Robin’s Review of Gullonization

Gullonization: The Fight or Flight Collection

 by Sean P. Gibson

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Gullonization
(The Fight or Flight Collection)

by Sean P. Gibson
Part of: The Fight or Flight Collection (3 books)
What would happen if humanity came to an end? Who would rise to the top of the food chain, who would dominate Earth?
Follow the STE Space Team as they return to their base in Edinburgh, now abandoned. A hundred years have passed on Earth. It’s not what they remember. Neither is a certain, predatory species whose murderous welcome makes it clear that this Space Team no longer has a home… nor a right to live…If you thought seagulls were already cruel omens, then get ready to see them at their worst.This novella marks the second in the 'Fight or Flight' Collection. Be sure to check out the others too; "The Pigeon Detectives," and "The Crow's Vengeance".
Robin's Review: This is a well written, quick, and easy to read short story that was crisp and straight to the point. It has some creepy world building that totally amazed me. The main characters are complex but relatable. And the “bad guys” are freaking nasty. Oh, my I will never forget them. This is such an enjoyable read that I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, but I have to go back to read book 1 first. Sean P. Gibson thank you for this surprising story boy do you have a wild imagination. I encourage everyone to read this whole series.
Favorite Lines: “Get your Grav injections ready so that your body can handle the gravitational shift! I want you walking on your feet when we land, not kissing the floor like starfish!”

“Don’t tell me that we’re the aliens on our own planet.”

#shortstory #bookseries #dystopian #sciencefiction #horror #postapocalypse #monster #space

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Robin’s Review of Fallout: Apocalypse Book 2 of 3

Fallout: Apocalypse Book 2 of 3

 by Hayley Anderton and Laura Swift

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Fallout (Apocalypse Book 2)
Book 2 of 3: Apocalypse
by Hayley Anderton and Laura Swift

A week has passed since the world turned upside down. Help isn't coming, communications are down, and a group of young teenagers remain isolated on a farm, awaiting rescue.
As they adjust to their new reality, the group must learn to fend for themselves. But with trouble brewing all around them, they’re about to discover that humans might be just as terrifying as the rotters plaguing their new landscape.Tensions are rising.Alliances are forming and enemies are being made.Humanity is slipping through their fingers.The apocalypse is here to stay.
Robin's Review: This is the second cozy zombie apocalypse book in this series. It picks up a week after where the previous book ended. This is a quick read, but I took it slow because I didn’t want it to end. Luckily the next in the series is due out soon. This book is well written with an interesting and entertaining plot. The characters are well developed, relatable and you could just feel their anxiety. I really enjoyed this book. It is not graphic so it could be for teenagers and up. I highly recommend this series to all ages.
It was my pleasure and privilege to receive a free copy of this book but that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.
Some of the characters: There is a group at the high school consisting of Fletcher, Patrick, Charlie, Nora, Collin, Zoe, and they let in Ross. The group at the farm are Cassie, Luke, Heidi, Eliza, Poppy, Rori, Eliza, Warren, Ginge, Hannah, Billy and Cara have come a long way in a short amount of time. They have also picked up Joe along the way.

Zombie Nicknames: Zeds, Rotters and Munchers
Some of my favorite lines:
“Rule one; aim for the head. It’s the only thing that stops them.” He listed this off on his fingers. “Rule two; whatever you do, don’t let them bite you.” “Rule three; no jumping out of windows.”
“It’s character developing, you know, surviving coffee withdrawal.” “If I develop any more, I am going to develop into a villain.”
“It’s an apocalypse; I’d be concerned if you weren’t having an existential crisis.”
“I’ve got to keep myself looking good. Otherwise, how will the rotters know I’m the catch of the day?”

Zombie Tips from the book: 
Use fencing masks to protect the face.

Use every tea bag twice to save on supplies.

“You think you’re just going to stroll into Tesco and grab whatever you fancy? Everyone is going to have the same idea. And a lot of those people are going to get themselves killed in the process. That means a buildup of rotters in areas of interest. And that is why it’s not a good idea.”

