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Shepherds a Sci-Fi thriller - romance
« on: September 29, 2012, 03:52:47 pm »
Olga, a genetically engineered mermaid and her two shipmates live aboard the Factory raft, Homestead, where they herd domesticated tuna on the open ocean using trained dolphins instead of sheep dogs.  Confronted finally with the chance to meet the mother who gave her up to an uncaring multinational conglomerate, she wrestles with a decision whether to go or not.  Before she can decide, she finds that other shepherds are being killed, apparently without reason.
Meanwhile, Toivo Nurminen, an independent trawler captain, discovers the murdered crew of a shepherd's raft, and unwittingly puts himself and his crew directly in line to be murdered.  Radioing in his findings seemed like the right thing to do, but his choice may cost them all their lives.   
The ruthless pirates aren't far away, and soon Toivo must join forces with Olga and her shipmates and dolphins to fight against overwhelming odds as they are pursued by a relentless enemy whose obsession for money lets nothing stand in the way of their profits. Survivors and witnesses are loose ends that need to be taken care of permanently! But Toivo has a few surprises of his own that the cutthroats aren't prepared for.
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    Re: Shepherds - near future science fiction thriller
    « Reply #1 on: September 30, 2012, 06:39:45 am »
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    Re: Shepherds - sci-fi thriller
    « Reply #2 on: October 22, 2012, 04:46:22 pm »
    Well, taking a hint from others here, I'm dropping the Kindle edition of Shepherds to $.99 for the rest of the year.
    Enjoy.
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    Re: Shepherds - near future science fiction thriller for $.99
    « Reply #3 on: November 17, 2012, 09:56:22 am »
    I'm continuing the sale price on this book through the end of the year and then it's back to something higher - not sure what.
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    Re: Shepherds - near future science fiction thriller
    « Reply #4 on: January 10, 2013, 11:44:38 am »
    Well I couldn't keep the price at $.99 forever so now it's back up to $2.99.  However, Amazon Prime members can get it for FREE. 
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    Re: Shepherds - near future science fiction thriller
    « Reply #5 on: February 01, 2013, 09:06:58 am »
    Shepherds has about a month left in the Lending Library for Amazon Prime members.  After that I will probably remove it.  I am planning to do something soon with promotional paperback copies I have.  Info on that will be at my website soon - maybe here too.  In the meantime, $2.99 remains the e-price at Amazon.
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    Re: Shepherds - near future science fiction thriller
    « Reply #6 on: March 06, 2013, 09:38:57 am »
    Well, time has run out and Shepherds is no longer free on the Lending Library.  The strange thing from my perspective is that more copies were sold than borrowed for free during that run.  I wish I knew what that indicates.  Oh well, at least it is still selling here and there.
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    Re: Shepherds - near future science fiction thriller
    « Reply #7 on: March 27, 2013, 09:25:54 am »
    Anyone interested in a promo hard copy (I only have a few) go to my website, jdrewbrumbaugh.com, click the contact the author button and e-mail me your name and address and I'll send you a copy - autographed if you want, no charge, until I run out of books.
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    Re: Shepherds - when the wild fish are all gone - what then?
    « Reply #8 on: April 12, 2013, 09:18:53 am »
    I saw a documentary called "The Last Ocean" at the Cleveland International Film Festival last weekend and it reminded me how I got started writing Shepherds.  As wild fish stocks disappear, something will have to be done, something different than any of the current solutions.  Shepherds looks at one possibility and uses that as the setting for a tale of murder and suspense.
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    Re: Shepherds - near future science fiction thriller
    « Reply #9 on: May 02, 2013, 09:13:02 am »
    A few good reviews.  I still am willing to send the couple of remaining promotional hard copies I have to anyone who will e-mail me from my website, which is listed below.
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    Re: Shepherds - near future science fiction thriller
    « Reply #10 on: May 16, 2013, 09:12:27 am »
    Only a couple of promo print copies left.  Anyone who wants one, e-mail me through my website and I'll mail you one postage paid.  Of course, a review would be appreciated.
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    Re: Shepherds - near future science fiction thriller
    « Reply #11 on: May 16, 2013, 05:35:57 pm »
    Don't know how I missed this. This looks like a in depth story that should catch my interest. Always had a thing for mermaids in some aspects. Have to keep an eye on this and download when I have the time.

