record will be scrubbed clean. While Peter and Lewis trace the gunman, reporter June digs into the victim of the incident, a man whose face rings a bell in her memory. As their parallel investigations draw together, they're thrust into the path of a ruthless tech thief, an eerily cheerful assassin, a brilliant and troubled inventor, and a revolutionary technology that could wreak devastation in the wrong hands. But for Peter, even more is at stake: this investigation is his only path to a life free from the threat of prosecution or prison. Before the end, he'll have to fight harder than ever before to ensure that freedom doesn't come at too high a cost. . . .


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When Peter Ash interrupts a crime in progress, he's set on a collision course with dangerous enemies and terrifying technology. A man wanted by two governments, Peter Ash has found a simple, low-profile life in Milwaukee, living with his girlfriend June and renovating old buildings with his friend Lewis. Staying out of trouble is the key to preserving this fragile peace . . When Peter Ash interrupts a crime in progress, he's set on a collision course with dangerous enemies and terrifying technology. A man wanted by two governments, Peter Ash has found a simple, low-profile life in Milwaukee, living with his girlfriend June and renovating old buildings with his friend Lewis. Staying out of trouble is the key to preserving this fragile peace . . . but when Peter spots a suspicious armed man walking into a crowded market, he knows he can't stand by and do nothing. Peter does interrupt a crime, but it wasn't at all what he'd expected. The young gunman appeared to have one target and one mission--but when he escapes, and his victim vanishes before police arrive, it seems there is more to the encounter than meets the eye. Peter's hunch is proven correct when a powerful associate from his past appears with an interest in the crime, and an irresistible offer: if he and June solve this mystery, Peter's record will be scrubbed clean. While Peter and Lewis trace the gunman, reporter June digs into the victim of the incident, a man whose face rings a bell in her memory. As their parallel investigations draw together, they're thrust into the path of a ruthless tech thief, an eerily cheerful assassin, a brilliant and troubled inventor, and a revolutionary technology that could wreak devastation in the wrong hands. But for Peter, even more is at stake: this investigation is his only path to a life free from the threat of prosecution or prison. Before the end, he'll have to fight harder than ever before to ensure that freedom doesn't come at too high a cost. . . .

30 review for The Breaker

  1. 4 out of 5

    Janet Newport

    A real heart pounding and exhausting read for me. I do enjoy these characters and was happy to see Lewis and June front and center again. This was a little "techy" with the fuel cells/ batteries, computer programming and HYENA stuff, but it was presented simply enough that I could follow without getting overwhelmed (and I still think electricity is "magic"). This was a non-stop, action-packed read with just barely enough pauses to almost catch my breath. The pauses did provide insight into the main A real heart pounding and exhausting read for me. I do enjoy these characters and was happy to see Lewis and June front and center again. This was a little "techy" with the fuel cells/ batteries, computer programming and HYENA stuff, but it was presented simply enough that I could follow without getting overwhelmed (and I still think electricity is "magic"). This was a non-stop, action-packed read with just barely enough pauses to almost catch my breath. The pauses did provide insight into the main characters enough to make them feel even more real to me. OH!! And best of all.... Mingus was back and a real hero (when he wasn't eating fences).

