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Slated for execution, shape-shifting assassin Dahlia Nite flees her world to hide in the human realm. As payment for the shelter they unknowingly provide, Dahlia dedicates herself to protecting humans from what truly lives in the shadows. Moving from town to town, she hunts the creatures that threaten an unsuspecting human race, burying the truth that could destroy them all.   

But the shadows are shifting. The lies are adding up. When Sentinel City is threatened by a series of bizarre brutal murders, light is shed on what should never be seen. The secrets that have kept humanity in the dark for centuries are in danger of being exposed.   

Wrestling with a lifetime of her own deceptions, Dahlia investigates the killings while simultaneously working to conceal their circumstances. But with each new murder, the little bit of peace she has found in this world begins to crumble. Each new clue leads her to the one place she thought to never go again: home.   

Flash Point is the first audiobook in the Nite Fire series.

©2017 C. L. Schneider (P)2018 C.L. Schneider

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Snark & fire magic - what's not to love?

What a fun and intense urban fantasy! I really enjoyed this book and had trouble putting it down. I was giving my pets a frowny face when I had to set aside my book to feed them dinner. And I love my pets, so that’s not something I say lightly. Dahlia Nite is my kind of hero. She’s got snark, strength, smarts, and practical footwear. I love that she doesn’t have any qualms about a little breaking and entering if it means catching a bad guy. She’s already got enough weighing her conscience down; why add on some piddly little stuff like arson if it means one less predator is on the loose? The story does start off with a smidge of high fantasy, as we first meet Dahlia in her native world of dragons and shape shifters. Events fall out so that Dahlia has to flee her home and she ends up in our world. Step forward 100 years, and you have the bulk of this story. People from her home world put in appearances and they definitely complicate her (mostly) human life. Dahlia is working as an arson consultant with the local police. Pretty soon the series of supposedly spontaneous combustions has the police on edge. Dahlia knows it’s one of her kind, but not who and there’s no way she can explain all that to the human police. Casey Evans eventually becomes her enthusiastic side kick. I really liked this guy. Every career-oriented lady needs a side kick like Evans. Then Detective Alex Creed was fun because he’s such a cynical curmudgeon. Dahlia has a hard time lying to him because she knows that he can tell when she’s lying and it bothers her. These two have a touching moment later and that’s when I truly let Creed in. I knew then that I wanted him on Dahlia’s team. There’s more than 1 murderer, and more than 1 psychopath, but not all get what they deserve. It was complicated and I like complicated, messy. That’s life. Dahlia gains much from her experiences in this story, but she also loses at least one important thing. The story ends wrapping things up well for this book but with enough open for a sequel (which I look forward to very much). 5/5 stars. The Narration: Cassandra King did some amazing things with her voice for this book. How the heck did she do that? and then that? And this other voice over here? I was very surprised by her diversity of voices. She made a very excellent angry dragon, a creepy female psycho path, an endearing snarky hero, a grumpy detective, a boxing trainer, and so much more. It was truly excellent how she portrayed this book. On the technical side, I did notice a few small sections where the volume went a little high or a little low. Other than that, excellent narration. 4.75/5 stars. I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by C.L. Schneider. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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I didn't think I was going to like this

I decided to give it a try & I am glad Il did. I loved it. Dahlia is a super cool badass! I enjoy her personality & demeanor. She is smart and dangerous. Her story escape from her world was lucky and she healed and began a quest. The story is full of action, drama & some humor. The author did a great job. Definite thumbs up for the narrator. I recommend this book!

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Unique Paranormal Mystery Story

MC from another reality who has been living in our reality for near on 100 yrs. There is a horrific Murder Scene and Dehlia Nite is a consultant called in on the case. Dehlia is partnered up with a Crusty Detective who does not work well with others. Schneider has written a Great start to this Series and I am looking forward to more of his writing. Narrator does a Great job with this story.

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A Pretty Darn Amazing Story

I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way for my opinions on this story. Dahlia Nite – possibly the most bad ass character I have come across in quite some time – is an exiled Dragon shifter from Drimera. Running from her inevitable (completely ridiculous – in my humble opinion) execution through one of the exits into our world. Once here she proceeds to keep the human race safe and completely ignorant of all the creepy crawlies that go bump in the night. However things are starting to heat up (Pun So Intended) and Dahlia is having a tough time because the more the story continues – the more obvious it becomes she might have to go back to the one place she never thought she would return. There were so many things just right with this book. Dahlia really is this incredibly strong and independent character. She gives bad ass new meaning. Once this really scary, cold hearted executioner, I absolutely adored seeing her softer side. Especially seeing as this softer side is the reason she was exiled in the first place. Then we get to the story line – intense, action and mystery filled with incredibly great world building by C.L. Schneider. The imagery was so well done and easy to visualize and imagine that I at times, found myself lost in this really colourful (if sometimes a little dark and morose) world. Add in the amazingly well written supporting characters, from the returning ex to the mysterious bartender and computer geek this book pretty much had it all. The narration was pretty on par – Dahlia’s character sounded exactly as I would have imagined her to with this rough, and a little growly voice. The narrator had a very easy to listen to cadence to her voice and I quite easily lost myself to her story telling ability. All in all a pretty darn amazing read.

