After a disappointing experience with "Hunted," I decided to give Mr. Johnstone a second try with "Breakdown." If possible, "Breakdown" is worse. The characters are poorly drawn, stereotypical and completely one-dimensional. As with Mr. Johnstone's other work, the plot is utterly predictable. A particularly annoying habit is Mr. Johnstone's interjection of himself into the story (a la Hitchcock) as a right-thinking, long-suffering writer. I cannot imagine the government having much interest in Mr. Johnstone or his body of work. If you long for conservative rhetoric, read William F. Buckley. If you want great adventure, try Jack London. Mr. Johnstone's work gives pulp fiction (and conservative views) a bad name.