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  • Broken Ink

  • By: Jack L. Pyke
  • Narrated by: Dan Calley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Broken Ink

By: Jack L. Pyke
Narrated by: Dan Calley
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Carrying a tattoo on your skin no longer just comes with a risk of infection. Get the composition right, and you have the latest mind-control drug on the market. It’s the sex-traders’ dream...or worst nightmare, depending on the concentrated dose of the ink and just who’s wearing it.

For Kiyen, the ink means he’s able to strip raw the minds of the best and worst of society. He’s one of MI7’s top killers, and never more driven to select and take down a target.

For Falen, the ink has ensured he’s spent his early years as a willing sex slave and low-grade empath. Hiding out in a small town, Fal’s hoping to stay under the radar of MI7 and their specialist killers.

But the ink itself has a mind of its own, wanting to ignite the natural dynamics driving a dom and sub, so when Kiyen is forced into Fal’s small world, prejudice battles a pure need to touch. The only problem is: Kiyen’s on the run, and in a world where thought can be the worst crime of all, Fal’s in for a fight for his sanity to find out just what it is that’s making a young killer run for his life.

©2015 Jack L. Pyke (P)2020 Jack L. Pyke

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One of my favorites

I read Broken Ink for the first time maybe four or five years ago. It has stayed with me over the years. Jack Pyke has the ability to put a wild story on paper and make you care about the characters. I think her characters are what I like best about her books. Broken Ink is no exception. I love the characters. This one has always pulled at my heart and caused those blasted tears to leak. Highly Recommended!

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Dark Beauty

4 Black Roses
5 Black Flames

Narrator Dan Calley gives a devastating and soul-crushing performance of the dreadful first installment of the Broken INK series. Don’t get me wrong, there was nothing wrong with his performance or the book. I am trying to convey the dark emotions this author/narrator duo created. This is not your everyday MM romance or a story told from afar, but rather a living experience.

Dan successfully narrated an extremely intrinsic audiobook, chock-a-block full of various characters of all ages. What a massive undertaking! His vocal versatility sounds like an entire cast of narrators is at the helm instead of just a single British dude. Well done!

I recuperated from the experience weaning myself from the distressing Inky invasion by listening to Black Sabbath then Nirvana and finishing with some UB40. It was not until the Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes that I fully recovered.

How do you explain a beautiful painting? How do you explain the feelings you have when you put your dead family member in the ground. That’s how difficult it is to explain this audiobook. It has a dark beauty to it. It intrigues and sucks you in, plants seeds of possible interest which arouse curiosity, then slams that f@#$er in your face only to make you cringe and suffer until you are released to only repeat the whole damn f@#$ng sick cycle over and over, until the end. By then, you are so sick and addicted making you wonder why book 2 is not available yet.

I have questions: Where does the INK come from? Is it alien in nature? What is up with rape and torture and kink? Does it feed on extreme emotions? Can it spread? Are we safe?

Phew,, I do recommend this audiobook. It is dark, twisted, sexy, and not for the faint-hearted.

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excellent concept

Would I listen to it again: yes
Did the story keep me engaged: yes
Was I invested in the characters: yes

📖 Jack L Pyke has the unique ability to break me into pieces then put me back together again.
Broken Ink is dark, intense and contains heinous acts of the worst of men, throw in the paranormal element of tattoo ink that takes on a life of its own and you have a uniquely twisted, compelling and heart wrenching story with a very damaged soul at its centre.

I did find myself losing track of characters as there are quite a few in the story and often needed to repeat a chapter if I wasn't concentrating or had been distracted. Overall though, I enjoyed Broken Ink, this is a complex story containing challenging topics that I thought were well handled, the story has a good pace, my heart broke for Kiyen and the "first" children and the horrors their lives contained.

I see there is a sequel to Broken Ink in the works, I'm glad ... because I have questions...and need more 😁

🎧 I enjoyed Dan Calley's narration and think he's done a good job narrating Broken Ink. I had no problem distinguishing characters and the rhythm, inflections and intonations all worked to convey the emotions of the characters, the tension, suspense and horrors of the story.

< I received a complimentary copy of this audio at my request - it has in no way influenced my review. >

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Beautiful Dark Story

I enjoyed this story, it is so very dark and intense and heart wrenching. This book has elements of mystery, suspense, paranormal and bit of romance. Twists and turns of Broken Ink kept me on the edge of my seat and I had no idea what will happen next or when will Kiyen catch a break. Narrator did a good job and I liked his smooth British accent. I am looking forward to more books by this author/ narrator team.

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Definitely a Jack L. Pyke book

I love Jack L. Pyke’s Don’t series. Those books are serious mind fucks and I love that. I followed those characters through a lot, and with each book the cast of characters grew and I felt like I knew each one so I was okay adding more. Broken Ink was definitely a mind fuck, but I struggled a bit more with it than the series, perhaps because there was just so much going on. The concept was brilliant – ink that takes on a life of its own and controls the person who is inked. Kiyen is only eighteen but has lived a dark life, directed by MI7 – the paranormal unit. As a First he’s been tasked with some pretty horrible things and I wondered if there was room for redemption with him.

And maybe this is where I kind of got lost – I don’t read a lot of paranormal books, although I’m always in awe of the world-building that goes on. There are all the things you expect from a Jack book – sex, violence, and swearing – this one includes sensitive issues such as child abuse.

I can recommend the book, to be sure, but be warned you’re in for a wicked ride.

Dan Calley narrated the book and he was, as always, very solid. His performances always suit Jack’s dark characters and I think he did a great job. Can’t wait for more from this duo.

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Fantastic, not to be missed!

Words cannot express how much I enjoyed this unique novel from Jack L. Pyke! It was gorgeous and lyrical while being quite dark at times. Just a fantastic listen and Dan Calley once again did an amazing job narrating this!

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Brilliant

Broken Ink is a stunningly beautiful book with fresh and completely inventive ideas, captivating characters, engaging dialogue, and it's all flawlessly executed.

Broken Ink only further cements Jack's 'auto buy' status and I couldn't be more thrilled.

Narrator, Dan Calley, is incredible!

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