Frank Fiore – Novelist & Screenwriter

August 20, 2015

#blacklivesmatter is Asking the Wrong Question to the Wrong People

Filed under: MURRAN — Frank Fiore @ 8:43 AM
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#BlackLivesMatter is wasting its time with Democrats.

The Washington Post published a recent article on the statement above by Leon Wolf – and it’s damning.

I think #BlackLivesMatter is wasting its time pressing Democrats for answers, or action. The party of big government can’t meet their demands.

the movement should direct more of its focus toward a crucial link in the chain that drives a substantial portion of hostile interactions between black Americans and police. The emphasis should be on asking: Why are police brought into hostile interactions with black people so often in the first place? It’s because of the big-government policies and practices of the supposedly liberal Democrats that the #BlackLivesMatter crowd is petitioning for help.

Don’t take my word for it; take the word of President Obama’s Department of Justice, which set forth, in painstaking detail, in its report on the practices of the Ferguson, Missouri Police Department all the ways in which pressure to generate additional revenue to pay for the city’s expenses led the Ferguson police to attempt to maximize city revenue by meeting ticket quotas and goals. This pressure was applied without regard to whether the increase in citations related in any meaningful way to public safety or the well-being of the city’s residents. The results of any such program of revenue generation are entirely predictable: If a town directs its cops to write more tickets, they will.

And human nature fills in the rest of the story.

Officers will give the most questionable tickets to the people least likely to hire a lawyer or to have their side of the story believed in court, even if they do — minorities and those without means. It’s a system with a foreseeable outcome of putting police officers on a path that leads directly to conflict with the most marginalized citizens in their jurisdiction, in a town where the municipal budget is being subsidized by a hidden tax on its African American residents, extracted with force by the police.

#BlackLivesMatter protesters won’t find answers to these systemic causes of hostile police interactions with black citizens by asking Democrats, because Democrats are too invested in a system that drains revenue from individuals any way it can. And their candidates don’t have the incentive to run on a platform of cutting budgets, or eliminating the hidden regressive taxes on alcohol, tobacco and gas that help prop up big-city governments.

Instead, #BlackLivesMatter protesters should invest more time engaging a Republican contender like Sen. Rand Paul about his ideas on criminal justice reform and demilitarization of the police — which are realistic, detailed and come from a candidate who advocates consistently and across the board for getting government out of citizens’ lives. Or they should start a dialogue with Gov. Bobby Jindal regarding legislation he signed to reduce sentencing for drug-related offenses in Louisiana. Or they should talk to former governor Rick Perry about how his state reduced its incarcerated population in recent years through conservative-minded justice reforms.


If #BlackLivesMatter is interested in solutions that begin to reduce the mistreatment of African American citizens by police — from leaders who’ve demonstrated that they have a genuine interest in the issue along with the ability to put reforms in place — they should consider a serious discussion with some of the leaders of the conservative movement. The dialogue they’re having now isn’t likely to produce  results much different from what Democrats have delivered in the past.

I address some of these issues facing Black America in my novel MURRAN. It would be beneficial of  #blacklivesmatter to pick it up and read it.

August 19, 2015

The New Visigoths

Filed under: Uncategorized — Frank Fiore @ 9:07 AM
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These samples and many others represent an attack on our culture and civilization.

Those that seek to bring down all the foundations of what is termed ‘Western Civilization’ and Judeo-Christian values are no more than barbarians at the gates. They are our modern day Visigoths who sacked another Western Civilization – Rome in 410 AD.

The systematic attempt of radicals of dismantling our culture piece by piece must be stopped – no matter what the idealistic agenda.

Yes. Western Civilization is not perfect but it brought us Capitalism – not the crony capitalism of corrupt governments – that is emulated in some form all round the world. It partook in, then eliminated slavery, with the cost of over half of million American lives in the Civil War. And has given the world a culture of music, literature, philosophy and art that still stands today as part of the greatest achievements of mankind.

The weave of civilization is very vulnerable and if we keep pulling on its threads, we will have no social fabric left.

The Visigoths would have won.

