Breakthrough: The Adventures of Chase Manhattan (The Breakthrough Trilogy, #1)
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Breakthrough: The Adventures of Chase Manhattan (The Breakthrough Trilogy #1)

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The Information Age is moving at breakneck speed. Breakthroughs in areas of science that were once fodder for science fiction are now becoming part of our everyday life.

A group of graduate students from Massachusetts Institute of Technology has stolen a breakthrough in opening and stabilizing Einstein-Rosen Bridges, commonly known as wormholes, that allows them to instantl...more
Kindle Edition, 424 pages
Published July 20th 2010 by Self Published (first published December 31st 2008)
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Sheila
Exciting science fiction with a reluctantly heroic protagonist, Stephen Tremp’s Breakthrough looks at the downside of a great scientific breakthrough given into the wrong hands. Thoroughly detailed science is paired with carefully elucidated character descriptions, backstories and conversations, making the storyline easy to visualize—a whole TV series in a book perhaps. But of course, like so many TV series these days, it ends unfinished, inviting the reader to look for the sequel.

A lecture on w...more
Clarissa Draper
My Thoughts: I was fortunate to review chapter 58 of this novel about a month ago and from what I read, I was addicted. From the very first chapter until the end I was mesmerized. The action keeps going and going like an Energizer Bunny.

I like books with a lot of action but I think the best thing about the novel was the things I learned about science. Tremp talks about complex subjects explored by Einstein and make them fascinating. Parallel universes and time travel. How it could work and how i...more
Trisha
It took me a long, long time to finish this book, but that was only because I started it, read a few chapters, and then read lots of other books before picking it back up. Anyway ... here's my review.

Story:
I read another review that summed the story up quite well - it's sort of a James Bond deal but with sciencey nerdiness (which I love!) culminating in wormholes. Yes, they exist and they are safe to use (if you only know the trick of how). But the story involves a struggle between the "good guy...more
Sarah Baethge
Breakthrough: The Adventures of Chase Manhattan by Stephen Tremp is a fun, modern day science fiction story. As all described seems to be practically possibly, it left me with the eerie feeling that such events could happen right now, even though many people would quickly dismiss the story as nothing more than fantasy.

Although they run together, the story seems to come in two parts; at first it is described how a small group of sinister scientists at MIT are using stolen technology to manipulat...more
Christine Rains
It's now possible to travel through a wormhole. It's a scientific breakthrough that will change everything. IF it falls into the right hands. Chase Manhattan is determined to see that the wrong people don't get a chance to use it for nefarious purposes. He meant to help out a respected professor framed for murder and ends up caught in a plot to bring down the greatest powers in the world. With the help of his friends, Chase must fight for possession of the suitcases that act as anchors for a wor...more
Stephen Tremp
Oct 16, 2010 Stephen Tremp rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so I'm biased. Here we go:

A scientific breakthrough of such magnitude it could radically alter the future of humanity—for better or worse—is in the wrong hands.

The Information Age is moving at breakneck speed. Breakthroughs in areas of science that were once fodder for science fiction are now becoming part of our everyday life.

A group of graduate students from Massachusetts Institute of Technology has stolen a breakthrough in opening and stabilizing Einstein-Rosen Bridges, commonly known...more
Helen
Breakthrough is sort of a scientific James Bond book. Chase Manhattan has money, brains, beautiful evil women who have sex with him, then try to kill him, the martial arts skills and quick thinking to equal his adversaries, and a crew of friends willing to back him up and even go into the fire with him.

You don’t have to worry that you might get lost in the technology of wormholes. Tremp keeps it understandable and since the M.I.T. group has already accomplished transporting through space, there...more
Michael Offutt
As a thriller, Mr. Tremp's "Breakthrough" kept me engaged from beginning to end. The two best developed characters are Chase Manhattan and Staci, but many of the side characters have their own unique spin. I enjoyed the fight scenes which were numerous and well written, and Staci makes an excellent villain.

This book has ninjas, super science, terrorism, and a few pop culture references. If I were to offer any criticism, it would be that this book needs a legitimate ending, stop making villains m...more
Marvin
In a world about to be radically changed by a scientific discovery that will trump for good or evil purposes, a power-play struggle unfolds with breakneck speed and riveting drama in Stephen Tremp’s novel, Breakthrough. Young, handsome, worldly, smart, and a heroically capable swashbuckler, Chase Manhattan, and his team risk their lives and match wits with an equally talented and formidable band of opponents. Using the very scientific breakthrough being fought over to their exclusive advantage,...more
Susan Swiderski
There's enough adrenaline-pumping action in this book to keep any reader interested. There's martial arts-filled fights, wild chases, mysterious murders, and danger out the wazoo... oh, and did I mention the assassin who wreaks havoc with the help of a ... wormhole? Fascinating stuff, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

To be perfectly honest, I might have scored this book higher if I weren't such a nitpicker. I found the writing to be a tad stiff and awkward in spots, and there were also some minor spe...more
Lisa Vooght
I've just begun dipping my toe into the sci-fi waters, and Breakthrough was a good start. There's plenty of action from the first page, and the core concept of travel through wormholes was laid out in an accessible fashion (I didn't do well in physics class, so this was a plus for me). In fact, one of the things I liked best was that the book was obviously well researched, as well as having a premise which was believable.

