Brian Morgan's relationship with his weed dealer has moved on to the next level. Stony Tony is a kung fu enthusiast with ambitions to become a master in his own style. But first he needs to establish a loyal following of students. Brian could use some time away from Rachel O'Hare to figure out whether he loves her or is afraid to leave her, although it's hard to focus on aBrian Morgan's relationship with his weed dealer has moved on to the next level. Stony Tony is a kung fu enthusiast with ambitions to become a master in his own style. But first he needs to establish a loyal following of students. Brian could use some time away from Rachel O'Hare to figure out whether he loves her or is afraid to leave her, although it's hard to focus on anything after a few tokes of Tony's Blueberry Cheesecake. Rachel is as indecisive about their relationship as Brian, but she knows that no good can come of a strange little pot-head getting involved in their lives. Meanwhile, a goon with a bad ear a big grudge also has eyes for Brian...Breaking Point (book two in The Point series) is a 23,000-word novella by the author of Wee Rockets and Fireproof....
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breaking point Reviews
Brian is an insomniac, troubled by the death of his brother at the hands of his girlfriend, Rachel. She’s pregnant, unknown to Brian. They’re in hiding, but don’t know that they’ve been found by Owen, who wants his revenge…I have to confess to being biased. Gerard Brennan has, over 2013, fast become one of my favourite writers. If he has a new book out, I’m there. However, with elevation onto a pedestal means gravity can take a stronger hold – big guys have further to fall. Add in that the predecessor to this novella The Point is my favourite of all then we have an interesting situation. Has Breaking Point brought me back down to earth?NO.Far from it. This was another excellent story from the author’s fingertips.As I mentioned Breaking Point is a follow up story, but it works fine as a standalone. In it we revisit a couple of characters from The Point. All is not quite well for Brian and Rachel. They’re hiding in a small town, both working dead end jobs in the local garage. He’s stoned and drunk on an almost permanent basis and she’s fed up with his slipping into oblivion. To cap it all Rachel is (unknown to Brian) pregnant. They’re close to the edge.One night when struck with insomnia, again, Brian goes to score a bag of weed from his pothead supplier, Tony, who’s a wannabee dojo master. Trouble is someone has a vendetta against Brian – Owen, another character from The Point.That’s really it for a character list, there are a couple of minor players, but these four people are what the story revolves around. And it works. Tony is a hoot, he’s in debt to his supplier and the martial arts element is a way of him making some cash. Brian, a bit of a follower lost without his brother (an event from The Point which dogs his relationship with Rachel), gets sucked along.Owen is a nasty piece of work and, in the end, Brian has to perform the ultimate task to keep his relationship alive.This is a really good story. It knits together well and flies along at a great pace. The dialogue is sharp and snappy. I thoroughly enjoyed Breaking Point.Phew. Potential problem over. If you haven’t read any of this author’s work yet, please make sure you do.**Originally reviewed for Books and Pals blog. May have received free review copy.**
More of the same; this novella follows on from The Point. A larger than life story of a young couple trying to escape their past caught up in petty crime and drugs. This is what makes ebooks such a bonus when good authors can demonstrates their talent relatively quickly to a larger audience and launch their careers.Gerard Brennan is a born writer and accomplished story teller. I like his characters and tight dialogue. He has an eye for irony and dark humour without duming down the violence he discribes at times.I was drawn to this writer through comments made by an author I respect Brian McGilloway and I add my own reconmmendation to all who like a good story.