August 17, 2015

Have We Reached the Point of No Return?

Filed under: MURRAN — Frank Fiore @ 11:23 AM
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Racial hate and division brought on by vocal radicals is smothering the positive approaches and values displayed in my novel MURRAN.

From a recent article from the Canadian Globe and Mail.

Michael Brown’s death last year in Ferguson, Mo., created a new martyr for the black movement in America. Never mind what really happened: to many people, black and white alike, Mr. Brown was the victim of racist policing in a racist system in which all whites are complicit. If you question this narrative, beware. You will be judged as part of the problem.

But is it true? Is the system racist? Are all whites complicit? According to the most influential black intellectual in the U.S. today, the answer is yes.

 “Here is what I would like for you to know,” writes Ta-Nehisi Coates in his new book, which is addressed to his 14-year-old son. “In America, it is traditional to destroy the black body – it is heritage.”

Is he correct? Is he mouthing a character named Armstead in MURRAN when he said:

Armstead pointed to a stocky, well-toned Black teen named Denzel—a Q-tip-like Afro encompassing his round head. “Has the Black Man progressed since being freed by the Civil War?”

“Just a few short decades ago,” Denzel replied, standing at attention, “it was acceptable to lynch a black man by hanging him from a tree.”

“And now?” Armstead asked. “Tell me. How does the white man lynch black people today?”

Denzel was quick to respond from rote memory. He had learned his lessons from Armstead well. “Whites destroy us by crowding us into ghettos and letting filth and despair put the final touches on our execution.”

“Correct!” Armstead bellowed. “In our white-dominated society, the Black man has been defined as evil and must be kept down. We see this suppression every day, in every Black neighborhood, in every black family, in every black child.”

He turned and walked back to the front of his desk. “The African-American is still a slave, still in bondage.”

Well, they’re both wrong. This is the language of division. This is the language that sends not a positive message but a negative one.

Here’s what another character in MURRAN says as a response. It’s from Grandma Abbey:

“Ask your Mr. Armstead this. Why did the professionals and middle-class blacks leave Harlem? Why did the corner Black business fail? Why did my Harlem deteriorate into a world of drug dealers, junkies, and other criminals surrounded by abandoned, pregnant, unskilled single women? Ask him that!”

She held up her hand. “I know he’ll say it’s all the fault of the whites who hate us. But he’s wrong.”

Trey could see that she was tiring and that the discussion had most probably raised her blood pressure. She took a deep breath.

“The whites did harm the blacks, but not in the way Armstead and those who think like him want to admit. They eventually gave the best and brightest of our people access to white middle-class jobs, white neighborhoods, and white opportunities. The middle and upper-class blacks fled Harlem and went to the suburbs of Queens and other suburban neighborhoods. That caused the Black institutions and businesses in Harlem—the successful Black community structure that was painstakingly created in there—to collapse when they left.”

She sighed. “That robbed Harlem of the butcher, baker, tailor, food store, liquor store, and other small businesses that were the economic fabric of Harlem. When those fortunate blacks left, it gutted the community of its social institutions and role models and left it to leaders like Malcolm X who preached Black Nationalism—defensive, reactive, hateful, and filled with the belief of the Black as victim—and who spend more time damning whites than affirming Blacks.”

She went on. “Every culture is a community. Disconnect the way a society operates from its culture, and it falls apart. That’s what happened in Harlem.”

Trey was surprised at her attitude.

Though tired from her diatribe, she kept going. “Did Armstead teach you about a black man named Du Bois?”

“Yes. He was one of the early black leaders. He wrote about the bigotry of the whites.”

“But I bet he didn’t tell you of what he thought of the white’s help? Did he?”

Trey shook his head.

She leaned toward Trey. “Remember these words, Trey. His words. Words that Du Bois came to realize too late in his career: ‘The Black has nothing but friends and may God deliver us from most of them for they are likely to lynch his soul.’”

Trey was silent. He didn’t know how to respond.

“And these words,” she went on. “‘There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Black race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs—partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Black to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.’ Do you know who said that?”

