Thursday, September 3, 2009

Breakthrough, a Novel by Stephen Tremp

Welcome back! Today we will take a more in-depth look at Stephen Tremp's novel, Breakthrough.

Book Description:

* Hardcover: 424 pages
* Publisher: (December 31, 2008)
* Language: English
* ISBN-10: 0595710700
* ISBN-13: 978-0595710706
* Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.5 inches

Synopsis of Breakthrough:

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 instantly 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 University of California-Irvine. He also desires to build a lasting relationship with a 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 who can 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 cross-hairs, 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 desperate race to control or destroy this breakthrough that threatens to drastically change life as we know it.

Breakthrough, the first book in the Adventures of Chase Manhattan series, begins with a bang and offers the audience exciting, new, and diverse heroes and villains. The result is a fresh suspense thriller series integrating elements of greed, betrayal, passion, lust, unconditional love, coming of age, and hope. The action is swift, and there are numerous twists and turns that will keep the reader turning the pages and wanting more.

Tremp's Breakthrough may be purchased at Barnes & Noble

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Reviews of Breakthrough may be read at both of the above on-line bookstores.

A few are reproduced here:

Review by Patty H: Posted June 3, 2009. 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. Rating: 5-stars

Review by MadMike: Posted January 15, 2009. 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.
Rating: 5-stars

Review by Bill Buzzo: Posted March 13, 2009. Breakthrough: The Adventures of Chase Manhattan is a well-written, fast-paced thriller that takes you on a wild ride of suspense and intrigue. Chase Manhattan is a modern day cowboy trying to save the world from people who would chose power, money, and fame over the common interest and overall good of the planet. The storyline grabs you, pulls you in, and leaves you wondering, wow! what if that could really happen?? I really enjoyed reading this book and look forward to more adventures with Chase Manhattan. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading, especially those who enjoy thrilling suspense & action incorporated into modern day technology. Rating: 5-stars

Nine of ten reviews at these sites for Breakthrough are 5-stars. The book has been well received by its readers. Maybe you should buy it and read it!




Nancy Famolari said...

Sounds like a terrific read. Love the cover. Good luck with it, Steven. Great post, Harry.

madcapmaggie said...

Ooh, sounds great -- I'm hooked!

Margaret Fieland

Deborah Weed said...

Stephen, it seems as though your real world knowledge and experience has given you terrific fodder for this book. It sounds like a real page turner! WOW!

The Old Silly said...

Another well done feature post, Harry. Stephen is definitely an up and comer with a lot of go-getter in him!

Marvin D Wilson

Vivian Zabel said...

Wow! Great post, Harry. Book sounds sooo interesting, Steve.

Karen and Robyn - Writing for Children said...

Wow, Steve, this sounds like a great read. Hey, I'm waiting for real worm holes to be available - imagine the place you can go!

It sounds like you put a great deal of research and effort into creating this book.

Great post, Harry.

Stephen Tremp said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by and saying hi. As always, I appreciate your support and encouraging words.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

This is neat. Like a little carnival of reviews! Thanks Harry and Steve. And Steve, nice book signing picture.

BTW, there is a chapter in The Frugal Book Promoter ( that tells authors how to make book signings more successful. Not that you need it, Steve. But many sure do. (-:

Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Blogging at Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites pick

KittyNadem said...

Great interview Harry and Stephen! It is quite interesting to learn more about Stephen's book. Breakthrough sounds like an excellent read!

Harry Gilleland said...

Greetings, All ~

I was out of town all day until this evening. I am pleased to see all the comments. Steve and I appreciate your stopping in to check out his book, plus taking time to make a comment. Many thanks to all!



kathy stemke said...

Hi guys. Great post. The cover makes me want to open the book. I'm intrigued by the reviews as well.