The Break Line

The Break Line Officially Max McLean doesn t exist The British government denies all knowledge of the work he does on their behalf to keep us safe But Max and his masters are losing faith in each other And they ve

  • Title: The Break Line
  • Author: James Brabazon
  • ISBN: 0718186230
  • Page: 256
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Officially, Max McLean doesn t exist The British government denies all knowledge of the work he does on their behalf to keep us safe But Max and his masters are losing faith in each other And they ve given him one last chance to prove he s still their man.Sent to a military research facility to meet a former comrade in arms, Max finds the bravest man he ever knew locked Officially, Max McLean doesn t exist The British government denies all knowledge of the work he does on their behalf to keep us safe But Max and his masters are losing faith in each other And they ve given him one last chance to prove he s still their man.Sent to a military research facility to meet a former comrade in arms, Max finds the bravest man he ever knew locked up for his own protection His friend lost his mind during an operation in West Africa The reason Absolute mortal terror.Max is determined to find out why.Ahead lies a perilous, breathtaking mission into the unknown that will call into question everything that Max once believed in.Acting alone, without back up, Max lands in Sierra Leone with his friend s last words ringing in his ears They re coming, Max They re coming The Break Line is a debut dripping with authenticity and menace Smart, unputdownable and packed with irresistible set pieces and jaw dropping plot twists, this is a thriller like no other Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover Published July 26th 2018 by Michael Joseph More Details ISBN 0718186230 ISBN13 9780718186234 Series Max McLean 1 Other Editions 6 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Break Line, please sign up

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Max McLean is an assassin working for British Intelligence in a group of like individuals called the Unknown Fast paced, with plenty of plot twists, The Break Line is a great start to a new series for those that enjoy a lot of action Max is sent to Sierra Leone where all hell is breaking loose There is something terrifying going on in the jungles of West Africa Max gets into plenty of trouble with CIA, the Russians, West African rebels, and Israel s intelligence service.Brabazon does a wonderful job with details His writing shows his knowledge about West Africa If you like a good action thriller, sit down and take a ride with Max McLean You won t be disappointed.4 out of 5 starsThanks to Berkeley Publishing and Elisha Katz for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.Publication Date January 15, 2019 flag 82 likesLike see review View all 46 comments Susan Sorry Paula, I meant West Africa, where the story was based Jan 31, 2019 10 14PM Paula Kalin Susan wrote Sorry Paula, I meant West Africa, where the story was based I knew that s what you meant, Susan Nice of you to send a note of co Susan wrote Sorry Paula, I meant West Africa, where the story was based I knew that s what you meant, Susan Nice of you to send a note of correction Feb 01, 2019 01 44AM Oct 05, 2018 Jeffrey Keeten rated it really liked it Shelves thriller, africa, unnatural appetites Almost every day began like that, robbed of clarity by a night of searing dreams It was easier waking up in the war Any war At least I knew where I was then Maximilian McLean has a problem He makes a decision that goes against his orders He lets a target live A woman who does not fit the profile he has been given, but she has seen his face, so by protocol she is supposed to die anyway He lets her live because he doesn t want to knowingly kill an innocent person He has been trained to k Almost every day began like that, robbed of clarity by a night of searing dreams It was easier waking up in the war Any war At least I knew where I was then Maximilian McLean has a problem He makes a decision that goes against his orders He lets a target live A woman who does not fit the profile he has been given, but she has seen his face, so by protocol she is supposed to die anyway He lets her live because he doesn t want to knowingly kill an innocent person He has been trained to kill without question, so his handlers in London are suddenly wondering if he has outlived his usefulness, which means they can promote him or kill him There seems to be some disagreement on which course is the best action They send him to one of the most dangerous spots on the planetSierra Leone A man he respects as the consummate soldier and assassin has returned from Sierra Leone a change man, broken and scared Sonny Boy had been deeply disturbed, actually driven mad by something he d encountered in country For days I had wondered what that something could have been After shining my torch on the face of the dead squaddie outside Kabala I felt one step closer to finding out A face frozen in mortal terror like that was not just uncommon in my experience it was unique So if he discovers the truth and manages to survive whatever foul incarnation is out in the jungles of Africa, will London let him live, or will they get him with a lights out bullet to the brain Who is the professor What are the Russian Spetsnaz doing out in the jungle How are the CIA connected How can the girl he let go possibly be connected to what is going on in Sierra Leone No good deed goes unpunished Can someone give Max a list of everyone trying to kill him The list is getting too long and convoluted to figure out without a large white board with arrows and lines connecting the dots So he has the professor in the sight of his scope My heart all but stopped, the beat so slow I am tethered to the bullet, my mind filled with single certainty The man is already dead even though the shot is not yet taken The target s name has already been written in the Book of the Dead Except, well, the professor isn t who he expects him to be In fact, he isn t expected to know him at all The list of madmen he personally knows is rather short because most of them are dead soon after meeting him There is hell, and then there is dousing the walls of hell with kerosene Things are getting too hot, even for a man with his skill set They are creating creatures that can upset the hierarchy of man They are something uncategorized in the animal kingdom, except in the pages of genre fiction The nearer they got, the manifest their hideousness Every muscle strained, bulged, as if fit to burst, embossed with veins that stood out like tramlines riding across sinew Their eyes were wild and rolled back, so that their irises vanished into a blur of white eyed horror And their mouths wide open, lips pulled taut sent forth waves of ululating screeches Every decision Max McLean has ever made in his life seems to be rippling forward to land on his ass while he is in the middle of the most horrendous set of circumstances that no amount of training could have prepared him for If he can survive those things in the jungle and make his way back to civilisation, will civilisation have already decided that he isn t much better than those things in the jungle Heart pounding action, with than a few tingles of apprehension that always happen to me when speculative fiction borders on the possible The writing style of James Brabazon seems stilted to me in the first few pages, but it soon becomes apparent that the style fits the nature of the book, and the rocket speed with which the plot sweeps me along shortly has me completely immersed in asking why, what, who, where, and how I know the when it happens right now in the pool of light from my reading lamp I want to thank Rafa Ashraf and Berkley Publishing for supplying me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at flag 86 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Oct 27, 2018 Zoeytron rated it liked it review of another edition Max McLean is a member of an elite group of operatives working for British intelligence, paradoxically known as the Unknown In essence, these operatives do not exist An assassin deviates from the rules, a decision that will come back to bite him Meanwhile, there has been some sort of a horrible outbreak in Sierra Leone Who are the men, and which ones are the monsters Vengeance is being wreaked even as the smell of peppermint wafts in the air This techno thriller started off slowly Max McLean is a member of an elite group of operatives working for British intelligence, paradoxically known as the Unknown In essence, these operatives do not exist An assassin deviates from the rules, a decision that will come back to bite him Meanwhile, there has been some sort of a horrible outbreak in Sierra Leone Who are the men, and which ones are the