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Without Bloodshed (Starbreaker #1)

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"All who threaten me die."

These words made Morgan Stormrider's reputation as one of the Phoenix Society's deadliest IRD officers. He served with distinction as the Society's avenger, and specialized in hunting down anybody who dared kill an Adversary in the line of duty. After a decade spent living by the sword, Morgan wants to bid a farewell to arms and make a new life wi
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Paperback, 296 pages
Published November 17th 2013 by Curiosity Quills Press (first published July 4th 2013)
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Katy
Dec 12, 2013 Katy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: metalheads, scifi fantasists
Recommended to Katy by: Curiosity Quills
Shelves: ebook
Book Info: Genre: Speculative Fiction
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: fans of metal, scifi, fantastic worlds
Trigger Warnings: sexual assault, abuse of power, murder, violence, fighting

My Thoughts: First of all, I absolutely love the cover on this thing. It is just gorgeous. This is the first book in the Starbreakers series, and it was a terrific read. It is described at the Starbreakers series website as: “Androids unaware of their nature fight demons from outer space. It's totally metal.” I
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Isis
I would like to thank Curiosity Quills Press for giving me a copy of this e-book to read in exchange for an honest review. Though I received this e-book for free that in no way impacts my review. I personally give this book 3.5 stars, but as most rating systems require whole numbers only, I shall give it 3 stars on those sites.


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"All who threaten me die."

These words made Morgan Stormrider's reputation as one of the Phoenix Society's deadliest IRD officers. He served with distincti
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William Hahn
Aug 30, 2014 William Hahn rated it really liked it
Get ready to have your mind bent!
Is this genre-shredding tale about technology? Or magic? Maybe it's a rockumentary or fan-fic for Moto Mag or even Guns and Ammo. I read the whole thing and have no idea. But "Without Bloodshed" is fun, smart, and will make you think.
After reading it, I can't even say it's truly dystopian, because I've come to believe that this tale reveals so much of the author's personal vision for an ideal anarcho-atheistic alternate future. Sure, governments and religions acr
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Matthew Cox
Jul 03, 2015 Matthew Cox rated it really liked it
Without Bloodshed is an engrossing tale of intrigue, honor, loyalty, and love set in an Earth different from our own only in the existence of powerful enigmatic immortals. These beings influence events among mortals beyond the awareness of humanity, an aeons-old war against ancient ‘gods.’ The political events and satirical take on human nature could very well happen in reality in not-so-many years.

Known for being the deadly hand of the untouchable Phoenix Society, Morgan Stormrider has a reputa
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Scribblescribe
Jan 13, 2015 Scribblescribe rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
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Dave Higgins
Dec 13, 2013 Dave Higgins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Graybosch has skilfully merged aspects of rock music, science-fiction, and ancient conspiracies, from both the West and the East, producing a novel which will be enjoyed by both lovers of classic techno-thrillers and animé fans.

After the partial collapse of society, the Phoenix Society arose to hold the new governments of the world to a code of morals. Morgan Stormrider has served the Society loyally for over a decade, dealing out a clean death to any who raise arms against the Society’s operati
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Eric
In the future, nations have fallen. Independent city states and confederacies dot the North American landscape, supported by the Phoenix Society, an organization dedicated to protect the rights of individuals.

Mysterious people manipulate and marshal their forces. A drug runner has taken control of Boston, backed by armed bike gangs. In the middle of it all, Morgan Stormrider is trying hard to hang on to his ideals, and his faith in the society.

This book was interesting in a lot of ways. The acto
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Amy
Jan 10, 2014 Amy rated it really liked it
I read the last sentence of this book with a chuckle and then a grin. In fact, the entire book was like that: a great puzzling series of mysteries and intrigues involving amusingly sardonic characters.

The main character is Morgan Stormrider, bad-ass extraordinaire. When his girlfriend gets murdered and his bandmate thrown in prison for it, he has to navigate a series of elusive enemies and friends in order to find out what happened. Morgan's story unfolds through the viewpoints of a large ensemb
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Marva
Dec 06, 2013 Marva rated it really liked it
This first book in the Starbreaker series is also Matthew Graybosch's first published. I'm quite happy there's a promise of more to come.

