Road to the Breaking by Chris Bennett - Historical Fiction - Nothing survived “The Breaking” unchanged; lives and fortunes, love and hate, freedom and slavery …

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Road to the Breaking
by Chris Bennett

Category: Adult Fiction (18 +) , 345 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publisher: CPB Publishing, LLC

Release date: January 2021

Content Rating: PG-13. Cursing, violence and war scenes, etc.

Nothing survived “The Breaking” unchanged; lives and fortunes, love and hate, freedom and slavery …

It’s early 1860, and war hero Captain Nathaniel Chambers, commander U.S. Army Fort Davis in the west Texas wilderness, has received shocking news – his father is dead.  He must return home to Virginia and claim his inheritance before a maniacal neighbor can murder his widowed mother and seize the family plantation.

But he’s torn by a terrible dilemma – to stay in the army and turn his back on his fortune, his mother and his beloved childhood home, or become the thing he despises; a slave master!  Is there no other choice? 

An epic journey across a young nation seething with debauchery, brutality, corruption, and political intrigue, unwittingly on the brink of an unimaginable disaster; the American Civil War.  Nathan Chambers has left the violent army life behind in Texas, never imaging he’s on the very Road to The Breaking.

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Enjoy Book 2 in The Road to the Breaking series:

Enigma (Road to the Breaking Book 2)
by Chris Bennett

Category: Adult Fiction (18 +) , 514 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publisher: CPB Publishing, LLC

Release date: February 2021

Content Rating: PG-13. Cursing, violence and war scenes, etc.

“How can I call myself a man of good conscience, when I myself am no better than a slaver?”

It’s summer 1860, and former army Captain Nathan Chambers has returned home to Virginia to claim his inheritance: a large plantation with more than one hundred slaves. Nathan wants no part of slavery and intends to sell the farm and all its slaves. But even as he arrives home, enduring fearful and downcast stares from despondent black faces, he knows what he must do … and the price he must pay for doing it.
 
As Nathan works to carry out his ambitious plans, he is troubled by rumors of succession and war, even as a villainous neighbor plots a violent end to their decades-long family feud.
And then Evelyn arrives … strikingly beautiful, spirited, and intriguing, she is the daughter of an old family friend. But the more Nathan is drawn in by her charms, the harder she pushes him away …
The Road to the Breaking Series is an epic tale of a young nation seething with debauchery, brutality, corruption, and political intrigue, unwittingly on the brink of a deadly precipice: the American Civil War. In Book 2 of the series, Nathan Chambers has returned from the violent army life out West, only to face a heart wrenching Enigma at home.

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Review by Jena
Road to the Breaking Book 1 by Chris A. Bennett
⭐⭐⭐⭐


Just a reminder for my readers: I rarely review these days but long term followers know I do all I can to avoid spoilers. If you’re looking for them, they won’t be found here.

I saw this book available for review and couldn’t resist signing up for it, although I do owe an apology to Mr. Bennett for not being on schedule.

I like to start with the writing/prose itself, and for the most part, it’s great. The only concerns I had were some overlapping here and there. It was usually only a paragraph or so but caused a moment of confusion. I recently broke my glasses, so I bought the kindle version to increase the size of the font even though Mr. Bennett sent me a paperback for my review. The overlapping is only a minor inconvenience, and may have been due to the larger size of the font.
 
There are also a couple places that have an extra ‘a’ in the sentence. No big deal there. My final issue was a couple of the scenes with cussing. I don’t have issues with it, this is a book for adults for the most part, but I wasn’t sure if the wording would have been used in the time period. The adult content in this book is minimal, so if that's a sensitive issue for you, there shouldn't be a problem.

Now for the story.

The Road to the Breaking runs through the civil war era. It has a good deal of back story, but there has to be a little bit of set-up for where they are going and, in this case, what motivates them. The main characters are strong, and the rest I’m certain will come into their own as time passes. During the journey there are short stories filled with tension as the plot moves forward. I gave this story four stars because there are areas I felt could have been done better, but these included choices every author has to make when writing a novel or series. I didn’t feel like I couldn’t put the book down, but I would not have put the book aside either. Once started, it had to be finished. There are slower areas where you can easily take a break if you need to.

Road to the Breaking, book one ends on a cliff hanger, so if you hate those, run, but on the other hand, that increases the tension and book 2 is readily available at this time, you can scroll up to get yourself a copy of both books, one and two right now. And yes, I will be moving forward into that book when I get home from work tonight. I will be reporting back to you.

The bottom line; Mr. Bennet is an excellent storyteller, and I expect great things moving forward. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.


 Meet the Author:

Chris A. Bennett grew up on the shores of Klamath Lake in southeastern Oregon. For a young boy it was a dream world of water, hills, forests, and abundant wildlife. His love for action and adventure morphed into a lifelong love for books when his Mom read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings to the family on a long road trip.
 
Chris's thirst for adventure never faded and he began to live out his love of history onto the pages of his first book, Road to the Breaking. Once he started writing he just couldn't stop and the result is The Road to the Breaking series; an epic journey across a young nation seething with debauchery, brutality, corruption, and political intrigue, unwittingly on the brink of an unimaginable disaster: the American Civil War.
 
Chris currently lives near Seattle with his wife Patricia. His three adult children Nick, Rachel, and Josh also live in the Puget Sound area.
 
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Tour Schedule:

July 6 –
Cover Lover Book Review – books spotlight / giveaway
July 6 - Working Mommy journal – book review of ROAD TO THE BREAKING (Book 1) / giveaway
July 7 – The Momma Spot - book review of ROAD TO THE BREAKING (Book 1) / giveaway
July 8 – Books for Books - book review of ROAD TO THE BREAKING (Book 1)
July 12 – Books for Books - book review of ENIGMA (ROAD TO THE BREAKING, Book 2)
July 13 – Locks, Hooks and Books - book review of ROAD TO THE BREAKING (Book 1) / giveaway
July 13 – Bound 4 Escape - book review of ROAD TO THE BREAKING (Book 1) / giveaway
July 15 – Jazzy Book Reviews – books spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 16 – The Momma Spot - book review of ENIGMA (ROAD TO THE BREAKING, Book 2) / giveaway
July 19 – Splashes of Joy – book review of ROAD TO THE BREAKING (Book 1) / author interview / giveaway
July 19 - Book Corner News and Reviews - book review of ROAD TO THE BREAKING (Book 1) / giveaway
July 20 – Locks, Hooks and Books - book review of ENIGMA (ROAD TO THE BREAKING, Book 2) / giveaway
July 20 – Bound 4 Escape - book review of ENIGMA (ROAD TO THE BREAKING, Book 2) / giveaway
July 20 - Book Corner News and Reviews - book review of ENIGMA (ROAD TO THE BREAKING,  Book 2) / giveaway
July 20 - fundinmental - books spotlight / giveaway
July 21 – @twilight_reader – book review of ROAD TO THE BREAKING (Book 1)
July 21 – Literary Flits - books spotlight / giveaway
July 22 – @twilight_reader – book review of ENIGMA (ROAD TO THE BREAKING, Book 2)
July 22 - Character Madness and Musings - book review of ROAD TO THE BREAKING (Book 1) / guest post / giveaway  
July 23 – Splashes of Joy – book review of ENIGMA (ROAD TO THE BREAKING, Book 2) / giveaway
July 23 - Character Madness and Musings - book review of ENIGMA (ROAD TO THE BREAKING, Book 2) / giveaway
July 26 – Sadie's Spotlight – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
 

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