Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Book Review of Ian, CEO, North Pole


Early in his career at the North Pole, Ian is unaware of the impact that Christmas and Santa Claus have on the citizens of the world. However, he soon finds out that it really doesn’t matter what country you call you own or whether you practice a religion, or not. It’s likely that you’ll find youself celebrating a special version of the holiday season. And in so doing you might just be served by Santa, or one of his man helpers around the world. 

Ian, being very bright, is called upon to help Santa keep up with what’s going on in a rapidly changing world. He loves the challenge and excels in his new role. He soon finds himself asked to accompany Santa and the reindeer on Christmas Eve. What happens during that fateful evening will go down in history! 

My Review

Lovely piece of story and I had a great time reading the story. It was blissful and gave me a peace of mind after reading so much of thriller and mystery with all those action packed moments. This book gave me the much needed respite from the other genre of novels.

It was great reading about Santa and the facts about Christmas and Jesus Christ. It took be back to the school days where we had a great time reading the tales about Santa and how eagerly we waited for Santa to bring us our gifts. I think Santa doesn’t makes any difference in religion and grants all the wishes of lovely kids all around the world irrespective of any religion or culture.

Ian a elf for Santa’s is worried about his job as a packer and gets bored easily and starts day dreaming a lot and after  a few iterations gets a job in the shipping department where finds the right kind of work he wanted to do. He does research about how Christmas is celebrated all around the world and other related stuff.

This book will be a great gift for the children who are starting to read short stories as it is filled with facts and trivia about Jesus Christ, Christmas and related stuffs.

Great book with an incredible story-line!

Read more about the book at Online Book Club

About the Author: 

Eric Hansen is a first generation Danish-American. He was born in Philadelphia while his immigrant parents were on their way from Denmark to a new life in southern California. He grew up in Santa Maria, California and now resides in Reno, Nevada. As a former corporate leader, Eric was a firm believer in enabling people to realize their full potential. This is reflected in IAN, CEO, NORTH POLE.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Book review of Eating Bull

About the book

A fight against the food industry turns deadly.

Jeremy, a lonely and obese teenager, shoots into the limelight when a headstrong public health nurse persuades him to sue the food industry. Tossed into a storm of media buzz and bullying, the teen draws the attention of a serial killer who’s targeting the obese. Soon the boy, the nurse, and their loved ones take center stage in a delusional man’s drama.

Through fiction, Eating Bull explores the real-life issues of bullying, fat-shaming, food addiction, and the food industry’s role in obesity.

“A solid thriller that manages to infuse one boy’s coming-of-age with a whole lot of murder.”—Kirkus 

My Review

Eating bull is a fascinating novel which introduces to you three important characters of the story Darwin, a serial killer whose main target are over-weight people who irritate him and Jeremy, the protagonist of the story who is overweight and finally Sue, a nurse from the public health weight management clinic.

Jeremy the protagonist is overweight and is continuously bullied by his friends and family alike and is irritated with all the criticism and his mother is worried about his growing obesity and plans to help his son in reducing his weight. While visiting a doctor she meets Sue the nurse who helps her in appointments of Jeremy in his visits to doctor for weight loss which encourages Jeremy.

Darwin on the other hand a serial killer who has been let loose is planning to kill every obese person.

Will Jeremy and Darwin cross paths and what will happen if they do so?

Continue reading the story as it is filled with facts and will keep you at the edge of your chair as the author describes the ill effects of obesity and how a person is bullied in the society and what mental pressure a person has to undergo during this rough phase of life.

Superb story plot with the intention to create awareness about obesity! I think the author has accomplished what he had wished for.

Read more about the book at Online Book Club

About the Author
Carrie Rubin is a physician, public health advocate, and award-winning author. She is a member of the International Thriller Writers association. Her novels include "Eating Bull" and "The Seneca Scourge." 

