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The Breakers Series: Books 1-3 (Breakers #1-3)

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In the Breakers series, humanity faces not one apocalypse, but two: first a lethal pandemic, then a war against those who made the virus. This collection includes the first three books and is over 1000 pages (350,000 words) of post-apocalyptic survival.


In New York, Walt Lawson is about to lose his girlfriend Vanessa. In Los Angeles, Raymond and Mia James a
Kindle Edition, 1096 pages
Published August 1st 2013 by Edward W. Robertson
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Oct 22, 2013 Chris rated it it was amazing

With Apocalypses aplenty available from numerous authors these days, Ed Robertson manages something all too rare--a new take on an old genre--in his Breakers series. I won’t bother recounting the plot here--you can read that for yourself in the book description. And as I write this, the three-volume Breakers compilation (which includes Breakers, Melt Down, and Knifepoint) is available for 99 cents from Amazon (Kindle edition). Talk about value for your reading dollar!

What kept me turning the pag
Matt Krieg
May 24, 2014 Matt Krieg rated it it was ok
Shelves: stopped-reading
Halfway through the second book I have yet to find a character I care about... I'm gonna call it quits on this series.
Sep 18, 2014 Colin rated it liked it
As with so many freebies, this is actually decent writing in desperate need of decent editing. It feels a couple of rewrites away from actually being quite good.

Book one uses two protagonists in alternating chapters, following independent stories that inevitably intertwine. Not startling, but structurally solid enough. The problem is that the two stories are basically asynchronous - the chronology doesn't match. Irritating early on, a much more serious problem as the threads draw together. The
Lindsey Brooks
Feb 05, 2017 Lindsey Brooks rated it did not like it
Really bad. Far too wordy, and heavily over-descriptive, with long, rambling chunks of info-dump about the characters and their backgrounds to try, mostly unsuccessfuly, to give them some depth. The author appears determined to always use ten words where one would do, resulting in the narrative moving very slowly. This is not at all a fast-moving tale! The characterization is poor, which makes the protaganists themselves uninteresting and I was very soon hoping they would all catch the virus so ...more
Sean Scoles
Nov 14, 2015 Sean Scoles rated it liked it
This omnibus, overall, is actually pretty well done. The plots moves along, it's fairly unique for the genre, well written, etc.

My biggest issue is the dialogue. Every character is a smart ass at all times. Every sentence is a 'clever' retort or sarcastic observation. There is practically no genuine conversation in the entirety of the series. Characters that appear for an entire book, a chapter, even paragraphs, they all have the same smarmy attitude. Gun in there face, running from aliens, nurs
Eddie Jong
Apr 01, 2014 Eddie Jong rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
The end of the world with a difference

All too often, apocalyptic books parade a veritable army of gangsters, military types with plenty of hardware and aliens that are evil.

Not so in this book.

The story is told through the eyes of ordinary people simply trying to survive each day in a world where nothing is the same anymore. Each book is written from a different person's perspective and this allows the author to fill out the characters seamlessly, something that he does well. The main protagonis
William Amerman
Jun 27, 2014 William Amerman rated it really liked it
I've read through a lot of post apocalyptic books lately. Most of them, I can't even finish. Either the characters are unlikable, the plot is boring or there are so many typos and grammatical errors that I'm frequently pulled outside of the world of the story. This series, though, contains wonderful writing. Just enough description mixed with characters I care about. As a writer myself, I have an appreciation for many of the subtleties that this author nails.
I read the first three in this series
Kate Aldrich
Nov 08, 2013 Kate Aldrich rated it really liked it
Another apocalypse series. REALLY good. Read all three books quickly because I couldn't put it down. Psyched to see there's a fourth book in the series!
Chuck Heikkinen
May 28, 2017 Chuck Heikkinen rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Earth is invaded by octopus-like aliens, but not before they have released a deadly virus that kills almost every inhabitant. Island groups of survivors assemble and some offer resistance. The main characters include a devil-may-care type who ends up accomplishing incredible feats, even when he's just trying to survive. A young-teen girl determined to avenge her parents' deaths from the plague arises in book 3. One anticipates book 4 with the question of what's next.
May 09, 2017 Angela rated it it was ok
Finally finished this trilogy. No idea why because I didn't care for it. Book 2 was definitely the best. Glad I can finally move on to something else!
debbie green
Dec 01, 2016 debbie green rated it it was amazing
Great story line

Really enjoyed all the layers of this series if books and the main character Walt who just always managed to get out of sticky situations.
june's 3rd Kindle
Nov 13, 2016 june's 3rd Kindle rated it it was amazing
Fantastic read

These books are like your wedding day Well planned ,exciting with a few ups and downs and something you didn't want to end
May 28, 2017 John rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Not the type of book I normally read, but this is well written. And I really got into the characters.
May 14, 2017 Diane rated it really liked it
Enjoyable read

Loved the first two books. The third was hard to get into due to Raina's unusual mindset. But this was an entertaining read, overall. Well written and unique.

After reading the prequel/short story Outcome I have to say that I was pretty impressed about this story and looking forward seeing how it would progress in the full length. Now the problem was that the blurb gives certain things away (view spoiler).

