Breaking Through the Clouds


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Foreboding clouds raced across the skies above the city.

Three years ago, as a consequence of Commander-in-Chief Jiang Ting’s error in judgement during an anti-drug operation in Gongzhou, a chain of explosions occurred at the scene and caused the Narcotics Division to suffer heavy casualties. Now three years later, Jiang Ting, whose flesh and bones should’ve faded from existence after dying at the line of duty, actually miraculously woke up from a vegetative state.

His heroic soul could not rest – he must return to the mortal world from the depths of hell and exert all that he has in order to bring the bloody and inconceivable truth to light.

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Break The Clouds
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RiYueLingKong rated it
August 11, 2018
Status: Completed
Totally recommend it. The cases are well-thought out, the twists are unexpected, and it gets unexpectedly hilarious at points where it should be serious.

Especially Yan Xie (the gong) 's mother Zeng Cuicui.

... more>>

"When your son was 18, I felt that him marrying a princess was enough and to spare. When he was 25, I felt that if he just found a girl from a good home he could more or less pass his days. Come thirty, my pathetic requirements have already fallen to female, alive, and younger than me."

Mother Yan then took out a white paper from her bag, slamming it down before Father Yan with a bitter and hateful air. "Right now? I've even begun to self-study "The Problems of Gay Marriage"! What else can I ask for! You tell me, besides supporting him with a gold-plated shovel, what else can I do?!"


Hahahahahahaha <<less
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meridianna rated it
October 26, 2018
Status: Completed
THIS IS A GREAT NOVEL. A MUST READ.... sorry I lost there.

the cases are very well-thought, intriguing, and connected to one another! this kind of plot device should be more appreciated. also, the plot twists are so amazing, I almost got misled. but eh, as prolific mystery lover, some things just can't fool me :p

thing that I notice much is the pace. the pace is good, not too fast, but not too slow so readers just want to read more and more. and indulge in this novel, not able to... more>> stop. the jokes are also fresh, lightening some heavy and depressing scenes. yeah... this one also has many knives, aiming toward your heart. Captain Jiang, you are just.... *sobs*

i really feel grateful to the author for making a gong as bright as Yan Xie, to complement the ice queen (?) Captain Jiang Ting. they're really a pair matched by heaven. ofc, at first it's not like that, but after several life-death situations, they really become a pair that understand each other, able to guess other's mind just by glancing or deducing the actions. you may think, because the shou woke up after a long coma so he was weak af. nope, nope at all. he still could do crazy shits, not to mention he's smart and tend to challenge death. or thinking maybe the gong was just all muscles with no brain. still nope. he was smart in his own way, added to his perfectly healthy and strong body. if not, how can he find out Jiang's intentions? in short, they're a perfect example of power couple, a great tag indeed.

not to forget, there's still smut. me like, me approve (◡‿◡✿)

edit: the summary here is translated by Freezing Slowly TL or Ice

Foreboding clouds raced across the skies above the city.

Three years ago, as a consequence of Commander-in-Chief Jiang Ting's error in judgement during an anti-drug operation in Gongzhou, a chain of explosions occurred at the scene and caused the Narcotics Division to suffer heavy casualties. Now three years later, Jiang Ting, whose flesh and bones should've faded from existence after dying at the line of duty, actually miraculously woke up from a vegetative state.

His heroic soul could not rest – he must return to the mortal world from the depths of hell and exert all that he has in order to bring the bloody and inconceivable truth to light.

A contemporary urban crime story about a handsome and charismatic gong that can participate in every event of a decathlon, can shoot someone's head off from a hundred meters away, can dismantle a bomb bare-handed, and loves to show off when he has nothing to do & a shou that is calm no matter what because he's already prepared to meet his end at any time.

--summary by Freezing Slowly TL

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rICKY rated it
July 25, 2019
Status: Completed
It's a crime-solving story, with a super smart, brilliant, ice-cold beauty x also smart annoying rich as*hole but kinda competent cop.

I enjoyed this story from beginning to end. The MC and ML both are interesting characters whose chemistry is believable and entertaining. It's a slow burn for sure: ML and MC only kind of get it on at the halfway mark of the story. It's much more a detective novel, with the MC and ML solving a series of cases together (which all end up being tied together in the... more>> ending lol).