monsters Vengeance is being wreaked even as the smell of peppermint wafts in the air This techno thriller started off slowly for me, but I became substantially invested as the story moved forward There is a ton of information regarding ballistics and the requisite acronyms that are associated with this type of read, not my favorite, but apt to be a plus for many Thank you to the publisher for a copy to read in exchange for a review flag 49 likesLike see review View all 13 comments Anita Parsley Sounds intriguing Gotta check this one out Jan 31, 2019 08 33PM Zoeytron Anita wrote Sounds intriguing Gotta check this one out Good deal, Anita Hope you enjoy Feb 01, 2019 04 33AM Jul 25, 2018 Lou rated it it was amazing This was one of my most anticipated thrillers of 2018 and so I nearly fainted when I nabbed an early copy This is a difficult book to review without giving away major parts of the plot so I will be keeping my review succinct in order to avoid spoiling it for any potential readers who happen upon this I knew this was right up my alley when I came across it many months ago online after the synopsis that grabbed my attention.Wow, if this is what Brabazon can deliver I am super stoked as to what i This was one of my most anticipated thrillers of 2018 and so I nearly fainted when I nabbed an early copy This is a difficult book to review without giving away major parts of the plot so I will be keeping my review succinct in order to avoid spoiling it for any potential readers who happen upon this I knew this was right up my alley when I came across it many months ago online after the synopsis that grabbed my attention.Wow, if this is what Brabazon can deliver I am super stoked as to what is to come I love a fantastic political espionage thriller and this has all the right plot elements to make it truly unputdownable perilous missions, a complex main characters in Max Mclean and visits to dangerous countries that are limited in terms of law and order The Break Line is one of the best thrillers I have read so far this year and I know it will be in my top books of 2018 It is that majestic, smart and authentic that it simply has to feature I see others have complained about the violence involved in the plot but I don t feel it can ever be labelled as gratuitous and always fits the story well There were plenty of plot twists thoroughout too, this is a gruesome and dizzying page turner.A genuinely mindblowing adventure and I cannot wait to read Brabazon s next offering I wouldn t miss it and I hope we don t have to wait too long before being able to indulge again See, i m already impatient The author delivers a stunning thriller with considerable aplomb On my list of favourite authors you go Mr Brabazon.Don t take my word for it grab a copy I hate it when I feel like no matter what I write even if I literally gush as I am doing here I cannot get across just how much I appreciated this one Tasty Many thanks to Penguin UK Michael Joseph for an ARC I was not required to post a review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own flag 37 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 16, 2019 Brenda Traveling Sister rated it really liked it 3.5 starsNow Available The Break Line is a fast paced complex political spy thriller with plenty of action and violence to get your heart pounding There are some gasp worthy moments that could get your adrenaline going or leaving you gasping in shock and needing some recovery time before continuing James Brabazon creates a fascinating character here with our smart, cold and dangerous assassin Max McLean who grows a conscience and starts doubting his orders Max is quite the hardcore character 3.5 starsNow Available The Break Line is a fast paced complex political spy thriller with plenty of action and violence to get your heart pounding There are some gasp worthy moments that could get your adrenaline going or leaving you gasping in shock and needing some recovery time before continuing James Brabazon creates a fascinating character here with our smart, cold and dangerous assassin Max McLean who grows a conscience and starts doubting his orders Max is quite the hardcore character The tension rises and it becomes unpredictably interesting as Max starts to question his mission James Brabazon really knows how to draw you right into the action with those vivid descriptions to the setting as well The story is quite vivid with those combat scenes and at times took on a theatrical feel for me Things started to move quite fast for me and there is no holding back on some of the gore to the violence I started to get a little lost with the pace and I became a bit distracted while reading and some of those gory scenes left my mind wandering away from the violence I highly recommend for readers who like an action packed and fast paced spy thriller It s sure to satisfy Thank you so much to Elisha at Berkley Publishing Group for the opportunity to read an advance reading copy of this novel flag 27 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Jaline Fabulous review, Brenda Jan 31, 2019 07 43PM Julie Excellent review, Brenda Jan 31, 2019 08 30PM Apr 24, 2018 Emma rated it liked it review of another edition This Rollins esque offering is part Hitman, part archaeological bio tech thriller with some energetically described violence and a big dollop of horror It s fun and a bit silly, though if you ve got no stomach for detailed gore, this definitely isn t for you It ticks a lot of boxes crazy scientists Russian special forces ancient bio hazards infected supermen who just might eat your face etc etc Even so, there s a stiltedness to the language which really stops the flow and some bits t This Rollins esque offering is part Hitman, part archaeological bio tech thriller with some energetically described violence and a big dollop of horror It s fun and a bit silly, though if you ve got no stomach for detailed gore, this definitely isn t for you It ticks a lot of boxes crazy scientists Russian special forces ancient bio hazards infected supermen who just might eat your face etc etc Even so, there s a stiltedness to the language which really stops the flow and some bits that feel slooooow Overall, it s not quite there yet, something to pass the time, but not a book to inspire true love ARC via Netgalley flag 20 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Jan 08, 2019 Steven rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves sci fi superheroes, mystery thriller mayhem, netgalley or publisher, read in 2019 Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.That was one crazy ride The last 40% was intense, fast paced, and action packed The first 60% not as much There was some action, but it was a slow, slow burn.I probably would have enjoyed this one a lot if the book hadn t pitched to me because of my love of James Rollins novels It was very different from those, but the whole time I was expecting it to involve history, archaeology, tec Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.That was one crazy ride The last 40% was intense, fast paced, and action packed The first 60% not as much There was some action, but it was a slow, slow burn.I probably would have enjoyed this one a lot if the book hadn t pitched to me because of my love of James Rollins novels It was very different from those, but the whole time I was expecting it to involve history, archaeology, techonology, science but it really was just a spy assassin thriller with some horror sci fi elements thrown in Because of this preset expectation, I think I enjoyed this less than I would have had I just picked it up for what it was Don t get me wrong, I still ended up on the positive side of the fence when it came to liking the book, but I can t give it as many stars because I only liked it instead of loving it.I think fans of spy and assassin thrillers or action movies with sci fi esque twists will love this one Jason Bourne fans will probably eat this one up For me, though, it was just an okay read 3.5 stars rounded to 4 Review to come on release Pre review Decent book, just not really like what was pitched to me so had high expectations going in 3.5 stars flag 17 likesLike see review Jan 06, 2019 Linda Strong rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley 2018, read in 2019 This is the author s debut thriller introducing Max McLean, a British Intelligence Operative and Assassin.Handlers send Max to Sierra Leone where he finds someone or something is slaughtering innocent villagers It s his job to find who is responsible, but maybe the London office consider him disposable.This is a rather complex spy thriller loaded with action a real page turner It s a well written scary concept with an unexpected ending.Many thanks to the author Berkley Publishin This is the author s debut thriller introducing Max McLean, a British Intelligence Operative and Assassin.Handlers