  2. 5 out of 5

    Don

    I was fortunate to get an early copy of this book, and it is incredible. Once again, Nick does not disappoint. Fans of the series and newcomers alike will love this new installment.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    I have loved the Peter Ash series from the beginning but the books individually are inconsistent; they run the gamut from predictable plots to taut, thrilling tales. Frankly, it’s hard to know in advance what is in store when I start a new book from author Nick Petrie. THE BREAKER falls into the predictable plot category mostly because the action revolves too heavily around some stock characters rather than the series’ characters that are far more interesting and engaging. Bad guys that never se I have loved the Peter Ash series from the beginning but the books individually are inconsistent; they run the gamut from predictable plots to taut, thrilling tales. Frankly, it’s hard to know in advance what is in store when I start a new book from author Nick Petrie. THE BREAKER falls into the predictable plot category mostly because the action revolves too heavily around some stock characters rather than the series’ characters that are far more interesting and engaging. Bad guys that never seem to sustain permanent damage, unbelievably brilliant self-schooled tech wizards that also know weaponry and paranoid schizy billionaires aren’t that interesting any more. The three main characters are, however, very engaging, and in the good series’ books, they hold center stage. I only wish they did in this book as well. For series lovers, this will be one more to add to the collection. I look forward to the next and hope we read more about Peter Ash next time. I received my copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    4.5 stars. Former Marine Peter Ash and his friend Lewis witness someone hiding a rifle under his jacket who enters a busy store. Peter can't turn his back and has to jump right in the middle of the action. As they witness a confrontation and shots are fired at the market, this is just the beginning of a plot much larger and more sinister than they could have imagined. A deep government employee offers to wipe Peter's record clean if he will help in the investigation. If you like action heroes who 4.5 stars. Former Marine Peter Ash and his friend Lewis witness someone hiding a rifle under his jacket who enters a busy store. Peter can't turn his back and has to jump right in the middle of the action. As they witness a confrontation and shots are fired at the market, this is just the beginning of a plot much larger and more sinister than they could have imagined. A deep government employee offers to wipe Peter's record clean if he will help in the investigation. If you like action heroes who are not afraid to use a gun, such as Will Robie, Virgil Cole, Quinn Colson, Spenser, John Puller, you should read this series. Although you can read this book, #6, with no trouble, you will enjoy the characters more if you start at the beginning. I'm thinking about how much Peter has evolved since the first book where he was barely able to function with his PTSD and the white noise in his head. He has now opened up to a few people and is more trusting. I love how his relationships with June and Lewis have progressed. In this one, Edgar is a formidable enemy and so are those robots.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    The first book in this exciting and fresh series – The Drifter – introduced Peter Ash, an ex-military man who suffers greatly from post-traumatic claustrophobia from tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. A promotional blurb on the cover from Lee Child certainly didn’t hurt either. The second book – Burning Bright – continued Peter’s attempt at re-integrating himself into society, provided a tighter and more intricate plotline, and introduced June Cassidy, a strong potential love interest. In the third The first book in this exciting and fresh series – The Drifter – introduced Peter Ash, an ex-military man who suffers greatly from post-traumatic claustrophobia from tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. A promotional blurb on the cover from Lee Child certainly didn’t hurt either. The second book – Burning Bright – continued Peter’s attempt at re-integrating himself into society, provided a tighter and more intricate plotline, and introduced June Cassidy, a strong potential love interest. In the third book - Light It Up – Peter helped his good friend, Henry Nygaard, and his daughter, who run a security company providing protection to legalized cannabis companies in Denver, Colorado. Peter investigated how their deliveries were being ambushed by a professional team. In the fourth book – Tear it Down – Peter Ash went to Memphis to help a friend, Wanda Wyatt, a war correspondent and photographer who’s being receiving serious threats. By the time Peter drives cross-country to get there, he finds that those threats have accelerated into an unknown person driving a dump truck right into Wanda’s house. In the fifth and last book – The Wild One – Peter Ash traveled to Reykjavik to find the grandson of an American woman