An untrained spy and a rebel faction. A mysterious scarlet-haired jazz singer. Dangerous secrets guarded by a devious killer. What could possibly go wrong? Only everything.
Tom's brilliant, but when it comes to people smarts, he's clueless. When his older brother disappears, Tom opens the door to adventure and terror—and a beautiful red-haired spy. She stands in the doorway and spins a tale so unbelievable it just might be true. What if his carefree brother is not just a tennis instructor, but a spy who has uncovered a secret so explosive it could trigger a bloody revolution?
Tom will do whatever it takes to get his brother back, even if he's completely unprepared for what happens next. He'll need the help of would-be friends and foes, and a whole lot of luck, to outwit the psychopathic killer holding his brother hostage. And maybe, just maybe, he can rescue his brother and keep America from reaching the fracture point, too.
US Review of Books gives it 5 STARS: "Mixing science fiction, action, and suspense, this story imagines a future that isn't quite dystopian. The disparity between the haves and the have-nots, and the prevalence of popular reality television shows makes the setting more like a logical progression of the modern day. ... Imaginative and gripping, this book tells a story that blends the familiar and the fantastical."
Midwest Book Reviews says: "Fracture Point's exquisitely drawn characters keep readers involved and immersed in the plot, even though there are a lot of them - and a lot of special interests involved. Under another hand the story line could have become confusing; but Altabef takes the time needed to create characters who are believable and whose motivations and actions are compelling against the backdrop of a bigger story, and this approach drives a thriller that proves hard to put down."
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"In the future, the divide between the classes is larger than it perhaps has ever been. The privileged elite enjoy not only the finer things in life, but better chances at education, celebrity, and even more advanced medicine. Jack and Tom are two brothers in a family barely considered middle-class. Jack works at a country club with the club's tennis pro while Tom has shown the aptitude to attempt higher education and carve out a better life for his mother and brother. But Jack also belongs to an underground resistance trying to create upheaval in the system. When a tryst with an affluent woman leads Jack to discovering a flash drive with classified information on it, his life quickly becomes a living nightmare. Chief among his problems is Warren, a psychopathic power-player capable of controlling many people, who is determined to eliminate Jack and retrieve the lost data.
Mixing science fiction, action, and suspense, this story imagines a future that isn't quite dystopian. The disparity between the haves and the have-nots, and the prevalence of popular reality television shows makes the setting more like a logical progression of the modern day. The chapters in this book are brief, which is the perfect pace for a story like this, allowing the reader as many stopping points as they need while also urging them to keep going for just another one or two. While the genre and the characters fit the young adult category, there are elements of sex and violence in this book that should be left to more mature readers even within that demographic. Imaginative and gripping, this book tells a story that blends the familiar and the fantastical."
"Fracture Point is a prequel to Shatter Point and is ideally the book that should come first on a reader's list. The time is 2041; the setting is a world in which employers 'buy' help by paying for their educations, effectively placing them in thrall. The opening scene introduces this social through Michael, whose income stream is thus tied up for eight years. His tech hacking skills are useful to his employer; but when he hacks into a dangerous secret, his usefulness ends.
The story then fast forwards to eighteen-year-old motorcyclist Jack, whose secret job involves working for a rebel group. He, too, is on the cusp of a secret that could change everything - but unlike Michael, he moves in quite different circles of society, and this fact might be his salvation.
When Jack gets to close to the truth, Tom must step in - and a host of characters become involved in a truly dangerous, world-changing game. From secret documents passed under dangerous circumstances to Tom and Mary's desperate search for a missing brother and the truth, events heat up and draw readers in with powerful descriptions and satisfying twists of events.
Fracture Point's exquisitely drawn characters keep readers involved and immersed in the plot, even though there are a lot of them - and a lot of special interests involved. Under another hand the story line could have become confusing; but Altabef takes the time needed to create characters who are believable and whose motivations and actions are compelling against the backdrop of a bigger story, and this approach drives a thriller that proves hard to put down.
As a prequel to the already-published Shatter Point, it clarifies much and creates much background to compliment its predecessor; but as a stand-alone story, it's powerful. Newcomers and prior fans will find it a compelling, seat-of-your-pants action read powered by the psychology of characters who interact on many different levels, from the political to the personal."