Book Review of My Father is a Hero

About the Book

Vaibhav Kulkarni has had few accomplishments worth boasting about in his modest life and career. Yet, his happy universe lies intact in the love and pride his ten-year-old daughter inspires in him. Nisha Kulkarni justifies every reason to be the favourite child of Pune’s premier school-be it her academic brilliance, her exceptional facility with music, or simply her unassuming charm. With his daughter showing promising signs of a stellar success story, Vaibhav has made peace with own unrequited dreams of the past. But when the girl mysteriously starts losing mojo and spirals into despair and seclusion, Vaibhav faces the toughest test of his life as single father - to reclaim his child’s trust and happiness. What distance will a middle-class man with limited means go to show his daughter the merit in believing in a dream? Read this gripping tale of love, courage, and of the emergence of an ordinary man as an extraordinary hero

My review

Incredible story and an inspiring one too! The story will touch your heart and will change the way you thought about life. Superb storyline and everything is just perfect in the story .

Vaibhav a father of 11year old Nisha has a modest lifestyle and lives in the suburbs of Pune. His prized possession is his daughter Nisha. Nisha is a bright student right from the beginning and is the most loved girl of the teachers. Academically Nisha is great and to add feathers to her hat she is equally good at singing and loves to sing the songs of her favourite singer Rihanna. The story showcases the struggle and the sacrifices Vaibhav has to do to make her little girl smile. A quick read though the story captures the attention of the reader and as I was reading the story I really felt connected to the plot and was able to grasp the message Nishant has tried to convey through the story.

“Your failures can never weigh as much as the burden of your regrets.”

I wish everyone reading this book find their true destiny and follow the dreams till the very end.

What is little Nisha’s dream and how Vaibhav fights against all odds to help her daughter, get to meet her dream person?

Read the story to find out what happened next and be prepared to be inspired and I wish you follow your dreams more than anything else in the world.

I received the book from WritersMelon.com in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Book Review of The Devil’s Prayer

About the book

A nun commits suicide in front of thousands in Spain. In Australia, Siobhan Russo recognises that nun as her mother, Denise Russo, who disappeared six years ago. 

In search of answers, Siobhan travels to the isolated convent where her mother once lived. Here she discovers Denise’s final confession, a book that details a heinous betrayal that left her crippled and mute, and Denise’s subsequent deal with the Devil to take revenge. In the desperate bargain Denise made with the Prince of Darkness, she wagered Siobhan’s soul. 

As Siobhan discovers the fate of her soul, she learns that hidden within the pages of her mother’s confession is part of The Devil’s Prayer, an ancient text with the power to unleash apocalyptic horrors. 

And now her mother’s enemies know Siobhan has it.

Can Siobhan escape an order of extremist monks determined to get the Prayer back? Can she save the world from its own destruction? 

Watch the book trailer on YouTube youtube.com/watch?v=1OJMiPIR0zw or Vimeo vimeo.com/156061258 or simply search “Devil’s Prayer by Luke Gracias”

See the stunning locations from the book at devilsprayer.com.

My Review

The Devil’s Prayer is an incredible piece work and a testament of excellent craftsmanship in the art of storytelling. The story plot and the amount of research the author have done in the story shines brightly in the story and the characters perfectly convey the message the author wants to portray.
The very first thing that I said after reading the story is “WOW”. How good is the story and how beautifully is the story told. It can only be done by someone who truly loves his work and is willing to pay the price to be at his absolute best.

The historical references and the backdrop of the story capture the reader’s imagination and keep him spellbound to the story. You will be addicted to the way the story is carved out and how one chapter leads to another, with the same excitement as the previous one.

It’s a story about a mother who leaves her children and goes to Spain to become a nun and commits suicide in front of thousands. Her daughter is worried about the fact as to why her mother left her family and what is the mystery hidden from her behind her disappearance.

In an attempt to unravel the mystery she travels to Spain to the very place her mother committed suicide after a church Father gives her a letter her mother had written for her.

After she reaches the places she finds her mother’s confession which bears a strict warning
“There is a Devil’s Prayer at the last but she has to read it only after she reads her mother’s confession.”

What are her mother’s confessions and what truth hides underneath?

Read the story to find out more.

I got this book from WriterMelons.com in exchange for an honest review.

Bugman Cubicle Life and Beyond

About the book

"Knowing the unknown is better than not knowing at all". Sa & Sa journey of 'Testers' & challenges. Sa and Sa unveils the journey of software professionals. Sa and Sa Unveil this journey, they show how the software industry works, people, organization, expectations, behaviours etc. Key thing we are trying to convey is to learn everyday, develop your skills and help share the knowledge.
My Review

The story introduces to protagonist of the story Sa & Sa (Sachin and Santosh). The book is a very quick read and introduces you to the corporate world and how one strives in this world. The book has chapters as weeks which differentiate the job of a tester from one day to another and how a tester does his job. It goes on to describe the hiring process and what the interview asks to the candidate and how one should reply to the questions.

