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  21:24:07  2 July 2018
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Handyman454
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1) You might get angry with me now but copyright is copyright.
I'm not angry - I greatly appreciate the input.

2) What if I made a game based on your books without asking for permission. Would you sue me then?
No. If you made a game I'd be happy for the advertising.
Your game doesn't conflict with my book readers
In fact it enhances them.
On the other hand though....
If I made a game and then you made a game, then I'd consider suite
Your game competes with mine.

My book doesn't compete with your game. It enhances it.

3) Tried the link to your site again and forced it through.
Still think you need to go to history, delete previous history and delete all items, pages, cache and cookies.
Should work fine after that.

Thanks again for chipping in. I need all the advice I can get.
Wish more people would comment.
  00:35:12  3 July 2018
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My book doesn't compete with your game. It enhances it.
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Think it's the first time in my life I've seen someone say that or similar.
  17:17:55  3 July 2018
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My book doesn't compete with your game. It enhances it.
Think it's the first time in my life I've seen someone say that or similar.
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[chuckles]

"Enhance" was a bad choice of word. The definition is wrong.
"Promote" or "advertise" was probably a better choice.

There's no competition here.
It's all FREE advertising for them.

People don't buy a book instead of buying the game.
People read about the zone in the book that might not have known about it before and then buy the game to experience it first hand.
Or, they buy the game then after 5 years of playing it over and over again, they buy the book.
Either way, GSW loses nothing on the publications and gains everything on the free advertising.

On the other hand, if GSW starts printing books, then I'd have to either discontinue the Bridger series or move him out of Ukraine.
I could see that as a conflict with their profits.

Wish I could get some kind of outline of the land and beasts within the new version (in works) so I could write that into the books.

Bottom line....

I'm not interested in fighting GSW over copyrights, right or wrong.

If I hear from GSW in any negative regard concerning my $0.99 books, without any static whatsoever on my part, I'll pull the book offline, rewrite it to put Bridger in another place, rename and redesign the antagonists, regions and history so they don't have anything to do with the STALKER game and they can rely on their own funding for advertising sales of the old games and new one.
  12:08:29  4 July 2018
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Yeah, the use of 'enhance' was umm, extraordinary but I got what you meant.
  19:52:34  4 July 2018
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Yeah, the use of 'enhance' was umm, extraordinary but I got what you meant.
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  00:36:46  8 July 2018
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PRICE UPDATE!!!

Joined Kindle Publishing KDP Direct! yesterday.
For the next week Kindle will be spotlighting my book and giving it out free to the public and their built in reader base.
After that week, the price goes up again so get it now while it's FREE!!!

You can find the link here...

www.MCSpangler.com
  15:12:35  11 July 2018
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The White Witch - Comrades ** FREE **

Hey. You know what day this is?
This is, get the White Witch series book I, Comrades, FREE day!

Seriously.

At the moment my book is available from Kindle at no charge.
This is a marketing plan to generate interest before returning it to a priced item.

I would greatly appreciate if you guys would download the book (the kindle viewer is free) read it and then leave me feedback on Kindle of your thoughts about it.
I'd really like to get your impressions and thoughts on the Bridger adventures.

I'm already 138 pages into book II and trying to complete it by the end of the month.
I'm guessing though that it will be early Aug.

I'm creating some nasty insects for him to deal with in book II - Whispers.

Go get the book!!!
  07:15:56  16 July 2018
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The White Witch - Comrades: Rev 2

I started out thinking I would use the mapping GSC used and add my own stories but after I started looking into the actual geography of the Pripyat/Chernobyl area (thank you Google!), I decided to create my own geography and story using the actual Ukrainian geographical locations for the STALKER POI's.

After spending several days online with Google maps, I discovered that the GSC, Zone layout is nowhere near correct to the actual geography and though I managed to find nearly all of the locations that the game uses (Very real locations too! Including some great pics taken by various tourists and posted on the internet) and after a great deal of thought, I decided to use the actual geography for the map and storylines that Bridger uses in his exploits.

To that end, there are some really neat, new explanations for the Jupiter Underground that is still in my book, and the trek to the laundromat is slightly different as well since the building locations are different from the GSC map.

I also became aware that the car lot and theater populated by the Monolyth in the game is actually the Fluvial Port located on the south end of a tributary just off the Chernobyl Port Bay, which by the way, is also the location of the docks in the Jupiter area of the game.

In addition I discovered that the Jupiter Plant, a key location in my book and oddly, depicted as part of the marshy Chernobyl Port Bay, is actually located SW of Pripyat, nowhere near the bay much less the docks, actually located NE of Pripyat.