Learn to read maps and don’t rely on GPS.

“We do need to be careful. We can’t trust people the way that we have in the past. It brings out an ugly side to us all.”

Stay in the attic to sleep because it’s safe with only one way in. 

Could also be bad because of only one way out.

Better to be the predator than the prey.

“You should make a big pit all around the farm. And then If anything tries to get close, it just gets stuck in the pit. The monsters aren’t very smart, are they? Maybe they won’t be able to get out.”
Apocalypse: A Zombie Thriller
Book 1 of 3: Apocalypse

Fallout: (Apocalypse)
Book 2 of 3: Apocalypse

Chaos: (Apocalypse)
Book 3 of 3: Apocalypse
This title will be released on June 30, 2022.


#teen #youngadult #comingofage #horror #shortstory #postapocalyptic #sciencefiction #thriller #fantasy #cozyzombieapocalypse

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Robin’s Review of Cousin Calls

Cousin Calls

by Zeb Haradon

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Robin's Review of Cousin Calls
by Zeb Haradon
A college student reluctantly attends a family chili cookout that turns into a never ending nightmare. A man desperate for job skills uses a brain implant to help him learn, but it malfunctions and leaves him sexually attracted to shadows. A private investigator is hired to discover who keeps befouling the walls of convenience store bathrooms. Two deer engaged in combat find that they are unable to unlock from one another’s antlers after the fight is over. A single mother spends 2020 battling an evil landlord, a fascist neighbor, national political chaos, and a global pandemic. These are the strange stories told by regulars at the local bar on Christmas Eve, stories which each began with a phone call from someone who announced “you don’t know me, but we’re cousins.”
Robin's Review: These short stories were well written, witty and entertaining. I loved how original they are, and the endings were jaw dropping. I giggled through the stories even though they were unusual. Well done Zeb Haradon. I highly recommend this author and his books. I am going to read some of his other book this was that good.

Here are five freakishly weird and creepy stories all centering around a “cousin’s call”.

It is Christmas Eve and Harold gets a “cousin call” where he is to meet Ninkilita, his cousin at the Coffin Bar for drinks. Not realizing that the few regulars there have gone through similar calls. Annie, Ward, Gordon, Alex, and Jane tell their strange and embarrassing accounts
with their own “cousin calls.”
Cousin Call Stories:

World’s Greatest Chili

The Shadow Thief

The Mysterious Case of Who Was Wiping Sh&t All Over the Bathroom Walls

The Lucky Bucks

The True Story of Douchebag Dave
Famous Last Words:

“She just said she wants to meet up for a drink,” Harold said, somewhat defensively, “she said she knew my dad and felt bad about missing the funeral.” “Sure,” the woman said, “but it will lead to something.”

“You should never take a cousin call. It’s always bad news.”
It was my pleasure to receive a free copy of this book but that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review of these entertaining stories.


#humorous #humour #alieninvasion #sciencefiction

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Robin’s Review of Mayfly Hollow

Mayfly Hollow

 by ANNE LUCY-SHANLEY

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Mayfly Hollow
by Anne Lucy-Shanley

It began as a typical day… Fiercely independent bakery owner Kate Halloran likes her life the way it is. Casual sex suits her to a T. Work hard, play hard is Kate’s motto. No strings. No demands. No obligations. 
The ties that bind chafe. She learned a long time ago that the only person she can depend on is herself—and that’s just fine thank you very much. Then a fast-acting highly contagious novel virus sweeps the globe, ushering a nationwide lockdown. Violence erupts in the streets. Chaos reigns. With the population decimated, Kate’s self-sufficiency kicks into overdrive as she fears she’s the sole survivor. When the dead awaken, Kate becomes prey. Desperate and hunted, she undertakes a dangerous journey—fleeing to the only refuge she knows. The sanctuary of Mayfly Hollow isn’t without its perils. Can the other survivors there be trusted? And what about the mysterious cowboy called Teller, who gets under her skin like no man ever has? There’s more to him than meets the eye—she can’t help but wonder how much of his aww shucks routine is genuine. As threats close in on every side, can Kate set aside her complicated past to navigate the new world order?
Robin's Review: Sometimes you need more than just a zombie apocalypse, and Anne Lucy-Shanley’s story has it. There is an interesting tale about the main character Kate’s actions during and after the virus and or zombie apocalypse. I love how the story shows Kate’s strength and self-reliance, while being alone until she makes it to “safety.” This is a fast-paced entertaining story with some great characters. An enjoyable read if you like a little romance with your apocalypse. 
#sciencefiction #fantasy #horror #action #romance