Morgan Stormrider is a Adversary (warrior) for the Phoenix Group, which is a quasi-legal private army of stone-cold badasses whose job is to uphold individual rights. This seems like a great idea, but Morgan is discovering he's actually a killing machine unleashed by the XC (executive committee of Phoenix) to get rid of those who may get in the way of the hidd
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Ryan Toxopeus
Jun 18, 2014 Ryan Toxopeus rated it really liked it
Matthew Graybosch's science fantasy is an excellent book, and I highly recommend it to anyone. The pace is quick, it's full of intrigue, the plot is complex, and Claire might just be my favourite female character of all time. I'm not sure if I should characterize her as a major minor character, or a minor major character, because the cast is quite large. There are a lot of heads you'll be in throughout the course of the story, and that can get a little confusing at points. It's interesting ...more
Shen Hart
Sep 28, 2014 Shen Hart rated it really liked it
Shelves: shen-reviews
We at The Review Hart would like to disclose that we received this book for free in return for an honest review

The keyword for this Science Fantasy is ‘more’. That is both good and something of a hindrance. The large cast is well put together with interesting and gritty characters of both genders. The plot is also packed with conflict and many layers of subplots. The problem came with the high level of detail that Graybosch used. Detail is a fantastic tool for bringing the world to life, but G
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Lynda
Jul 02, 2014 Lynda rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The first of a series, Graybosch's Without Bloodshed introduces a cast of super-powered enforcers licensed to kill by what emerges as a snakepit of upper ups emeshed in a latticework of intrigues. The protagonist, Morgan Stormrider, is a hunky killing machine with a homey domestic side. Cat lovers will enjoy both the actual feline pets and the cat-DNA aspect of Stormrider and fellow adversary Naomi. While it is a little hard to keep up with all the baddies blotting in the background, the ...more
Jenn S.
Aug 05, 2016 Jenn S. rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-requested
Wonderful world building and blending that keeps readers engaged and wanting to learn more. The characters, while superhuman, are also flawed and well fleshed out making them easy to like and connect with. The plot is interesting with unique flavor and fast paced. It's a difficult book to put down once you start reading it. Very well written with only a few minor flaws. I'd recommend this to anyone who has ever enjoyed a sci-fi book. A free copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an ...more
Carrie Mansfield
Jan 20, 2014 Carrie Mansfield rated it liked it
2.5 Stars

An ARC was provided by NetGalley in exchange for fair review

Short version: A science-fiction thriller where the enjoyable thriller is dragged down by science-fiction elements that never quite feel like they belong in the near-futuristic Earth that is clearly modeled from events in the present. This book would have benefited with a little more world building to give the reader a better idea of what we're dealing with.

Read my full review here: http://gildedlady.wordpress.com/2014/...

Jennifer Povey
Feb 03, 2015 Jennifer Povey rated it really liked it
Pretty good read - it oscillates between cyberpunk and fantasy. It has cat people - but they aren't quite the overdone trope.

Also, a decent romantic subplot and plenty of sword fights.

There's also some libertarian propaganda in there - it's clear the author likes the idea of a world without governments, or at least a world where people only sign up for government if they want to. It's also clear he knows corruption might get in the way of that dream.

A decently fun read. Good characters and I hav
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Nikki
Jan 20, 2014 Nikki rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cqbooks
I LOVED this novel. The only complaint I can muster is that it isn't also a TV show (perhaps an anime?), because the read and watch value would be amazing. If you like things like samuri swords, futuristic genetic development, or sassy yet tech-savvy female, this is just the beginning of a love affair with Graybosch. In a word, described by the author himself, it's totally "metal".
Seth
Oct 19, 2014 Seth rated it liked it
Shelves: own-e-book
Reads like an Anime story. Pretty good, but probably won't read any more of the series, even though the ending was wide open on this one. Maybe I'm just not as obsessed with cats like the rest of the internet.
Li
Aug 06, 2014 Li rated it really liked it
Wow. That was such a good book. Smart, funny, irreverent, incredibly complex with a great cast of characters that keeps you on your toes. I really enjoyed reading this first novel and anxiously await the next.
AH
Jul 14, 2014 AH marked it as to-read
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Eoghann Irving
Feb 08, 2015 Eoghann Irving rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
The latest book in my #GreatIndieReviewProject series is Without Bloodshed by Matthew Graybosch, a science fantasy story which mixes libertarian idealism with heavy metal, violence and a healthy dose of sex.

One of the things that independent published allows authors isa freedom to step outside traditional genre limits or push them in different directions. That's certainly something that the author of Without Bloodshed Matthew Graybosch has taken advantage of.

Don't worry, you'll find most of the
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S James Bysouth
2.5 Stars. It is hard for me to review this book as I am torn between some parts which I really liked, and others which I simply hated. I blame myself in part because it would have been easy for me to research and know beforehand what I was getting myself into. I am just not interested in some of the big themes in this book.

What I loved: Graybosch has some excellent concepts which he presents exceedingly well. Time dilation, in particular, was done really well. The mood of the book was excellent
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Andrew
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Brent Huntsman
Brent Huntsman rated it it was ok
Nov 14, 2015
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Edison T.
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Lisa
Lisa rated it it was ok
Oct 27, 2014
Kace
Kace rated it did not like it
Feb 17, 2014
Michele
Michele rated it it was amazing
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“Results are their own propaganda. The vast majority of the people are free, prosperous, and safe under the Phoenix Society's rule. They are happy. Why should they care if the likes of you are denied due process?" --Imaginos” 1 likes
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