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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Po Yun
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45 Reviews

New Iza_3
Sep 10, 2023
Status: --
Yes. Read it. Go read it

Whether it's plot, romance or characters, they're all well written.

Jiang Ting... oh boy. He is a VERY mysterious character. You'll never find out the whole truth about him until the last book! How the hell did the author pull that off? Idk... He also cared so much for Yan Xie!

Yan Xie. His 'straight disease' was annoying at times and as other reviews had said, he made some... not-so-nice comments about women and also keeps saying that Jiang Ting is the wife... Still... with his character,... more>> I'm not sure how much of it is just some dumb stuff he says without thinking and what he actually said with seriousness. Bcs at the beginning, he was actually intimidated by Yang Mei. And also, in my opinion, he treats Jiang Ting well. Also, keep in mind that most of his straight disease stuff comes from his parents and how he was thought by them. Bcs they also call Jiang Ting daughter-in-law... so yeah, if you want to blame someone, you can blame them. But I like the fact that they didn't even care if Jiang Ting was a man. They just wanted Yan Xie married lol. In my opinion he is a good person, that even after his best friend betrayed him, he still couldn't hate him fully. Which brings me to Qin Chuan... his best friend... their friendship is tragic man... but I love them both. As friends and individual characters. Qin Chuan is very intelligent. A very interesting character.

I would also like to add for fav characters: Chu Ci (let my boy be happy), Han Xiaomei (the biggest Yan Xie x Jiang Ting shipper! Also, Yan Xie, give the girl a break), Ma Xiang and Yang Mei (her and Yan Xie are the definition of Frenemies! They bicker but they help each other when needed)

Now, the romance. Both Jiang Ting and Yan Xie risked their lives for the other multiple times. I could feel how much they loved each other. But... I could also feel that they didn't trust each other fully until the end bcs of Jiang Ting being too secretive... I don't blame him for that tho.

Plot. It was interesting! The main antagonist, The King of Spades, is so annoying! And I love it! Bcs I hate it when I love the villain when I'm supposed to hate him you know? So yeah, he is hating material. He is interesting... more or less anyway... He's an awful awful man

Conclusion? Read it. It's a good one! <<less
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Olivia D
New Olivia D
Sep 06, 2023
Status: Completed
I enjoyed the story a lot. The crime case, mystery, suspense and the flow of the plot. In the beginning, there was only subtle romance but it growing as the chapter goes on.

I love Jiang Ting the most, as someone with quite sad backstory and he finally able to overcome his fear. He used to be captain and his knowledge and experience helped them a lot. For Yan Xie, for most people, he seems manipulative and forceful but I loved how he take care of Jiang Ting and stick with... more>> him.


I'm so happy this got good ending & they even got married. ❤️


I recommended this to those who likes crime and mystery story. Its worth it. <<less
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Aug 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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Oct 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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Jan 04, 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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Jul 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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Po Yun
Po Yun
Sep 04, 2022
Status: c64
When you come across something that your heart just wishpers fate, this is Po Yun to me.

If you don't want to waste time reading a longer review, just give this novel a try. I guarantee that even if you don't come out of this book as head over heels as me, you'd still be satisfied with a very very brilliant piece of work.

Now on to the more technical review.

I would give this novel a million star if I could, just from how happy it makes me feel, but I'll start... more>> from the not so good thing first, because hey!!! This is mortal world, nothing is perfect.

The not so good part :

    • If you expect this novel to perform at the level of Breaking Bad's twist, turn, excitement and character development. Then I'll be the first person to break the unfortunate news that it wouldn't be that. (Upon rereading, I've just now realized that they both are stories about drug!!! I swear it was a pure coincidence, I only brought BB up because BB is too brilliant. And they both have "Breaking" as the initial too, damn!!!).
    • There are parts that if you want to scrutinize or if you love it just a bit lesser then me you could probably point out. Such as, the surrounding main police team, wasn't written so vividly and distinguishly enough, that sometimes I got a bit confused. It's not a big deal, doesn't even bother me (cos they are very lovely!!) but still is a flaw. So head up!
But if you lower you standard just a little bit lesser than perfection....


I'll break them down to a couple components so it wouldn't become a mess.

  • Story: Have you ever read a crime novel that you really love but in the back of your head have to admit that "It was boring in certain parts"? That's my problem with most of the crimes novels out there. But Po Yun held her head up high from the beginning and never let me down. Every single word matters. There isn't a thing called filler in this novel. Its ability to provide consistent excitement is just top notch. The story is simply B R I L L I A N T. The lurking mystery that keep hovering on the surface but was only revealed slowly by the threat of events happening throughout the entire novel, keeping us suspend and just want to scream for MORE! And it's not the annoying type of suspend, it's the type that got your blood boil, you hand itching, your stomach churning! I can't even remember the last time my withered to the core heart got this excited for a story.
  • Characters: Both male leads are super smart and their interllects aren't achieved by the good old lowering the IQ of the entire village method. You have my word on this. They are also very well crafted characters that have personality, charm and talent of their own. The two are by no mean perfect, one could even argue that Yan Xie is an a**hole, but everything he does and says is so in line with his initial established personality that it just makes sense and I so love that Huai Shang (the author) didn't opt for the assholly - yet has so many people admiring and pursuing type of male lead. She's so self aware. When the characters have shortcomings, not even once did I find the narrative trying to pardon them.

    Huai Shang (to Yan Xie) was basically like: if you keep being an a**hole, and doesn't learn to shut that damn mouth of yours, prepare to be a single dog for the rest of your life~~~ it's not my problem.