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Robin’s Review of Run From the Dead Book 3

Run From the Dead 3 A Zombie Apocalypse Series

 by Joanne Nundy

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Run from the Dead: Book 3 
A Zombie Apocalypse
by Joanne Nundy 

Are there worse things to run from than the dead? Amy knows all too well about the evil that lurks behind closed doors and not just the flesh-eating kind. 
Kidnapped and traumatised by her ordeal, she is picked up by a group of survivors when she escapes. Estranged couple, Steve, and Anna are no longer fighting amongst themselves but have a common enemy fighting the dead. In this crumbled civilisation, they are accustomed to helping those in need, but helping strangers isn’t always the safest option. They are all realising there are worse monsters out there. Steve can fight the dead. But when the living becomes more of a problem, he must learn to overcome past traumas to protect his ever-growing family. How much do good people need to battle just to stay alive?
My Review: Wow! This was the third installment about a zombie apocalypse, but the real monsters were the people. It was darker than her previous books but maybe that had to do with the “monsters”.
Fast paced and a quick read made this continuation of this series a perfect book. Love love love this author.


Next in this series:

Run from the Dead: Book 4: A Zombie Apocalypse
This title will be released on Jun 30, 2022.

It was my pleasure to receive a free copy of this book but that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.


#dystopian #sciencefiction #postapocalyptic #horror #fantasy #zombies

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Robin’s Review of Allegra – A Dystopian Romance

Allegra – A Dystopian Romance

 by Nikita Bloom

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Allegra - A Dystopian Romance
by Nikita Bloom

A small mistake in the formula that was supposed to cure one disease, led to another. NOW IT’S KILL or be KILLED. 
In an apocalyptic world surrounded by nothing but dusty ruins, dictatorial military rule, and a divided population, those are the only two choices. Aiden is a soldier in Roy Randall’s army, the head of the underworld. As a child who was thrown to the streets, he’s struggling to survive, with no real choice and no goal worth fighting for. Until he meets Allegra, who doesn’t want to just survive but to live... and love. Everything changes. Now Aiden is torn between his love and his commitment to a man who will determine whether he will live or die. Despite her fear, Allegra is swept away by an unexpected love story, but a sudden discovery shocks her world and forces her to choose between the fragile security of her previous life and a dangerous adventure. Will they succeed in saving the human spark in their hearts in a world where no room’s left for humanity?
Robin's Review: This was an action-packed dystopian romance that crosses many genres such as post-apocalyptic, military thriller, science fiction, suspense, and horror to say a few. The plot is strong and interesting, in that it was set in a post-apocalyptic world after a virus ravages mankind changing some but not others. So, the “government” has decided who shall live - the “clean” and who shall die - the ones changed by the virus.

The characters were complex and compelling so much that I rooted for them throughout the story turning each page anxiously. The world building was done so that I felt like I was right there. The moral dilemma behind the story was intriguing. Doesn’t everyone have a right to live? And who has the right to take that away?

Overall, a really well written story that I highly recommend to everyone. It has a little bit of everything to satisfy your reading desires.
It was my pleasure to receive a free copy of this book from the author but that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.

#military #action #thriller #dystopian #sciencefiction #fantasy #horror #postapocalyptic

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Robin’s Review of Charlie: Zombie Slayer Book 1

Charlie: YA Zombie Horror Story Zombie Slayer Book 1

by Gayle Katz

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Charlie: Zombie Slayer Book 1                         
by Gayle Katz

A snarky teenager. A new school to navigate. Can Charlie stop a zombie apocalypse in time for finals?
After she moves across the country and out of the hot zone, Charlie hopes to leave hunting behind. She's ready to make some friends at her new high school. But the past she hoped to bury rises again with a fresh, city-wide outbreak.