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A dragon Consultant

Dahlia is from a place where Dragons rule. An assignment goes wrong. On the run for several decades. They stop hunting her when she works to coverup crimes by beings not from earth. She’s teamed with a human detective Kacy Evans. His view of things are different than most people. I personally love Evans! He’s hilarious! He sees himself as the side kick and Dahlia is the super hero. I totally enjoyed this book! There are 3 books in the series so far. Book 2 Chain Reaction is available on Audible!

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shape-shifting assassin Dahlia Nite was set to be executed until she fled to the human world; and for 97 years she lived relatively in peace until a set of murders that she is hired as a consultant leads back to her.

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Fantasy Murder Mystery

Dahlia, our protagonist is a 100-year-old dragon shifter self-exiled to our world from her own, one that runs parallel with "exits" that allow movement between. She looks like a young 20-something and acts like a teenager half the time. Her internal dialog also lacks maturity, but she is a kick-ass assassin who can take out most of the bad guys. This book is as much murder mystery, crime drama as it is fantasy. Good world-building and character development throughout. The 15-hour Audible version would have been better served as something under 12 hours (or even 10!).

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Different Kind Of Story

This was a very different story from what I have read before. It starts fast and keeps going from there. The whole concept the author used is something I have never read before. I enjoyed the entire story from start to finish. The narrator did an awesome job during the entire story. I love dragons but this story portrayed them in an entirely different light, that could disturb some people, but others will like it. There is a mystery here and I can’t wait to find out how it develops from here. I received a free copy of this audio book from Story Origin for an honest review.

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Yes please, give me more!

Oh my gosh!!! All I could think is it can’t be over… then I remembered book 2 is already out!! Yay! If you can’t tell I love this book. Seriously C.L. Schneider is amazing!!! Flash Point grabbed my attention from the very first scene. I am super happy I read this book. The writing is exquisite. I felt as if I was in this other world and I honestly can’t wait to journey back. Schneider has given each character so much personality and this story just comes to live with every scene. Cassandra King is great at narrating each character. I can sense the behaviors of each as much as I can hear them. I feel as if I’m right there throughout the entire story. The whole production flows seamlessly. I’m not sure if I’ve heard this narrator before, but I do know I enjoyed listening to her throughout this adventure. All and all this is an amazing story. I can’t go through all of the characters because it would take too long and I’d probably give too much information, but you will absolutely love Dahlia and her kick-ass crew. They are all amazing. In a world of the otherworldly there is no way to not fall in headfirst. Definitely a must read in my book. Now onto book 2. I’m way too excited!!! I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by C.L. Schneider. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Dark and Gritty Urban Fantasy with Dragon Shifters

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by C.L. Schneider. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it. Dahlia Nite is a kick-ass dragon shifter assassin. But one day her empathic abilities awaken, keeping her from being able to complete a job. Failure in her duties is inexcusable; Dahlia is slated for execution and ends up in exile. She spends her exile living among the humans, working as a liaison to the police department and covering up crimes committed by things that go bump in the night. I liked Dahlia, she's strong, brave, and no-nonsense. She doesn't waste time or feelings, despite being an empath, and fights to get the job done and to protect the humans around her. As a character with a broken past, she's got the toughest will. But unfortunately, her past catches up with her and we learn about the horrors as the plot unfolds. Plot-wise, the book was gritty and dark. Very dark, very horrific. The lead villain was atrocious; not redeemable despite the villain's experiences that most definitely contributed to the raging hate and destruction. The plot was definitely not a fun urban fantasy romp: you won't find a happy romantic subplot. This book is all Tragedy and action all the time. There's definitely a satisfying end to the horrific character, but not everyone gets what they deserve. I did enjoy the world-building and dragon/shifter/lyrriken creatures. I enjoy creatures, the more unique the better. The audio narration was great! Great voices and tone. Cassandra King shows a range of abilities in portraying the different characters and their motivations. She depicts the creepy psycho, mean dragon queen, and jaded detectives quite well. Looking forward to book 2!

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  • 08-08-20

Fire, Dragons and Other Worlds

Dahlia Nite, trained assassin from a parallel universe. Part dragon, part human, with the ability to shift between both. When she shifts into the scales of her ancestors, Dahlia can use her ability's of empathy to understand what happened at the time of the victims death. With her psychic abilities, along with her forensic skills she helps her local police force to discover who or what is on a murder spree in the town she loves. Schneider has created a magical and realistic world leaving its scars still hurting after its final word. With plethora of interlocking characters and story lines, the reader is pulled in and taken along on Dahlia’s journey from one murder to the next. King’s delivery was perfect, reinforcing the deep and realistic characters of Sentinal City, her warm voice and ability to breath life into the characters had me believing I was right along side Dahlia throughout all the action. This book reminded me why I enjoy audio books, and with book two already bought, I can’t wait get book three due for release in October.

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  • Drax17
  • 08-21-20

Meh

This did not do anything for me. I was really excited by all the positive reviews but didn't grab me. I kept listening hoping I could get into it, but never happened. I did finish it though. Didn't like the story, wasn't fussed on the narrator, clearly Im missing something with this one.