whose daughter was murdered. When he arrives, Ash found himself falsely wanted for murder and on the run from two governments. Now, in his sixth book – The Breaker – Peter Ash finds himself trying to lie low in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is living with his girlfriend June while spending his time renovating old buildings in the city with his best ex-gangster friend, Lewis. However, staying out of trouble is not easy for Ash when he finds himself in a precarious public situation. Having lunch with June and Lewis in the downtown public market area, Peter notices a suspicious man wearing a large jacket in warm weather. Looking closer Peter sees the man is armed and must make a decision to take action or let him go. But Peter cannot stand by and do nothing to help protect innocent bystanders. Taking action, Ash jumps in and interrupts a crime before it can be completed. However, things don’t turn out as expected when the perpetrator gets away and the victim disappears. Peter’s girlfriend and investigative reporter, June, researches the victim’s identity and before she knows it, a mysterious axe-yielding killer tries to eliminate her. At the same time, Peter and Lewis are trying to track down the attacker, who appears to be a tech genius with a revolutionary technology that could be used by the wrong people to cause serious destruction. To make matters more personal, a powerful secret government handler from Peter’s and June’s past shows up with a personal interest in their investigation. And he’s making them an irresistible offer. One that includes a promise that if they get his stolen technology back, Peter’s record would be expunged, making him a free man again. The question is, can Peter deliver the goods before he gets caught by law enforcement, or worse, killed by a madman who will pay anything to eliminate him. As with the first five books in this series, there continues to be a lot of good things to like about this one too. Petrie does an excellent job of laying out the primary mystery and challenges facing Ash in a layered approach. Petrie starts off Ash jumping in to stop a crime, and then deals with the fallout from multiple viewpoints including Ash, June, and two other characters that play important roles in propelling the plot and conflict forward. Although this will sound a bit conflicting, I struggled a bit getting into this book after the initial confrontation. I am not completely sure why, but pages 30 through 80 took some time to build momentum while introducing characters and storylines. Then somewhere around page eighty things just started to click, the tension amplified, and the mystery captured my attention. Petrie’s fast paced, fluid prose hit fourth gear, and locked me into a front-row seat of the action. On a personal level, Petrie pulled me in and got me to care about solving the mystery; I was now invested in Ash’s and June’s challenges and their outcomes mattered. I especially appreciated how June’s strength, independence, and investigative skills really shined in this outing. She was a formidable balance to Ashe’s physical strengths. And for some strange reason, I found the Edgar, the serial killer hitman to be a very unique and strange villain. It seems that with each book, Petrie is gaining creativity and credibility as a mystery/thriller writer and storyteller. I find one of his greatest strengths is in connecting several complex elements and plotting together in an engaging delivery and outcome. There are several reasons as to why this series continues to gain more readers. At first look, Ash is a copy of Jack Reacher, the main character in Lee Child’s very popular action series. To be honest, that’s understandable. There are definite similarities between the two characters. It would be wrong to overlook or try to downplay that reality. However, because Ash suffers from such a serious post-war syndrome, he causes you to look at him in a different light. After six books, Ash has developed into his own exceptional character with his own defined strengths and weaknesses. Ash is human, flawed, and full of his own serious weaknesses. He is not Reacher incarnate, nor a cheap copy. Nick Petrie has successfully established his own-antihero - one that stands firmly on his own. It works because Nick Petrie has done his homework and delivered something new. He has taken the foundation that prior great mystery and adventure writers have established and moved the art a step forward. Although he is still somewhat early in his writing career, I believe he is making a significant impact in this genre by creating a flawed anti-hero, unable to conform to societal norms, and created opportunities for him to make a difference in the only ways he knows how. His moral code of conduct is eerily similar to such literary heroes like Robert B. Parker’s “Spenser”, Lee Child’s “Reacher”, and Craig Johnson’s “Longmire”. I have become an avid fan of what Petrie has created, and have no problem going out of my way to recommend his “Peter Ash” series to others with a confident and knowing smile. If you haven’t read one of his books yet, may I suggest that you start with the first one and give it a try. I dare you…