So much for settling into a normal life...

Desperate to stop the walking dead, Charlie enlists the help of some classmates to find patient zero. But as the scourge spreads, her talents may not be enough to keep them alive.

Will Charlie discover the source of the infection, or will she meet a gruesome end?

Charlie is the first action-packed novel in the Zombie Slayer apocalypse series. If you like sassy heroines, witty banter, and over-the-top zombie brawls, then you’ll love Gayle Katz’s tale of high school angst and flesh-eating walkers.


Zombie slayer or zslayer, Charlie Warner a 11th grade student moves from her hometown of Dallas, Texas giving up slaying to move with her Grandmother to Portland Oregon. Only her mentor, Stewart George follows her with bad news. The zombie leader, zleader bit someone before it died and that “person” came back to Portland and has started infecting others. So she must slay again. Not wanting to reveal her true calling to anyone in the beginning especially her friends Owen and Zan because that would put them in danger. As she searches for the new zleader and tries to figure out the supplier of the new drug, “zrug” she’s just your typical teenager. Yea right! What more could go wrong? Don’t ask just read it for yourself.
Robin's Review: I really loved this story and quickly became addicted. It’s fun and snarky but also, Zombies! The world that Katz has built, is a new and refreshing change from the usual zombie story. I’m a sucker for a strong female character with a kick butt personality and boy does this book have that in bulk. The characters are well written, and the plot was full of action and slaying. It was suspenseful, a real page turner, I was always ready to find out what happens next. The funny quips had me laughing from the get-go. I really, really, enjoyed this book. It was a lot of fun and hugely entertaining. Like some of my previous reviews, I would describe this as a “Cozy Zombie” apocalypse story. I could see myself reading it again and again, of course after I have read the rest of the series. Looks like it’s gonna be a few sleepless nights for me, and I hope for you also. Gayle Katz has authored a fantastic story and now, will be one of my go to authors. Will I read anything she writes? Books? Yes. Novellas? Yup. Cereal boxes? You bet!
Zombie Tips:

A zombie leader could mask as a human, but their eyes would still glow green.


Favorite Lines:

“Nope, this is a new drug. It’s believed that it’s manufactured from zombie blood and has a street name of zrug, at least that’s what I’m told.”

“It’s two grand for a finger,” he replied. “A finger?” she asked. “For real?”

“I’d feel more confident that you had the right equipment, than buying from some questionable Portland occult store for the tourists.”

“They had a peek, and then decided to leave. Wise move. If there were any more zombies here, they’d quickly be avocado toast.”



Next in the Series:

Second Strain: YA Zombie Horror Story (Zombie Slayer Book 2)

Claw: YA Zombie Horror Story (Zombie Slayer Book 3)

Conzpiracy: YA Zombie Horror Story (Zombie Slayer Book 4)

Spell to Hell: YA Zombie Horror Story (Zombie Slayer Book 5)

Good Zombie: YA Zombie Horror Story (Zombie Slayer Book 6)

Exorcizm: YA Zombie Horror Story (Zombie Slayer Book 7)


Thanks so much for a review copy of this book. I am voluntarily leaving a review of my personal opinion.

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Robin’s Review of After the End

As a Doomsday prepper, he’s ready to survive the apocalypse. But what about the men hunting him?

After the End: A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Novel

 by Joshua V Scher

Rating: 5 out of 5.
After the End:                                                                                     A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Novel
by Joshua V. Scher
As a Doomsday prepper, he's ready to survive the apocalypse. But what about the men hunting him?

It turns out Addison was right: the world as he knew it did come to an end by means of a killer virus.

He's by himself now near what was Sicily, Oklahoma, tending to a wilted vegetable garden, foraging for rabbits, and eking out not quite enough water from a dried-up well. It's time to move. His Uncle Izzy, whom he's decided to seek out in his survivalist cabin hundreds of miles away, had prepared him well for an apocalypse - all but for the loneliness.

