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Old 02-14-2010, 07:00 PM   #46
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Just wanted to remind anybody who cares that my books are free ONLY UNTIL TOMORROW, FEBRUARY 15.

Also, this. I've been getting quite a few questions about Man of Steel. Mostly, people want to know how much of it is true and why I believe in wacky conspiracy theories. The truth is that I don't believe in any conspiracy theories at all -- I think Lee Harvey Oswald was a lone gunman. There are holes in the *official* explanation of the assassination that are a mile wide, though, which is what led me to write the story.

Anyways, I added a short epilogue to denote the real stuff, which is the core of the story. It looks like this:




Epilogue

Although this story is a work of fiction, there is plenty of real history woven into the plot. The Warren Commission report really does include the testimony of a man who could be the fictitious R.J. Pomeroy (in chapter 5, page 221). This obscure police officer claimed to have watched Jack Ruby walk past a police guard post and into the basement of the Dallas police station where he subsequently murdered JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. The Warren Commission has been criticized over the past five decades for innumerable shortcomings. None are more glaring than the failure to effectively interrogate Ruby and a refusal to investigate how it was that neither Oswald nor Ruby lived long enough to explain their actions.

ERC is a fictitious steel maker modeled on a very real one. Although the company’s involvement in the assassination is merely a plot device in the story, enmity between its chairman and Kennedy was very palpable and very public. As detailed in the story, the chairman of ERC really did visit the Oval Office personally to inform Kennedy that steel prices would be increased and Kennedy didn’t hide his anger at the perceived double-cross. The banner headlines in the story really were splashed across the front page of The New York Times over a ten-day period in the spring of 1962. All the dialogue by the chairman, the president and his staff in the aftermath of the Oval Office confrontation is real and can be found exactly where Jonas and Reno found it.

PT 109, commanded by Lieutenant Kennedy, was sunk in the dark of night in August 1943 by a Japanese warship. Almost seventy years later many people share the opinion of the fictitious Clyde Gerson that Kennedy’s negligence contributed to the incident which led to the death of two crew members. Lieutenant Kennedy was awarded a Purple Heart and subsequently the the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for his unquestionably heroic leadership after the boat sank.
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Old 02-14-2010, 09:23 PM   #47
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Old 02-25-2010, 12:14 AM   #49
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I updated my coupons so grab anything you think you might like...
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Old 02-25-2010, 12:24 AM   #50
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Old 02-25-2010, 03:20 PM   #51
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Just saw your offer. Downloaded and put in TBR list.

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Old 02-27-2010, 11:51 AM   #52
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Thanks folks. I appreciate that you gave up your valuable time to try anything I wrote. That's enough for me!.

Here is a review of eBully that popped up on Smashwords:

"I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It turned out to be a real page turner and a quick enjoyable read. I also found it to be eye-opening to the dark possibilities laying just below the surface of social networking sites! I highly recommend this eBook!"
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Old 02-27-2010, 03:40 PM   #53
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Old 03-02-2010, 10:02 AM   #54
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Thanks to all for the kind words about things that I wrote. It's much appreciated!

Just wanted to say that there's a newer version of MAN OF STEEL available on Smashwords (see my signature for the 100% off coupon). I tweaked it up some while preparing the hardcopy version.

Thanks again!

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Old 03-16-2010, 08:31 PM   #55
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My 100% off coupons at Smashwords have been extended to March 31. Feel free to use the links in my signature to browse!

I'll be updating the expiration date in my signature in about two seconds.

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Old 03-26-2010, 02:31 PM   #57
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Thanks so much for your generous offer Dave!
No sweat, Bill. Funny, I finally got around to replying and the offer has just a few days left. Typical Dave Conifer, I tell ya...
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Old 03-27-2010, 06:14 AM   #58
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Thanks for the books, Dave! Iʻm excited to read them! Looks like I got in just in time for the coupons
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No problem Grace. I'm really just replying so I can tell you that I love your signature. If that isn't true it ought to be!
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No problem Grace. I'm really just replying so I can tell you that I love your signature. If that isn't true it ought to be!
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