Breach of Peace (The Lawful Times #0.1) – Daniel B. Greene

Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Self-published
Pages: 133
Release Date: March 18, 2021

When an imperial family is found butchered, Officers of God are called to investigate. Evidence points to a rebel group trying to stab fear into the very heart of the empire. Inspector Khlid begins a harrowing hunt for those responsible, but when a larger conspiracy comes to light, she struggles to trust even the officers around her.

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I only recently discovered Daniel Greene’s YouTube channel and I’ve now become an avid fan. So, when he announced he was writing a series of novellas, I knew I had to give them a chance. Breach of Peach is an interesting start to what could become an engaging series.

Breach of Peace follows Khlid as she’s dispatched to investigate the murder of an impiral family. She uncovers a larger conspiracy and chaos ensues.

Breach of Peace is 133 pages, so Greene has a lot to accomplish in so few pages and he’s successful, for the most part.

Khlid is a solid character. I clicked with her instantly. I also really enjoyed the character quirks Greene gave her. It’s a simple and effective way to make characters feel real. The other characters aren’t as fleshed out as Khlid, but that can be forgiven, for the most part, because of spoiler reasons.

Greene talks a lot about his love of Sherlock Holmes and mystery/police procedurals. This is clearly evident in the plot and characterization of the characters. I’m also a fan of the Sherlock style characters, so I enjoyed it immensely. There’s also a slight 1984 vibe that I’m interested in seeing developed further.

There are two reasons I rated the novella three stars: the writing and lack of world building. Greene’s writing, more specifically the dialogue, feels choppy most of the time. Contractions are your friend. The focus of Breach of Peach is on the investigation and Khlid at the expense of the larger world and politics at play. There are maybe only a few lines worth of information directly related to world building. This makes it difficult to understand why the investigation is important and why the conspiracy later revealed will be important moving forward.

Overall, though Breach of Peace stumbles in its writing and world building, it still offers an interesting enough main character and hints of a much larger plot at play to entice readers to come back for the sequel.

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Have you read Breach of Peace? What did you think?

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