The plan is simple. Gun. Bow. Bike. Go.

If he could just make it across the state, then maybe...

But the virus didn't quite kill everybody. And humanity isn't all that humane anymore.

Ransacked and run-down, Addison learns all too quickly that hope is the enemy and trust is a liability. Survival has its costs.

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man might be king, but in the land of the dead, he's bait.

The literary bleakness of Cormac McCarthy's THE ROAD meets the survivalist thrills of Gary Paulsen's HATCHET in this harrowing novel from Joshua V. Scher. Now a Motion Picture from Shout! Studios and 1157 Productions, out 8/17/2021.
Robin's Review: This world is Eden with no escape. Addison, Addie, is left by himself in this dystopian world post-apocalyptic event. It was ravaged by a virus called the “Stripes.” Leaving the survivors in a BS or PS. Before Stripes or Post Stripes world. This story shows the loneliness of being the only one left after an apocalypse. A very interesting blend of fiction, movie references such as “Wilson” and survival tips/recipes like colloidal silver and the hilarious recipe for “Preppers Surprise.” I enjoyed the tale of the “Deer Women.” Also keeping track of humans and dead bodies on the calendar was interesting. There’s even an explanation of how to tell time by the stars. This was such a great book with its wealth of information and relatable characters. It had funny sayings that I couldn’t help but laugh out loud.
Favorite lines:

“God is in the details, and haste is of the Devil.”

“The protocol’s about— Safety. Precaution. Survival.”

“Starve a cold, feed a fever.”

“The only difference between a beacon and a warning is who’s doing the looking.”

“The more you know, the less you need.”

“I bet you’re hungry enough to eat the balls off a low-flying duck.”

“But it just bounces off her like green Jell-O off a plastic tarp.”

“Always better to flinch than get hit.”

“See, the trick with subterfuge is sacrifice.”

“Ain’t nothing to do but wait. Stillness is my ally, boredom my comrade, with which I wage a quiet war of hide and go screw yourself.”

“Individuals are great. I love each and every one of ’em. It’s people who’re awful.’”

Some Survival Tips:

Get the best polarized and antiglare lenses and fit them with a top-of-the-line, military-grade, anti-reflection filters.

Check the smoke alarm for the 9-volt battery.

Use effective decoy methods.

Average person needs three quarts of water a day, just for consumption.

When you are trying to be quiet, open your mouth and take short, metered breaths.

Jerky lasts way longer if you don’t chew it. You can suck on the juices a good half hour before it dissolves.

“So, by digging a small pit and surrounding it with rocks, you keep the fire contained but by digging a trench into the outer the circle, you got yourself a channel for the air to flow in and feed the fire.

“If there’s one thing a cancer stick’s good for, it’s catchin’ fire.”

“Dessert noodles is made by sprinkling artificial sweetener on ramen noodles.”

“To make a spit for cooking make two tripods of twigs at opposite ends of the fire and tie a shoelace loop dangling from each.”

Fish Mox Forte is antibacterial fish medication which is amoxicillin in 500 mg capsules.

Directions on how to make a hot stone bed for sleeping.

Good places to hold up would be ones that were already abandoned and decayed before the scourge and that had already been picked over, pulled apart, and left to sink into disrepair.
Worthless ruins would be great sanctuaries.


Allison’s Reading Material:
I think I got the authors correct

Self-Reliance magazine
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
The Bible
The Decameron book by Giovanni Boccaccio
Robinson Crusoe novel by Daniel Defoe
To Build a Fire and Other Stories book by Jack London
How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It book by James Wesley Rawles
U.S. Army’s Complete Guide to Edible Wild Plants
U.S. Air Force’s Survival Handbook
His favorite sci-fi book by Tate Avess
“Because it can’t all be business.”