Chase Manhattan, our handsome intelligent professor, is in pursuit of an or...more
Cheryl Morgan
For a thriller, this book is ok. The writer obviously loves writing in this genre and spent a lot of time researching his subject. However, I found the fight scenes way overdone which overrode the suspense chapters a bit. I also thought he failed to develop his secondary characters to a level where you had a clue what they were about. In fact, the only two characters he did spend time on were Chase & Staci, and he could have done much more with Staci. My biggest issue with this book is the e...more
C.M. Brown
Stephen Tremp's first novel in The Adventures of Chase Manhattan, 'Breakthrough,' is a fast paced read, filled with technical espionage, martial arts, guns, love, sex, murder and the desperate struggle of three couples as they try to overcome a crazy man and his team of intellectual misfits from committing further atrocities, to keep a newly developed technology from being exploited by a corrupt corporate world.

Chase Manhattan, is a egregious character, which one just can't help but fall in love...more
Nick Wilford
I really enjoyed this first novel in the Breakthrough trilogy. Mr Tremp has pulled off a first-rate thriller with action scenes that keep you on the edge of your seat, and the book is paced well so although things keep moving forward, the high-octane thrills are not so constant as to be overwhelming. It is true that the book ends very suddenly, and I was expecting something more of a resolution, however I now can't wait to read the next book! I also found the science elements to be intriguing, a...more
Karen
Nov 25, 2010 Karen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: indie-books
Chase Manhattan is a young physics professor at UC-Irvine who gets himself into interesting and dangerous situations, like a modern day Indiana Jones. He and his circle of friends travel the continent to stop a group of M.I.T. students who are using a breakthrough in physics to murder, and change the world as we know it.

Chase and his friends take you on a roller coaster ride of intrigue, romance, fights, murder and technology that keep the pages turning. This book starts at a fast pace and keep...more
Len
Full of heart-stopping action! Lots of chasing, suspense-filled book. If you love Angelina Jolie's Lara Croft, you'll see a few Lara Croft-like women in this novel by Stephen Tremp. Chase Manhattan, the main character, is surrounded by them.

What makes it interesting is how well-researched the book is. It is amazing how it tells about parallell universes, wormholes, time and space. It left me wondering, asking myself the 'hows' and 'what-ifs.' I love this kind of story. It's fast-paced. Yes, the...more
Donna
To say this book is action packed doesn't begin to do it justice. Breakthrough is an amazing novel of suspense, intrigue and martial arts entertainment. The character of Chase Manhattan (yes that's his real name) reminded me of Harrison Ford's Indiana Jones character. He's a professor of physics by day and a wild rip roaring action adventure hero by night (or when not in the classroom). This novel, the first in a series, is a thrilling roller coaster ride across America. I enjoyed this book and...more
Talli Roland
Wow, what an action-filled novel! It started with a bang, and the gripping scenes just kept on coming. While I'm not generally a reader of action-based books, Tremp hooked me in and I kept turning the pages for more. I can definitely see this novel as a popular movie - it's brimming with heroes and high stakes. I definitely recommend 'Breakthrough' for those who like their fiction with a fast-paced plot.
Dan
I will admit I didn't come close to finishing this book. After 11 of the 78 chapters I simply gave up. Every paragraph might as well be an entry into the annual Bullwer-Lytton Fiction Contest it's so poorly written. Even after having read that far I couldn't tell you what the premise of the book is, though I could easily espouse on the stilted, puerile dialogue and the vapid exposition. Beyond yawn.
Hart Johnson
This was a fast moving book with great plot twists, a lot of realistic action, and wonderful tension. Tremp convincingly displays expertise in domains of physics, martial arts, and a number of others.

Characterisation was a little 'Hollywood' for my taste (everyone is beautiful, good at everything and highly desirable), but it was certainly a pageturner!
Tina
This is a really smart adventure ride. Reminds me of Bourne Identity. Great action with a futuristic theme. I also love the fact that while it is the adventures of Chase Manhattan, there are other great characters.
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Stephen Tremp lives with his wife and two daughters in Mission Viejo, CA. He has a B.A. in information systems and an MBA degree in global management. Stephen has a background in information systems, management, and finance and draws from this varied and complex experiential knowledge to write one-of-a-kind thrillers.

His novels are enhanced by current events at the European Organization for Nuclea...more
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