Trey shook his head.

“Booker T. Washington. Did Armstead include his quote in your Black Studies class?”

Trey started to answer when she interrupted him.

“Forget it. He wouldn’t include that kind of truth in his material.”

She leaned back in her chair. “Tell that to Armstead from me the next time you see him.” She rocked toward Trey. “Better yet, stay away from him. He teaches poison.”

We better start looking for positive solutions to the Black America problem in this country before it becomes too late.

The article goes on:

The religion of structural racism allows everyone to duck the profound challenges still faced by the black community. It disempowers people and absolves them of responsibility. If structural racism is to blame for black violence, then communities will never be able to heal themselves. Mr. McWhorter argues that blaming white racism for the existential crisis in black communities like Chicago’s is a monstrous evasion. “Why do black lives matter more when white people take them than when black people take them?” he asks. “But you’re not supposed to ask that.”

In Mr. Coates’s world, race is destiny. (Never mind that the United States is increasingly diverse – to him it’s still black and white.) Like James Baldwin, he’s convinced that America can never be reformed. But Mr. Baldwin had a counterpart – Martin Luther King, who preached a narrative of progress, hope, and redemption. “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice,” he said. The arc is very long indeed, but I think he was right.

Where is today’s equivalent of Martin Luther King? Tragically, he doesn’t exist. And if he did, nobody would listen to him. He’d be booed off the stage as an Uncle Tom. The tragedy of race relations in America today is that nihilism and rage are a bigger draw.

We need to create a new draw, we need to teach the 3Rs to the young of any color – and I don’t mean Readin’ Rritin’ and Rithmatic. I mean these:


Respect for one’s self and others. Taking Responsibility for one’s actions and for one’s community and the celebration of Ritual.

If we don’t teach these values to the young – whatever color – they will fulfill the African Proverb that reflects today:

 “If you don’t initiate the young, they will burn down the village to feel the heat”

August 15, 2015

Where in the World is Frank?

Filed under: IJIN,On Writing — Frank Fiore @ 10:03 AM
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Stuck in World War Two…..

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted to my blog. Reason? Deep into writing my new novel IJIN.

Most of my time has been split in doing the research and actually writing the story. To that end, I’ve been re-watching The Winds of War and War and Remembrance TV series to study the formula of how it portrays WWII through historical and fictional characters.

Currently, I have reached the invasion and capture of Saipan by American forces. This story is long and may turn out to be as long as Wouk’s epic.

While viewing the TV series, I found the last 4 episodes of War and Remembrance to be a disappointment. It seems the TV series had lost the formula. The epic always had portions that were ‘soap oper-ish’ with love life interspersed with the history – or even contributing to it.

But the last 4 episodes dropped the formula of seeing the war through the eyes of the characters experience. When the war was shown, if was simply explained in documentary style footage without seeing it through the fictional characters experience.

I chose to write IJIN would very little soap opera feel. I wanted the war from the Japanese side to be the main focus.

At any rate, as I write this epic, I feel it will be seen as being on par with historical fiction like Wouk’s work. It’s for you to agree or not when it’s finished and for purchase.

February 18, 2015

New COOL Research Tool for Writers

Filed under: On Writing — Frank Fiore @ 9:02 AM
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I don’t know how many times I have been asked “How do you write your novels? How do you do the research?”

I begin by telling them that I graze the web using key words – that lead me to other sites with similar key words – then keep the tabs open or copy the web address to a file – then go back find those URLs and copy the facts I need – then repeat the process over and over again with a slew of tabs and confusing bookmarks staring me in the face.

If you are a writer, you know what I mean.

But now there is new tool in beta that will be and immense help in doing research on the web. It’s called Trailblazer by Twingl. Now you can say, “I’ll send you everything I know about this”- and you can!

I’ll let Twingl speak for itself.

Trailblazer will follow you down the rabbit hole. As you click links and run searches, it builds up a map of your journey.

Trailblazer shows you what’s open, where you’ve been, and what was good.

Feel free to close all of your tabs. The map makes it super easy to pick up where you left off. 3 minutes or 3 months later.

