• The Breaker

  • A Peter Ash Novel, Book 6
  • By: Nick Petrie
  • Narrated by: Stephen Mendel
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (499 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Nonstop action at a machine gun pace. If you aren't reading Nick Petrie, now is the time to start." (C.J. Box)

Peter Ash tangles with dangerous enemies and terrifying technology in the newest thriller from best-selling author Nick Petrie.

A man wanted by two governments, Peter Ash has found a simple, low-profile life in Milwaukee, living with his girlfriend, June, and renovating old buildings with his friend Lewis. Staying out of trouble is the key to preserving this fragile peace...but when Peter spots a suspicious armed man walking into a crowded market, he knows he can't stand by and do nothing.

Peter does interrupt a crime, but it wasn't at all what he'd expected. The young gunman appeared to have one target and one mission - but when he escapes, and his victim vanishes before police arrive, it seems there is more to the encounter than meets the eye. Peter's hunch is proven correct when a powerful associate from his past appears with an interest in the crime and an irresistible offer: If he and June solve this mystery, Peter's record will be scrubbed clean.

While Peter and Lewis trace the gunman, reporter June digs into the victim of the incident, a man whose face rings a bell in her memory. As their parallel investigations draw together, they're thrust into the path of a ruthless tech thief, an eerily cheerful assassin, a brilliant and troubled inventor, and a revolutionary technology that could wreak devastation in the wrong hands. But for Peter, even more is at stake: This investigation is his only path to a life free from the threat of prosecution or prison. Before the end, he'll have to fight harder than ever before to ensure that freedom doesn't come at too high a cost....

©2021 Nick Petrie (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“Nonstop action at a machine gun pace.” (C.J. Box)

"Another outstanding offering in the celebrated Peter Ash series, with Nick Petrie's trademark complex and fascinating characters inhabiting a tightly woven story that will keep thriller lovers riveted. The hype about Nick Petrie is real - he's just that damn good!" (Mark Greaney) 

“What seems simple and predictable turns complex and surprising in this thriller, the sixth in the Peter Ash series. The swiftly paced, action-dominated plot rushes headlong from its outset.... Brisk, terse, and diverting.” (Kirkus Reviews

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Predicable, Repetative And Boring

I listened to The Wild One by Nick Petrie and enjoyed that book but THE BREAKER falls into the predictable plot category mostly because the action revolves too heavily around some stock characters rather than the series’ characters that are far more interesting and engaging. Bad guys that never seem to sustain permanent damage, unbelievably brilliant self-schooled tech wizards that also know weaponry and paranoid schizy billionaires aren’t that interesting any more. The three main characters are, however, become boring rather than engaging, as they were in The Wild One. I only wish they did in this book as well. For series lovers, this will be one more to add to the collection. I look forward to the next and hope we read more about Peter Ash next time.

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No man would tolerate a duplicitous and bossy woman especially a Marine.

This sort was horrible. Stick to either Peter or Peter and his sidekick doing all the fighting. No woman would have defeated the Hitman in any of his attacks. Men are far too violent and stronger than women. Peter’s girlfriend is duplicitous when it comes to what to do about the hitman and the true bad guy. She should have stayed in the background and investigated from the sideline. She is also far too bossy toward Peter no rough and tough dominate man would ever stay with a woman as bossy as her. I pretty much hated this book because of her character.

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Distracting pronunciation

I liked the story. I liked the characters. I really like this series. Found some of the narration distracting. Since when has a semi truck been a "semee"?

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Great story, another special book by Petrie

I’ve read all Peter ash books, they are one of best out there. If you like reacher, Mitch rapp, orphan x, several baldacci characters, then you might like Peter ash the best.
Thank you Nick Petrie for adding another great book to my collection

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Great Series; Start w/book 2 if you’re in a hurry.

The narrator is sometimes really good - some of the characters have real personality. But sometimes the dialogue is flat & robotic. So every now & then I got pulled off the story & was very aware of “narration”. More often than not, the stories flow & it’s easy to suspend reality- these days a real relief. Even though I know (or think I know) that the events are fictitious & some far fetched, I still think “eh, that could happen”. I am truly grateful for the author’s compassion for combat veterans’ hard road when they muster out. That part of the story is all to real. It’s nice to see the main character’s ability to deal w/PTSD progress thru the series. In this one, he even has a house.

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best book in the series so far!

Mr Petrie is definitely hitting his stride! this was an exceptional work. excellent suspense. excellent story. excellent wrap up.

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Love this series!

I just found this series and have been binge listening as I packed and moved across the country. One more to go, but I hope more are coming!

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Awful narration

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Fall short of previous books!

The series overall is great but this book falls short of its standards would not recommend it a little too crazy a little too not real!

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the beginning ruined a good book

the beginning really? why couldn't he read about the shooting incident in the paper or online??? ruined the whole book.