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FREE: Professional Integrity (A Riyria Chronicles Tale)

Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (10,033 ratings)
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One of the genre's favorite pairs returns in a classic fantasy short for both Riyria veterans and first-time readers.

Several years have passed since the war-weary mercenary Hadrian and cynical ex-assassin Royce joined forces to start their thieves-for-hire organization better known as Riyria. Things have gone well enough for the team as they do "jobs" for various nobles throughout Elan. Usually that means stealing something, but when a young heiress asks them to steal her…well, that's a first for the pair. All is not as it seems, but Royce is determined to get the bottom of what's actually going on. After all, he has his professional integrity at stake.

Originally released in the Blackguards anthology published by Ragnarok Publications, this is a standalone short story of 10,800 words. No prior knowledge of The Riyria Revelations or The Riyria Chronicles is required to enjoy it to its fullest, making this a perfect introduction for new readers or a chance for existing fans to spend a little more time with old friends.

©2015 Michael J. Sullivan (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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THANKS FOR THE FREE SHORTY

This free short story by Michael J Sullivan is a wonderful addition to the
Riyria collection. This is a short and complete Riyria story, and is a good
introduction to the collection .

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thieves and wolves

a fantastic short story for all readers. the best short story I've read in years

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Fast&Easy

I like short stories, I can finish in an evening. The style of writing is that of
Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes...

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Excellent short story

You get to spend another hour of your life with Royce and Hadrian for no cost. Add in that Tim Gerard Reynolds is at the mic and you can't beat it!

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second story love it

I tough it was a werewolf but the story got to me never tough it have that ending. love it

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great intro to the Riyria world

This is the first story of Michael J Sullivan's that I heard/read. It's a great story with some great characters. Loved it enough that I got one of his books. Worth the time if you like fantasy.

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A twist you didn't expect.

Funny in the begging & then the first unexpected twist.. It starts to get you wondering in suspense & that's where the second & biggest surprise hits & that makes you at least crack a smile if you don't end up laughing..
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I'm just not sure what book comes next.. I didn't realize the jester was before this until I heard them say about their last job.. Audible needs to show the books in order when they are connected instead of making your customers try and figure it out on my own like I did.. I'm New to all this.. I normally just use my text to speech..

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Mediocre addition to the books.

Not bad for a free audio production by Michael J Sullivan, but not as brilliant as the series.

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Another Awesome Riyria Story!

I love ALL the Riyria stories and Royce and Hadrian are my all time two favorite "fantasy" characters. I love the dry humor and situations they find themselves in. Even though this was a short story, it had a great plot and interesting characters.

I was so excited to learn there will be another Riyria Chronicles story coming out later this year! Woo-Hoo!

Michael Sullivan, thank you so much for releasing this book for free; it was awesome.

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good short story

Great short story that enticed me to continue to listen till the end. And thanks for writing it.

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  • Sten
  • 10-31-15

if only there were more auidiobooks like this one

It was one of the best audio books I've ever listened to.
I higly suggest it.

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  • Salter
  • 05-29-18

Good little short story...

Enjoyed this enough to add the series to my wishlist.
An enjoyable short story that I found intriguing from the very beginning. Recommended of you're after something to complete in one go, or as an introduction to the wider Riyria series. it's free too, so even better!
No prior knowledge of the characters or series is needed as this is standalone.
Very well narrated by Tim Reynolds.

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  • Kerry Howard
  • 12-18-15

Entertaining short story

Entertaining short story from the enjoyable Riyria Chronicles. Not as good as the novels (I am a big fan of the novels), but well-worth a listen. Only downside (and this is totally subjective, and possibly over 'picky'), is I found the narrator's voice for Kristin a little grating.

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  • stephen iles
  • 11-01-15

Captivating short story

Enthralling and well written having an excellent twist in the tail. The whole being held together with a superbly animated narration Bravo

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  • Pip
  • 10-15-15

funny

great we story. definitely recommend it. short funny and gripping. also very very very funny

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  • S
  • 10-11-15

perfect audio book pairing.

Lawrence and Reynolds have become the perfect audio book pairing. the stories and writing are magnificent and the narration is the icing on the cake! hate to say it but I'd give a credit for an hours performance!

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  • Tara
  • 09-05-15

Very entertaining!

Well, I'm hooked. Well done. Utterly unexpected and thoroughly entertaining with great characters perfectly voiced.

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  • ANTHONY MEADE
  • 07-22-15

Great to have Royce & Hadrian back.

A great introduction to M J Sullivan heroic pair & it's free . A fun short story with good twist at the end & humour throughout













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  • Samuelson Obigbesan
  • 07-20-15

Fun characters fantasy setting unexpected ending.

What did you like most about FREE: Professional Integrity (A Riyria Chronicles Tale)?

I really enjoyed the unexpected ending of the story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Unfortunetly, I didn't have one favourite character, I had two. Hadrian and Royce. I always enjoyed their banter and the fact that each of them were so different and at the same time worked well with each other.

What does Tim Gerard Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He brings life to the characters. Through his naration I could here Royce's sarcasm, Hadrian's earnestness and at times I laughed outloud because of the dry way Tim Gerard Reynolds described certain scenes. Yes if I did read the books I would probably be able to hear those character's voices in my head, but because of the narration Tim Gerard Reynolds provided I had good excuse to laugh outloud without the people on the train thinking I'm crazy

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There was a scene, which wasn't exactly moving, but it was quite ironic. Near the end when the Father is lamenting the los of his daughter and then of course things turn out differently.

Any additional comments?

if you like the Riyria series and you want a light reading snack something to occupy your time for about an hour you should pick this short story up.

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  • Diamond
  • 12-16-15

great

great easy listening story. well written light hearted and fun to listen to. debating on buying the full book but will probably go ahead and do it

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  • GarethB
  • 09-05-15

Well wrapped up short tale.

A nice twist or two, the title finally makes sense and wraps up well. A little hard to follow at times. Grateful for another book in this series.

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  • Rosemary Hughes
  • 05-30-19

An enjoyable and enthralling tale!

A young lady engages two thieves to kidnap herself, however, they find more at stake, than a young woman's romantic notion.

l appreciated the way the narrator enhancement of the story. It made it very dramatic.

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  • Randall Oakley
  • 11-18-18

Best short story I've ever read.

Absolutely loved it.
Interesting story line.
Brilliant narration.
Completely believable and engaging characters.
Win, Win, Win.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-05-18

Worth your time

The story was engaging enough to keep my attention from start to finish. The characters were likeable and interesting. The performance was pretty well done, he delivers each line convincingly and even manages to create a unique voice for each character. Overall it is a nice short mystery that's enough to entertain you for the entirety of its run time, and nothing beats the low low price of zero dollars.

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  • Maarten
  • 10-14-16

Pleasant surprise

Came by this little gem by accident. A very entertaining short work from Michael. A must for Riyria fans

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  • Kitty
  • 02-02-16

Professional Integrity

A great little short story. A good intro (or not) to the characters of Riyria.

A good sampling of what Sullivan's stories are about. Was glad to receive this as a free audiobook; as its too short a story to pay for.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-02-19

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