Breakers (1)

But to the book itself:

Part 1 was slow but good enough to keep going. One major problem that I had with the story was that I only cared for one particular character (not good (view spo
Mar 10, 2017 Beth added it
just not my genre
Robert Harvey
Mar 05, 2017 Robert Harvey rated it liked it
I rather like the plot device used by this author in this trilogy. Basically he takes two characters and then presents their view of events in the present tense. By carefully interweaving the two related stories the whole book is moved forward without need for for any large blocks of narrative. Unfortunately, this device leads to a very predictable structure that I found detracting. This is why I have only rated the trilogy at three stars. Individually I think that I would have rated each book a ...more
Aug 23, 2015 Ellie rated it really liked it
I picked these up on a whim for free on my kindle and ended up really enjoying them.
A post apocalyptic series that introduces aliens, The Breakers series is a great read which plays around well with different characters and storylines.
I did find it a little difficult to get into the story of the characters when each book began (and the changing characters aspect is quite tricky to come to grips with)but for the most part, the different characters were interesting and well thought out. There was
Oct 03, 2015 Jo rated it it was amazing
As an avid reader of dystopian fiction, I was rather intrigued by the description of this series. The idea of not one but two apocalypses being brought to bear on an unsuspecting global population struck me as ambitious. However, the author managed to weave these two events with such mastery that I was held spellbound through each of three parts of this fantastic trilogy.

What I particularly liked is that the story is told from different points of view. Reminiscent of the style of George R Martin
danny chaddock
Feb 15, 2017 danny chaddock rated it liked it
Not bad, not bad, it was a little off beat.

The story line is not what I expected but Mr Robertson did indeed expand the characters and I felt sad as some are killed off good writing.
Sep 12, 2016 PAUL rated it really liked it
Great read

I enjoyed this trilogy very much. It is well written and keeps you guessing till the very end. Mr Robertson has Very vivid imagination. Would recommend this book to everyone.
Mark Everett
Dec 07, 2014 Mark Everett rated it really liked it
The plot and subplots are always interesting, full of twists and reversals, and there is two of them always on. The author makes sure you want to read the next chapter all the time.

The pre-post apocalypthical transitions are crafty; the author takes the reader from normal life to a violent tribal world quite naturally. The characters are likeable, although a regularity in the humorous remarks and core reactions of heroes and villains with widely differing traits, origins and ages stands out; a c
Jan 01, 2015 Kathy rated it it was amazing
I was not really excited about this series; my tastes in apocalyptic stories tends to run toward natural and social/cultural disaster, not aliens. But I have been pleasantly surprised. The story is logical and well developed; the characters are engaging; the writing is clear, understandable, and relatively error free. This is a broad, sweeping epic that moves to the point of view of multiple characters. However, unlike many stories, each of these characters is created in depth and with detail - ...more
Diane Catalano
Jun 14, 2016 Diane Catalano rated it it was amazing
The books keep you reading and not wanting to stop! I love how the author goes from one set of people and different locations and how it relates into one big story how people try to survive a world in chaos from a unknown virus and its source. The plot unwinds to a great story of aliens and why they want the earth. Many wonderful twists and turns in the series! I loved it!!

You will learn of a young man befriends aliens and how he changes, a man who will stand up for the world and do the impossib
Apr 20, 2015 Tiffany rated it liked it
Another apocalyptic set of stories - but this one has a bit of a twist, I won't say more as I don't want to give anything away. I really enjoyed how the books started but found it a bit let interesting as I progressed through them. They were still a good read...but not something I would read over and over again. I picked this up from Amazon for just 99 cents...for all three! I was pleasantly surprised to get such a nice read for so little of a price. Definitely worth it - if you are looking for ...more
Jul 17, 2016 Darlene rated it it was amazing

I bought this addressable ago and promptly forgot about it. Wow, was unsurprised to learn it was about an alien invasion. The whole first section of the first bookshelves no indication. Talk about a plot twist. I thought the series was good. A little gross at times. My favorite character, Walt, was just so human, in a world turned upside by aliens. He ran the gamut of emotions just like any one of us would. Which was quite the opposite of some of the other characters that fed, for exampl
Jun 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
I bought the Breakers series, but didn't make it thru the first book. I read about half of the first book, Boring. failed to grab my interest. Didn't like the characters. Deleted.
This book was so hard to get through, the descriptions were too long and frankly much of it did not make any sense. I found myself having to reread paragraphs to try and picture what was going on. first book started off good but as it went on I realize it was just a waste of my time I never made it to the second book. I
Natalie Walters
Jan 16, 2014 Natalie Walters rated it it was amazing

There is something to be said about a quick read; Hunger Games can read in a matter of hours. Then again, a saga that takes you a little over a week? Pouring over it on your lunch break, staying up til three knowing you should just stop (because really nothing's wrapping up for quite some time) and rattling on to your coworkers about what section you are on now. I missed this book (3 books) in my life until now. I was genuinely depressed it was over... only to find out there's another bo
® Andy
Aug 27, 2015 ® Andy rated it it was amazing
What a seriously awesome trilogy! I actually picked this up for free on Amazon, but quickly found myself monstering through its 1000+ pages. Superbly written, inside a sumptuously yet tightly described contemporary world, each book is actually two books with two stories with two sets of protagonists between odd and even chapters. Characters' paths do occasionally cross, and the promise is that all with come together in the final book in the series. Oh and Edward Robertson isn't scared of bumping ...more
Nov 16, 2013 marz rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Skimmed the first and third books.

Events and the concept were very interesting and I liked seeing how different people coped with the world changing so drastically so suddenly. Just didn't care enough about the characters to devour every word in the first book. Second book was fascinating with a nice blend of finding out more about the aliens and seeing humans take advantage of each other. I cared about Tristan and Ness and what happened to them. Third book seemed to be focused on revenge and v
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Ed is the author of the post-apocalyptic Breakers series and the epic fantasy series The Cycle of Arawn. A former New Yorker and Idaho-guy, he currently lives in the LA area. His short fiction has appeared in a whole bunch of magazines and anthologies.
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Other Books in the Series

Breakers (8 books)
  • Breakers (Breakers, #1)
  • Melt Down (Breakers, #2)
  • Knifepoint (Breakers, #3)
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