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller

    Nick Petrie certainly has established his bona fides as a thriller author. THE BREAKER is the sixth installment in his Peter Ash series, which follows a troubled and somewhat damaged war veteran who continues to be drawn back into the life, as it were, despite his wish to simply live quietly and be left alone. While this latest entry has a couple of weaknesses, it also contains some of Petrie’s best plotting, characterization and writing to date. It is more than worth your while if you are seeki Nick Petrie certainly has established his bona fides as a thriller author. THE BREAKER is the sixth installment in his Peter Ash series, which follows a troubled and somewhat damaged war veteran who continues to be drawn back into the life, as it were, despite his wish to simply live quietly and be left alone. While this latest entry has a couple of weaknesses, it also contains some of Petrie’s best plotting, characterization and writing to date. It is more than worth your while if you are seeking some unusual edge-of-the-seat thrills. The book finds Peter hiding in plain sight because of the events that took place in THE WILD ONE. So he is somewhat reluctant to intervene as he and his best bud, Lewis, approach the Milwaukee Public Market to meet his significant other for lunch. June Cassidy, who possesses the situational awareness that all of us should have, notices a suspicious character who is carrying a concealed rifle. Peter and Lewis witness a strange encounter between this individual and someone who is vaguely familiar to June. The former gets away, but not before streaming bullets all over the place. No one is injured, but they are determined to get to the bottom of the encounter. Peter and Lewis acquire a great deal of additional motivation when a powerful enigmatic figure from Peter’s past appears bearing an offer that he simply cannot refuse. If Peter and his friends can recover some valuable technological information from the principals involved in the incident they witnessed, Peter’s difficulties --- which include being headhunted, and not in a good way, by two governments --- will vanish. His motivation thus couldn’t be higher. What follows is a series of textbook examples of good old-fashioned detective work, 21st-century-style, coupled with terrific pursuit and engagement vignettes that get better and better as one proceeds through the book. As the story progresses, it becomes clear that a great deal of the attraction to this installment is due to two factors. One is the low-key but steadfast inquiry of the local police, whose cop instincts begin tingling whenever they are in even remote proximity to Peter. The other is the introduction of a monstrous, almost inhuman, hitman who becomes involved in the proceedings and gleefully places Peter, Lewis and June squarely in his sights. Wait, there are three factors. The third is the technology that Peter and company are tasked with retrieving from the wrong hands and placing in the not-so-wrong hands. Its practical applications are wonderfully and frightfully imagined, or, as Petrie hastens to tell his readers in the Acknowledgements, not so imagined after all. THE BREAKER isn't perfect. The book's initial scene seemed to go on for a bit too long and almost lost me. But by the time I was a third of the way through the story, I couldn’t stop reading. My other issue is that Peter, ironically enough, was the least interesting of the three protagonists. He seemed to be along for the ride with Lewis rather than the other way around. However, these problems were more than counterbalanced by the manner in which Petrie morphed a chance encounter in a public market into an extremely convincing save-the-world scenario set primarily in Milwaukee with a very important side trip to Chicago. That absolutely worked for me. At the end of the day, I will never hear the word “hyena” again without thinking of THE BREAKER. Read it and see what I mean. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub

  7. 4 out of 5

    Abibliofob

    I have read The Breaker, it's the sixth book about Peter Ash by Nick Petrie. I stumbled upon this series a while ago and got hooked right away. This is great writing with marvelous characters. I love it. Although this is a little to technological for my taste it is still highly recommended. I must thank #GPPutnamsSons #PenguinPublishingGroup and #Edelweiss and of course @_NickPetrie_ for making this book available. I have read The Breaker, it's the sixth book about Peter Ash by Nick Petrie. I stumbled upon this series a while ago and got hooked right away. This is great writing with marvelous characters. I love it. Although this is a little to technological for my taste it is still highly recommended. I must thank #GPPutnamsSons #PenguinPublishingGroup and #Edelweiss and of course @_NickPetrie_ for making this book available.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Darcy

    This one quickly spun out of control for Peter, Junie and Lewis. It seemed like the more that they tried to figure things out, things that should have been simple they were led into a deeper black hole. By the end of the book it was more than about helping someone, it was basically the fate of the free world. I'm glad that they were around to help, just wish that Junie would have written the story of her life. This one quickly spun out of control for Peter, Junie and Lewis. It seemed like the more that they tried to figure things out, things that should have been simple they were led into a deeper black hole. By the end of the book it was more than about helping someone, it was basically the fate of the free world. I'm glad that they were around to help, just wish that Junie would have written the story of her life.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Larry