send Max to Sierra Leone where he finds someone or something is slaughtering innocent villagers It s his job to find who is responsible, but maybe the London office consider him disposable.This is a rather complex spy thriller loaded with action a real page turner It s a well written scary concept with an unexpected ending.Many thanks to the author Berkley Publishing Group Netgalley for the advanced digital copy of this thriller Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own flag 17 likesLike see review Dec 23, 2018 Dave rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves penguin first to read, read borrowed The Break Line is the first in Brabazon s gritty, bloody, Max McLean espionage series Like Donald Hamilton s Max Helm, McLean is a trained killer who deals with his assignments not only with graphic violence but with an understanding of how the real world operates His world is short, nasty, and brutish McLean is a British spy, but not the suave debonair James Bond variety The story takes place in War torn Sierra Leone, a land with which Brabazon is intimately familiar, having traveled throug The Break Line is the first in Brabazon s gritty, bloody, Max McLean espionage series Like Donald Hamilton s Max Helm, McLean is a trained killer who deals with his assignments not only with graphic violence but with an understanding of how the real world operates His world is short, nasty, and brutish McLean is a British spy, but not the suave debonair James Bond variety The story takes place in War torn Sierra Leone, a land with which Brabazon is intimately familiar, having traveled through it And sadly Sierra Leone like much of Africa has been torn asunder by diseases such as a Ebola and vicious rebels who have no boundaries, no lines of decency that they are afraid to cross And, against this brutal background, the machinations of the superpowers and their allies play out Brabazon may not at this point have an extensive library, but he is clearly a force to be reckoned with flag 16 likesLike see review Jan 31, 2019 Faith rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves publisher, audio, overdrive, reviewed Max McLean has been an assassin for over 20 years He loses his anonymity when he aborts an assassination attempt, thus angering his employer MI6 He s sent on a new mission, eliminating the unidentified leader of some rebels in Sierra Leone It s also a part of the world where Ebola is a threat It turns out that there was a special reason why Max was selected for this mission What follows is a mix of British, American and Russian agents and double agents It s never really clear who s doing w Max McLean has been an assassin for over 20 years He loses his anonymity when he aborts an assassination attempt, thus angering his employer MI6 He s sent on a new mission, eliminating the unidentified leader of some rebels in Sierra Leone It s also a part of the world where Ebola is a threat It turns out that there was a special reason why Max was selected for this mission What follows is a mix of British, American and Russian agents and double agents It s never really clear who s doing what to whom, or why they are doing it The book is very fast paced and it s also quite violent His eye hung from its socket onto my cheek He was bleeding heavily from his mouth, nose and ears hemorrhaging into his throat and onto my face Max is an invincible hero who single handedly defeats the bad guys It became a little cartoonish and unbelievable when Max discovers his target and the underlying mystery that Max uncovers in Africa would also fit into the Marvel Comics universe The book held my interest and reminded me of books written by James Rollins with a mix of action and pseudoscience I gather that this is the start of a series and I might read the next book I received a free copy of this book from the publisher Rating 3.5 stars flag 18 likesLike see review Felicia Uuhhhhh yeah, this is gonna be a hard pass from me Feb 01, 2019 02 30PM Faith Felicia wrote Uuhhhhh yeah, this is gonna be a hard pass from me Well, it s not like there is a shortage of other books to read Feb 01, 2019 02 44PM Dec 15, 2018 Scott rated it really liked it The Break Line is written by James Brabazon, a British award winning war journalist, documentary filmmaker, and now a debut novelist Honesty requires that I disclose I was given an advance copy of the book by the publisher with the hope that I would provide a review This was the first time I have had an opportunity to do so, and the following opinions are wholly and truly mine and mine alone No outside influence was exerted If you disagree with assessment, I am alone to blame After readin The Break Line is written by James Brabazon, a British award winning war journalist, documentary filmmaker, and now a debut novelist Honesty requires that I disclose I was given an advance copy of the book by the publisher with the hope that I would provide a review This was the first time I have had an opportunity to do so, and the following opinions are wholly and truly mine and mine alone No outside influence was exerted If you disagree with assessment, I am alone to blame After reading it, I have a one word response Wow The Break Line introduces Max Maclean, a British assassin that doesn t exist, in order to fulfill the necessary missions that involve killing terrorists and enemies of the state on behalf of leaders who need to deny knowledge From the age of 19 Max has been trained and used as a weapon to protect his country Now 23 years later he is the best assassin and operative in his country s service, a specialist member of the unknown group who operate outside the boundaries of know governmental organizations That is until he does the unthinkable, and decides to abort his mission in Caracas because he discovers his target is missing a defining scar and he holds back from killing her In espionage work, trust and obedience are key and Max has broken the rules His handlers are very unhappy and there is a price to be paid for not following through on his orders.Max is sent on a high risk mission to West Africa, where he will travel deep into the jungles of Karabunda, near the border of Guinea, to find the camp of a dangerous group of rebels who are attacking and terrorizing local towns What makes them especially dangerous is they appear to be led by an ex Russian military leader and a scientist who may be performing unknown experiments Max s mission is to find them and terminate the leader without exposing himself or using any American or other military resources When Max arrives in Sierra Leone, he finds the rebel forces are slaughtering innocent village members, including physical evidence that seems horrific Then Max discovers that someone knew he was coming and turned him into a target himself Is it possible that one of his handlers is a traitor to the crown and working against him And why is he being treated as disposable piece in the outcome of this mission Max s suicide mission will stretch him beyond anything he s ever been through, if he hopes to survive unbelievable odds, let alone find and remove his target The Break Line is a well delivered fast paced mystery and action filled adventure Brabazon is methodical and tight knit in his writing style, using his experience and background to provide a realistic feeling to all of the different settings and scenery throughout the book The plotting is exciting and moves along at a breakneck pace, with twists and surprises along the way Everything built up to a great climax, involving both lots of physical action and analytical thinking to resolve the underlying mystery I really had only one minor complaint Being an American, I found some of the British slang hard to understand, but it didn t detract in any way from the story.Most importantly, this book succeeds or fails based on the reader s reaction to the main character of Max McLean, master assassin I am sure the publisher s intent is that he will become a popular protagonist in a successful thriller series In my humble opinion, I liked Max I found him to be an interesting, multi layered, character who was well defined and kept my interest Brabazon provided him with a motivating background, depth in personality and mental aptitude, and hardcore physical prowess One outing is not enough to completely create and define the strength of an action hero, but Brabazon gets Max off to an excellent start in his first outing.I also realize something else about Brabazon s first novel I love reading Lee Child and David Baldacci In my opinion, they are two of the best writers in the thriller action series genre today Brabazon s character Max McLean reminds me a lot of Child s popular character, Jack Reacher , Baldacci s own Will Robie and John Puller , and even Ian Fleming s famous British superspy, James Bond It s not just the character resemblance either The style and