My favorite part is actually the epilogue haha


They get married! It's a happy ending, surrounded by friends and family. I definitely thought Jiang Ting wasn't gonna make it at several points in the story, but he f*cking made to the end and gets his happy ending with a hot ass boyfriend. *Sobs*

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AngeryBunny rated it
January 4, 2021
Status: Completed
This series blowing up among international readers will just be a matter of time when there are enough translated materials published, so make sure you keep it bookmarked ;)

You're looking at one of my favourite bl couples here, and among the Chinese bl community, the ML Yan Xie holds an honorary title as one of the "Four Great Coquettish Semes/Gongs" (四大骚攻). Despite having a pretty heavy plot with many cases to solve, the romance is interwoven into the over-arching story nicely and the book satisfies both my cravings for... more>> action and romance. I've also read the sequel called "Swallowing the Seas" (吞海) and am waiting eagerly for the third book! <<less
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Victuuri Road rated it
October 14, 2018
Status: c9
It's more police and crime than actual BL action so far. The author must have researched a lot for this novel. I think the shou is helping the gong solve crime without him knowing? ๏_๏

It's amazing that the translator was able to translate this!
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du rated it
June 17, 2020
Status: Completed
Brilliant writing, plot is intricate and pacing is excellent, increasing heatedly at the end for an explosive (lol) finale! Super intense cop drama focused on crime solving, although all crimes the cast happen to investigate point towards a major international drug kingpin with unexpectedly deep ties to the ML... Both MC and ML are very smart and determined (and tall, rip).

Extremely well-written and well-researched; a fascinating web of everyone both in the criminal world, and in police departments across the country, good characterization and a cast of many well... more>> developed characters. Female characters do not take the back seat, are as complex as other characters, and play important roles in the unraveling of the plot.

We dig into the ML's past to unravel the real story. The cases are intricately and inextricably linked, from the first few paragraphs of the novel to the end. The continuity and tightness of the plot is phenomenal.

This story digs into the themes of control, isolation, (medically defined) psychopathy, orphaning, the damage caused by narcotics, crime, corruption, etc. All of the cases and scenarios are extremely detailed and well-planned. All the characters are deep, and as we continue to unravel the story, HS reveals the different histories and motivations masterfully.

In short, I highly recommend this novel. I hope the rest of it gets translated soon, as this really is a gem in the world of danmei.

Side note: I read the raws for this one, so this is largely based on the raws. I did look at the translation by BBTL, and it seems to be pretty good. The MTL version reads a little awkwardly.

Additionally, I will note that the R18 scenes of this novel are enjoyable, although a bit jarring in their supposed context, due to pacing and style. I would recommend treating the censored version as the full novel, and throwing in the R18 as extras. <<less
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November 12, 2020
Status: Completed
I finished the rest chapter by mtl. Some parts are difficult to understand, but still, it was an intense reading.

This novel has quite similar vibe with Mo Du (Silent Reading), where the MC is deeply entangled with the villain. While the ML is the leading investigator.

But in my view, this novel is more intense in the action parts. And I have to say that the ML is really a tough nut to crack, his body is so resilient & his luck is very good! It is not just the MC,... more>> the ML itself had faced multiple thrilling, near-death situations, yet he escaped death safely!

The ML is my favorite character in this novel. He is so strong and badass! And all his fight scenes are so intense! <<less
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zhouduislove rated it
September 3, 2020
Status: Completed
I loved the novel so much I just had to make an account and say something about it. It's just amazing and it truly deserves its popularity.

Plot: as everyone else has already pointed out, the author really did put a lot of research into the novel, so the cases are fascinating and their outcomes are always unpredictable, often leaving you on the edge of your seat.. And sometimes leaving you questioning whether this novel truly has a happy ending. So please start the novel without reading any spoilers (it'll make... more>> the knives stronger too ^o^))

The characters are charming and multi-layered, which makes even the side characters memorable and "strong" enough to carry their own novel.

As for the leads, the main couple is what happens when you pair a rich police vice-captain, who happens to have a circus living in his head, with a mysterious "cold" ex-captain, who is presumed to be dead and who, for some reason, is willing to help him. I feel like giving away more wouldn't be fair, but there's much more to them than meets the eye and the main couple is very popular for a reason, both as a couple and as characters. A fateful meeting which would make the former find the person he'll treasure and risk his life for.. And would save the latter in every sense of the word. "I used all of my luck in this life, to exchange for you. Thank you for bringing me back to this world, Yan Xie."

I really can't wait for the translators to start translating arc 2! <<less
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Lori_gh rated it
September 26, 2020
Status: c43
One of the best I've read in a while. It’s clear the author put effort into researching about drugs, ptsd, and the law enforcement. Everything just feels so real and alive as if u were in the novel itself. Not to mention the plot is amazing planned u constantly get surprised. One of my favorites for sure and thats saying a lot cuz I tend to be picky. Hope this helped
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kwartzer rated it
September 8, 2020
Status: --
I do have an account in here but I just activate it now only for give a review for this novel.

I really like the novel, the characters, and whole part of the novel. The explicit romance succeed makes me smile widely when read the story. The character development, the slow-burn typical plot. Everything about the novel.

I just wish that I understand chinese, so I can read on the original site, because the story is really addicting. But, I really thankful to the translator for give an amazing work for translating,... more>> I can't wait for the next chapters! <<less
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bigdipper rated it
May 21, 2020
Status: c26
This story is actually fantastic? I love the two mains. Their personalities are very contrasting yet harmonious. The flow and pacing of the plot is great too.