Book Two in The Point series had a lot to live up to, given the strength of its predecessor. The former book is a tale of brotherly love/hate, crossed with a blossoming love story, crossed with a series of violent actions which change several lives at once. The latter, well, I’ll tell you now.Brian, and his girlfriend Rachel have moved on from ‘The Point’ – Warrenpoint. They work dead end jobs to make ends meet, and are trying to make a life together. The thing is, Brian’s got some demons to work through, and his way of doing it is to smoke and drink as much as he can to lose himself into oblivion. Rachel is doing her level best to keep hold of her man, lest she raise their unborn child alone. In a moment of insomnia, Brian makes his way to tubby kung-fu enthusiast drug dealer Tony’s house, only for the pair to get into a bit of a bind which ends with Tony sleeping on Brian’s couch, much to the chagrin of the loose cannon, Rachel. From here ghosts from the past appear to make trouble in several ways, and Tony’s got a bit of a situation himself.So I preferred this to its impressive prequel. The characters are fleshed out a little more from The Point, as you might expect, and Gerard Brennan seems to have a lot more fun with it this time around, especially with the bonkers dealer, Stony Tony. He gets all the best lines and all the best action. That’s not to say the others don’t have their moments too, but Tony’s up there with my favourites of Brennan’s characters. This is a superb continuation of Brian Morgan’s story, and I would hope that there’s a third book in the series. Boiling Point, maybe? Who knows? All I know is I’m looking forward to the next piece of work that Gerard Brennan drops into his extremely impressive catalogue. The boy can do no wrong. Recommended reading, as usual.
BREAKING POINT is a perfect blend of humour and noir spiced with a spliff sense of serendipity that is nothing short of entertaining from start to finish. Brian and his girlfriend Rachel are trying to live a normal life. Well, as normal as can be seeing as Rachel killed Brian’s brother and they’re both in hiding after Brian failed to take down hardman Owen in the books predecessor THE POINT. With a grudge and raw determination, Owen seeks to track down Brian ‘ear for an ear like’ only with a view to exact a more permanent form of gratification. Unbeknownst to Brian, who’s bonded with a local small time drug dealer (who happens to be forming his own kind of martial arts, a barstardisation of disciplines), the killer is on the verge of quenching his thirst for vengeance when Tony’s dojo is busted up (along with Tony) by the larger drug profiteers. Brian in a state of flux flees his new friend and ends up in the arms of a madman.BREAKING POINT is top notch storytelling by one of the best in the business. Author Gerard Brennan continues to knock it out the park time and time again (WEE ROCKETS, FIREPROOF etc.) and BREAKING POINT is no different.Short, sharp, funny, and balls to the wall exciting. This is one novella that packs a punch many novels fails to land. This review first appeared on my blog: http://justaguythatlikes2read.blogspo...
In Breaking Point, Brian is struggling to come to terms with his brother’s death. His girlfriend is pregnant and is unsure about him as a father. The local dope dealer spends too much time smoking his own gear and hopes that his dreams of opening a Kung Fu school will help him pay of his debts to his supplier. Owen is just a bitter man seeking revenge for the ear Brian shot off.These ingredients are perfect to create a romp in a quiet Northern Irish village. Each element of the story collides with the other to provide a novella with bags of dangerous energy. Gerard Brennan handles his players really well and his plotting-foot is always hard down on the accelerator as he drives the story forward. The inevitable violence is brutal and graphic when it happens. It also carries some rather unusual elements that only a slightly twisted mind could create.Above all, I enjoyed the humour of Brennan’s novella. He uses a lot of comedy and it percolates through character, conversation and situation. It’s an addition to the punchy story that adds a lot to its entertainment factor.This one’s perfect for shaking up one’s reading diet and adding some fun to life.It is a sequel, but you really don’t need to read the prequel [The Point] first. I would, however, urge you to do so at some point as I feel it’s a slightly stronger piece. The Point novellas are great reads and I’ll definitely be going back for more if there’s a further addition.
When you pick up something from Gerard Brennan you know that you are in for a treat. He has a unique voice unlike anyone else out there. I have read just about everything he has written and love his stuff. BREAKING POINT - A whole lot of short chapters/stories that all come together in the end and are related to one another. Quick read and a lot of fun. Some funny and interesting characters. If you have read any of Brennan's other stuff, you will definitely want to pick this one up.
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This is turning out to be a great series. Really enjoying it. A fun quick read. Look forward to the next installment.
Good little slice of Brit Grit here (Ulster, but let's not get into that issue).I liked the characters and the nasty/funny blend. I'll keep an eye out for more of Mr. Brennan's work.