The author has tried to put some humour to the story by describing some moments comically.

What I liked about the book that it was a quick read but I felt as if it is a story for school children who want to find out what happens in the corporate world. And I seriously think that the cover page isn’t related to the story that it describes, it gives a different idea about the book whereas the contents are very different from the cover page. It did take away my interest in reading the book and the book isn’t for adults.

I will rate this book 2 star based on the humour and quick read.

About the author

Sachin Kodagali: Sachin completed his BE (E&CE) from Basaveshwara Engineering College, Bagalkot. He started his career as a QA Engineer at Yahoo! and worked to improve quality of products across Yahoo! and Microsoft IDC. He has passion towards new tools, technologies and to lead and motivate large group of teams. He has written several blogs, reviews related to sports, locals and also was the winner of the Best Idea for website as part of RCB. Santosh Avvannavar: Santosh is presently working as a Counsellor and Trainer, Consultant. He has trained over 50,000 people on Communication Skills, Team Building, Presentation Skills, Interview Skills and Body Language. His known for his flagship program ‘Get a Job WITHOUT an Interview. Prior to that after his college education from NITK, Surathkal, he worked as a researcher at University of Eindhoven, University of Twente, and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He was also the Placement President while working at IISC, Bangalore. He has over twenty-five publications of mostly research documents in national and international journals. He has also authored sixteen conference papers and regularly writes articles for a national and worldwide daily paper. He also works as an advisor for different organizations. He is an author of 15 books with She: Ekla Cholo Re and Umbilical Cord continues to receive promising reviews. He was invited by TV/Radio to talk on Gender Issues. He likes to devote his personal time in writing for a website, namely the Amrita Foundation for HRD (www.amritafoundation.wordpress.com).

Friday, 25 November 2016

Book Review of Rise: Trifecta Series

About the book

Fifteen-year-old high school sophomore Alexia Wick is an ordinary girl, with extraordinary abilities. She attends the prestigious South Haven Academy for the Gifted and Talented, but unknown to the other students, she is an Alerium witch. The daughter of a High Priest and Priestess, Alexia must learn to navigate the pressures of high school, all while preparing for one of the biggest competitions of her life- the Annual Trials.

Skill, stamina, and loyalty will all be tested in Rise, the first installment of the Trifecta Series. In this debut contemporary fantasy novel, magic gets real as Alexia trains for the Annual Trials, which pits teen against teen, by focusing on her craft and pushing her magic and spell casting abilities to their absolute limit. When the handsome and confident Kaleb moves into town, he offers Alexia a welcome distraction from the Trials, but a dark secret could soon tear them apart.

In the trials arena, friendships will be put to the test, fears will be confronted head-on, and powerful spells will be unleashed. When Alexia is confronted with the ultimate game of chance, and is torn between her first real love and the allegiance that binds her to her coven, will she buckle under the weight of the pressure ... or will she rise to the challenge?

My Review

Alexia Wick the daughter of High Priest and Priestess is a girl with all the powers of magic has to undergo trials for her training as a witch. She belongs to a line of powerful witch family the Aleriums, who follow white magic as opposed to the Maleriums who follow black magic.

Alexia describes in the story about her life and how the witches are different from one another and which coven focuses on what. In a race to prove her she has to undergo which will put her in an ultimate test where she has to choose between her love and her coven, which taught her the mysteries of magic and the powerful spells that she can cast.

Will she beat the heat and emerge victorious or will she bite the dust?

The climax of the story is a cliff hanger and we will have to wait to find out what happens next.

I loved the story plot and the progress of the story was pretty smooth and the author has done a great job in detailing out the facts of the magical world. I was able to visualize the events that were happening in the story as if it was happening in the real world. I would love to read the series. A great read in the Young Adult genre.

Read more about the book at Online Book Club and at Author's Website

About the author

Almonte is an author and poet who resides in New York with his spouse and two dogs. Rise is his debut novel, and is the first installment in the Trifecta Series, a young adult trilogy that is setting the literary world on fire!

