Breakout ★★✬☆☆

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Title: Breakout
Series: ———-
Author: Paul Herron
Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Action/Adventure
Pages: 237
Words: 88.5K


Publisher’s Blurb

Hurricane Anna: a superstorm made up of two Category 5 hurricanes coming together to wreak unprecedented havoc along the eastern seaboard.

When the superstorm hits, the correctional officers at Ravenhill flee, opening all the cell doors and leaving the inmates to fend for themselves as the floodwaters rise. But Jack Constantine, an ex-cop serving ten years for killing one of his wife’s murderers, isn’t going to just lay down and die. Not when his wife’s two remaining killers are among the prisoners relocated to the Glasshouse to ride out the storm.


Kiera Sawyer, a Correctional Officer on her first day at work is the only officer left behind when the others flee. Sawyer rescues Jack and offers to team up. If they can make it to the Glasshouse they might just survive the hurricane. But that involves making their way through the prison, fighting off eight hundred blood-crazed inmates as the building fills with water and the wall crumble all around them

My Thoughts:

I have to admit, when I was done reading this I was left disappointed. For a slightly more positive review, check out Mogsy’s Review from earlier this year.

This was a big action’y story with tons of tension and drama. I didn’t find the two main characters quite up to snuff though. Jack is a tortured ex-cop ex-military, who didn’t hear a bloody thing when his wife was killed. Wouldn’t want him on guard duty! And for an ex-military guy, forgetting that the prison had an armory was just unforgivable. I don’t expect all military characters in books to be Special Forces level, but come on, weapons?!? Then we come to Lady Guard Sawyer. She’s an attractive female guard in an all male prison, most of whom are in for a VERY long time. And they pretty much leave her alone when all hell breaks loose and everyone is free. Now, if she had been raped, I probably would have dnf’d the book, so I appreciate that. But at the same time, outside of one token badguy doing some vaguely nebulous “a wimminz” thought, there was nothing. It rang as false as a wooden nickle.

A decent read but nothing more. I won’t be reading anything else by Herron on purpose.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

41 thoughts on “Breakout ★★✬☆☆

            1. Not large maybe 8 books, Bad City Blues was his first in 1991 so he’s not prolific but quality always beats quantity I think. I loved the Tannhauser trilogy best set in medieval times and Knights of Saint John the Baptist on Malta being attacked by Suleiman emperor of the Ottomans. Well that’s bare bones to say the least, it’s epic!

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    1. I read it on the strength of your review.
      This confirms though that you and I have “just enough” of a difference in the genres that we both like where I am probably going to start using you as a negative barometer for such thrillers 😉
      Nothing personal, at all, but I have not had much luck with the books I picked up based on your enthusiasm. And half of them I didn’t even remember they were from you until I went searching to see who else had read the book.

      Can you believe it has taken me FIVE years to figure this out? Sometimes I wonder how I even get out of bed and tie my boots….

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      1. No worries at all, you and I definitely have very different tastes, and we read very different books. I think we have a shared disdain of certain classics and that’s about it 🤣 oh, and we like Sanderson, Michael J Sullivan and Tchaikovsky…but even that’s not reliable these days lol

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        1. Yeah, I was just thinking this week how my tastes have changed and old standbys like the 3 you mentioned simply don’t do it any more for me.
          Kind of like finding out that you don’t like cheeseburgers anymore 😀


  1. Too bad. If Constantine helped save Sawyer from being raped (ideally by cleverly avoiding things), that would have been an awesome redemption arc.

    The blurb doesn’t define, what is the Glasshouse? Is it one of those hurricane-safety terms that everyone knows but me?

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