plotting are similar too Brabazon s writing style is direct and straight to the point compact like that of Lee Child, and his plotting is much like that of a Baldacci book The way clues are laid out and set up for use later in the book are developed, seem relatively familiar I was about a third of the way through this book and realized that it is the kind of book that would be the result if David Baldacci and Lee Child ever collaborated together It is a beautiful blend of both their proven strengths However, let me be clear In no way is Brazabon copying them Not in any manner Rather, in my opinion, Brabazon has taken some of their strengths and combined it with his own developing skills as a writer to create a new complex action hero that is fresh, exciting, and his own person.Overall, this was a strong first outing for Brabazon and his assassin, Max McLean As for me, I cannot wait to read their next adventure As for you, I recommend getting yourself something to drink and snack on, curl up on the couch, and simply lose yourself in the joy of an excellent read and the successful debut of a new thriller hero flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 24, 2019 Susan Kennedy rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves giveaway won kevin, giveaways won all, mystery thriller espionage I really loved this book It was fast paced and action packed, full of espionage straight from an assassin I wanted to keep reading to get through it It was riveting.Max McLean is the main protagonist and I loved his character It was really engaging right from the start I m definitely a fan of this type of book and when you get a really well done book, it is hard to put it down From bullets flying to car chases, it was a great game of cat and mouse It kept me intrigued from the beginning a I really loved this book It was fast paced and action packed, full of espionage straight from an assassin I wanted to keep reading to get through it It was riveting.Max McLean is the main protagonist and I loved his character It was really engaging right from the start I m definitely a fan of this type of book and when you get a really well done book, it is hard to put it down From bullets flying to car chases, it was a great game of cat and mouse It kept me intrigued from the beginning and I was never sure exactly what would happen I never really guessed what would happen either, which I love There was a bit of language, which I expect when it is anything military I really hate when they drop the C word though I find it really disgusting, but it only happens a couple of times The F bomb is dropped through it, but it isn t so much that it is overwhelming and again, it is expected in anything that has to do with military.Other than that, the writing was well done, smooth and easy to read I enjoyed it thoroughly.My husband doesn t enjoy reading paper books, he would rather read his kindle, but knowing how much I enjoyed this one he has asked me to give it to him next This is right up his alley I think he will enjoy it too.Great read I highly recommend if you love assassin, espionage type genres flag 9 likesLike see review Oct 29, 2018 Paul rated it it was amazing Shelves crime thrillers, spy thrillers The Break Line A Brilliant Debut ThrillerThe Break Line is a brilliant debut thriller from James Brabazon and has brought his skills as a journalist and filmmaker to bear He knows how to hook a reader and keep them hovering up the pages like an addict on crack.This is one of the tautest thrillers out at the moment, dealing with the British covert operations, with a mix of Mi5 and Mi6 making an appearance Along with the unknowns British operatives who did the wet work better known as killi The Break Line A Brilliant Debut ThrillerThe Break Line is a brilliant debut thriller from James Brabazon and has brought his skills as a journalist and filmmaker to bear He knows how to hook a reader and keep them hovering up the pages like an addict on crack.This is one of the tautest thrillers out at the moment, dealing with the British covert operations, with a mix of Mi5 and Mi6 making an appearance Along with the unknowns British operatives who did the wet work better known as killings So strange it could be true, because who does really know what the secret service gets up to in the name of the British people.Max Mclean picked out at an early age to be a sniper officially did not exist according to the British government and all the relevant military arm of the country Max and his masters have started to lose faith in each other and is sent on a mission to see if he can still be trusted.He visits a comrade at arms who is in a military facility and is not well Sonny Boy was one of the bravest and strongest men he knew but was locked away rambling about they were coming for him He had been to West Africa and was suffering from mortal terror.Max heads to West Africa for his mission, alone and with no back up, when he comes face to face with the enemy he has to liquidate What he learns scares him and he has to try and get back home alive Even though there would be those who would not be too pleased to hear that he is alive and back in the UK.This really is a great thriller that will get you gripped and keep you hooked from beginning to end This is a seriously hardcore thriller, complex and a case of who is the good guy here A really brilliant debut thriller, hope there is to come flag 5 likesLike see review Nov 26, 2018 The Real Book Spy rated it it was amazing British filmmaker and author of My Friend the Mercenary 2011 , James Brabazon makes his fiction debut, introducing readers to an exciting new character cut from the same cloth as Jason Bourne To earn a license to kill, one must first be willing to kill on command, something Max McLean has never had an issue with when it comes to protecting his country For the better part of two decades, McLean has served as an assassin, working for an off the books unit buried deep within the British governme British filmmaker and author of My Friend the Mercenary 2011 , James Brabazon makes his fiction debut, introducing readers to an exciting new character cut from the same cloth as Jason Bourne To earn a license to kill, one must first be willing to kill on command, something Max McLean has never had an issue with when it comes to protecting his country For the better part of two decades, McLean has served as an assassin, working for an off the books unit buried deep within the British government Though he s one of the coldest killers in the game, there s another side to McLean too Underneath the hard boiled assassin is a man with an ever growing conscience, fueling a desire to know for certain that the men his country tasks him with eliminating are, in fact, truly bad That line of thinking leads to a botched mission in Caracas after Max fails to take out his target, prompting some to question his ability to follow orders in the field Thankfully, his superiors give him a second chance, but McLean quickly learns that the new mission is anything but straight forward The new target is a white man located in northern Sierra Leone, who is said to be leading an army that has quickly grown out of control Taking him out is a high priority, but getting deep enough into the African jungle undetected proves to be nearly impossible Worse for Max is the fact that the last man sent to kill the evil leader a man whom McLean knows and respects literally lost his mind Posing as a doctor, Max attempts to collect intel, only to have his cover blown and Continue reading this review here flag 5 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Jan 21, 2019 Mairead Hearne swirlandthread rated it really liked it HIS LAST MISSIONOUR ONLY HOPE Published on 24th January with Penguin Books The Break Line is described as a debut dripping with authenticity and menace Smart, unputdownable and packed with irresistible set pieces and jaw dropping plot twists, this is a thriller like no other This is one book that sent my imagination into overdrive Read on to see why Max McLean is a phantom operative, working in the shadows and slipping through borders unknown Max is a trained assassin, working for the Brit HIS LAST MISSIONOUR ONLY HOPE Published on 24th January with Penguin Books The Break Line is described as a debut dripping with authenticity and menace Smart, unputdownable and packed with irresistible set pieces and jaw dropping plot twists, this is a thriller like no other This is one book that sent my imagination into overdrive Read on to see why Max McLean is a phantom operative, working in the shadows and slipping through borders unknown Max is a trained assassin, working for the British government, something they will never acknowledge Max was selected from a young age and transformed into this killer, a man with no compulsion in pulling a trigger, following orders and walking away But