The Breaking

Fiction - Thriller - General
392 Pages
Reviewed on 05/06/2017
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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

In The Breaking, Daniel Greene combines a strong conflict with powerful characters and great writing to create another spellbinding entry in the End Time Saga, a story that features zombies, the military, the resilient West Virginians, and fascinating characters. A zombie virus is threatening to wipe out the United States, and it has infected many people already. Even the military is on the retreat. But Agent Mark Steele won’t give up. As the conflict intensifies, he must find a way to save the lives of his people, even at the cost of his own life.

Daniel Greene is a great writer and he clearly demonstrates a wonderful gift for character and plot. The plot is conflict-driven and in the midst of the action are very interesting characters that will undoubtedly stay long with readers. I enjoyed the pacing; it is fast, and the story features powerful moments in each chapter. One of the things I hate in a book is to read a whole chapter without anything dramatic happening, but that isn’t the case with The Breaking as readers are introduced to nonstop action right from the beginning of the story.

It is hard to tell if this book is dystopian, thriller, or pure fiction, because the author masterfully combines elements from the different genres into the story. The setting is memorable, unveiling an apocalyptic world with advancing chaos. It is not hard to notice the elegant prose, the intelligent and natural-sounding dialogues, and the awesome descriptions. This is a book that will delight both thriller fans and those who are fond of compelling dystopian stories.

Divine Zape

Set in a near apocalyptic future, The Breaking by Daniel Greene, the second book in the End Time Saga, is a fascinating story about death, family, honor, and hope. A terrible zombie virus has been unleashed and it has been claiming lives. The East and West Coasts have fallen, and the military doesn’t stand a chance. They are retreating. It is in this desperate time that a hero emerges — Former Counter-terrorism Agent Mark Steele. He will do everything to save the ones he loves and his country, but can he still be the same after that?

In The Breaking, Daniel Greene creates a stunning dystopian setting with vivid and powerful descriptions of scenes, geographical settings, and characters. This is a thriller with a conflict that is infectious, like the zombie virus ravaging the country, and the reader is pulled in by a sense of urgency as they begin to care about the characters and their lives. Combining fiction, dystopian, and thriller elements seamlessly into the work, Greene’s oeuvre becomes so compelling it will appeal to a wider audience.

This book features a sophisticated plot, which is fast-paced and filled with surprising turns. The chapters are well-crafted to lead the reader irresistibly to the next one. Daniel Greene composes beautiful dialogues, interspersed throughout the lofty and lyrical prose. The writing is filled with great images and readers can actually visualize the action, feel the pulse of the characters, their sense of urgency in finding a solution to the crisis, and their fear. This novel is a perfect read for fans of thrillers and dystopian stories.

Arya Fomonyuy

A deliciously crafted entry in the End Time Saga, The Breaking by Daniel Greene is book two in the series, an entertaining work with memorable characters and a lot of action. A deadly zombie virus is attacking people along the East and West Coasts of the United States and no one, even the highly skilled and well-equipped military, is able to stop it. As the deaths continue to rise, there is a sense of urgency to save lives. Readers are introduced to skilled and specialized professionals, each fighting to find a solution to the impending crisis. But Former Counter-terrorism Agent Mark Steele will go beyond the limits of possibility and travel a route less travelled to save his loved ones and country. Can he come out sane and normal?

I love books that have cool ideas and fascinating worlds. In short, I love the stories that pluck me out of my immediate world and immerse me in an adventure with the characters. Daniel Greene has created such a story in The Breaking. The characters are easy-to-love, real, and compelling. Readers will love to follow characters like Agent Mark Steele, Dr. Joseph Jackowski, and Colonel Michael Kinnick. Steele caught my attention from the beginning till the end of the story, and it wasn’t difficult to like him, to feel his pain, and to follow him, even when he does stuff that seems crazy. There is a lot to relish in this book, including the stellar writing, the entertaining and plot-driven dialogues, the pervading atmosphere of danger that the author creates, and the spell that comes through the entire story. Daniel Greene has just earned another fan in me.