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Breakthrough
     

Breakthrough

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by Stephen Tremp
 

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In a world where the Information Age is moving at breakneck speed, breakthroughs in areas of science that were once fodder for science fiction are now becoming a part of our everyday life.

A group of graduate students from Massachusetts Institute of Technology have stolen a breakthrough in opening and stabilizing Einstein-Rosen Bridges, or wormholes, as they are

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In a world where the Information Age is moving at breakneck speed, breakthroughs in areas of science that were once fodder for science fiction are now becoming a part of our everyday life.

A group of graduate students from Massachusetts Institute of Technology have stolen a breakthrough in opening and stabilizing Einstein-Rosen Bridges, or wormholes, as they are commonly known, that allows them to transport people from one location to another. Their goal is to assassinate any powerful politician and executive controlling the world's banking system that would use this technology for their own greedy gain rather than the advancement of mankind.

Meanwhile, in south Orange County, California, young Chase Manhattan, part of a new breed of modern-day discovery seekers, seeks to leave behind his life of danger and adventure and settle down as an associate professor of physics at UC-Irvine in Orange County. He also desires to build a relationship with the beautiful girl he has not seen since high school.

But within days, he uncovers the diabolical scheme on the other side of the country and finds himself the one person who can prevent more murders from happening and ultimately destroy the technology. However, once the MIT group realizes Chase and his friends have the ability and motivation to not only take the breakthrough technology from them, but also thwart more killings, Chase soon finds himself in their crosshairs, the latest target on their list of assassinations.

As the death toll mounts, Chase and his friends must battle this group of ambitious graduate students from MIT on both coasts and in cyberspace in a race to control or destroy this breakthrough that threatens to drastically change life as we know it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780595474004
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/31/2008
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
0.93(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)

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Breakthrough 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book to read... fun, exciting and captivates you from the moment it starts. Chase, the main character, is likable and funny and has amazing talents. This is a fun adventure that is timely in nature to todays world of technology!
MadMike More than 1 year ago
A timely book that speaks to our generation with its technological breakthroughs and the struggle to use it for good or for evil. The concepts were well researched. What I liked most were the refreshing characters. Its time to read about new good guys with diverse personalities who somehow find a way to work together. Same with the bad guys. Lots of action with terrific character buildup combined with twists in the plot. Never a dull moment.

I also liked the discriptions of Boston, MA and Orange County, CA. I've been to Orange County and appreciate the attention to detail in the cities and establishments the story takes place. Really looking forward to the next book.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
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 wormholes sets the scene, introducing the concepts fairly simply but probably causing frustration for serious students of the subject. Dialog is natural and complete, as are the actions. Carefully choreographed fight scenes invite equally careful reading (maybe TV’s easier), and well-constructed backstories ensure the characters are well-rounded and their actions fully and convincingly motivated. “Sweet butter-basted Main lobster” makes the mouth water, while occasional prayer invites meditation and “the element of total shock and awe” accompanies sudden destruction. Motivations are pleasingly complex and wounded by betrayal, damage is detailed down to the contents of “the gelatinized brain,” and chess masters are only abused in the metaphor once. (Aghghgh—can you tell I like chess?) In all, it’s a long detailed novel with fast action and slow buildup, a fascinating premise very carefully explained, and enjoyable characters, recommended for sci-fi enthusiasts who like a touch of modern politics and social networking. Disclosure: I’d been looking forward to reading this for a while and was lucky enough to find it when it was free.
PattyH More than 1 year ago
This thriller had me turning the pages and up late at night to keep on the trail of what would happen next to Chase Manhattan. Then when I turned the last page, Oh No! - It can't be over! I hope the next book comes out soon! I really liked how you were drawn into the lives of the characters and the twists and turns of the plot. I believe technology breakthrough is coming into our lives - ready or not. It's interesting to examine the sub plots through out this book and see the good versus evil aspects of technology depending on who has the power to use it. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and recommend it for book clubs or a summer read. Why go to the movies for a summer thriller when you've got this choice.
FayPW More than 1 year ago
The beginning was a little slow, but the detail set the stage for what was to come next. I could not put the book down. I am an avid reader with a very small amout of lesuire reading time. Chase and I followed each other around, until today when all of the characters left me hanging. The next book has got to come out soon, or this reader will go absolutely nuts. I will probably read the book again, to refresh all of the minute details until Book II comes out. The new technology, teamwork, and ideas used kept this reader waiting for the next book. WHEN?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book. The whole worm hole idea was very interesting. The characters are easy to connect with - keeps you rooting for the good guys! Excitement runs through the story. End leaves you hanging... waiting in great anticipation for sequal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago