Without Bloodshed — Part I of Starbreaker

Morgan must prove he isn't the Phoenix Society's assassin as conspiracies envelop him and his friends, but how can he refute the naked truth?

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From the Back Cover (2013 Edition)

All who threaten me die.

These words made Morgan's reputation as one of the Phoenix Society’s deadliest IRD officers. He served with distinction as the Society’s avenger, hunting down anybody who dared kill an Adversary in the line of duty. After a decade spent living by the sword, he seeks to bid a farewell to arms and make a new life with his friends as a musician.

Regardless of his faltering faith, the Phoenix Society has a final mission for Morgan after a dictator’s accusations make him a liability to the organization. He must put everything aside, travel to Boston, and prove he is not the Society’s assassin. He must put down Alexander Liebenthal’s coup while taking him alive.

Despite the gravity of his task, Morgan cannot put aside his ex-girlfriend’s murder, or efforts to frame him and his closest friends for the crime. He cannot ignore a request from a trusted friend to investigate the theft of designs for a weapon before which even gods stand defenseless. He cannot disregard the corruption implied in the Phoenix Society’s willingness to make him a scapegoat should he fail to resolve the crisis in Boston without bloodshed.

The words with which Morgan Stormrider forged his reputation haunt him still.

2013 Edition Cover

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2013 Edition Reviews

Amazon has plenty of reviews, but some bloggers were kind enough to also post reviews on their own sites. If you can't find yours below, drop me a line.

Dave Higgins' review

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.

— from Davetopia

Katy Sozaeva's review

I love the complexity of the characters in this book. None of them are one-dimensional, nothing is really ever quite what it seems, and every time I started to figure out what might be going on, a new twist or kink was thrown in and I was right back at ground zero. It was beautifully done to keep the reader engaged with the story rather than frustrated. I particularly was amused by some of Claire's random ejaculations and swearing, which I am unable to add into the review due to Terms of Service issues at some of the sites where I post them. I did post some updates including some of them on Goodreads, which were apparently amusing enough that one of my friends told me she'd picked up a copy of the book based on my updates on only the first 11 percent of the book.

— from Now is Gone

Author's Notes

When I first began rewriting my 2009 draft of Starbreaker for Curiosity Quills Press and sending them copy, the editor came back to me and said something like, "This is way too big. Can we make it a trilogy or a series?"

I replied fifteen minutes later with a list of four titles. Without Bloodshed was the first of them. You can read this first, and then move on to Silent Clarion, but some readers find the latter a better introduction to the Starbreaker setting.