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An imperial family is found butchered. Officers of God are called to investigate. Evidence points to a rebel group trying to seed fear into the very heart of the empire itself. 

Inspector Khlid takes the case and begins a harrowing hunt for those responsible. But when a larger conspiracy comes to light, will Inspector Khlid be able to trust those working within her own precinct?

©2021 Daniel Greene (P)2021 Daniel Greene

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Praise the Goblin King

Let me lay it on the line
He has two on the vine.
I mean two sets of narrators;
So divine

On an algorithm made of crystal
He patrolls the land
With knife and tattoo
In his perfect hand

Here comes Daniel
in control
Readers dig his prose
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Hes publishing
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Great start to a world. Minor hangups.

Overall I enjoyed this short journey. I just wanted to write one thing that bothered me a little bit. I'm a Materials Engineer with some experience in metallurgy, and the concept of "a new way to manufacture steel" bothered be quite a bit. I could've looked past it if there was a little bit of explanation as to the method, but the vague way that this was introduced and not explained threw me off. Its cool because I wanted to know more, but also not because I cant imagine a more efficient way to make steel that would allow us to "pave the streets with it". Hope there is some elbaortation on this in the continuation and it doesn't just stay a new way to make steel that is somehow much more efficient without explanation. And Daniel if you're reading this, I would be happy to be your materials science consultant haha.

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The beginning of greatness.

Daniel, thank you for writing this story!

As far as the audiobook goes, there’s no one out there better than Kate Reading and Michael Kramer.

I’m excited for the next two novellas, as well as the larger novels set in this budding world.

Some major Stephen King energy right off the bat - a story that makes you really think and ask questions. Since it’s a quick listen (and/or read) I’d highly recommend this to anyone reading this review! You won’t be disappointed.

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potential

so being a fan of daniels YT channel I bought the book and I'm a bit torn. the cons first

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characters felt bland aside from our MC the other characters didn't feel alive to me. chapman and williams I really felt could have had more impact and needed more development. sam could have been a dog for as little as he was developed. I didn't find myself attached to anyone really aside from khlid

the first half of the story slow, not slow like setting up the story just kind of meh not much feeling or humor and only basic level introductions. I'll get to back half in the pros.

a bit too much forshadowing. the mystery of it all was a bit given away.

pros

khlid is well written. if he had the pages to bring along the other characters like he did with her alot of my cons would be solved.

the final 90mins or so saved the book for me. I really enjoyed the final 20 minutes especially. good job on the ending DG!

I like the world although I would have preferred a bit more description in the beginning to really help set the time period. had he mentioned the breech loaded guns earlier it would have allowed me really feel the setting a bit earlier. still though the setting and world are good.

it's his first book and while it's not great there are issues, overall I did enjoy it and if he trusts himself to allow a bit more side character development in his next books my issues with performance would be gone. keep it up daniel I have faith in you.

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I'm in. Excited to see where the story goes

I will preface this by saying that I've been subscribed to him for years, and have watched many of his videos regarding progress of his worldbuilding. It is very likely that has affected my enjoyment in a positive way.
If you are not subscribed to his channel, I am not sure what you would think. Personally I've been hyped for his series for a while.

What did I like?
The tone - This book sets the tone wonderfully with the gruesome introduction. The overall vibe is pretty grimdark in my opinion but there is still fun to be had. I finished the novel in a good mood. The fight scenes come across as brutal but not sickening.
The characters - They were certainly well realized and I enjoying getting their perspective on the events in the book.
The worldbuilding - The world itself is pretty bleak with so many sprinkles of mystery involving the society.
The ending - I will not spoil it, but the reactions from the characters of the events unfolding are very realistic. I was on the edge of my seat.

What can be improved?
There were quite a few minor things that drew me out of it a little bit, but not enough to halt enjoyment.

I understand that, being a novella, there isn't the time to establish certain character motivations and morals. There were a few occurrences where a character is introduced by acting a certain way that, as we are told, contradicts actions they usually take. The thing is, we're not introduced to them in their normal state. The one example I can think of is Sam when he doesn't want word to get out of details of the crime scene yet he's described as trusting or how we're told the police chief is a good person after he's seen being a jerk to the main character. I guess this stuck out more just because this happened quite a lot.
A possible way to remedy this is to include a brief scene of seeing Sam trust a guard with some important task before entering the crime scene, or showing the chief's concerned reaction to Khlid's return to the station in her state.

It would have also been nice to see a grip too at some point. Granted, I feel that could be perceived as showing your cards too early so that one is understandable.

As always, Kate Reading and Michael Kramer are amazing.

