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BREACH OF PEACE Paperback – 30 March 2021
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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?
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"Existing in a world that feels like its been clawed from the cruelest corners of Abercrombie's FIRST LAW series, Greene's novella blends fantasy, mystery, and horror in a stunningly unique fusion of the works of Arthur Conan Doyle and Stephen King. From page one, we're pulled into the book's universe by the puzzle of a gruesome whodunit, and though the crime is overseen by a cast of compellingly-competent characters, genius is little match for the speed and force of what's coming. Indeed, the book's propulsive pace careens onward until it slams us up against a finish as powerful as the action and catharsis from ALIEN's final showdown. And, at a time when even the best fiction struggles to outrun the madness of reality, BREACH OF PEACE is everything I could ever want from a novella and more!" - Evan Winter
- Publisher : FantasyNewsLLC (30 March 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 140 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0578840774
- ISBN-13 : 978-0578840772
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 0.84 x 20.32 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 49,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I must admit I am not a fan of horror or reading grizzly details of terrible murders, but I both read and skimmed these parts, without any loss of the storyline. These detailed descriptions, which I was warned about, were the only things I did not like about this book, although I am sure there are many out there that appreciate them.
What I did appreciate is, that I came to care about these characters in such a short time, which takes some brilliant writing skills. Also, I had a bit of a giggle at Greene’s take on the character releasing the breath they didn’t know they were holding -
<i>“Khlid realized she was taking a drag from a cigarette she did not remember lighting.”</i>
This short book was a real page-turner. I would recommend this book and I look forward to reading the series to come.
1. Its a novela therefore the story has to wrap up quickly as character development is much harder.
2. The part of a concussion is explained well in Khlid's perspective not wasting time setting a scene.
3. I want to see what this author can do in a bigger story or a series. I have faith that Chapman the Triagonist will deliver something that I am not expecting and definitely not thought terminating cliche.
Mr Greene has delivered a tantalising glimpse into a well crafted world and overarching conspiracy in a tale that easily stands on its own and does not use cheap tricks to force you into needing the next instalment for any sense of satisfaction. No. What he's done is complete a story, and built the intrigue and world so well that simple fascination leaves you wanting more, despite the satisfaction.
In short, an astounding first step into published-authorhood. Can't wait to see what's next.
This novella peppers small lore-building tidbits throughout and it has me ravenously craving more from Greene and what more he's going to do with this world he's created!
Very Orwellian, dark and gritty. Loved it
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Happily it seems that Mr D Goblin has quite the knack for writing a good story. This hundred page novella is quite an engrossing little tale, readable in one sitting and opening up a lot of threads for the future.
A self-contained detective story hinting at a much bigger world, the characters were decently fleshed out and a lot happens in the short page count without it ever feeling rushed.
A very impressive first novella, well worth a read.
So, there was undoubtedly be a lot of expectation when he announced that he was publishing his very own work of fantasy fiction. I believe he has met those expectations head on. Is it perfect? No, you can definitely tell this is an author still honing his craft. But he has painted a picture of a world I desperately want to explore more of, full of amazing intrigue, one that feels could be explored in book upon book and still leave stuff seeping off the page.
I'm excited that this is only the beginning!
I have read that this is supposed to be the first in a trilogy. Well if this is correct, this very short book is a prologue for the next two.
The writing is sharp but the characters are two dimensional. No background or history to any of them.
I liked the premise and hopefully the stage is now set so I will read the next instalment.
First of all, the first chapter should have gotten a another pass or even a rewrite. Some of the prose was so strained that I thought it was meant to be a pastiche of gumshoe noir writing, but every chapter after that the prose is far more natural, so I can only assume it was just the author finding their feet with the narrative. Apart from that first chapter, the prose was utilitarian but strong throughout.
The characters I liked. In the short time I had with them, I feel like I really got to know particularly Khlid and Chapman. Samuel, less so. But that in a hundred pages I liked the characters as much as I did is impressive.
The story itself is good too, a police investigation cascades to reveal a truth that some would rather have buried. It could even be very good. The real problem is the pacing; the entire story is so breakneck in its telling as to be a detriment. There is no breathing room, all the events just come one after the other with little to no time to process what just happened before the next thing happens.
I hope the author improves, he does seem to understand characters and good plot beats which carry the reader, and I can see the path to improvement easily. But with this outing, I can only give it two stars; not bad, but it is very much an 'okay' book.