He is an alumnus of New York University, where he studied leadership and management. In his spare time he enjoys cooking, entertaining, and reading. He is also an avid poker player. He attributes much of his success to his family, and is looking forward to writing the follow-up installment in the series.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Book Review of Raven Song

Name: Raven Song
Series: Inoki's Game (Book 1)
Paperback: 290 pages
Published Date: March 14, 2016
Publisher: Lucid Dreams Publishing
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1944674004
ISBN-13: 978-1944674007

Book Blurb:
A century ago, the world burned. Even now, though rebuilt and defiant, civilization is still choking on the ashes.

Jackson, a smuggler, lives in the shadows, once a boy with no memory, no name, and no future. Ravens followed him, long-extinct birds only he could see, and nightmares flew in their wake. Once, Jackson thought himself to be one of the lucky few touched by magic, a candidate for the Order of Mages. He is a man now, and that dream has died. But, the ravens still follow. The nightmares still whisper in his ear.

Anna’s life was under the sun, her future bright, her scientific work promising. She knew nothing of The Bombings, the poisoned world, or the occult. One day, she went to work, and the next, she awoke in a box over a hundred years in the future, screaming, fighting to breathe, and looking up into the eyes of a smuggler. Anna fears she’s gone crazy, unable to fill the massive hole in her memories, and terrified of the strange abilities she now possesses.

The Coalition government has turned its watchful eyes towards them. The secret factions of the city move to collect them first. And, old gods stir in the darkness, shifting their pawns on the playing field.

If Anna and Jackson wish to stay free, they must learn what they are and why they exist.

Unfortunately, even if they do, it may be too late.

Raven Song is the first of a four book adult-oriented dystopian fantasy series, a story of intrigue, love, violence, and the old spirits in the shadows who wait for us to notice them again. Readers of Neil Gaiman, Holly Black, and Charlie Human will enjoy this dark magic-laced tale rooted on the bones of what our world could become.


Aware that this is just the first book in the series and I am hooked and will read on, however as a standalone book it would still make a fantastic read.’ ~ Mark on Goodreads

A good urban fantasy with well-developed characters and a grim and complex setting. I would recommend.’ ~ Dannica Zulestin on Goodreads

Ashcroft has a brilliant imagination coupled with an eloquent writing style that draws the reader in, makes us feel a wide array of emotions, and holds us captivated to the very end. I anxiously await the next volume in this series.’ ~ K. McCaslin on Amazon

I usually think endings are the worst part of most books, hard to wrap up into a logical and solid ending, this book did well at it I was satisfied but very much looking forward to the next book.’ ~ taruofatlantis on Amazon

The narration by Mikael Naramore was good. He was able to capture the voices of the characters well, especially the manic Tony. In general the characters were distinguishable and the voicing gave life to each of them. The production quality was good as well.’ ~ Poonam on AudioBook Reviewer.

Author Bio:
I. A. Ashcroft has been writing fiction in many forms for almost twenty years. The author's first book, written at age seven, featured the family cat hunting an evil sorceress alongside dragons and eagles. This preoccupation with the fantastical has not changed in the slightest.

Now, the author dwells in Phoenix, AZ alongside a wonderful tale-spinner and two increasingly deranged cats. Ashcroft writes almost exclusively in the realm of darker fantasy these days, loving to entertain adults with stories of magic, wonder, despair, violence, and hope, bringing a deep love of mythology into every tale penned. The author also loves diverse and intriguing casts of characters.

When not buried in a book, one might find Ashcroft learning languages, charting road trips, and playing tabletop RPGs with clever and fun people.

Contact the Author:


A boy lay on the broken sidewalk, eyes closed. He was pale and thin, looking not a day over ten years old. His half-clothed body shuddered against the chilly night air. His bony frame scraped against the grime of the street as he curled into himself, trying to keep back the cold. Overhead, the stars hung bright and lonely.

In the alley, almost invisible against the midnight darkness, a man stood tall over the boy. His well-pressed suit was as black as the shadows, as his skin, and as the raven on his shoulder. The way he hovered over the child, he seemed a strange guardian. But his eyes were turned upwards to the sky, away from the boy’s plight, as if it was no real matter. In those black eyes the stars were mirrored, impossible and brilliant. Those eyes stared back into the past, when the celestial lights were loved and revered, when each constellation had a story.

