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Breach of Peace

By: Daniel B. Greene
Narrated by: Kate Reading,Michael Kramer
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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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potential

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

cons
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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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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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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Quarter of the story is just constant profanity...

I'm not offended by profanity, but when the MC cannot finish even a single thought without it, it's starts getting juvenile. It's really seemed like just a more base version of Uhh or Umm.

It seemed less like I was reading an interesting novel and more like I was overhearing preteens playing fortnite.

It was really disappointing since I'm a long time listener of Daniel. However, if I'm being honest, I'm more of a fan of his earlier shows- an interesting guy discussing interesting books. Than I am of the current ringleader of the wacky book circus. Shame

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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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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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Decent overall but not without issues

I’ve watched a fair amount of Daniel Greene’s YouTube videos on books and writing so I was curious to see how his knowledge would translate to his own writing. In short, the man knows how to describe what’s going on and the world we are in with great detail. There are some pretty obvious places where he has left things out to further explain later but it’s an interesting world. It at times does feel shallow but I think that’s been done on purpose for the next two novellas.

I did have a bit of trouble separating to two male MCs in the beginning of the book and the author throws out character names of people you haven’t met a bit too often. I also think there’s a couple of logical flaws but I can reach a bit to explain them away so it wasn’t too big of an issue.

I was surprised that there was a few problematic issues throughout the book. First, we have a gruesome murder of a child and a male and female MC are both in the scene. Only the female MC is shown to struggle with the death of a child. This is subtle but it does show some concerning implicit bias. It wasn’t even to make me want to stop reading but it did put me back a bit.

There was also a very casual nature to dealing with police brutality. This happens both when a MC just thinks about how terrified a random street vendor will be over the potential of being jumped by the police and when the female MC decides to attack a bad guy that was already restrained. This isn’t a major issue if it was dealt with better. Daniel Greene neither has the MC struggle with the decision or show any remorse over attacking someone. It is also presented as something we are supposed to root for the character when it happens but instead made me dislike her and resulted in me being glad when the character had bad things happen later in the book.

Overall it was decent and I would be willing to check out a second novella but I do find some concerning issues with the author’s decisions. This is his first book so I hope the next one will address some of these issues better.

I’ll also note that this is one of my absolute favorite performances by Kate Reading although I’m not sure that Michael Kramer needed to be included in the narrations.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Big Mad Jez
  • 06-16-22

Just brilliant!

What a great story. Loved this, I mean really loved it. The plot, the characters, and the storyline! But f**k me if the book is only 3 hours long! Would I have bough it if I had realised...NO! But am I glad I did...YES!

This is a difficult one to give 5 stars too because of its short length.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-01-22

A great entry

Narrators were, of course, brilliant. The story is gripping, but felt more like a prologue. It seems to me that this is the backstory to what will happen next. It did, however, make me excited to read the rest, so I guess you could call it a success.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-21-22

short but a great start

short story leaving more questions than answers but that's not a bad thing. opening a wide new world with great possibilities. as long as the series stays away from to many clichés it should be great

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-24-21

spine chilling

I have not been this taken aback and engrossed in a story since I read 1984

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  • 10-03-21

Great debut

Lovely short story. Would like to see a bit more world building thrown in.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-21

A great into to a new series

This is a great 1st book, a short into to a dark grim world, looking forward to the following books.
This book is also perormed by two of the greatest narraters in the world, Kate Reading and Michael Kramer, need i say more.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-22-21

Detective industrial Fantasy with interesting idea

Daniel smashed it! Michael Kramer and Kate Reading were incredible as always!

I think the book had interesting things to say about societal structures in this world and Truth.

I really enjoyed it.

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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
  • 05-20-22

Amazing

Very suspenseful debut making me eager to continue the series. Nothing but class performances from Reading and Kramer, and phenomenal character work and plot

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-13-21

Short but sharp

1984 meets Mistborn Era 2, but in a good way. would like characters to be fleshed out more but keen to see where this story develops.

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  • Joanne Hutton
  • 10-08-21

Great Pacing, tight story.

Was just the right length/pacing for most emotional, dramatic impact in a one-night narrative. Excellent.

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  • Fiona_S
  • 06-30-21

Fantastic Listening

This new author has brough a new world to life can't wait for the 3 main books to be published. Especially narrated by have 2 narrators.

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  • Sarah B.
  • 06-15-21

A solid read.

Not much in the way of world building, but a good mystery, good characters and some genuine surprises. Fabulous performance by Kate Reading (and Michael, but he has a smaller role).

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-29-21

Want to hear more.

Bought this book originally because i was suporting a youtube i enjoy watching. Was a bit put off by the short 3 hr run time but wanted to put some money towards one of my favourite entertainer's. Listed to the book finally and ill have to say i really enjoyed it the story was interesting and the characters drew me in. I really cannot wait to see more in this world, there is so much to explore in this world and i for one am looking forward to the next book released by Daniel

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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.