Got a friend or co-worker researching something similar? Give them a head start by sharing them your trail.

More here.

They are open to beta users. Give it a try.

February 6, 2015

Showing, Telling – Now – Making

Filed under: Uncategorized — Frank Fiore @ 12:16 PM
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I’ve been harping on ‘Show Don’t Tell’ in some of my post here. A few days ago I received my regular newsletter from Dave Farland. His newsletters always have gems of writing tips.

In his latest, he adds to rule of ‘Show Don’t Tell’ – Make.

New writers are often told, “Show, don’t tell.” Normally this piece of advice is given when a writer gives a vague description. He might say, “Rhonda looked tired.” A good reader will wonder about that. There are varying degrees of tiredness. Does the writer mean that the character had a blank expression on her face, or does he mean that she is staggering blindly and ready to fall?

So the adage “Show, don’t tell” is used to beg for more information. Yet I’ve always felt that that advice is . . . imprecise.

Farland goes on to say that when some writers try to adherer to the ‘show don’t tell’ rule, they tend to write cinematically.

Now there is nothing wrong writing your story using screenwriting rules. Writing a screenplay, you have to ‘show don’t tell’. Ninety percent of a screenplay is dialogue. The problem comes when you overdo it.

Farland says one must have ‘Make’ in the story, too.

When a Maker tells a tale, he doesn’t just explain what emotions a character feels. He’s not satisfied with just “showing” the emotion by describing it accurately. His goal is to make you experience the tale. His goal is to bring you into the tale so forcefully, that you live through it.

But be careful. Very few of us are James Joyce’s. In other words, in my parlance, you end up writing wordy literature and not a modern story.

February 5, 2015

My Latest Press Release: Black History Month – Celebrating Life, History and Culture with Yours Truely

Filed under: Uncategorized — Frank Fiore @ 1:24 PM

F.F. Fiore’s critically acclaimed novel “Murran” is the perfect read for Black History Month. The 2015 Theme of Black Culture, is something author Fiore feels today’s African-American inner-city neighborhoods have abandoned for an ill-fitting substitute of gangs, drugs and the warfare caused by it all.

Scottsdale, Arizona (PRWEB) February 05, 2015

“If we don’t initiate the young, they will burn down the village to feel the heat.”

F.F. Fiore’s critically acclaimed novel “Murran” which means ‘warrior’ in the Maasai language, is indeed the perfect read for Black History Month. Each year beginning on February 1, an entire month of events is planned nationwide honoring the history and contributions of African-Americans. The 2015 theme is “A Century of Black Life, and Culture.” Author F.F. Fiore hopes “Murran” starts a movement leading young African-Americans back toward that proud Black History and Culture.

Critics rave about the style and theme of “Murran”. Terry Irving, the Emmy-winning journalist, producer (ABC, CNN, FOX, MSNBC) and author says it best.

“MURRAN held my attention. The writing was strong and the message clear. This book is not really about race in my opinion; it’s about where, what and how you grow up. It’s about that moment when you realize you need to find something extra if you want to be a man. I loved it. The gang descriptions were great, and the whole book felt very real to me.”

Fiore adds his motivation to the culture theme. “I wanted the book “Murran” to show that I felt Black America once had a true unique culture that was abandoned in the mid 20th century for what is now claimed to be the African-American culture today. African-Americans had a unique Black culture. It was called the Black Renaissance and it took place in the early part of the 20th century. A Renaissance steeped in values and a culture unique to Blacks. The music, literature, way of life and culture of that period were a big draw to the ‘swells’ in Manhattan … Drawing well-to-do individuals to Harlem at night to enjoy and revel in it.”

A majority of Fiore’s research of this era of Black culture for “Murran” was based on the book “Black Lies, White Lies” by Tony Brown. Brown attacks white racism, black self-victimization, and the whole concept of integration, which he feels has been disastrous for blacks and the country as a whole. Fiore gathered from his probing that the core fabric of the African-American community was torn apart when middle-class Blacks moved away from the core neighborhoods leaving it open to devastation and drugs. Fiore said that he experienced some of the tearing apart as a youth while going to night school at CCNY in Harlem.

