Breach of Power

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Published by: Switchback Press
Release Date: March 19, 2013
Pages: 384
ISBN13: 978-0-9885061-0-7


Deep inside a glacier, a hiker finds a journal that was lost during World War II. On its frozen pages are etched the secret locations of treasures lost since the 1940s. But something more ominous is scribed in the journal, something that threatens the Presidency of the United States.

Jake Pendleton and his new partner, Francesca Catanzaro, work for an "off the books" intelligence firm and are summoned to the White House where they are instructed to locate and acquire the book. Jake soon realizes there are others on a quest to find it as well.

Others who will kill to get to it first.



Winner of the 2013 Indie Excellence Award for Political Thriller!
Finalist in the 2013 International Book Awards for Thriller/Adventure!

James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
The Midwest Book Review
January 9, 2015

Breach Of Power is a compelling read from first page to last. Author Chuck Barrett demonstrates a complete mastery of the mystery/suspense genre with a contemporary thriller replete with plot twists, turns, and surprises. A solid entertainment, attention Hollywood -- this is the stuff of which blockbuster movies are made! Very highly recommended for personal reading lists and community library Mystery/Suspense collections.

Lee Scott
Florida Times Union
March 10, 2013

Maybe we have Steve Berry to thank. Or it’s because our area happens to be a haven for literary-inclined retirees. Or it could just be the changing book publishing environment. Whatever the reason, Northeast Florida writers these days are producing some pretty darn good independent thrillers.

Best-selling Berry (his latest “The King’s Deception” will be out in June), who grew up in Georgia, lived just over the line in St. Marys for a number of years and a while ago moved to World Golf Village in St. Augustine, maintains a high profile in our books community as a speaker and proponent of things literary. He is also a good judge of talent. His cover blurb on retired air traffic controller Chuck Barrett’s first novel “The Savannah Project” gave the Fernandina author’s initial indie publishing effort a nice boost.

Following last year’s “The Toymaker,” Barrett’s third Jake Pendleton adventure, “Breach of Power,” has Jake and his partner Francesca Catanzaro settled in with an “off the books” private intelligence firm and the President of the United States needs their help.

“Breach of Power” opens the superlatives spigot. Its plot is as fast and solid as anything on the market. The good guys have all the right stuff and the bad guys will bring’s guaranteed you will lose sleep with this one.

You have to wonder why a major publishing house has not picked him up, but if anyone can make indie publishing work it will be Barrett.

Amazon Reviews:

"You'll love Chuck Barrett's latest thriller. Fast paced, full of twists and turns, suspenseful and surprising. The ever-unfolding puzzles keep you glued to your favorite reading chair (or late night in bed) as each cliff-hanging chapter draws you into the next. From start to finish you will enjoy this wonderful thriller. Be sure to read the back-story at the end of the book, explaining how Barrett researched the details for this book to masterfully mix fact and creative fiction. My wife and I have enjoyed all three of Barrett's books and can't wait for what he'll write next."


"Chuck Barrett has a way of grabbing you by the throat and doesn't let go until the very end. The story of Breach of Power begins 70 years ago in Bavaria when a mysterious chase ends tragically for one man ... and opens up a modern-day thriller that takes us breathlessly throughout the United States trying to solve a series of bizarre grave robberies. Along the way we encounter shady politicians, a president with [redacted], good guys with bad toys, and bad guys (and girls) who [redacted].
You get the point: this book is absolutely jam-packed with twists and turns!

To find out whodunit and how everything connects left me breathless as I raced through the pages. Not wanting the book to end, I actually reread Breach of Power and enjoyed it every bit as much the second time around.

This is NOT a beach read: a book you can read, put down, and come back to in a few days. First of all, you won't be able to put it down for more than a few hours, much less a few days. Second, there's too much going on to take that long of a pause. Take it with you on your next vacation, or simply block off the weekend! You won't regret it!"


"Chuck Barrett has surpassed the thrilling twists and turns of "The Toymaker" with his latest Jake Pendleton saga "Breach of Power." Starting with a discovery made in an European glacier, the story crosses international boundaries that points directly to the White House. Pendleton must decipher who's involved, what connections are behind the forces that threaten not only his life, but that of the highest office in the US.

Mr. Barrett's depth of research is evident throughout the novel and this reader was drawn deep into setting and scene as Jake traveled cross country to solve the mystery of the journal, needing to protect the integrity of the Presidency and the US as well.

If you enjoyed "The Savannah Project" and loved "The Toymaker" you will be left breathless by "Breach of Power." The only question that remains to be answered is, "How does Mr. Barrett top this one?""


"Good book very enjoyable thrillers from beginning to end this is author on the rise to the top of the best seller list."


"Mr. Barrett has done it again, and more! I cannot put his books down. This story line gets your attention right from the beginning, which I have come to expect from Mr. Barrett. Jake Pendleton's travels take us from Europe to the White House with a surprise you will not expect. Wow!
Absorbing, action packed, exhilarating. Once again I am left wanting more.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good thriller."