    Peter Ash and Lewis intervene in what looks at first to be a mass shooting incident, but turns out to be an attempt to kill a former big tech executive. It puts them into conflict with dangerous people, but then they are dangerous people themselves. Peter's being coerced to find the would-be shooter with the promise of clearing his criminal past, and of shielding Lewis from scrutiny by the cops. Petrie's books, always at least 4.5s, get stronger and stronger, and they take off like the proverbia Peter Ash and Lewis intervene in what looks at first to be a mass shooting incident, but turns out to be an attempt to kill a former big tech executive. It puts them into conflict with dangerous people, but then they are dangerous people themselves. Peter's being coerced to find the would-be shooter with the promise of clearing his criminal past, and of shielding Lewis from scrutiny by the cops. Petrie's books, always at least 4.5s, get stronger and stronger, and they take off like the proverbial stolen Mercedes.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Brandy

    I’m not a fan of techno-thrillers, so this wasn’t my favorite Nick Petrie. There was lots of action, and I loved seeing the evolution of Peter and June’s relationship, but I could do without the in-depth technology overload.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Frosty61

    A fun, fantastical, and action-packed ride as well as a good distraction from the latest news reports about COVID, impeachment trials, and such. I enjoyed most of this one, though some of the techie parts were hard to believe and/or understand. It's written simply enough to follow without complete understanding. The bad guys are like characters out of a James Bond novel - evil, sociopathic, and striving for world domination. The good guys are the faves from the first novels in the series, right A fun, fantastical, and action-packed ride as well as a good distraction from the latest news reports about COVID, impeachment trials, and such. I enjoyed most of this one, though some of the techie parts were hard to believe and/or understand. It's written simply enough to follow without complete understanding. The bad guys are like characters out of a James Bond novel - evil, sociopathic, and striving for world domination. The good guys are the faves from the first novels in the series, right down to the dog, Mingus. It's also got a great sense of place with lots of references to Milwaukee businesses and landmarks - done seamlessly enough not to be distracting (but does make us all long for some normalcy). The ending is predictable but there's a lot of action and questions before we get there - perfect for those of us who just want a good story.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alan

    Wow! Exhausting! Nonstop action! Excellent development of subject matter and characters.I believe in giving extra credit for creativity, which would increase my rating to more than five stars.Good job! This book is almost as good as his prior books, and they were fantastic. I will look forward to his next book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    J Todd wilkins

    For me, THE BREAKER is the perfect blend of a psychological, military, and techno thriller wrapped into one. On every page the tension is high, the emotions raw, and the action heart pounding. Peter Ash's unwillingness to be a spectator when he spots a potential mass shooter while on his lunch break sends him hurling down a dangerous path full of bleeding edge tech and national security implications, all with the most perilous threats hitting close to home and to those most important in his life For me, THE BREAKER is the perfect blend of a psychological, military, and techno thriller wrapped into one. On every page the tension is high, the emotions raw, and the action heart pounding. Peter Ash's unwillingness to be a spectator when he spots a potential mass shooter while on his lunch break sends him hurling down a dangerous path full of bleeding edge tech and national security implications, all with the most perilous threats hitting close to home and to those most important in his life. NICK PETRIE does a magnificent job of taking a terrifying and realistic look into the future of military tech and the powerful forces looking to control it. Coupled with the sincerity and humor that June and Lewis bring to the mix; die hard fans and those just picking up the Ash series for the first time will be extremely happy. Like all long standing series, new readers need to be introduced to the main characters, including their idiosyncrasies and unique features. For me personally, it took a little bit of time (only about 10% of the way in) for the main storyline to really get rolling. That being said, once the pieces were all set out on the board... it was lights out the rest of the book. Definitely go out and preorder this book ASAP!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Paul Kennedy

