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 kanundra on 28-02-17

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

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 MSEreads on 31-10-17

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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