That's all I can think of for now. I'm very excited to see what happens next. Keep on truckin'

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A Vivid Horror, Fantasy, & Detective Mashup

I saw this pop up on Audible and stopped what I was reading out of pure nosiness. I follow the authors YouTube channel regularly if not avidly, and curiosity got the better of me. I'm pleased to find that the novella is quite good!

THE GOOD

Prose & Storytelling: This reads very well, with straight forward but vivid prose that effectively conveys the horror elements of the story, as well as the hard-boiled detectives personalities. No flowery imagery here, just the facts ma’am. But for a debut novel, this was far better than I expected. The story flows smoothly and the author has a confident voice.

"Khlid pulled a cigarette from her pocket and took a moment to pity the man with so little to lose. A boom of distant thunder cemented the dread in her stomach."

Characters: Despite the brevity of the story, I was impressed with how quickly I came to know and care for the characters. We follow three characters, all detectives, and two of them a married couple. There is some fun dialogue and testosterone soaked rivalry going on that made me chuckle. The bond between the married couple was touching, contrasting with their decisiveness, competence, and violence when needed.

Worldbuilding: We only get some broad brush-strokes of what this world is all about, but what we see is tantalizing. It seems to be some subtle criticism of social upper classes will be a theme in the series moving forward, with a God and seeming demi-gods at the center of the world being built.

Action: The author effectively creates and sustains tension during several action scenes, and the horror elements were quite visceral in their descriptions. There were a few genuine edge-of-your-seat moments.

Ambitious: I can see where some readers may not care for the ultimate ending, but my take was that it shows the author is willing to be bold, and go to some dark places. This is not a book for kids, and I love this dark and horrific vibe. Not what I was expecting from a Fantasy author.

THE BAD...ISH?

Complete Story, but Too Short: The only negative I can think of for this story is that it is too short. Just as I'm really getting into it, the story ends. I know that more is coming, but I can't quite give this top marks, not because of the quality of the content, but because the brevity of the format.

THE VERDICT

This feels like an epic prologue to a great story to come. I will be first in line for the next novella!

4 out of 5 stars

p.s. This audiobook featured the always reliable Kate Reading and Michael Kramer, who of course did a great job.

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Amazing first book

I went into this book expecting it to be somewhat okay due to it being his first ever book but boy was I wrong. Opening scene hooked me right away, and I ended up immediately binging the entire book. Very interesting and thought provoking world with well written characters that show a lot of promise for what’s next to come in this series. Only complaint I have is that this is the only book out currently.

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I don't like Kate reading performance.

Kate will read a line of words and at the end it will go up in volume for the last word. I know she is very popular voice performer but sure wish authors would pick someone else or maybe change how she speaks so it's normal. It's really hard to focus on the story when she does this. As far as the book goes it was good. There are sharp transitions a couple of times but other than that it's a good book.

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Great start to a new series.

I enjoyed the majority of this book, which did a great job of giving listeners an introduction to the world. The characters were well written, and I really want to know what happens next. My only real complaint is the lack of Magic systems. Two were teased on the author's Youtube channel but only lightly introduced in the book and not very clearly. Still, it was a fun listen and I'll be grabbing the next one.

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A Good First Outing

Hey, Daniel wrote a book!

And I read it. Or rather, listened to it because of the early release on audible.

Either way, I was really impressed by our resident goblin boy’s first outing as an author. It was short and to the point, yet there was a lot of world building and character. Khlid was a great main character and the chemistry with her husband was one of my favorite parts of the book. Their marriage actually felt real in the sense that you could tell they cared deeply about each other, but they would call each other out and have friction due to their chosen professions and strong personalities.

The prose was good here too. Lots of incredibly vivid descriptions of the environment, but what sticks out to me are the crime scenes and creatures. It was delightfully gross and perhaps a bit indulgent, yet it matched the story and the tone. This allowed for the action scenes to be pretty tense as there was also a clear sense of consequences.

The world itself is interesting. I was reminded very much of a more advanced Luthadel in Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson, where we are following people who work under the Lord Ruler instead of actively fighting against him. It was angle I didn’t really think of before and it’s part of what makes me want to continue forward with this novella series.

Now let’s talk about my issues. I understand that this is a novella, but I felt as though we could have used more time to just spend with the characters and delve further into certain plot points. This story is told primary from Khlid’s perspective, but we also get the point of view of another character who becomes more important later on. I feel as though this additional perspective could have been fleshed out or removed entirely. Perhaps the author plans on incorporating this perspective more effectively in the next installments, but here it felt a bit out of place. Also, I didn’t always agree with the creative direction the author took, especially at the end where the characters face a lot of those consequences I mentioned earlier.