    This is a different kind of story than the usual Peter Ash novels and Mr. Petrie explains why in the afterword. That being said. This was a fantastic distraction from these crazy times. Mission accomplished Nick. Fast paced thriller which takes off from the start and never lets up. If you need a fun distraction, pick this up and enjoy. I did.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    That moment when you're in a reader's slump and are praying for a miracle thriller and folks this is that thriller. Thank you Nick Petrie for restoring my faith in the thriller/mystery/suspense category as The Breaker touched upon everything I was seeking in a great read. This one is the sixth in the Peter Ash series and let me tell you this one packs a punch literally and figuratively. I've read everyone in this series and have enjoyed them all. The lowest rating in this series was a 3 star to dat That moment when you're in a reader's slump and are praying for a miracle thriller and folks this is that thriller. Thank you Nick Petrie for restoring my faith in the thriller/mystery/suspense category as The Breaker touched upon everything I was seeking in a great read. This one is the sixth in the Peter Ash series and let me tell you this one packs a punch literally and figuratively. I've read everyone in this series and have enjoyed them all. The lowest rating in this series was a 3 star to date. The first and the sixth were both rated 5 stars of course, in my own personal opinion. This one begins with swift action on Peter Ash's watch. He's just busted up a criminal spree and this leads to the author's exciting rush of adrenaline with a host of characters. They include but aren't limited to a "ruthless tech thief, an eerily cheerful assassin, a brilliant and troubled inventor, and a revolutionary technology that could wreak devastation in the wrong hands." I absolutely enjoyed every twist in this one and the high tech hyenas and more. It was a constant flow of intensity and electrifying energy that never subsided. There's no need to use overly aggressive action, constant repetitive foul language, harsh treatment of women, derogatory commentary or politics in this one as this was pure chills all the way till the end. While you might find a few choice words mingled in it's not overly redundant as I've found in many other books of similar nature and the sentences weren't choppy, short, and offensive. They instead consisted of a strong plot, tenacious and vibrant action, and characters that were interesting and intriguing. A total five star for this gem. Or, as C.J. Box noted, "Nonstop action at a machine gun pace." Totally agree! Thank you to Osterhout Library at twitter tag #CurbsidePickupMarathonReads for this library treat. Check out your own libraries for gems like this one.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mojo Shivers

    Folks always compare the Peter Ash series with the Jack Reacher. And, while they are both tough-as-nails wandering types, the Peter Ash series has distinguished itself by having a small stable of support characters that are always on hand to assist Peter. Jack Reacher literally gets and discards side characters book to book. The other thing that makes it different is that every few books Peter wanders into some kind of technology the world simply isn’t ready for and he has to do his damnedest to Folks always compare the Peter Ash series with the Jack Reacher. And, while they are both tough-as-nails wandering types, the Peter Ash series has distinguished itself by having a small stable of support characters that are always on hand to assist Peter. Jack Reacher literally gets and discards side characters book to book. The other thing that makes it different is that every few books Peter wanders into some kind of technology the world simply isn’t ready for and he has to do his damnedest to prevent greedy omnipotent tech companies from abusing these discoveries in order to make a quick buck. That’s certainly the case with this book. I don’t know about you, but robotic great hounds with mechanical claws for faces certainly grabs my attention and makes for monstrous creatures to menace Peter. It almost pushes the book series from some regular action thriller like Reacher over into sci-fi horror like Aliens or I Am Legend. There is legitimate concern that nobody on Peter’s team will survive this book. Then the book throws in a homicidal contract killer named Edgar straight out of Sling Blade or Silence of the Lambs. That’s what I call a fucking party of premise. The action starts coming and they don’t stop coming. In the end, I’m thinking Spark, the inventor of the weird hound robots and the catalyst/victim of the book, might go on to became an occasional ally to Peter herself. She makes quite the impression of being someone whose tech and inventing skill may come in handy someday.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Fred Rayworth