Max challenges an order on one such mission and is recalled back to the UK to answer to his bosses This one time he did not pull the trigger This could be the moment where he has exposed his identity and is no longer of any use to his employers.Max is given one last chance to redeem himself with a job that will take him into the deepest corners of Africa, into the jungle of Sierra Leone Before he travels he is instructed to visit an old buddy, a man that Max revered almost, a man he admired This man is now locked up in an institution for his own safety and for the safety of others He is deluded He has lost his mind He is in abject terror of something or someone after returning a broken man from a recent trip to Africa Max sees the fear in his friend s eyes, the fear in his voice as he rasps They re coming Max, they re coming It is now the responsibility of Max to figure out what his friend is so afraid of and to go on an extremely dangerous mission into the heart of West Africa, a mission he is all too well aware of that he may not return from.Max McLean is a man with a past, a past he keeps close to his chest but one that had a huge impact on his formative years Growing up in Ireland, Max s parents were certainly not typical of Irish parents at the time and circumstances led him to where he finds himself now a killer, a murderer, a man with no ties, a man forever roaming the continents, fulfilling the instructions of others On arrival in West Africa, Max becomes acquainted with his appointed contact and sets about unearthing the truth behind his friend s terror As the days pass and the secrets slowly reveal themselves, Max is soon all too aware of the dangerous position he now finds himself in James Brabazon writes from experience, exposing a world of horror to his readers The descriptions are vivid very vivid, as the stench of death rises off the pages I m not going to lie to you folks, you do not want to be eating your dinner during some scenes as the imagery is quite gruesome with some very violent and vile scenes This is also quite a technical novel with descriptions of the weapons etc, at times, very intricate It is clearly obvious that James Brabazon knows what he writes about With his experience of being on the front line, he brings all his knowledge to the table and, with his own flair, takes us on a hair raising journey into the depths of the West African jungle We are plunged into a page turning race to the end as Max McLean fights for his survival with incredible strength, fortitude and bravery Max McLean has to conquer many demons on this nightmarish mission as we join him in this frightening thriller involving the CIA, MI6, SAS and of course the Russians.The Break Line is a fast paced and completely engrossing, turbulent tale of one man s heroic actions and his enduring belief that everything he does is for a greater good flag 4 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 25, 2019 The Lit Bitch rated it liked it review of another edition When I first started blogging, I wasn t reading too many thrillers, let alone government thrillers.But over the years, I have read a few here and the genre started to grown on me Since I started blogging, I have increased my thriller base substantially.Often though, I find that I am coming into a thriller series late in the game, with established characters and well developed subplots When I had the opportunity to start this government thriller from the beginning, I eagerly said yes.This is a When I first started blogging, I wasn t reading too many thrillers, let alone government thrillers.But over the years, I have read a few here and the genre started to grown on me Since I started blogging, I have increased my thriller base substantially.Often though, I find that I am coming into a thriller series late in the game, with established characters and well developed subplots When I had the opportunity to start this government thriller from the beginning, I eagerly said yes.This is a debut novel for author James Brabazon and his main character Max McLean so steaks are high for a solid introductory novel.This book was definitely on the gritty side This spy, Max McLean is far from the martini drinking, debonaire James Bond This main character is much darker and much complex.The author, James Brabazon, is a former war journalist and that absolutely shows in this book This book has a lot of detail and it is clear he knows or has done a lot of research on British covert operations and intelligence like Mi5 Mi6 I had a great deal of fun reading about these agencies and their operations One hang up I had though was some of the technical language On one hand added authenticity, but on the other hand it was a little overwhelming to the casual reader such as myself.When the book started out, it was a little on the slow side I wasn t completely invested until about 30% of the way through, then I was eager to keep reading and see how things panned out I wouldn t exactly say that the beginning was boring but it wasn t as engaging as the last half of the novel.There is also quite a bit of gore in this book As with any authentic thriller, there is a measure of violence and gore necessary to validate the realism in the story and thus is the case with this book, however for me toward the end, it started to be a little bit of overkill no pun intended.Over all this was a good debut I would recommend it to people who are fans of spy novels and government military like thrillers and covert ops.See my full review here flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 10, 2018 Kelsie rated it it was amazing review of another edition The Break Line is the first novel in the Max McLean series by award winning war correspondent, James Brabazon His military experience is readily apparent in this, his first thriller Brabazon s observations and experiences as a correspondent have certainly allowed him to add detail and depth to this political thriller Brabazon s fictional assassin is Maximilian Ivan Drax Pierpoint Mac Ghill ean, commonly known as Max McLean At age nineteen, Max is tested and deemed a legally sane psycho The Break Line is the first novel in the Max McLean series by award winning war correspondent, James Brabazon His military experience is readily apparent in this, his first thriller Brabazon s observations and experiences as a correspondent have certainly allowed him to add detail and depth to this political thriller Brabazon s fictional assassin is Maximilian Ivan Drax Pierpoint Mac Ghill ean, commonly known as Max McLean At age nineteen, Max is tested and deemed a legally sane psychopath He has been recruited into a secret unit of the British military, designated The Unknown or UKN Twenty three years in, he allows his personal feelings to sway him from completing an assignment, and it s all downhill from there Max is given one last mission before he will be allowed to leave the anonymity of the unit The plot twists begin even before he reaches Sierra Leone in West Africa, the location for his final mission Once Max locates his target he realizes that he has been betrayed He s just not sure by whom There is plenty of action for the thrill seekers At times, it reads like the car chase sequence in your favorite by the seat of your pants movie You re right there in the front row of the theater The story twists, turns, spins, upends and eventually rights itself, but Max will never be the same He now knows why his old commander advised his recruits that the day would come when the pressure of the job would bring the roof in The question is, which side of the break line will you be on The author has created a realistic character Max, the assassin, is fully developed and has a complete backstory The reader doesn t have to wonder why he became who he is The plot is amazingly intricate and utterly believable Brabazon has also done an admirable job with the scenery He has brought the jungle to life Both the terrain and the animals that reside in the darkest of places are brilliantly described and incorporated into the action.If a good book is one that grabs your attention at the beginning and holds it to the end, and you immediately know what s going on and that doesn t change how do you characterize a book that grabs and holds your attention but your opinion about what s REALLY going on constantly changes I d say I just read it, and it s not good, or even great, it s superlative This is an expertly written novel, especially for a debut in the genre Brabazon has set the bar high for himself The Break Line is a political thriller with an assassin, an action thriller with an assassin, a scientific thriller with an assassin and a medical thriller with an assassin It s actually all that and I only found one flaw in the writing Mr Brabazon assumes we ve all been in the military and will recognize the jargon, myriad acronyms, and complicated