Consequently, the Jupiter area has also changed immensely due to that issue and a reintroduction of salt water from the Pripyat River that has flooded the region again.
The Skadovsk is underwater, Owl and Beard having subsequently moved to a new location.


2nd Book - Whisper
In the second book, I needed to have the dredge pit involved which in the GSC game is located west of the Yanov Train Depot (which actually exists as well). Trouble was, one, while I could find the Train Station, I couldn't find the dredge pit and two, the train station and railway lines in the GSC game run N & S but in reality, they run E & W and I couldn't find the Dredge Pit anywhere.

So I took a little "Authors Privilege", found a spot on the actual map (south of the station) that looked reasonably similar to the pit in the game and created the Saganaw Pit & community.
I like it and I think it works well with the story line.

The revision 2 version will be uploaded to the Kindle site in a week or so after I'm sure I have all the loose ends figured out in it.
I need to make the storyline bullet proof before I revise the book.

Hope someone reads this since I'm excited about it.
Welcoming all comments and thoughts.
  16:42:51  6 August 2018
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The White Witch - Comrades - Edition II

I recently uploaded Ed-2 of Comrades to Kindle.

Edition 2 includes a rewrite of the final chapters of the book from the time Bridger reaches the surface in the Jupiter Plant to his encounter with the Bandit.

As stated prior to this thread, I have been doing a great deal of research into the actual terrain of the Pripyat area and how it relates to the story and in this edition, I added a map of the area Bridger is covering.

I'm thinking about creating a 3rd edition that would include more pictures from the area.

I'm also working on uploading the paperback version of the novel as well but I'm experiencing frustrating issues regarding the cover image that keep occurring each time I attempt to do so.

Hope to have those issues resolved soon.

Still wondering if anyone has had the opportunity to read the 1st edition yet.

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Comrades introduces Bridger to the reader and gives a little background on his Afghanistan Spec Forces training and experience.
It also introduces the TIR&T and its relationship with Bridgers artifact hunting.

The book goes on to describe Bridgers "underworld" travels from the United States to the Ukraine and it's benefits and costs.

Pripyat then opens with Bridger regaining consciousness in one of the many hotel/condominiums that abound the Pripyat city.

His initial destination is the trader at the Yanov Train Station where he's seeking information on the location of a particular artifact of interest to the TIR&T.
Knowing that a large contingent of military have been recently stationed in and around the Checkpoint area, his plans include the use of the secret, Underground Rail Tunnels (once used to move troops and supplies between the 50km distance, Duga 1 and Duga 2 Antenna bases) that also services the Jupiter Plant, to bypass the militia.

His escape from the top floor of the hotel is followed by his exploits further north at the Fluvial port where he encounters numerous monolithians, in preparation for his planned travels through the Underground Tunnels.

After visiting the Fluvial Port on Pripyat Port Bay he heads south again to the Hospital briefly and then further south to the old military base in the Laundromat for a short, overnight stay to recuperate.

The next day, Bridger heads out of the Laundromat, east to the Underground Tunnels access port where after a long and treacherous descent into the darkness, he finally begins his journey to the Jupiter Plant.

During his travels through the tunnels to the Underground Duga Train Yard, he encounters several Zone related adversaries and when he finally reaches the turntables of the train yard, he meets Alina who has been abandoned and left to fend for herself alone, inexperienced and unarmed by the Stalker guide of dubious character who she had employed to escort her safely to Sinapor City.

After reluctantly agreeing to escort her to the safety of Singapor City and another brief overnight in the Duga Underground Train Yard Depot the two of them set off for the Jupiter Plant ascent and the Yaniv Train Depot and now, with his new Comrade, ultimately Singapor City.

During the escape from the train depot, Bridger suffers a debilitating injury in the process of combating several of the "local Zone related adversaries", that hampers his movements and abilities through the balance of the tunnels.

Further complicating the travels, Alina also suffers a life threatening injury while in the tunnels.

Upon reaching the end of the tunnels and the Jupiter Plant stairs, the two, both injured are accosted by a new (Bandit) adversary who nearly gets the better of them but Bridgers negotiating skills and marksmanship save the moment.

The book ends after an above ground, perilous walk from the Jupiter Plant to the Yaniv Train Depot which ends with a startling discovery of the current Yaniv Train Station conditions, several new people of unknown affiliation, Alina near death and Bridger too spent to be of much use to her.
  19:15:35  8 August 2018
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The White Witch - Comrades - Edition II THE HARD COPY BOOK

I finally got the hard copy submitted to Kindle Publishing and as of this moment I have the first hard copy, paperback novel available for purchase via Kindle.

I sent for a review (proof) copy myself so I have the first book printed.

If any of you have read the book I'd love to hear from you.
 
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