Overall, Breach of Peace is a really good novella that I’m eager to see where these plot threads end up. I’m going to give it a 7 out of 10 and highly recommend checking it out. The audiobook especially is worth a listen because of Kate Reading’s performance being able to build on the emotions and personality in the text. Looking forward to see what else Daniel can accomplish as an author.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-04-21

A Decent Debut

Pick it up if you are a fan of the genre.

I have both compassion and patience for debut authors. After all, we must start somewhere right? Also it is a novela so the story is only just beginning.

I applaud the meticulous effort gone into self-publishing and the myriad of responsibilities that entails. it is quite an achievement and better to have something written and out there rather than sitting on an idea and it remaining on a word processor.

This is an enjoyable enough detective-style romp and the ending made me feel things were about to get far more interesting.

That now being said, I found the work a little bit derivative thematically and contextually, and the characterisation loose. For example having a 'Ministry of Truth' which felt straight out of Orwell's 1984.

I found it difficult to love and root for the characters as in truth I didn't feel vested in their journey as much as I would have liked. The relationships weren't developed enough and the dialogue felt indifferent in places. The basic prose, while moving the story along at a brisk pace would have been served better in my opinion by some deeper characterisation, especially with the key relationships.

The action, of which there are a few tense and potentially riveting moments, missed the mark in its lack of descriptive detail and atmospheric build up.

it was as if some of the scenes took place on a minimalist theatre stage rather than in a living, breathing world.

I'm still interested to see how the world-building and story develop from here as the set up for an engaging and satisfying payoff is front and centre by the end of the book.

If the story is deftly handled and builds sufficiently in Book 2, all the exposition can be written off as a slow-start that builds into a fascinating crescendo.

And I would love to see that.

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  • Scattybeth
  • 03-18-21

First book success!

A brilliant introduction into this world, everything you could want from a novella, as long as you enjoy being left wanting more! Can't wait for the next installment.

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  • B. Turner
  • 05-05-21

Good start but way to short!

I have enjoyed this greatly but I do feel cheated that a whole credit has been charged for what is just a very short story or a single episode!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-28-21

Excellent new urban fantasy.

This was an excellent introduction to a new fantasy world. There are some triggers warnings, so do look those up if you are a sensitive reader, but I really enjoyed this. Not sure if I'm more impressed by Daniel Greene's writing style (so descriptive) or by the fact that he got Michael Kramer and Kate Reading to narrate it.

I guess all that's left to say is: I want more!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-21-21

Great book can't wait for more

I really enjoyed this book and was disappointed when it ended. I'm really looking forward to listening to more from Daniel Green and with the amazing Micheal Kramer and Kate Reading bringing the story to life its great. Well worth a read/listen

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  • patrick sheppard
  • 04-15-21

I hope there's more to come

could have done with being 10 hours longer but I enjoyed this audible book. the performance is what I have come to expect from those 2 first class, and the story although short was never the less sweet.

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  • Dino Mijic
  • 04-07-21

Intriguing and dark

Daniel Greene's debut novel exceeds expectations. It is a great setup for something great. Dark and mysterious atmosphere in quite a cruel world promises horror with epic fantasy world building.
Michael Kramer and Kate Reading, as always, give soul to characters, and will make you connect to them even in this short novel.

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  • Kathy
  • 04-04-21

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4.5/5

As a first dip into Greene's created world, Breach of Peace is an intruiging and atmospheric read.

The Good:
- Good characterisation despite the short length of the novella. I genuinely cares about our main characters and what happens to them.
- The scene and world was set well. Not an all encompassing view but a little toe dip into this new world.
- The descriptions were horrifyingly brilliant.

What could have been better?:
- Occasional pacing issues.
- The epilogue felt disjointed from the rest of the novel.

CW: graphic murder scenes including child murder, gore, violence.

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  • Richard McIntyre
  • 04-03-21

It's Elementary

Daniel Greene's debut novella is finally here and it sure is something. King, Martin, Jordan and Abercrombie mixed into one big beautiful pot and the result is amazing. A fantastic horrific read great for fantasy readers and those who enjoy sleuth fiction as well. For those who love Sherlock Holmes, Stephen King and Joe Abercrombie you are sure to have fun with this one. A brilliant introduction to this world perfectly executed. If I had one minor gripe it's just that I would've preferred a full blown novel, but thoroughly enjoyed this one none the less and I want more. Can't wait for Daniel to start the real series.

