Review: Without Bloodshed by Matthew Graybosch

One of my goals for 2016 is to post reviews for books I’ve read. As a writer, I understand the importance of having your work reviewed. My goal is to write a review every week or so. (We’ll see how that pans out.)

I’ll start with Without Bloodshed by Matthew Graybosch which I finished in December. This book had been sitting on my TBR list for quite a while. The genre – a mishmash of cyberpunk, sci-fi, and political thriller type – was alien to me and I suppose that was why I’d been hesitant to give it a shot.

I should not have waited so long.

Without Bloodshed is a well-written story of life after Nationfall, the Phoenix Society’s goal of “maintaining order” and the role of Morgan Stormrider and Naomi Bradleigh.  Packed with political intrigue, believable technological advances and a healthy dose of sarcasm, Matthew told one heck of a tale.

At first, I was overwhelmed by the sheer number of characters (and the fact some had two names). However, they all played significant roles and added to the storyline. Without Bloodshed demands your full attention or you will miss a stitch in his elegant yet complex tapestry.

I don’t write reviews that include a play-by-play of the storyline. That honor (and excruciating task ) is left to the author in the blurb that accompanies the book. With that being said, Without Bloodshed is definitely a recommended read.



The official Amazon blurb:

“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, hunting down anybody who dared kill an Adversary in the line of duty. After a decade spent living by the sword, Morgan 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 Stormrider 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.


Here’s my Amazon review:

Listed with sci-fi, cyberpunk, and action adventure tags by Amazon, Without Bloodshed delivered on all fronts.
Graybosch crafted a futuristic world that not only encompassed technology and weapons, but also species. (And his unbridled creativity allowed him to create a congenital morphological condition that added a layer of both wit and wonder to characters that were already solidly built.) A plethora of stunning lines weave the huge cast into an intricate plot that’s filled with twists and turns.

Looking for a story with idealistic societal and political nuances, with impressive weaponry and advanced technology, with characters well fleshed and a plot that that pulls you in, then pick up Without Bloodshed.


Want to check it out on Amazon? click here.

2 thoughts on “Review: Without Bloodshed by Matthew Graybosch

  1. Thanks, Elsie. I really appreciate it.

    By the way, did you know Amazon lets you embed book previews into blog posts and other web pages? Under the buy buttons on the right you’ll find an “” link for every book on Amazon that comes with a free sample. You can adjust the size, since the embedded preview will show the book’s cover. You can see the result on my own site. 🙂


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