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Thanks. Hard to pass up free.
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Heh. "You purchased this item in 2016." Maybe someday I'll read all these freebies
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Heh. "You purchased this item in 2016." Maybe someday I'll read all these freebies
Same here but I think I actually read this series and it was pretty good
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This is just another one of those authors that has such a suspicious light trail on the internet.
Only one photo exists and is reused throughout. His personal website looks like one stock photo: http://www.colinfbarnes.com/about/

and the facebook page has one post about him starting to write under a different name
https://www.facebook.com/colinfra...e_internal

The amazon 5 star reviews are all the same style - bought reviews. The 1 star reviews are obviously written by real people

I suspect there is no Colin F Barnes, and this is some as quick and as cheaply as possible produced series by a non-native-English writer or writers, packaged up so it's more attractive to US customers
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This is just another one of those authors that has such a suspicious light trail on the internet.
Only one photo exists and is reused throughout. His personal website looks like one stock photo: http://www.colinfbarnes.com/about/

and the facebook page has one post about him starting to write under a different name
https://www.facebook.com/colinfra...e_internal

The amazon 5 star reviews are all the same style - bought reviews. The 1 star reviews are obviously written by real people

I suspect there is no Colin F Barnes, and this is some as quick and as cheaply as possible produced series by a non-native-English writer or writers, packaged up so it's more attractive to US customers
To what end and does it matter? If a fictional story is worth reading it's worth reading…
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To what end and does it matter? If a fictional story is worth reading it's worth reading…
You're absolutely right. I just find it interesting and like to share about it, and I don't like the deception behind it.

I will say, what mostly matters is the review faking, on goodreads it doesn't have a great reception and that is probably a more fair assessment than on amazon.

After all, our time is limited and precious, and we use reviews to determine where and what to spend that time with.
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Same here but I think I actually read this series and it was pretty good
Got this back in 2017. I never finished it. Wasn't a bad read, but from what I recall, there were a bunch of grammar and spelling mistakes, to the point where it got annoying and I gave up. It really bothers me, especially in news articles, when things have not been reviewed by an editor. But I get it, editing costs $. This book, free (although I paid $1.20 for it).
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This is just another one of those authors that has such a suspicious light trail on the internet.
Only one photo exists and is reused throughout. His personal website looks like one stock photo: http://www.colinfbarnes.com/about/

and the facebook page has one post about him starting to write under a different name
https://www.facebook.com/colinfra...e_internal

The amazon 5 star reviews are all the same style - bought reviews. The 1 star reviews are obviously written by real people

I suspect there is no Colin F Barnes, and this is some as quick and as cheaply as possible produced series by a non-native-English writer or writers, packaged up so it's more attractive to US customers
I mean. If they were charging money for this, I might get mad that it's written by 1,000 monkeys with typewriters, but since it's free, it doesn't really matter who wrote it, as long as it's good.
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You purchased this item on April 11, 2016.
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I mean. If they were charging money for this, I might get mad that it's written by 1,000 monkeys with typewriters, but since it's free, it doesn't really matter who wrote it, as long as it's good.
This is speculation on my end, but I've been wondering why there are so many books of dubious quality bouncing in and out of being free. I suspect that by doing this, the sellers make the book more legitimate in the eyes of amazon algorithms when it comes to search results.

So by us downloading it for free right now, I suspect the book might end up being ranked higher in the future (when the book is no longer free), when some poor soul is searching for a cool sci-fi series and finds a book that is artificially higher ranked because of our downloads and artificially higher rated (because of fake reviews) than it should be.

Either way, some people, somewhere are sitting on a stack of crappy books and they are working all sorts of angles to deceive the consumer, that part is pretty clear.
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This is speculation on my end, but I've been wondering why there are so many books of dubious quality bouncing in and out of being free. I suspect that by doing this, the sellers make the book more legitimate in the eyes of amazon algorithms when it comes to search results.

So by us downloading it for free right now, I suspect the book might end up being ranked higher in the future (when the book is no longer free), when some poor soul is searching for a cool sci-fi series and finds a book that is artificially higher ranked because of our downloads and artificially higher rated (because of fake reviews) than it should be.

Either way, some people, somewhere are sitting on a stack of crappy books and they are working all sorts of angles to deceive the consumer, that part is pretty clear.
Apparently I've had it since 2016, so I don't think having it since 2016 will do anything for their book.
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Heh. "You purchased this item in 2016." Maybe someday I'll read all these freebies
Around April 2016? Lol
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This is just another one of those authors that has such a suspicious light trail on the internet.
Only one photo exists and is reused throughout. His personal website looks like one stock photo: http://www.colinfbarnes.com/about/

and the facebook page has one post about him starting to write under a different name
https://www.facebook.com/colinfra...e_internal

The amazon 5 star reviews are all the same style - bought reviews. The 1 star reviews are obviously written by real people

I suspect there is no Colin F Barnes, and this is some as quick and as cheaply as possible produced series by a non-native-English writer or writers, packaged up so it's more attractive to US customers
Your assumption seems right as even a post a few below yours says there were a lot of grammatical mistakes in the books.

Seems fishy.
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Free is free, you get what you pay for.
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