The Sharp Mile - a Rollercoaster Saga riddled with bullets

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  1. Virendra

    Virendra Moderator Moderator

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    Dear Friends,

    I am happy to share with you that I've written and published a story I built over a period of time.

    'The Sharp Mile' is a thrilling voyage themed in an Indian city. At the baby steps, the story nose dives into a terrorist attack of unprecedented intensity.
    From the burnt ruins of peace, struggle of its protagonists; this saga brings out a message with triumph. A message that is worth reading.

    I take this opportunity in thanking my friends at DefenceForumIndia.com (especially @Singh , @sayareakd , @Ray Sir) for their valuable inputs in improving this manuscript.

    Though it may be a little imperfect, being my first effort; I cherish the story and its publishing as a special memory.
    I invite you to read the book and live this story with me, as I have lived and honed for quite some time now.

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    Currently the work is available as an e-book via Amazon Kindle, Smashwords.
    In just a few days it will be live at major online retailers such as Apple iBookstores, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo, WH Smith and Pothi.com.

    Click here to download free Kindle ebook reading Apps for your Android phone/tablet, iPad, iPhone, Mac, Windows 8 PC/tablet, Blackberry or Windows Phone - Amazon.com: Free Kindle Reading Apps

    Following are the links to the book's page at various online distribution platforms:
    Amazon - The Sharp Mile: Virendra Rathore: Amazon.com: Kindle Store
    Smashwords - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/319823
    Pothi - <link would be updated by May 28th>

    I wish you a happy reading. Thank you so much !!

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    Regards,
    Virendra
     
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    How it begins :

    For a larger snippet, please visit The Sharp Mile: Virendra Rathore: Amazon.com: Kindle Store or https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/319823
    If you like it, do share with friends and peers.

    Regards,
    Virendra
     
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    Is this book available on Flipkart?
     
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    Virendra Moderator Moderator

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    Thanks for pointing that out Sir. I thought Flipkart only had print editions.
    Mine is just a small ebook of 23,000 words.
    But turns out they have ebook download options as well (named Flyte).
    I will look into it and if possible, certainly upload there as well.

    Smashwords has published following e-formats for the book :
    Online Reading
    Kindle (.mobi)
    Epub
    PDF
    RTF
    LRF
    Palm Doc (PDB)
    Plain Text (download)
    Plain Text (viewable as web page)

    Regards,
    Virendra
     
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    TrueSpirit Senior Member Senior Member

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    Sir, plz try getting a soft/hard copy on flipkart...

     
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    Flipkart says they don't take ebooks. Meaning they provide ebooks only for print editions.
    I don't think anyone would be interested in a 23,000 words matter, to print it as a book :confused:

    As far as soft copies are concerned, ebook is already available for downloads in all formats at Smashwords.
    For the hard print, sorry I don't have a solution as of now :(
     
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    Alright folks, the story goes free !!

    A one day Free Giveaway is organized at Amazon, from May 30th 1 PM IST to May 31st 1 PM IST. Do grab your copy without fail :)
    Book page - The Sharp Mile: Virendra Rathore: Amazon.com: Kindle Store
    Blog - The Sharp Mile – free giveaway | agrippedsoul
    The eBook can be accessed without Kindle device via the apps like 'Kindle for PC'.

    It would help me a lot if you could let me know of your valuable review at the story's Amazon page, here or via a post/article at your blogs.
    Looking forward to it. Thank you

    Regards,
    Virendra
     
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    Just to remind, the eBook will be free for the next 24 hours at Amazon. Do grab your copy :)
    Edit - You can also read the book online at Safari, Chrome or firefox browser by visitnig Cloud reader - https://read.amazon.com/
    this is not available for IE though. But still a good option to byepass Kindle Apps etc. if you don't want to get into all that.
     
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    The Free Giveaway period has been extended till June 1st 01:30 PM IST :)
     
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  13. Keshav Murali

    Keshav Murali Back to studies :( Senior Member

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    @Virendra,

    Downloaded the book yesterday.

    Finished it in 45 minutes.

    Storyline, basic idea was good.

    But you were inconsistent in writing - i.e. Punctuation and censoring.

    The story must have been better refined.

    Research - very good.

    Rating - 3/5

    Not bad for a first book but on quality side, it's not on a high level. Refining more before publishing could have helped.

    I spotted spelling mistakes and some bad grammar. Also, try to italicize Hindi (Other language in general) words and then translate, it tends to stand out.

    P.S A good Tom Clancy book can give better pointers than I can. I'm an author too and one of my short stories has been published by Scholastic.

    Sorry if this sounded harsh.
     
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    No no, it's ok. I know that being a first timer, my write-up couldn't be a sky rocket success :)
    I wrote this on and off over a period of time; probably it showed up.
    It would help me if you could post a review at Amazon or Goodreads.
    Meanwhile, I will try to revise and upload the manuscript again.
    Thanks again for your valuable feedback.

    Regards,
    Virendra
     
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    Keshav Murali Back to studies :( Senior Member

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    I'm quite lazy but I'll get the review on Goodreads by tomorrow at the very least. Amazon is tough, it's not my kindle :(
     
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