Fiore feels the story of “Murran” led him to the African-American culture and it also gave him the vehicle to pursue an alienation theme for the book. Fiore states that if any ethnic group in our country has been alienated the most, it’s the Africa-Americans because of the manner that they arrived to America.

“When asked what tribe are you from of an African-American,” Fiore says, “there is no answer.” “But almost every other ethnic and European culture in our society can point to a ‘tribe’ they came from.”

Fiore believes that his book “Murran” allows for the opportunity to open discussions and also perhaps provide a way for the threatened culture of the African Maasai tribe – a proud and brave culture with a strong rite of passage for their youth – to be introduced and hopefully embraced by today’s African-Americans who seem to want to live a true African culture. And, maybe some of the traits of Black Renaissance could return to inner cities and an improvement of opportunities for Black youth could happen.

Black History Month began in 1926 as part of an initiative by writer and educator Dr. Carter G. Woodson who launched Negro History Week in 1926.Woodson proclaimed that Negro History Week should always occur in the second week of February —between the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. Since 1976, every American president has proclaimed February as Black History Month. Today, other countries such as Canada and the United Kingdom also devote an entire month to celebrating black history.

About F. F. Fiore
Frank Fiore, a bestselling author of non-fiction books, has also penned 5-star rated stirring thrillers and action/adventures. During his college years, Frank co-founded, wrote, and edited the New Times newspaper, now a multi-state operation, which recently purchased The Village Voice.

His writing hooks you from the start and continues to draw you into the plot till the end. Always exploring new genres, “Murran” is his first urban crime drama with an added coming-of-age twist.

Frank has designed and taught courses and seminars on the future of society, technology, and business. Frank has a B.A. in Liberal Arts and General Systems Theory from Stockton State College and a Masters Degree in Education at the University of Phoenix. He currently lives in Paradise Valley, Arizona, with his wife Lynne and their dogs named Sebastian – a big Newfoundland, and Duffy – a little Scotty.

Synopsis “Murran”

Trey wanted to belong. He wanted respect. He wanted to be a man.

With his father dead and his mother a drug addict, Trey and his sister Nichelle are forced to go live with their grandmother in Brooklyn. Surrounded by inner-city crime and conflicting ideologies, Trey seeks security and recognition by becoming a member of a small street crew.

When he’s framed for a crime and facing prison, Trey flees to a Maasai village in Kenya with his English teacher and mentor, Mr. Jackson. Though initially repulsed by the Maasai customs, Trey slowly comes to value their traditions and morals. As he goes through the Maasai warriors’ rite of passage becoming one of their own, he learns what Black African culture is truly about. Only after confronting lions, disapproving Maasai elders, and his own fears does Trey begin to understand that men are made and not born.

Honest and unafraid, Murran is a tale of a young African-American teen coming of age amidst the pitfalls and threats of 1980s Brooklyn. What he learns along the way could possibly lead his community toward a cultural revival.

January 30, 2015

First Writing Rule of Thrillers

Filed under: On Writing — Frank Fiore @ 8:38 AM
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“Make everyone fall out of the plane first, and then explain who they were and why they were in the plane to begin with.”

-Nancy Ann Dibble

Because I write thrillers and action/adventures, I receive requests once in a while to read author’s thrillers. More often then not, they break this first rule of writing thrillers.

It took me almost 10 years to write my first thriller. I had to learn the hard way, berated by editors who kept saying ‘A thriller is a page turner. No time to dwell on long narrative passages.’

As writers are told, I would create the necessary character sheet in full detail then begin to read that off when a character is introduced.


As Dibble said, set the thrilling scene first and don’t read off an FBI file of the characters before getting into the action. I return to how movies are written. Check the thrillers out for yourself. There is little time in movies to spend endless minutes describing a character’s background in a thrilling movie. Their ACTIONS and DIALOGUE have to carry that load.

Same with novel thrillers. Let the character backgrounds come out as scenes permit in the flow of the action.  SHOW don’t TELL is the rule here. SHOW the character’s background – not TELL it.