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Robin’s Review of Death by Decent Society

Since the financial Armageddon, it’s been guns, gold and lots of slaves…

Death by Decent Society Book 1 of 5: Sovereigns of the Collapse

by Malcolm J. Wardlaw

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Death by Decent Society

Book 1 of 5: Sovereigns of the Collapse
by Malcolm J. Wardlaw

Since the financial Armageddon, it’s been guns, gold and lots of slaves.It is 2106. Seventy years have passed since our times collapsed in complete banking disaster. No one cares about over-population, mass extinctions or climate change any longer. The world is a post-apocalyptic paradise—for a few.One of those ‘few’ is Donald Aldingford, a star barrister in his mid-thirties, a man on the threshold of career triumph. But through ill luck, he gets shot down and jailed for trespassing into private airspace. This event changes the course of his life. He picks up disturbing rumours about his younger brother Lawrence, who disappeared without trace ten years earlier aged seventeen.After being repatriated, Donald takes a deeper interest in the world around him. He lifts stones. He peers behind dusty curtains. What he finds is horrifying and repugnant—the dreams of madmen come true. As he closes on the mystery of his disappeared brother, he pierces the last, most dangerous veil of a rotten society.Sovereigns of the Collapse is a five-part dystopian saga for those curious about the coming dark age. The story flows through ongoing action with ‘to be continued’ style endings (not cliffhangers). The series contains adult themes and is not recommended for the under-16s.
Robin's Review: This story is about a dystopian sovereign world set in “Great Britain” after a great economic collapse and the caste system that has born from it.

Donald Aldingford is the main character in a sovereign state made up a unfair caste system. It goes on to show Donald’s progress and understanding of the unjust society he lives in.

It was fast paced and well written with an fascinating plot that progressed with an interesting world built and the growth of the main character.

The other books in this series:
The Night of Blind Ambition
The Church of Nuclear Science
Operation Ultimate
Nuclear Nightminster

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Robin’s Review of Trouble in the Green Lands

THE GAME IS CHANGING.

Book 2 of 3: Seeder Wars Series

by J. Houser

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Trouble in the Green Lands

Book 2 of 3: Seeder Wars Series
by J Houser

THE GAME IS CHANGING.

It's been three years since Saff made the life-changing decision to embrace her Seeder nature and move to the Green Lands. She loves her job, her husband, her Seeder family, and everything about this enchanting new realm. Life couldn't be more perfect. Except for the disturbing new war tactics displayed by their enemies, the Ivies.

Rachel's senior year in high school is anything but typical. Discovering her true identity as a Seeder means learning new abilities, hiding from Ivy assassins, and preparing to leave the human world behind. But something's not right with her powers, causing crippling self-doubt and leading her to make unlikely allies. Rachel's ready to join the rebellion, helping to put an end to centuries of unrest amongst the green folk.

But people and promises are rarely as they seem in a war filled with secrets and misdirects.

Far from being on the same page, Rachel and her new mentor, Saff, realize they can only take the needed leap of faith by trusting each other. The ultimate goal for them both is to stay alive, find out who they can trust, and just maybe, if they can manage that, they can stop a never-ending war.

From the Author
*Content Warning* mental health, self-harm, assault, discrimination
It has been a few years for the characters of book one titled Seeder Shadow Wars. Saff and Devin are married and are now teachers in the Green Lands.

Ben, Saff’s brother and Heather Devin’s sister are a couple planning on marriage.

Lyza’s little girl. Rachel is beginning to “bloom.”

There is still conflict between the “Seeders” and the “Ivies” but something new is brewing.

This is a smart and exciting coming of age story in a remarkable and truly creative world. It continues on with the great world building but also delves deeper with old characters and new. Once again drawing you into their lives and choices whether good or bad. This story revolves around friendships, love and growth as human beings and other “species”. Some darker themes are explored but it is done with respect, kindness and understanding. J Houser is a remarkable author with great storytelling experience.


Unitas: Trio
Seeder Wars Series Book 3
This title will be released on Mar 25, 2022.

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"Son & Soldier: A Seeder Short Story"

“The Return & Question”
Bonus scenes taking place between Seeder Shadow Wars & Trouble in the Green Lands.

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