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This novel is going to be the second in the Bystander series. It is a little bit cyberpunk and quite a lot superhero in its nature. This is the sequel that I have been asked most often when it's going to be done and now I'm ready to try and get it out to the people that have been asking for it.

I am raising money for three things: professional editing services, cover art, and professional formatting services.

Below is a reading from the first chapter of the new book. The art is from the cover of the first book. You may want to turn the volume up for this.

Testimonial to the original Bystander novel

Ah, what can I say about Bystander?

Author Luke Green has created a wholly unique future not-quite-post-apocalyptic world unlike what I’ve read before, but totally believable and engaging. A mystery storyline wrapped in tech-noir and cyberpunk clothes, driven by a fantastic main character with a deep background. Granted, most super heroes are difficult to relate to, but Lucretia takes it one step further with an almost alien-like existence; human, yet alien in so many ways apart from what we are used to. The juxtaposition of her powers and her weaknesses make her truly intriguing – almost unapproachable, but not quite. Luke Green’s writing style is initially a bit off-setting, however, by the end of the novel it all just seems to work.

Just remember the immortal words of the dark-wave band Sisters of Mercy:

Lucretia My Reflection –

“I hear the sons of the city and dispossessed Get down, get undressed Get pretty but you and me, We got the kingdom, we got the key We got the empire, now as then, We don't doubt, we don't take direction, Lucretia, my reflection, dance the ghost with me”

Thomas Scott Larrison, Lucretia Fanboy and Cyber Professional

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Bystander is a VERY well written book. The plot itself is not complex, and in fact, if you cut out the flashbacks, relatively quick. But it's the flashbacks that make the story. Lucretia is just a VERY well done character, and all of the others are too. There isn't a single named character who doesn't have personality, and his own voice. Every single one of them are at least two dimensional, if not three, which I have never seen in a novel like this before. I've seen published comics that have to work to reach two dimensions. Each flashback expands on the characters, and helps bring everything together for that in one beautiful finale.

Being fair: Bystander's sheer skill is one of the things that brought me to talk with Thryth, and why I consider him a friend.

Mitchell Lord, friend and contributor to the Divine Blood setting

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A thorn is not always accompanied by a rose. It is refreshing to have a heroine with a prickly attitude and foul mouth instead of the "good girl" archetype that usually fills these shoes. Unfortunately for Lucretia, these traits make it impossible to blend in and simply be a... Bystander.

Luke Green has created an exciting superhero story that surprisingly does not focus on the superhero powers to drive the plot forward. Instead, he makes the story progress through dialogue and character back story, reminiscent of a noir fiction.

Jack Michael Winters, who helped me getting the first novel out.

Risks and challenges

I am concerned that I will not be able to commission the same artist Who did the cover of the first book but have researched other artists of a similar style should that be the case.

If the editor finds significant issues with the book, I may end up having to take longer than expected to get it ready for print.

In the case of encountering more expenses than expected, I will have to shoulder whatever expenses go beyond my budget.

I have accounted for the potential of time problems by putting my deadline at December of this year. If everything goes well, I should have everything finished well before that, but I am familiar with the surprises that can occur when you are hitting the end of a project and have set that as a buffer.

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