Start your scene in the MIDDLE of action or start with a dialogue. Sure. There are times where several paragraphs of narrative are necessary to get the story out but always ask yourself first, “Can I SHOW this information instead of TELLING it.

Here’s a recent post of mine that gives an example.

If you want to write literature and win that Nobel Prize – fine. But if you break the first rule you will not have a thriller.

January 28, 2015

Wine, Beer and Books! Join Author Me for an Evening Book Signing of MURRAN

Filed under: MURRAN — Frank Fiore @ 3:19 PM
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I’m buying your first beer or glass of wine at my book signing of MURRAN being held at the newest Changing Hands Bookstore, located at 300 West Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85013 on Friday, February 20, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Get a $25 Gift Card! When you purchase MURRAN the night of the signing, post a review of the book, and you will earn a $25 Changing Hands Gift Card.

Murran_V19What: Book Signing and Discussion with author F.F. Fiore – MURRAN – a YA Urban Crime novel that adults will find meaningful. In today’s racial charged climate MURRAN raises important issues about how America is raising its youth.

When: Friday, February 20, 2015

Time: 7 PM to 8:30 PM

Where: Changing Hands, 300 West Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85013

Why: A portion of the book sales of MURRAN is donated to The FEED Foundation – the non-profit founded by Lauren Bush Lauren that supports programs and organizations that are effectively working to fight hunger around the world, including Africa.

A recent review by Arizonan author-reviewer Alan Black, says, “MURRAN is a startlingly accurate portrayal of the slim options offered urban African-American youths in the 1980s and even today. It is often politically incorrect and in-your-face real, yet it is so compelling and well written that a reader will continue to eat and digest page after page of this indictment of America’s failure to nurture our own young.”

“If you don’t initiate the young, they will burn down the village to feel the heat.”  – African Proverb

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January 22, 2015

Shakespeare’s Insults

Filed under: Frank Remarks,On Writing — Frank Fiore @ 8:26 AM
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Insults in Literature? Shakespeare knew how to toss them.  Here’s some quips from the Bard himself.

I do desire we may be better strangers.
As You Like It (3.2.248)

He is deformed, crooked, old and sere,
Ill-faced, worse bodied, shapeless everywhere;
Vicious, ungentle, foolish, blunt, unkind;
Stigmatical in making, worse in mind.
The Comedy of Errors (4.2.22-5)

You abilities are too infant-like for doing much alone.
Coriolanus (2.1.36)

They lie deadly that tell you you have good faces .
Coriolanus (2.1.59)

More of your conversation would infect my brain.
Coriolanus (2.1.91)

The tartness of his face sours ripe grapes.
Coriolanus (5.4.18)

There is no more mercy in him than there is milk in a male tiger.
Coriolanus (5.4.30)

Frailty, thy name is woman!
Hamlet (1.2.147)

They have a plentiful lack of wit.
Hamlet (2.2.198)

There’s no more faith in thee than in a stewed prune.
1 Henry IV (3.3.40)

Thou mis-shapen dick!
3 Henry VI (5.5.35)

No man’s pie is freed
From his ambitious finger.
Henry VIII (1.1.94)

Some report a sea-maid spawn’d him; some that he was begot between two stock-fishes. But it is certain that when he makes water his urine is congealed ice.
Measure for Measure (3.2.56)

Thou art a Castilian King urinal!
The Merry Wives of Windsor (2.3.21)

You juggler! you canker-blossom!
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (3.2.293)

Thy food is such
As hath been belch’d on by infected lungs.
Pericles (4.6.156)

Out of my sight! thou dost infect my eyes.
Richard III (1.2.159)

A knot you are of damned bloodsuckers.
Richard III (3.3.6)

You peasant swain! You whoreson malt-horse drudge!
The Taming of the Shrew(4.1.116)

Best Shakespearean Comeback

I shall cut out your tongue.
‘Tis no matter, I shall speak as much wit as thou afterwards.
Troilus and Cressida (2.1.106)

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