interconnections Despite the over abundance of unnecessary military speak and strategy, I rate it 5 out of 5 stars, only because that s the maximum I could give it It deserves If you re a fan of thrillers with a love him or hate him assassin, The Break Line is going to become one of your favorites If you re squeamish about extreme violence with lots of blood and guts, this is not the book for you.I was given the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book as part of Penguin s First to Read program However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone flag 4 likesLike see review Ed Excellent review Kelsie Thank you Jan 30, 2019 03 26AM Kelsie Ed wrote Excellent review Kelsie Thank you Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my review Jan 30, 2019 12 52PM Jul 20, 2018 Kate rated it really liked it Shelves favourites read in 2018, out in 2018 and read Very exciting action techno horror thriller with pages that flew through the fingers Undoubtedly very violent and gory, it has an intriguing anti hero at its heart He doesn t expect you to like him why would you but you ll certainly be rooting for him as he takes us deep into the African jungle Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 25, 2018 Cortney Sparks rated it liked it Max McLean, British intelligence operative and hardened assassin, battles a nightmarish enemy in this stunning debut thriller from an award winning war correspondent When it comes to killing terrorists, British intelligence has always had one man they could rely on Max McLean As an assassin, he s never missed, but Max has made one miscalculation and now has to pay the price His handlers send him to Sierra Leone on what seems to be a suicide mission What he finds is a horror from beyond his Max McLean, British intelligence operative and hardened assassin, battles a nightmarish enemy in this stunning debut thriller from an award winning war correspondent When it comes to killing terrorists, British intelligence has always had one man they could rely on Max McLean As an assassin, he s never missed, but Max has made one miscalculation and now has to pay the price His handlers send him to Sierra Leone on what seems to be a suicide mission What he finds is a horror from beyond his wildest nightmares Rebel forces are loose in the jungle and someone or something is slaughtering innocent villagers It s his job to root out the monster behind these abominations, but he soon discovers that London may consider him the most disposable piece of this operation The Break Line started out pretty slow for me but the further alomg I got the invested I started to be I will admit I did get confused a few times With all the technical terms used You do get a good amount of action and was an enjoyable read flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 13, 2018 Roy rated it liked it Part McNab part Rollins part Reilly Solid popcorn read about hitman military type special agent in Africa Deals with so much gore and action it becomes a little bit silly torwards the end Good fun to pass the time if you want that fluff popcorn read but not much flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 19, 2018 David Morgan rated it really liked it I survived the runaway train that is The Break Line What started out as a hired assassin story became an intriguing science fiction thriller Max McLean is an off the grid assassin for a British intelligence agency After disobeying an order to kill he is sent to Sierra Leone on what looks to be a suicide mission with no clear instructions as to what the mission really is He quickly realizes he is an expendable asset What he finds there is totally unexpected This fast paced rollercoaster rid I survived the runaway train that is The Break Line What started out as a hired assassin story became an intriguing science fiction thriller Max McLean is an off the grid assassin for a British intelligence agency After disobeying an order to kill he is sent to Sierra Leone on what looks to be a suicide mission with no clear instructions as to what the mission really is He quickly realizes he is an expendable asset What he finds there is totally unexpected This fast paced rollercoaster ride had me in it s grip from the first page and didn t let me come up for air until the final pages were read If you like a thrilling edge of your seat adventure I recommend you pick up this novel when it s released on 1 15 2019.Thank you BerkelyPub for the advance reading copy flag 1 likeLike see review Sep 06, 2018 Jay Dwight rated it liked it Plenty of action in this one, that I can picture being a big budget action film Totally unbelievable, but quite a ride flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 10, 2018 Claire Meaden rated it liked it Where to start with this review It s a tough one You see I found it quite hard to read but I don t think that is due to any lack of writing talent by James Brabazon seriously how cool is his name , but because this novel is of a genre I don t tend to read a lot and I think I came up short at times with my understanding of certain things.This is a fast paced action thriller set around a secret mission to Sierra Leone I found the first few chapters pretty hard to understand as there wa Where to start with this review It s a tough one You see I found it quite hard to read but I don t think that is due to any lack of writing talent by James Brabazon seriously how cool is his name , but because this novel is of a genre I don t tend to read a lot and I think I came up short at times with my understanding of certain things.This is a fast paced action thriller set around a secret mission to Sierra Leone I found the first few chapters pretty hard to understand as there was a lot of use of military terminology and acronyms that I simply don t know and I found myself using Google a hell of a lot to gain a better understanding of what I was reading It was either that or give up to be honest I am, however, glad that I did persevere as what unfolded was a riveting, if somewhat grim, story that ran at break neck speed towards a crescendo that, whilst being pretty unbelievable, was as brilliant as it was horrendous.We follow Max McClean, an unknown who takes on a mission that all at a higher level will deny any knowledge of should it go awry He is called to a meeting of various different leaders and briefed, minimally, on his mission to Sierra Leone where he must take out the leader of a new Russian led rebel uprising The uprising itself is cloaked in secrecy and being passed off as an outbreak of disease in order to minimise panic that the civil war which ripped the country apart in previous years might be about to return.He enters the country with little knowledge of what he is to face and with just his designated driver, Roberts, by his side he begins to discover that there is a hell of a lot to the situation than he has been told It is clear that the Russians are aware of his presence and that he, Roberts and Roberts wife are in serious danger He presses forward and finds himself faced with people who have been killed in the most horrific ways possible He must complete his mission, come what may, and prevent further massacres Ruthless himself, Max finds himself facing his own demons as he fights to carry out his duty.As always I don t want to say any about the plot What I will say is that this book is in no way for the faint hearted I ve read some gruesome stuff in my time but there are parts of this book that I found tricky to read as they are so horrific.So yes, I am a little unsure as to my ultimate conclusion on this book I had to push myself forward at times and force myself not to give up as it was just all so out of my comfort zone I am pleased I finished it though as it is good to read books that are not your usual thing sometimes and this most certainly was that The fact is that once I had pushed myself the story grabbed me by the short and curlies and said You absolutely have to finish me because I am bloody exciting and you want to know what happens It will drive you insane if you don t find out Which is basically the teller that, no matter what my reservations, it is a blinding, if slightly bonkers story that is well told by the author.Do I recommend it Only to some people If you enjoy a violent secret ops style thriller then fill your boots, you will love this crazy ride If you are not in to that kind of thing then I am not entirely sure this will be your cup of tea In the end this is a personal one, as I do think the book is very well written, so it is simply down to your preference genre wise.My thanks to NetGalley and PenguinUK for a copy of TheBreakLine in return for an honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 16, 2018 Stephen rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves giveaways Let s welcome Max McLean to the hall of badass action heroes