  • CP : CP and Story are definitely the best part of the novel. These two.... these two completely have my heart. They are slow burned, but make perfect sense and you don't have to worry about the chemistry. They have a lot. Their moments together are a mixtures between sweet, heart warming and just straight up hilarious.
  • Comedy: This story is filled with comedy and comedy is subjective as always. Personally, it works so well on me. I like the back and fourth bickering between just about everyone in this novel hehehe.
  • Logic: At the point I'm reading, I couldn't find any obvious flaws of logic in here. The story also has the beauty of its not appearing too overly orchestrated. In term of solving crimes, it flows a lot more naturally then most crime novel I've read. Just *smooth*
  • Writing: Po Yun might not have the most poetic writing on planet earth that will tear your heart to pieces, but there will parts, some parts, with just the right atmosphere and wording, manage to do just as much damage. The even better thing about this novel, considering the fact that it's crime related is that it's actually sooooo easy to digest.
What else?!! I cant think of more now. So I'm just gonna say one last thing. Po Yun managed to get me, a lazy dumbass who can't even speak proper English, at 4am, with a creepy smile on my face, rushed to create an account just so I could praise it.

So it definitely left quite a bit impression on me :D

P.S please don't be turned off by the description. (If you're like me and came across this novel nearly 20 times before deciding actually to read it)

P.S Huai Shang I love you so much <<less
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Victuuri Road
Victuuri Roa
Oct 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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Mar 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 heteros*xual dynamics onto an m/m couple, casually ignorant jokes and comments, the intense angst and almost excessively emotional scenes... <<less
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Sep 03, 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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Jun 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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Jan 02, 2023
Status: --
One of the best novel I've read, brilliant plot and character development. The perfect balance for action and romance. I really love how Yan Xie and Jiang Ting's relationship is portrayed. Give this novel a try!
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Sep 08, 2022
Status: c1
This is one gem of a novel. The sizzling chemistry, the subtle undercurrents, sporadic comedy and a good solid plot is what brings this work to the top tier of the danmei world. The CP shall forever be one of my absolute favourites.
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Nov 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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Sep 08, 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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Sep 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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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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Jul 30, 2023
Status: v2c87
Great cases, bad romance. I cant believe I'm saying this but, romance wasnt needed here. Idk why but Yan Xie as a cop is a great guy, but as a seme, esp beung pushy af and not taking Jiang Ting's objections and wishes into consideration. I get that he is supposed to be a 2nd gen chaebol who has been getting away with stuff and that's a part of his charm but that's exactly the kind of black belly CEO male protagnist I hate.

Another thing is how he treats Jiang... more>> Ting in their personal life. He respects JT professionally but his "jealous boyfriend" shtick is really getting annoying esp when JT even talks to other officers and colleagues, esp female ones like Yang Mei or Xiaomei. Not to mention, him calling JT as "pretty, fragile, weak, flower, wife" etc. The guy is a decorated officer and your former CO, for chrit's sake. I get that he is being "protective" but him acting like JT is a brain-damaged infant is really irritating.

This is probably the first BL where I want a bromance/censored adaptation because the cases are too good and I want to see JT being a badass while not being treated like damn broken doll. <<less
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Sep 02, 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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May 28, 2023
Status: c155
3.5 rounded off to 4 just for that rating bc its not That bad

an enjoyable and mildly satisfactory read. Loved how all the cases were intricately woven together. The characterization was pretty good and the pacing was just right, absolutely perfect for this novel. I liked that good balance of intense action, investigation and thrill with a tap of mystery. The twists and turns caught me off guard here nd there but tbh, the flow was great so I wasn't "surprised" by half of the things but the plot points... more>> went over really smoothly and I like good writing so I won't complain that I predicted a couple things. The aesthetic of the setting was so obvious I just cant not predict half the things. Nonetheless, the story was good. It held my attention. That is enough.

tho I was absolutely sick at that constant imposition of heteros*xual dynamics to the point it delayed my reading. I had to put it down a couple of times bc I was absolutely sick with the word "wife" and "daughter in law" and "male hormones" "alpha aggressive" idk sh*t among other things. The blatant misogyny and like jiang ting's comparison to a "woman" in a fetishistic and misogynistic context had my mood ruined tbh so like meh would never read the sequel or anything else by the author. Also while am at it, meh to casual racism too.

anyways the story was great. I had fun every time yan xie my beloved got hurt badly it was satisfying tho nothing cathartic in this novel (he was too OP in that regard which sed, jiang ting's character got ruined bc of reasons but I was hoping till the end for yan xie to get hurt SOOOO badly but nah op went the boring and predictable jiang ting route which ok thumbs up) even if the premise and the story tried building up to it. <<less
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Jul 30, 2022
Status: Completed
I dislike reading suspense and criminal activity genre novels. But this novel made my views change a bit.

This is a novel has main focus on plot with other things. It's simultaneously intriguing and engaging. Doesn't give readers time to move their eyes away for a second.

The plot is well thought and excellantly written.

... more>>

The plot begins from the very beginning.


Though I would say that the author focused on the plot a little too much. Limiting the romantic development of the characters.

While the characters won't leave you feeling unsatisfied. This story may have an MC but the story shows mainly from ML's POV.

It's the kind of novel which is like a fine buidling blocks or a well thought out puzzle. You have to fo through each and every incident to understand the whole book. The pacing between the timeline's good. Readers are able to undertand the timeline.

This story needs patience of the read.


Cuz in this story villain dominates throughout.


Minor characters with incident help in nicely building the blocks of the builing leading to absolute climax. <<less
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Oct 06, 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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