Once upon a time… this was when the world had sung to him, the dream-walker, the song-weaver, the star-stringer.

Once, before humans had forgotten his name.

Now, the starry sky was almost hidden by the glowing blue haze of the Barrier, a shield cast over what was left of the city: proud New York, ruined, rebuilt, defiant.

The stranger kept staring upwards into oblivion, even as the boy let out an unhappy whimper, chills wracking his weak frame. The raven flew from the stranger’s shoulder then, alighting onto the sidewalk, picking past the weeds and rubble. It rejoined its fellows who had settled amicably around the child, oblivious to the fact that ravens were all supposed to be dead. One hundred years ago, poison had leeched into the earth, into the grass, into the grazers, and into the corpses left behind. The blight spared little, its kind no exception. Regardless, this impossible creature affectionately brushed at the boy’s dark hair with its beak.

At the touch, the boy awoke with a start. His wide, uncomprehending eyes took in the world as he struggled to sit up, his head swinging around wildly; past awnings and high rises he had never seen, past scrawled words and graffiti he could not understand. He teetered to his feet, then fell back down again as his knees gave out, sending the birds around him into flight.

He saw no starry eyes in the darkness, no stranger standing nearby. He was halfnaked, shivering, hungry, and alone, his head aching down to his teeth. The nameless boy shook off the dreams he couldn’t remember and wondered where he was.

If there had been any passersby on that cold autumn night, they would have sworn that this boy hadn’t been there a minute ago, and no stranger or ravens had been there at all.

 My Review:

The story is intriguing is full with mysteries that you will unravel itself as you read the book. I loved the way the story was described and how Jackson faces the raven that comes in his dreams that grows intense with each passing days.

What I really like about the book was that, it was at one point of time difficult for me to differentiate between what was virtual and what is reality. I felt as if I am a part of the book and the characters are real. Exceptional piece of work which has all the elements of imagination, mystery and magic in perfect blend that makes the story even more awesome.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Book review of Blood Tide

About the book

Megalops is an Aquarian, a human-dolphin hybrid who lives in one of the many reef-cities that thrive beneath the waves on an Earth ravaged by climate change. Some of the Humans who cling to the barren lands blame Aquarius for their plight and unleashed the Medusa Plague that entombed Megalops's wife and daughter in stone. Tormented by that loss, Megalops dedicates everything to avenging his murdered family, no matter what the cost. He unleashes a Vendetta Virus as cruel and lethal as the Medusa Plague, a bio-weapon that transforms living Humans into Aquarian corpses.  

Ocypode -- one of the heroes who stopped the Medusa Plague -- and his band of Human and Aquarian allies battle desperate odds to prevent Megalops from committing an act of genocide that will escalate into global conflict, dragging the Earth's other humanoid species into the chaos. War demands sacrifice. If Mother Earth and Mother Ocean wage war against each other, will anyone survive?

My Review

I love reading Sci-Fi books and this book is a great read. What I loved about the book was the intensity and preciseness with which the story is told. Though the story is very complex and you may not catch the details in the first place, I would suggest you need to read the first book in order to understand who is what. I was a bit confused in the middle of the story as to who is being killed and for what crimes they committed. But as you read on you will find the book spell binding and also the story plot.

The story is filled with intense violence and killings and the use of technology in the story is just out of the world. I loved the cyber-ghosts who are computers but can reflect the memories and thoughts of a dead person. As you read the book you will find new and myriad number of characters in the story which are created from the author's imagination and have been brought to life in the book.

The imagination of the author is duly reflected in the story as new worlds are introduced with new species of living beings in the story. Hybrids like human-dolphins called as Aquarians and Atavisms human- aquarians hybrids are the characters to look out in the story.

Overall a great book with a gripping storyline and I felt that this book can made into a good Hollywood movie. 

Read more about the book at Online Book Club 

Friday, 11 November 2016

Author Interview of Aniesha Brahma

All Signs Lead Back to You by Aniesha Brahma


As the final bell for the day rang on their last day in school, Diya Rai, had a chill run down her spine. The chill of not knowing what the future holds for her and her high school sweetheart, Ashwin Chowdhury.

