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Flash Point

Nite Fire, Volume 1
Narrated by: Cassandra King
Series: Nite Fire Series, Book 1
Length: 15 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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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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Entertaining Urban Fantasy

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily posting this review and all opinions expressed herein are my own.

As a fan of urban fantasy and mystery books, the blurb on this book intrigued me. A strong no BS female protagonist? Check. A police procedural with interesting murders (she's an arson investigator). Double Check. She's a shapeshifter trying to fit in and protect humans (after being an assassin!). Wow. Yes, please. Plus her personal life is messy. Now you're just over the top.

The character of Dalia is so well developed that you empathize with her (fear for her) as she tries to hide the truth of who she really is from her police partners. Then you understand when she engages (again) with her former lover who is absolutely wrong for her but is a habit she can't shake because in the moment... Well, in the moment, who is really thinking clearly?? And the dialogue just crackles. And you laugh as she shows up the guys at the gym.

The backstory/world building which resulted in Dalia's fall from grace and ending up on Earth was well drawn out and helped you understand her need to protect humans (and her current home). I enjoyed how her dragon lineage helped her investigate arson (fire breather - get it?) and helped her cover up any possible other wordly connections to the crimes.

The narrator, Cassandra King, was phenomal. She has an excitement in her voice which pulls you into the story as the action ramps up. She did different voices for the various characters, allowing the listener to easily differentiate them. There were no audio issues.

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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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Dahlia Nite was more

Dahlia Nite was one badass with a heart of sorts. She had some standards and morals. She did what no one was expecting from her. She became the protector of the world she sot out refuge in. Dahlia was strong, determined, and well worth the listen. She was the light in the night or should I say nite. Well written, well narrated, well-rounded characters that had depth and dimension. The world was well captivated and visualized.

Right from the start. Some may feel like this moves too slow. Speed up the audio is my recommendation. Or you may just need to really pay attention. This world was rich and filling. You will find a protector with more than the skill to back her up. She was compassionate, determined, skilled, and driven. Where will things go next. I really, really want to know. So, yes I will be there when it comes out.

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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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Worth a read/listen!

I really enjoyed this story and loved the strong female lead. well written well performed! it was fun to get lost in this new world and I look forward to enjoying another book from this author. I don't want to give too much away in spoilers but I really enjoyed the adventure and action in this book because the author painted such a vivid scene for me. all around well done loved it

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Captivating!!!!

I absolutely love this book. I am really looking forward to reading/listening to more by C. L. Schneider❤❤❤

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Wait for it...

I don't often do audiobook reviews, however, I very much enjoyed this book and wanted to share my thoughts. First, DON'T STOP TOO SOON. When I began listening, I was greatly dismayed by the narrator and I was confused at what was going on. The narrator was so slow that I had to speed it up or go mad. Well, in speeding it up, it also sounded better, and peaked my interest quickly enough. So, if bad narrators immediately put you off, WAIT, and give it a chance with adjustments. My confusion didn't last long, but I think the narration kerfuffle had me in a weird state of mind at the beginning. That said, my second thing is pay attention. This is not a book to mindlessly listen to while doing housework or other activities. The devil IS in the details of this book, so listen carefully. Not long in, you will find you don't have to listen hard - it becomes so easy to become immersed in the writing, characters, and universe, no effort needed.

Once I got past the "adjustment period", I found that this is a GREAT book. The story is original and has a very interesting and well thought out reality. The societal structure, government, and cultural values are richly conveyed throughout the book, and in such a way that it isn't a massive brain dump, but we get it in pieces (some larger than others). The characters are quite vivid, and have unique personalities. I loved that several times I though I "knew" a character and therefore how they would act or respond, only to find that I was so very wrong. They acted according to their personality type, but they are not cookie cutter or placeholders, and added multiple dimensions to the story. The protagonist is an interesting mix of badass and hothead, which was sometimes entertaining. But she also maintained compassion and empathy at times, that only proved to further underline her badassery (yes, that's a word today!). Anybody can fight, kill, and make people afraid through violence, but she showed the capacity to temper her actions and decisions with reason and consideration. In my opinion, that makes her a bigger badass. As the story goes on, I found it more and more difficult to stop listening - I just couldn't wait to find out what would happen next! The story draws you in and takes you for a long adventure with many elements and intrigues. Listen to it! You won't regret it, and like me, you'll be anxious to get the next book.

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Can’t wait for book 2

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Flash Point! Great narrator; great story. I found myself routing for several characters along the way with this captivating tale of humans and lyricans. Can’t wait to listen to book 2.

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modern Si fi.

Being new to Sifi i enjoyed this story. the narrator was very good too. i look forward to the next book