Veterans Today says: "BROKEN! is a chill-gripping fictionalized thriller of the men and women caught in the cross fire of the business of war, terror, drones, PTSD, and a for-profit surveillance state." Click to read more
BROKEN! has received great 5-Star reviews on Amazon!
Here's are a few of them:
Wicked and deliciously good
By Clark Barrett
This is an excellent book that tells an important story in a gripping and enthralling manner. I was privileged to read early drafts of this novel in installment fashion. I was always itching to get the next portion, which made for some painful waiting. The final product is a techno 'spy novel' on par with Clancy or Ludlum.
The story covers a retired SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape) instructor's struggles with his past and the challenges of a modern world where politicians, military leaders and high-powered CEOs conspire to undermine our national freedoms with all-seeing eyes in the sky and Patriot Act-inspired legislation. CAPT (Retired) Charles 'Chauncey' Paunce is presented as an unwilling hero with neo-James Bond skills. He takes one last shot at redemption and gets caught up in an almost inescapable web of deceit and double-crosses.
It will be no secret that Paunce is heavily crafted from Kearns' own military intelligence career. As such this novel is a bit of historical fiction. The fact that the book is rooted in reality adds a level of importance, angst and schadenfreude to the story. One can easily imagine a sequel or series of books or movies derived from this property. This book is wicked and deliciously good.
By Peter Gerard
A tour de force in how mind boggling surveillance technology and a lack of true statesmanship combine to erode our hard won freedoms at a rate unprecedented in United States history. If men like J. Edgar and Joe McCarthy get hold of the omniscient and omnipresent technology imagined by the authors, our constitution is as good as shredded. Broken! has it all: intrigue, suspense, morality, justice, passion, and non-stop action. This book is a page turner!
Can't Wait For the Movie!
By Jonathan C. Miller
I just finished reading Broken! and felt compelled to post this review. I have never read a book that had me so thoroughly engrossed. Not to sound cliché, but Broken! was truly a page-turner. Solomon's writing style is entertaining, captivating and judiciously succinct. The subject matter is timely. The story combines a unique blend of trending topics including drones, torture and abuse of government power that come together seamlessly as the story unfolds. I also loved the character development. It was very apparent that the author crafted a detailed plan as to how each player in the story would be introduced and grow as the events in the narrative dictated. I had no problem visualizing the physical features of each character and felt more and more attachment/understanding to each as I continued to read. There are some really cool Easter eggs hidden in the story as well which not only added to its texture and complexity, but created a virtual layer of fun above its serious nature.
Broken! made me think. It caused me to consider the plight of our soldiers suffering with PTSD and how they navigate the waters of everyday life after serving our country. It forced me to evaluate the various ways that our government gets under the skin of our right to privacy as American citizens. It opened my eyes to behaviors of our leaders that may not necessarily be in the best interest of the public they serve, but are purely self-motivated. It also dialed into my geeky nature by revealing technology that was outside of our everyday consciousness. While the book is indeed a work of fiction, one cannot help to consider the "what if" scenario that this literary piece of work constructs.
By Stanley J. Alluisi
In a word – WOW! I enjoyed reading Broken! very much. It is a page turner and had a number of surprises and plot twists that I never expected. More importantly, like all good art, this powerful story is rooted in the news of the past decade and it forces us to face some very deep and serious issues including national security vs privacy; expediency vs morality; and our collective obligation to our veterans.
On one level you can easily read Broken! as a modern thriller and action tale. But everything that underpins this story, historically, politically, morally and technologically, is based upon established fact. You can ignore those underpinnings and still enjoy a good adventure story, but you will miss the most important dimension of this book: the moral aspects of what we are asking our young men and women in uniform to do on our behalf and how this affects them long after their service is over.
The Afterword to Broken!, the actual text of the suicide note written by Daniel Somers, an Iraq war veteran, is especially powerful and moving and it reinforces the core message of Broken! In short, Broken! is a call to action.
My kind of book
By Dan Poynter - VINE VOICE
Great writing. This is a fast action page turner. Up-to-date. You will discover the latest about torture, spying, and drones. I hope the authors write more books. Highly recommended.
Brilliant and terrifying glimpse at a possible future reality
By Neil Speer
"Broken" is an exciting, chilling, and provocative glimpse into a not so far fetched possible future. The book is well written and a real page turner. A little research into some of the technical innovations presented in the book confirm that, far from being pie in the sky sci fi with no basis in reality, a lot of the tech is either already available or in development. So, the authors have truly done their homework when they shed light on some of the terrifying tech marvels that, for better or worse, may soon be imposed on society. The authors are careful not to make judgments on the use of such technology but interweave the gadgets into a riveting story and thus let readers judge for themselves once they can imagine the potential of such innovations.
The book exposes some rather unsettling details about "enhanced interrogation" which raises the ethical questions about whether these sorts of practices have any place in our world. These are important questions in the age of "Gitmo", water boarding, etc. and for this reason I feel this book should be required reading for anyone in a position to make policy decisions regarding the use of "enhanced interrogation".
Exciting, disturbing, and extremely pertinent.
By Ray Schafer
From the very beginning, the book paints a vision of a reality that is as thought provoking as it is technologically feasible and pertinent. The characters are very real if not sometimes a bit bombastic, although situationally illustrative and emotionally fulfilling. The basic theme of a technologically advanced and run away military industrial complex, coupled with Bush/Cheney enhanced interrogation techniques and drone technology is difficult to avoid and cannot be dismissed. This requires confrontation and question of some firmly held beliefs, an effect of the book that is wholly welcome to this reader.