This story, with implacable pacing and unyielding suspense, is about one man s mission into a West African hellhole.Max McLean is a British intelligence operative of 23 years A master assassin He has never missed.He is a member of an elite group known as the Unknown They are ex military and other ex agents tasked with missions that no one else can be seen to do They ultimately answer to the Foreign Office.After fouling up an op Let s welcome Max McLean to the hall of badass action heroes This story, with implacable pacing and unyielding suspense, is about one man s mission into a West African hellhole.Max McLean is a British intelligence operative of 23 years A master assassin He has never missed.He is a member of an elite group known as the Unknown They are ex military and other ex agents tasked with missions that no one else can be seen to do They ultimately answer to the Foreign Office.After fouling up an op in Venezuela, Max is called back to London post haste He has to pay the piper.McLean s handlers send him, with very little intel and an unidentified target, on a mission to an outpost in Sierra Leone He ll get one shot, at one man, to stop a war.Once in Africa, scouting the area, he discovers unspeakable atrocities Someone or something is taking out entire villages of innocents In terrifying ways.Other things he learns begin to give him the feeling that this might be a set up He s wondering who to trust, but trained professional that he is, Max carries on.When McLean finally has his hard found objective in his cross hairs, to say that he s shocked is a massive understatement What he later unearths in a bunker at the camp is the stuff of nightmares Unimaginable.This is a ferocious, hard core thriller It grabs you by the throat and doesn t let go.There are whole chapters that read like a master class on writing intense action sequences.Max is beautifully rendered as a complex character with real emotions.I realize that I ve probably rambled on a bit, but I m just trying to express how remarkable this book is.I hoping it will be the start of a great series.Bravo, James Brabazon Thanks to the author and Penguin Random House for the advance copy flag 1 likeLike see review Jun 25, 2018 Hannah rated it liked it This book was written in the fast paced action style of James Rollins and Matthew Riley Most of the spec stuff that was described was completely over my head, but it added to the story I liked that the book was mostly set in Africa and I enjoyed the description of the landscape The detailed description of the London pub was spot on and I could literally see the confrontation scene unfold such a good whodunnit I also liked that some characters popped up again unexpectedly throughout the boo This book was written in the fast paced action style of James Rollins and Matthew Riley Most of the spec stuff that was described was completely over my head, but it added to the story I liked that the book was mostly set in Africa and I enjoyed the description of the landscape The detailed description of the London pub was spot on and I could literally see the confrontation scene unfold such a good whodunnit I also liked that some characters popped up again unexpectedly throughout the book and that in typical spy fashion, allegiances change I enjoyed the twists and turns, however some of the twists were a bit predictable I d most likely read a sequel Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book in return for an honest review flag 1 likeLike see review May 24, 2018 Thebooktrail added it Jack Reacher on speed flag 1 likeLike see review Jun 27, 2018 Daphne Sharpe rated it liked it This was a tricky book to categorise and read I almost didn t complete it,but I think I am glad that in the end,curiosity got the better of me.I found that the beginning was overly complicated,there was so much detail,names and ranks,various theatres of war,it was a little confusing and wearing Armed forces slang is okay,for those involved in this employment,my boys are in the Navy and Airforce and quite happily natter using such talk,and the rest of us,just let them get on with it I feel tha This was a tricky book to categorise and read I almost didn t complete it,but I think I am glad that in the end,curiosity got the better of me.I found that the beginning was overly complicated,there was so much detail,names and ranks,various theatres of war,it was a little confusing and wearing Armed forces slang is okay,for those involved in this employment,my boys are in the Navy and Airforce and quite happily natter using such talk,and the rest of us,just let them get on with it I feel that if you have to use acronyms,you have to know what they mean,to constantly use and then explain ,is counter productive to the flow of the story At the start of this book,the writing felt stilted and didn t flow and wasn t holding my interest I actually put the book down for a day,and then decided to try again The book improves after the first 25%, measured on my Kindle,it did become exciting and coherent,better phrasing and plot execution Told in the first person,it is violent and gory,a strong sense of blood lust is portrayed throughout the book.Max McLean is a British State sanctioned assassin,who doesn t exist, brutal than James Bond.On a previous mission,he refused to kill a female,due to a sense of something being wrong with his agenda,something didn t feel right He is given a second chance and sent to Sierra Leone,to kill a Russian,who may be in charge of a group of absolute killers The story then roams into the realms of genetically modified soldiers,that are terrorising that country,and Max has to destroy the lead scientist.I have to admit that the technicalities of the story reduced my opportunity to imagine,due to a surplus of detail again The use of genetically modified troops has been used before,and I don t want a future like that I would prefer to believe that soldiers are better trained and responsible than those portrayed in this book I did enjoy the wealth of medical detail in this story,I could believe that Max had been trained as a medic in the army.To conclude, the first 25% could do with a rewrite When the action gets going,it is a real page turner,it is so exciting The gruesome medical details are fine with me,as an ex Trama nurse,I can cope with these I just felt that the book relied too much on shock detail,and there was far too much explainations at times that stopped the flow of words There are a few surprises in the story and all is neatly tied up I liked the book,but it didn t inspire me flag Like see review Dec 30, 2018 Ben rated it it was amazing I received a free copy of The Break Line by James Brabazon from to read and review And I am glad I did.I started the book, read about the first half and finished it the next day I could hardly stop reading this exciting , quite different, special ops novel The writing is excellent, as Mr Brabazon gives the reader a character in Max McLean who is as interesting as any in modern secret agent literature Max is a agent for a British super secret agency who has been trained to seek an I received a free copy of The Break Line by James Brabazon from to read and review And I am glad I did.I started the book, read about the first half and finished it the next day I could hardly stop reading this exciting , quite different, special ops novel The writing is excellent, as Mr Brabazon gives the reader a character in Max McLean who is as interesting as any in modern secret agent literature Max is a agent for a British super secret agency who has been trained to seek and kill targets designated as enemies, and he is very good at it Once on target, he does not waver he exhibits no remorse or hesitation Until he does.When Max returns home with the first failed assignation mission he is given one chance to redeem himself.The new mission is in a remote jungle location deep inside Sierra Leone Something sinister is happening there An agent sent to investigate has returned to Britain a broken man, haunted by demons, wracked with memories of something evil he has seen The only evidence he brought back is a blurred photograph of a Russian secret military officer Max is dispatched to find out what is going on.All that seems fairly routine for the secret special ops genre But what happens once Max lands in Sierra Leone is anything but routine as Max finds himself in a hellish nightmare that threatens not only him, not only the dusty, remote villages and natives of that area, but a world wide disaster never seen or envisaged outside a horror novel And that is all I am going to tell of the story.Mr Brabazon has the credentials to write about special operations in places like Sierra Leone and it shows His writing is very detailed and puts the reader right into the sweat, smell and danger of the steamy, cloying rain forest and the dusty, smelly urban areas He obviously has been