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  • Charles
  • 03-22-21

A gripping and thrilling first entry

I was very excited to get my hands on this audiobook, after hearing of its slightly early release and i was not disappointed.
The Narration was stellar, which is only to be expected of otherworldly duo of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer, and the story was immediately intriguing and engrossing.
For a first novella it has certainly got me excited to explore the world and see what is to come next.
My one complaint is its just so dang short!!!
It felt like it ended right when it was getting started
I listened to it all in one sitting and now i want more.
Well done my good Goblin sir!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-22-21

A good debut for this young author

So, this felt like a mixture of Judge Dredd (the officers with judicial powers), Dresden Files (dark, supernatural investigations), Full Metal Alchemist (government level conspiracy and powerful monsters in positions of authority) with Sanderson sprinkled all over it (writing style and Warbreaker level conspiracy). The first half was a little bit difficult to follow as there was a lot of new things to digest in the world. The second half was a very interesting climatic ending. The writing style/confidence improved the further along I got through the book.

This book felt a little bit incomplete though. I felt like it could have been fleshed out with a couple more hours introducing the world before the investigation. There could have been some intrigue between the investigation and the climax and that could have created a great, extended novel.

There was a blatant foreshadowing statement early on though there was lacking gravitas and I wasn't invested enough in the character yet to care.

The author's writing style is good. In the first half I sort of cringed here and there but it was fine. However the second half felt much better. I felt the author was improving during this novel.

What I seriously did not appreciate however was the forced and blatant insertion of the word "gender politics" early on and, out of the blue, that it took me out of the story. I literally had to stop that day and it left a sour taste. It didn't even add anything later and the term isn't further explained in the context of his fictional world. You can tell the author is a young American in their early 20s and uses Twitter as this topic is prevalant amongst that demographic. The term will be outdated in a few years and is culturally irrelevant to the rest of the world. While this authors writing is maturing this lack of subtlety and a need to force agenda demonstrates a lack of maturity as an individual who still needs to explore life, other countries and cultures. A good example is Robert Jordan who studied, went to war, married etc and his writing in the Wheel of Time series demonstrates a lack of distraction from current events, or at least it was so subtle that it makes no impression in reading his books today.

You can also tell the youth of the author due to the content. There's a dark fascination with death and gore in this story and it's something I have found all too often with young fantasy writers who haven't done much by way of creative writing before.

Finally, having two narrators for this 3 hour novel was a really bad idea. It's not the best idea to have multiple authors in a long book but there's time to adjust... It is however incredibly confusing in this 3 hour short story. The author should only use one narrator if their future books are going to be this short. Additionally, I think it would be better if they found an alternate voice actor for their portfolio of books instead of borrowing from Jordan and Sanderson. There's a diverse pool of fantastic voice talent out there. I imagine the author can sample books on audible to find a narrator that they like. For example David Bateson, who plays Agent 47 in the Hitman games, has an excellent voice for audio books.

In any case, I ultimately did enjoy the overall novel. The author needs a bit of work in developing their writing skills and maturity but I think they're on their way.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-24-21

Fantastic

Very excellent, but It left me wanting more than just a 3 hour story.
I will say the change and narrators voice kinda throws you off balance.
Again, a very excellent book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-23-21

Very strong first showing for Daniel Greene

Great performance as always from Michael and Kate.
the story was intriguing and served as a great introduction to Daniels world, I really look forward to seeing what else he can show us of it.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-15-21

Really impressed with Daniel's fist book

I follow Daniel on Youtube and was very excited to read his book. I really liked it, I just wish we had more. He has created a compelling and interesting world with great characters.
If you see this Daniel, good job! Looking forward to the next one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-08-21

Awesome First Book!!

A great first publication. interesting characters and a compelling plot line, i look forward to reading whatever you write next. Also great performance by Michael and Kate as always

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-06-21

Yep

Thought the story was good. Wasnt a fan of the lady doing the voice over. Better to read I think

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  • Troy Priestland
  • 03-29-21

Great read

Really enjoyed this, look forward to seeing where the story leads. Narrators are awesome as usual. Happily recommend

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  • Jake
  • 03-26-21

Better then i thought it would be.

I'm a fan of Daniel Greene's YouTube channel, but in truth didn't have big expectations for this book. The start didn't grab me but the middle and that awesome ending had my full attention. Really was pleasantly surprised by this book, keen for more. Chapman is my boy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-24-21

It's great, give it a read!

I was hesitant to get it but I really enjoyed it.
excellent story/pacing and great narrating. looking forward to Daniel's future books

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  • Sam
  • 03-22-21

A Pleasant Surprise

I loved the book. My only criticism is with the novella format itself. I would have liked to build a stronger connection to the characters.