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Rescue One: Breaking Point (Rescue One 0.5)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  27 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Antonio Baros has invented an engine that can propel a spaceship faster-than-light, but he has no idea if it works.

Fearful of losing the glory of his invention, Antonio pilots the prototype spaceship himself, with disastrous results. Alone in space, with little hope of survival, he must face his inner demons or reach his breaking point.

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Kindle Edition, 200 pages
Published April 19th 2014 by Page Up Publishing
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Joe Prentis
Apr 25, 2014 Joe Prentis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Breaking Point by Michael Gardner
A dystopian space opera

The authors of science fiction stories often deal with problem that few of us have thought about, but are interesting to read and contemplate. In Isaac Asimov’s novels, Asimov led us down the path of entertainment while dealing with the problems of space, time, and travel. His characters encountered difficulties such as, ‘how do you control a robot that has human-like intelligence.’ These are the things upon which great science fiction stor
Michael Andrews
May 28, 2014 Michael Andrews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Roll on the first book proper!!

I bought this book as I had seen it on Goodreads and I liked the front cover, it grabbed me straight away and as a fan of sci-fi, I thought, heck why not!!

I read another review comparing it to the Star Trek universe and I can see where he was coming from in that this is the Star Trek First Contact to the next set of films.

This prequel sets the background to how humanity discover faster than light space flight and the main protagonist is someone that you want to lik
Lita Burke
Jun 14, 2014 Lita Burke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rescue One: Breaking Point by Michael Gardner is a science fiction short story about Antonio, a scientist turned astronaut, who takes a maiden flight on an experimental spaceship.

Brilliant inventor Antonio Baros is so sure of his faster-than-light technology that he spares no political maneuvering to win the notoriety of being the space ship’s first pilot. Finally getting his way, Antonio straps in and takes this historic thirty-second trip. To die on the flight would have been bad enough. Survi
Alex Flyn
May 02, 2014 Alex Flyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a short story, but it will seem like you will have lived a whole life along with the main character.

Extremely emotional, sometimes even painfully so, this story will take you on a journey of discovery, success and failure, all at the same time. Personally, I went through all five stages of grief with the main character while reading it, hoping for a happy ending. In terms of emotions, this book delivers and does not disappoint.
Mar 08, 2015 Chotley rated it really liked it
Author Gardner uses this short story to set up the universe for his full-length novel, Rescue One. It doesn't feel like space opera, in which tech is treated more like magic than science. This is thoughtful science fiction. At the same time, it doesn't bog down to explain ad nauseum how all the science works.

The main character, Antonio Baras, was not the most likeable guy. Yes, bureaucracies are a royal pain, and Baras sees how important it is for all mankind that his new drive system work, but
Alasdair Shaw
Apr 19, 2015 Alasdair Shaw rated it liked it
A short story telling the tale of humanity’s first attempt at FTL travel. It focuses on the travails of the lead scientist of the project from inception to test flight.

I particularly liked the scientist’s rivalry, and eventual victory over, the assigned test pilot. As a physicist the tendency of the public to remember the person who sat in the cockpit pressing buttons over the person who actually designed and built the system rings true.
Some of the little details also remind me of things I’ve en
Aug 13, 2016 Bruce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The prequel to the up and coming novel, Rescue One, "Breaking Point" lays the foundation about what is to come.

The stage is set in an interesting format in the prequel, and a major character is introduced. We watch a type of "Star-Trek: First Contact" type of spin on an experiment that will ultimately help humanity speed through the universe.

The writing style was good, and I only found a few typos. However, I wondered at the need for this prequel as a separate story. In other words, why not sim
Shannon Haddock
Jun 15, 2014 Shannon Haddock rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very good, if rather short, story. I know it’s a short story, but it felt like it could’ve easily been a bit longer, like some of the flashback bits could’ve done with a bit more fleshing out. I liked the main character, especially that he was far from perfect while still being competent. I liked that it starts with things going wrong and then flashes back to how the experiment got funded and whatnot, instead of moving chronologically. Really, my only complaint is that it was so very ...more
L. Sengul
Sep 02, 2016 L. Sengul rated it liked it
This short story is based on Antonio a scientist who designed a space craft that travels faster than light. The story is about him wanting to be recognised for what he has built and sabotages other pilots careers to ensure that he becomes his own test pilot. I liked the writing style. However i felt it lacked further insight into Antonio's grand plan but perhaps that is the point of a short story. It was a good read.
Wilde Sky
Jun 28, 2014 Wilde Sky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A scientist develops a faster than light drive, but his hubris makes him risk everything.

I found this Sci-Fi story very interesting / clever, especially for a short story.

If you enjoy Sci-Fi this short story is definitely one to read.
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I’m a writer from Aotearoa, Land of the Long White Cloud, better known as New Zealand. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. My first work, aged two, was written in red crayon on the kitchen wall. It wasn’t well-received. Since then I have been working on my craft to better please my readers, because without a reader, an author is nothing.

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