"Jeff Altabef’s Fracture Point is a mesmerizing thriller that contains great elements of style, biting suspense, and casts a spell that gets the reader longing to delve deeper into the heart of the characters and to travel the places they go. The story centers on two brothers, Jack and Tom. While Tom is the intelligent, scientific kind of guy, Jack has the kind of laid-back, laissez-faire attitude that doesn’t draw much attention. Tom thought he knew his brother well, but then when Jack is kidnapped, he awakens to the startling truth that he’s been left in the dark. His brother has been a spy all along. He has no time to speculate, so he puts his acute mind to good use and starts digging for the truth. What he doesn’t know is that the secrets his brother harbors could destroy their lives and set the world into a deadly war. Watch as he navigates the murky waters, seeking clues and answers.
The first thing that caught my attention was the author’s unique style and signature phraseology. The opening lines got me intrigued and I wanted to know the characters: “Warren Scott approached Room Number Nine with a deep scowl etched on his face. He hated surprises, which were messy and usually crammed with excrement he had to clean up. He liked order, predictability, control—that way he avoided all the shit.” The author’s gift for character can’t go without praise, and his ability to engage the reader even with the minutest, most banal detail of the narrative. The plot is awesome, filled with action and passages that are loaded with emotional insights. You can’t imagine where Fracture Point will take you, but once you start reading, you become certain of only one thing: you want to get there. Absolutely!"
"Fracture Point by Jeff Altabef is a thriller—but not in the conventional, popular sense of the term. It is a thriller that really toys with the reader’s heart. You can feel your blood pumping and your fist tightening, then the next moment you are relaxing, only to be catapulted to yet another height of the thrill. Readers meet two brothers in a conflict-laden setting, a world verging towards war: Jack and Tom. Jack is a secret spy, and his secret is not known to Tom, who leads his life comfortably, dedicated to science and technology. But then his brother gets kidnapped and Tom finds himself struggling to unravel the mystery about his brother and to save him. The more he gets near the truth, the more danger he senses, and the saddest thing is that he’ll learn that his own family might have cut him completely out. Can he save his brother, navigate the intricate nature of the dirty game, and prevent a far worse catastrophe from hitting his country?
Here is your perfect story that combines an acute sense of mystery with the thrill of a well-crafted plot. Jeff Altabef won my heart from the beginning of the story and had me falling in love with his writing through every page. The characters are well-crafted, each with a solid background and their own problems to handle. The excellent writing, the exquisite descriptions, the awesome characters, and the stark intricacies of the plot are elements that had me longing for more and more. Fracture Point has everything you’d want in a thriller."
"Fracture Point by Jeff Altabef offers convoluted, intricate plotting and a large cast of characters who populate the United States of the future...a country that has become anything but the great America its citizens would like it to be. Military police are everywhere; medicine has advanced to the point that we can invigorate and revitalize our aging bodies with an injection of chemicals, and if you are rich, you have everything while the poor continue to have nothing and are easily disposed of if they get in the way of schemers with evil agendas. And of course, money, greed and power rule.
Naturally, in such a society where powerful men are forever battling for ultimate control, there has to be that secret group struggling to prevent national disaster, and two brothers, Tom and Jack, ultimately find themselves working with the good side to fight the bad side. And what a war it becomes as a maniacal, narcissistic killer, Warren, stops at nothing to retrieve a data stick that will bring all the movers and shakers down. Fracture Point is a story where everyone is out to get the next guy and you're never quite sure till the story ends who can be trusted. The result? A story that keeps readers turning pages late into the night, where the action never stops long enough for the reader to put the book down.
If there is anything that does slow the book down from time to time, it's Altabef's habit of bringing in rather lengthy back stories on the various characters. These are very well written and interesting, and perhaps the author has supplied these as breaks, just to give readers time to breathe. Throughout the book, Altabef certainly excels at description of places and people and obviously enjoys writing these descriptions as much as he enjoys writing a gripping, tension-filled plot. The evil characters in Fracture Point are really evil. The gross ones, like the unctuous Carl who gorges himself on chocolates, make one want to throw up. And the good characters like Tom and Jack satisfy our need to believe that good will always get the better of evil. Well done, Jeff Altabef."