in nasty places combat, what it is like to do a parachute jump, to lie in a blind waiting for a target to come into his scope Everything he writes has the ring of truth, of experience.His plotting and pacing is perfect, especially for a first time author the climax of the book and the aftermath is just right.Warning this is a violent tale, so be prepared to wince at times, but if you take a grip you will not put the boo down until the last exciting page is flipped Absolutely a five star.Highly recommended flag Like see review Aug 15, 2018 Jessorella rated it really liked it James Brabazon s THE BREAK LINE tells the story of Max McLean, a Jason Bourne type spy hero who was brought up in Ireland and the Special Forces The book opens with a quick hit job in South America that doesn t quite go to plan, then moves swiftly on to Max s next assignment This time, an ex colleague of Max s has returned from an incomplete job in Sierra Leone and, with reasons unknown, is mentally distressed to the point where he s no longer the man he used to be Max is sent in to finish th James Brabazon s THE BREAK LINE tells the story of Max McLean, a Jason Bourne type spy hero who was brought up in Ireland and the Special Forces The book opens with a quick hit job in South America that doesn t quite go to plan, then moves swiftly on to Max s next assignment This time, an ex colleague of Max s has returned from an incomplete job in Sierra Leone and, with reasons unknown, is mentally distressed to the point where he s no longer the man he used to be Max is sent in to finish things off, but what he finds when he gets there is something he could have never predicted There is something lurking in the sweltering wilds of Sierra Leone, and as Max begins to realize that the faces he once thought were friendly seem to be anything but, the job becomes a living nightmare.James Brabazon has brought us a great new fictional hero in the form of the boundlessly brave but searingly human Max McLean He s all the real for his foibles and his conscience, to the extent that this streak within him sometimes diverts his mercenary trigger finger The writing is pacy, filled with suspense and flows nicely through the action though this occasionally switched direction so fast that I found myself having to go back and re read a few paragraphs to orient myself though this may have been down to me reading too quickly The action is particularly good during a car chase scene which unfolds in a very cinematic way deftly written with just the right amount of believability and snappy description.The ending was satisfying especially in view of the twist that occurs partway through and no pleasingly, I didn t see it coming FYI, parts of the story are not for the faint hearted although these sections are generally quite brief I d recommend this book if you like well paced stories, good action, tough yet humane heroes and the inklings of a character series flag Like see review Jul 10, 2018 Elli Kindig Blog rated it it was ok review of another edition Max McLean kills people for the government for a living, but when a mission throws everything he knows into question he is given the chance to redeem himself with one last job in Sierra Leone However this last job may not be all it appears The Break Line for me was a book of two halves I enjoyed the beginning of the story which is a gritty introduction to our main character Max McLean a governmental contract killer I enjoyed the brief exposition to explain what got him where he was today, h Max McLean kills people for the government for a living, but when a mission throws everything he knows into question he is given the chance to redeem himself with one last job in Sierra Leone However this last job may not be all it appears The Break Line for me was a book of two halves I enjoyed the beginning of the story which is a gritty introduction to our main character Max McLean a governmental contract killer I enjoyed the brief exposition to explain what got him where he was today, his mission wobble where he challenges his career up to this point, the mission briefing and the beginning of the mission itself in Sierra Leone and his meeting with Roberts and Juliet The story then becomes incredibly unrealistic very fast which made me unable to suspend my disbelief after a credible first half The change was very at odds with both the blurb and the set up and so was a bit too jarring for me There s also a large character driven plot twist but this feels like it would have hit harder if this was the middle of a series and we had gotten to know Max and his past a lot beforehand The action sequences are well written and very well detailed, if gruesome in places I enjoyed the other characters, they all felt well developed and interesting and Max himself was a great narrator to take us through the story It all felt quite well researched and the descriptions of Sierra Leone made me feel like I was there.Overall I enjoyed certain aspects of this book but felt it veered off to something far too removed from it s blurb and first half to be believable Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin UK Michael Joseph for the chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.For of my reviews check out kindig flag Like see review 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  • James Brabazon, award winning war correspondent and filmmaker, has written a terrific action spy thriller debut Max McLean is an assassin working for British Intelligence in a group of like individuals called the Unknown Fast paced, with plenty of plot twists, The Break Line is a great start to a new series for those that enjoy a lot of action Max is sent to Sierra Leone where all hell is breaking loose There is something terrifying going on in the jungles of West Africa Max gets into plent Jame [...]


  • Almost every day began like that, robbed of clarity by a night of searing dreams It was easier waking up in the war Any war At least I knew where I was then Maximilian McLean has a problem He makes a decision that goes against his orders He lets a target live A woman who does not fit the profile he has been given, but she has seen his face, so by protocol she is supposed to die anyway He lets her live because he doesn t want to knowingly kill an innocent person He has been trained to k Almost ev [...]


  • Max McLean is a member of an elite group of operatives working for British intelligence, paradoxically known as the Unknown In essence, these operatives do not exist An assassin deviates from the rules, a decision that will come back to bite him Meanwhile, there has been some sort of a horrible outbreak in Sierra Leone Who are the men, and which ones are the monsters Vengeance is being wreaked even as the smell of peppermint wafts in the air This techno thriller started off slowly Max McLean is [...]


  • This was one of my most anticipated thrillers of 2018 and so I nearly fainted when I nabbed an early copy This is a difficult book to review without giving away major parts of the plot so I will be keeping my review succinct in order to avoid spoiling it for any potential readers who happen upon this I knew this was right up my alley when I came across it many months ago online after the synopsis that grabbed my attention.Wow, if this is what Brabazon can deliver I am super stoked as to what i T [...]


  • 3.5 starsNow Available The Break Line is a fast paced complex political spy thriller with plenty of action and violence to get your heart pounding There are some gasp worthy moments that could get your adrenaline going or leaving you gasping in shock and needing some recovery time before continuing James Brabazon creates a fascinating character here with our smart, cold and dangerous assassin Max McLean who grows a conscience and starts doubting his orders Max is quite the hardcore character 3.5 [...]


  • This Rollins esque offering is part Hitman, part archaeological bio tech thriller with some energetically described violence and a big dollop of horror It s fun and a bit silly, though if you ve got no stomach for detailed gore, this definitely isn t for you It ticks a lot of boxes crazy scientists Russian special forces ancient bio hazards infected supermen who just might eat your face etc etc Even so, there s a stiltedness to the language which really stops the flow and some bits t This [...]


  • Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.That was one crazy ride The last 40% was intense, fast paced, and action packed The first 60% not as much There was some action, but it was a slow, slow burn.I probably would have enjoyed this one a lot if the book hadn t pitched to me because of my love of James Rollins novels It was very different from those, but the whole time I was expecting it to involve history, archaeology, tec Thanks to N [...]


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