    The Breaker was another outstanding read by Nick Petrie. His Peter Ash series is one I always look forward to. In this one, Peter stumbles into a deal with killer robots. Of course, mayhem ensues. The writing was outstanding, as usual, with solid third-person limited and in past-tense. The narrative was brisk and never bogged down into too much characterization or endless wandering. The story moved along at a fast pace that kept me glued to my seat with relatively short chapters and scenes. It was The Breaker was another outstanding read by Nick Petrie. His Peter Ash series is one I always look forward to. In this one, Peter stumbles into a deal with killer robots. Of course, mayhem ensues. The writing was outstanding, as usual, with solid third-person limited and in past-tense. The narrative was brisk and never bogged down into too much characterization or endless wandering. The story moved along at a fast pace that kept me glued to my seat with relatively short chapters and scenes. It was broken down in character points of view chapter headings, which was a nice way to keep things well organized. In other words, the writing never got in the way of the story, so I was able to sit back and just enjoy the adventure. I had a great time right through the satisfying conclusion. Highly recommended.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Claudette

    In general I liked the book. The 3 main characters are just fun to be with. The bad guys were comic book characters though, throughout the book. And the "creations" were too mechanical to be believable. At the end Petrie gives a shoutout to some of the original sci-fi writers, but remember they wrote before transistors were invented. Their vision of the future was very mechanical, where in effect, it has become anything but! Petrie can't decide if the greatest danger comes from technology or mec In general I liked the book. The 3 main characters are just fun to be with. The bad guys were comic book characters though, throughout the book. And the "creations" were too mechanical to be believable. At the end Petrie gives a shoutout to some of the original sci-fi writers, but remember they wrote before transistors were invented. Their vision of the future was very mechanical, where in effect, it has become anything but! Petrie can't decide if the greatest danger comes from technology or mechanics, and the whole plot is just very strange. Between the Evil Genius and the Terminator it really devolved into Marvel type stuff. The author keep you interested because of the main characters and their relationships, but here's hoping he gets better at story line development.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Micah

    A new installment in the Peter Ash series, former Marine Peter Ash and his girlfriend June and friend Lewis are walking down a local marketplace in Milwaukee one day. Ash notices a strange person appearing odd from other, wearing a ball cap and carrying an assault rifle under his jacket. A good day gone badly in a matter of moments, the trio tries to find the individuals hurting the city. The Breaker is a suspenseful mystery similar to authors Lee Child and Robert Galbraith. Set in present day, A new installment in the Peter Ash series, former Marine Peter Ash and his girlfriend June and friend Lewis are walking down a local marketplace in Milwaukee one day. Ash notices a strange person appearing odd from other, wearing a ball cap and carrying an assault rifle under his jacket. A good day gone badly in a matter of moments, the trio tries to find the individuals hurting the city. The Breaker is a suspenseful mystery similar to authors Lee Child and Robert Galbraith. Set in present day, the narrator Stephen Mendel keeps you guessing what will happen next along with adding different voice to each character. Thanks to The inside Flap podcast for interviewing the author and introducing me to an author I’ve seen on the shelf but never read prior.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    Fantastic! Peter Ash hits the ground running in this breathlessly-paced, action-fueled thriller. This time out, Peter, along with his girlfriend, journalist June Cassidy and best bud, Lewis are the trail of Vince Holloway. Holloway is a madman bent on world domination. He has in his possession some very dangerous technology that in wrong hands could cause global catastrophe. The clock is ticking. Peter is about to go kinetic on his ass! Action thriller fans rejoice....Peter Ash is back! This was an ARC Fantastic! Peter Ash hits the ground running in this breathlessly-paced, action-fueled thriller. This time out, Peter, along with his girlfriend, journalist June Cassidy and best bud, Lewis are the trail of Vince Holloway. Holloway is a madman bent on world domination. He has in his possession some very dangerous technology that in wrong hands could cause global catastrophe. The clock is ticking. Peter is about to go kinetic on his ass! Action thriller fans rejoice....Peter Ash is back! This was an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Steve Thomas

    Nick Petrie once again provides a superb action-thriller starting Peter Ash, June and Lewis. Petrie is exceptional in character development and writing a story that has scary relevance to our world today. I highly recommend the Peter Ash stories and Nice Petrie as one of the best Thriller writers in the business!!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tj

    Peter Ash is one of the best new characters of the last few years, and the series continues to get better. Propulsive action, anchored by two movie-sized villains.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    This book takes place in Milwaukee and includes mention of the Milwaukee Makerspace.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    Series stays strings and they allow Peter Ash to grow some. This is the second book I have read with a similar theme and without giving it away there is some scary stuff being developed.

  25. 4 out of 5

    David Barnes

    Nice story. Perfect to keep your interest and to walk listening to. Not going to change your life or anything, but an interesting story

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rana

    Yes, formulaic but oh my god, I love this series so much. I WANT A TV SHOW GODDAMMIT.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tom Dooley

    Peter, Lewis, and June get caught up in a mess this time! While minding their own business they notice some suspicious going on. Pete and Lewis go to investigate and next thing you know shots are fired. The fun starts there. Another fantastic edition to this series. Must read and I can't wait for The next one! Peter, Lewis, and June get caught up in a mess this time! While minding their own business they notice some suspicious going on. Pete and Lewis go to investigate and next thing you know shots are fired. The fun starts there. Another fantastic edition to this series. Must read and I can't wait for The next one!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kenneth Barber

    Peter Ash a veteran with PTSD is caught up in a case involving stolen technology that could be extremely destructive if in the wrong hands. Peter and his friend Lewis thwart what they thing is a robbery at a mall. As the case develops, they discover that it involves stolen technology for robots and power sources that are more efficient than current batteries. Peter’s girlfriend,June, an investigative reporter also becomes involved and is the target of a killer hired by the main evil protagonist. Peter Ash a veteran with PTSD is caught up in a case involving stolen technology that could be extremely destructive if in the wrong hands. Peter and his friend Lewis thwart what they thing is a robbery at a mall. As the case develops, they discover that it involves stolen technology for robots and power sources that are more efficient than current batteries. Peter’s girlfriend,June, an investigative reporter also becomes involved and is the target of a killer hired by the main evil protagonist. The plot is detailed and moves quickly to keep the reader engrossed. As always in his books there is plenty of action and the plot is believable.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    Full review can be found here: https://www.criminalelement.com/book-... Full review can be found here: https://www.criminalelement.com/book-...

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sherri B

    I love this series and wont give up, but this one is not good. Peter Ash is a Jack Reacher-ish character but with more humanity and friends. He has his quirks etc, but is basically a force for good. His buddy Lewis...ditto. I like the friendship between the two and until now, I've liked June, the love interest but OMG...if she's not whining , she's cursing and ranting --I mean to the level that if the character were a man, we'd be trying to get our friend out of an abusive relationship. Sure, sh I love this series and wont give up, but this one is not good. Peter Ash is a Jack Reacher-ish character but with more humanity and friends. He has his quirks etc, but is basically a force for good. His buddy Lewis...ditto. I like the friendship between the two and until now, I've liked June, the love interest but OMG...if she's not whining , she's cursing and ranting --I mean to the level that if the character were a man, we'd be trying to get our friend out of an abusive relationship. Sure, she's tough independent woman but who treats their partner like that? If it were Peter speaking to June like that people would be up in arms bc its genuinely disturbing. IN one instance Peter thinks something like 'he understood why June was angry and yelled at him'...I expected the next sentence to be 'but she promised to never do it again, brought him flowers and said she loved him." I may be alone on this but it was so pervasive that it messed up the entire book for me

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