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By Brian Pankau
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About

Summary

Edit, illustrate, and publish a steampunk/mystery paperback novel based in a fantasy world with hidden themes based off 21st century events. 

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10 Years of Writing is Ready to Go!

Hello all! I've been writing a science fiction/mystery novel for the past 10 years starting when I was in the Marine Corps. Being a writer has always been my passion, but we all know it's not the easiest way to afford living when you have a family to worry about.

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So I kept writing and writing until it dawned upon me that I could actually make this happen. First, I started off freelance writing and have been quite successful creating online articles and eBooks, but that still wasn't satisfying because it's not about the book I worked so hard on.

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The book that I have spread out across several notebooks and green record notepads (if you ever served you probably know what I'm talking about). Now is the time to release my masterpiece, but I can't do it without the help and support from you, family, and friends.

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The funds are going to be used for publishing softback novels, advertising, illustrations, and editing services. 5% of anything over the requested funding amount will be donated to non-profit veteran services. The rest will be used to support the publishing of book number two. But you probably want to know what the heck I even wrote for book one, right?

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Chronicles of Detective Dilan Strife: Sociopaths can be Geniuses too

Set in a chaotic fantasy world where two cities are at war while the largest, and most industrially strong city, Therant, is maintaining a neutral presence in the lands of Charmarion. You will be submerged into a dank universe where technology and knighthood clash to make ends meet. One man's way of life is going to change the world they live in drastically.

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Dilan Strife, an ex soldier for Dekon's Royal Shield, is a well known private detective for Grim Findings Inc. where he is often sought out to solve mysterious murders. His boss, John Grim, is a peculiar fellow that finds the oddest of jobs, and this new mystery for Dilan is going to be one of his toughest ones to date.

A sociopath who calls himself "Doc Genius" has taken to the streets of Therant to find his "specimens" used for strange human anatomy testings that has the police baffled. No man, woman, or child is safe from his grasp, and it's up to Dilan to find this madman and put an end to his killings.

Dialogue between Doc Genius and Dilan Strife
Dialogue between Doc Genius and Dilan Strife

With the help from his long time partner and friend Charles Ridlin, Dilan finds himself in sewers, Zeppelins, and in unknown lands searching to find clues of Doc Geniuses whereabouts. 

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But soon discovers there's much more to it than a surgeon playing with his tools. Death seems to be waiting around every corner for Dilan Strife. How much luck does he have before it runs out for good?

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Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge is getting this book funded to be published in print form. I will still publish this on Amazon, but I want to keep paperback novels alive and feel they are far more beneficial for future generations to get their hands on to have a good mystery read that gets their minds thinking.
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Putting the book together is not a worry for me since I've already started and have basically everything written just being pieced together now and connected. This has always been my dream, and now is the time for it to come alive in bookstores around the US and hopefully overseas as well.
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