You can tell the author did a lot of research for this novel. I also suspect they might have studied advanced chemistry or undertook pharmacology as they understand pharmacokinetics and effects on neuromodulators.

Sometimes I feel that MC is quite OP and things fall into place easily, but hey, still digging it ;)
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fizakhan rated it
September 2, 2021
Status: Completed
The cases and mystery behind the actions of Jiang Ting is very intriguing that once you start reading this novel you cannot help wanting to read till the end and unable to stop. At several points in the novel I thought Jiang wouldn't make it. All the terrible things that happend and still he have the courage to love and trust Yan Zi is really admirable. There are several life and death situations in the novel. The personality of Jiang Ting and Yan Zi is opposite which made them perfect... more>> for eachother because only a person as cheerful, passionate and firm as Yanxi can melt the ice cold beauty Jiang's heart

I really hate the king of spades wanted to strangle him several times. At the end of everything thing they have a happy ending which was worth all the troubles.


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LitTLeBeLLE rated it
October 6, 2020
Status: c42
The novel is wonderful, fun, and unexpected. The sequence of events is connected and gives detailed information about the events in addition to the unexpected comedy... I could not wait until the download of the next chapter. so I went to read it from the Chinese web.
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saphire8626 rated it
March 27, 2022
Status: Completed
i finally finished this....

this is a detective bl story and it's very well-loved in china. I really enjoyed it at first but I had a lot of problems with this.

what I liked: this is set in modern times and I actually picked up a lot of chinese internet slang reading this, lol. mutual physical intimacy (a bit less dubcon than usual lol), desire, realistic ages (everyone's 30+) that correspond to their job ranks, the humor and the characterization (I thought Yanxie was going to annoy me but he was quite... more>> cute).

what I disliked: instalove (or more like instalust), the imposition of heterosexual dynamics onto an m/m couple, casually ignorant jokes and comments, the intense angst and almost excessively emotional scenes... <<less
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Alysx rated it
March 13, 2022
Status: Completed
This book is extremely well-written!!! Solid plot, great characters and amazing relationship dynamics!! It brought me an enjoyable rollercoaster ride of laughter, amusement and tears. I highly highly recommend it!!! This genre isn't one that I normally read, but I'm glad to have given this book a chance.

The entire story's premise is on how Jiang Ting seeks revenge for his comrades, as well as unravelling the mystery of that particular incident. You can see the meticulous research the writer had done while crafting the plot, the amount of details inside... more>> is stunning and made the entire story immersive. There are so many plot twists, and I had to use my brain to keep up with the main character's scheming. The description of the action scenes is also top-notch, it's really intense and supercharged. I was literally this close to screaming out loud. I'll recommend reading this story without any spoilers :)

The romance is really really darn good!!! The ML's shameless flirting skill is legitimately top-notch and made me laugh out loud many times. And no matter how hard things get, he always always persist in reaching out to the MC and I think that that is really beautiful. The times when the reticent MC opens up can be counted on one hand -understandable from his experiences- but it's always a marvel to read those scenes. The ML and MC's relationship is chef's kiss!!

My favourite part of the novel definitely has to be the last arc. The MC and ML were basically screaming at each other to get to safety, you can definitely see their love for each other woven beautifully into the story. The last fight scene is superb and poetic too!! We get to enjoy scenes like:

"Jiang Ting raised the muzzle of the gun, and at that moment, countless brave souls reached out their hands from the void and pulled the trigger together with him-



"Even in sickness and old age, I still have you, to scour the thousands of mountains and rivers and to break through the boundary of life and death.

Before we reunite, thank you for bringing me back to this world."



Love it, will definitely recommend and re-read! <<less
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Water_Melon rated it
October 29, 2020
Status: Completed
One of the most interesting novel I’ve read. The characters are well developed and the plot was just amazing. I’ll definitely give this novel 5 stars.
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Gigi_94 rated it
January 23, 2020
Status: c20
Translator has done an amazing job, love this story. Not much of romance so far, but you won't regret it for choosing to reading this novel. The way this story develop is so cool that you will keep wanting more and more.
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siberiany rated it
August 8, 2021
Status: c46
So far so good!

This Novel has a really great balance of mystery, action, humour and slow burn romance.
At first I was concerned about characters, because Jiang Ting wasn’t fleshed out right away and I thought I wouldn’t be able to care about him, but then I was pleasantly surprised, how bit by bit his backstory and motives are shown.

Both mains are great and so are side characters! I really loved the female police intern and her little development. I think Yan character is written pretty realistically, his thoughts make... more>> sense to his character and it makes very entertaining to watch him interact with Jiang.

So if you like mysery/action novels, with some hilarious humour and bl slowburn, I definately recomend! <<less
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