So she does a preemptive strike.

She dumps him before he can hurt her.


Two years later, Ashwin and Diya, cross paths. Each holds grudges, feelings and only one half of the story that completes them.

Told from alternating points of view, through a non-linear timeline, this is the story about

first love, second chances and ALL the SIGNS THAT LEAD BACK TO YOU.

Meet the Characters

Diya Rai – is the protagonist of the story whose actions have always had terrible consequences for those around her. Diya is self-absorbed and never chooses anyone else over her own self. Diya’s troubled past keeps her from letting people into her life. Even though she’s hurt Ashwin she wants him back in her life years later.

Ashwin Chowdhury – is her best friend in school and later on, boyfriend. He is left heartbroken by Diya but when their paths cross later on, he realises he doesn’t want anything to do with her. He lives with his mother and elder brother and hails from a upper middle-class family background.

Nina Gonzales – is Diya’s best friend in college. She and Diya had met during their admissions and had become fast friends with one another. Nina and Ashwin end up competing with one another to see who is really Diya’s best friend!

Rishabh – is the quintessential hot, rich guy that Diya dates in college. He seems to be in love with her, but Diya doesn’t seem to return the same affection towards him. Nina hates his guts.

Trina – is the girl Ashwin is interested in. She goes to the same college as Diya and Nina, and while Diya dislikes her mostly because Ashwin seems to be interested in her, Nina is indifferent to her.

Read more about the book on GoodReads

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Author Interview

1. What inspired you to write the book?

All Signs Lead Back to You was written when I was playing around with the idea of a girl who just doesn’t know when to hold on and when to let go. She’s clueless about how to deal with life and therefore does whatever she wants, without sparing a second thought about the consequences! As opposed to her are two very steady characters who try to understand her but fail miserably. I just wanted to explore the topic of if ever first love would deserve a second chance!

2. When did you realise that you want to write a book?

I knew I wanted to be a writer since I was six years old. So wanting to write a book was nothing short of second nature for me.

3. Who helped you in writing the book and please say about their contributions?

My publisher, Esha Chatterjee, had a huge role to play in making me write the book. Thereafter, Samarpita Mukherjee Sharma, my editor helped me polish the story and get it into shape. The final proof was again done by BEE Books’ in-house editor, Sugandha Bandyopadhyay and Esha.

4. How is your book going to inspire the readers?

All Signs Lead Back to You is a book about first love and second chances. It deals with the idea that while it’s okay to think about the person you’d once fallen in love with, it’s not always the right choice to want to go back to them. It should help readers who are still reeling from broken hearts realise that there’s always hope, because there’s always a new dawn.

5. If you are given the chance to change one thing in your book what would it be?

I don’t want to change anything about the book. I liked it as it is.

6. How do you find time to write and which part of the day is best for writing for you?

You don’t find time to write when you decide to be a writer. You make the time to write. For me it’s either during my lunch break if I’m at work or it is post dinner. I write on most nights from 12 midnight till 2 am.

7. Which books have inspired you the most, in the journey of writing this book?

Most of John Green’s novels especially Paper Towns. I aspire to put together sentences the way he does. So that the words stay with my readers long after the story is over.

8. What is the best advice, you would give for writers who are trying to write a book?

Take part in NaNoWriMo. Keep writing. Power through the writer’s blocks. Because you can edit rough draft, but you can do nothing with a blank page!

9. What are your hobbies?

Watching tv shows, reading books, watching movies (but nowadays I don’t find time), drawing cartoons and mostly just playing with my five super adorable cats!

10. What can we expect from you in the future?

Hopefully more stories to tell you and this world! Hopefully a new book every year – for other age groups and in other genres. I have been working on a couple of children’s projects. Let’s see what happens next. 

About the author

Aniesha Brahma is an author who realized her passion for writing at the tender age of six. She also happens to be the social media manager for BEE Books. Her debut novel, The Secret Proposal (2012) was published by General Press and was followed by When Our Worlds Collide (2015) by the same. She blogs at: www.anieshabrahma.com and runs an online magazine, BUZZ Magazine. She can be contacted at: aniesha.brahma@gmail.com. She lives in Kolkata with her family and her five super adorable cats!

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