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    Re: Shepherds - near future science fiction thriller
    « Reply #12 on: May 17, 2013, 08:51:18 am »
    Shane,
    Glad you saw Shepherds this time.  Yes, mermaids sort of are a key part of the story.  They are the main reason this is a science fiction novel.  Let me know what you think when you've had time to read it.
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    Re: Shepherds - near future science fiction thriller
    « Reply #13 on: June 10, 2013, 09:43:03 am »
    The oceans are dying, over fished, poorly managed.  One possible improvement is to herd fish like cattle on the open range - er, ocean.  Changes this big always lead to their own problems. 
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    Re: Shepherds - near future science fiction thriller
    « Reply #14 on: June 19, 2013, 09:19:45 am »
    Free excerpt is available at my website.  Price will remain at $2.99 for the time being.
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    Re: Shepherds - near future science fiction thriller
    « Reply #15 on: June 28, 2013, 08:45:34 am »
    Shepherds is now available through libraries in most of northern Ohio.  Check it out though you might have to request inter-library loan to get it.
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    Re: Shepherds - near future science fiction thriller
    « Reply #16 on: July 23, 2013, 08:57:26 am »
    Shepherds is still my best seller.  It combines a bit of science fiction, an unlikely love story, and a tough group of well funded drug dealing pirates bent on killing those who get in their way.
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    Re: Shepherds - near future science fiction thriller
    « Reply #17 on: July 31, 2013, 10:08:57 am »
    Olga has been genetically engineered to live in the open ocean.  She has "herd" dolphins and shipmates to help manage the school of tuna that they are responsible for.  Her life isn't wonderful, but liveable, that is until someone starts killing shepherds.
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    Re: Shepherds - near future science fiction thriller
    « Reply #18 on: August 12, 2013, 09:14:42 am »
    For those who keep track of such things, Shepherds will soon have a new cover.  For a free downloadable sample visit www.jdrewbrumbaugh.com.  The book covers below are links to Amazon where you can buy any of my books.
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    Re: Shepherds - near future science fiction thriller
    « Reply #19 on: August 20, 2013, 06:55:28 am »
    The new cover for Shepherds is still pending.  For samples from Shepherds, excerpts from my other published works, info on future projects and my scheduled appearances, please visit my website at www.jdrewbrumbaugh.com.
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    Re: Shepherds - near future science fiction thriller
    « Reply #20 on: August 29, 2013, 08:29:25 am »
    Shepherds is sci-fi.  Olga is a shepherd, bio-engineered to live on the open ocean and control the herds of factory tuna with the help of herd dolphins.
    It is fantasy.  Toivo, an independent commercial fisherman talks to his pair of dolphins and discusses everything from where the few remaining wild tuna are to the philosophy of life.
    It is an action-suspense story.  A drug cartel is killing off shepherds and both Olga and Toivo will end up directly in their sights.
    And Shepherds has a romantic element as Toivo, a Finnish bachelor, is forced to join with Olga to figure out how to stay alive.
    So like many novels, it is hard to classify.
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    Re: Shepherds - near future science fiction thriller
    « Reply #21 on: September 06, 2013, 09:36:00 am »
    Shepherds is my feature novel at the Virtual EBook Fair on Facebook going on all weekend at the URL listed here.  Sample sections will be posted over the weekend.  Drop by if you have time.  And have a great weekend.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/161621307364389/?hc_location=stream

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    Re: Shepherds - near future science fiction thriller
    « Reply #22 on: September 23, 2013, 09:16:29 am »
    The new cover is here.  Same great story:
     
    They should never have met. 
    Olga is a shepherd born to live at sea herding factory tuna.  Her home is a submersible raft in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.  Toivo is an independent fisherman who depends on two industrious dolphins to help him make a living catching what few wild tuna are left.  But, someone is killing shepherds and fate pushes Olga and Toivo together forcing them to battle heavily armed drug smugglers bent on killing anyone who gets in their way.   This action-packed drama hurtles toward a startling conclusion that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
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    Shepherds has a new cover, which leaves me with a copy with the old cover.  I'll send it free to anyone in the USA who visits my website and e-mails me with a name and address.  My website is www.jdrewbrumbaugh.com.  Click on the contact author link and let me know if you want it signed.  Or if you want an e-book, the covers below are live links.
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    Re: Shepherds - near future science fiction thriller
    « Reply #24 on: October 29, 2013, 09:23:03 am »
    New cover is out, so old cover copies will likely go as giveaways on Goodreads.  Those of you on GR may sign up to win a printed copy once that begins.  Or if an e-book is what you prefer, easy enough to buy a copy at links here.
    For Amazon.com
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    In any case enjoy the day and take time to read a good book.
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