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PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 8:32 pm 
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Thank you for showing interest in my works.

The Liaison is the most recent update of the Mohammed As`Zaman Bey story line. After dedicating time in running his own unit, the Bey is itching to face the Clans once again but this time without the hassle of playing shopkeeper and employer of a large formation. Mercenary units are a necessity in the BT universe and the Combine has lost much of the expertise in dealing with mercs -Who better to keep an eye on mercs than an ex-Merc?

Academy Ballade is a venture into what I consider "realistic" fiction. The characters are based on people I know or knew while growing up. The central character is your Average Joe, not a wealthy noble, no outstanding characteristics, no rich, connected relatives, not even his own 'Mech.

The story is my view of the Draconis Combine as seen through the eyes of the average citizens, from the standpoint of Japanese culture of the 1970s and 80s projected into the future. If there is an anime feel to the story, that's not an accident -I have spent some time studying anime High School dramas, their plot formulas and character development and dropped the story into the Combine environment. Don't expect many fights or chase scenes, other than the occasional field exercise. There may be giant, stompy robots but no magic swords, psychic powers, or godlike beings stepping in to intercede.

The pidgin dialect spoken by the country cadets is based upon the patois adopted by immigrant plantation workers in order to communicate with each other in Hawaii and it is still widely spoken today.
The Academy Ballade story is meant to fill in some of the gaps in academy life left out of my Travels with Uncle Ahmed series, which was heavily edited due to posting restrictions on this site (about nine pages of text).

Academy Ballade is dedicated to my good friend Wellington Matsuda who lost his battle against stomach cancer this past March. He was a gamer, a game designer, a proud otaku, a fine subordinate commander and a Navy Corpsman. Wellington will be sorely missed.

Any comments or suggestions are welcome, of course.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 4:00 pm 
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I've started publishing a series based on the campaign I'm currently running. It is for mature readers so I can't post it here.

If you are interested in what happens when a corporation runs a mercenary unit filled with dysfunctional personnel:

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9937852/1/AoD

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And Allah turned back the unbelievers in their rage; they did not obtain any advantage, and Allah sufficed the believers in fighting; and Allah is Strong, Mighty. from The Koran, 33rd Sura- The Clans


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 1:23 pm 
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Aagh! I was looking forward more of Running with the Pride! Anyway it is good to see you back writing, and I'll read it eventually at some point... Now I have some other books to read, including manga. If modern tank warfare is of any interest, I recommend book Heavy Metal: A Tank Company's Battle to Baghdad.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 5:54 am 
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In reference to Liaison:
Medron Pryde wrote:
well written...

Thank you very much! I have been very busy since I announced my intention to retire within the next year or so -Management has me busy updating and writing training materials and manuals (I work for the Federal Aviation Administration) and I must admit that as an organization, the FAA lacks sufficient people who know how to put together instructions that people will understand. Maybe I can charge the government usurious prices as a "consultant".

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 7:25 pm 
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Mohammed As `Zaman Bey wrote:
Maybe I can charge the government usurious prices as a "consultant".

As long as you're From Out Of Town. :D


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2014 8:34 am 
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Teemo wrote:
Mohammed As `Zaman Bey wrote:
Maybe I can charge the government usurious prices as a "consultant".

As long as you're From Out Of Town. :D


Teemo

I'll open a PO Box on another island.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 8:07 am 
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Ah...retiring and already planning to move your corporate headquarters off shore...

Good man...good man...:)

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 2:55 pm 
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and then u Need a second Company in a tax haven that can demand fees, to reduce Profit ;)

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:00 pm 
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Just a brief update.

I retired from the FAA about a year ago and lived off my pension in Hawaii for the past year and noted that I wasn't getting as far ahead as expected. I have purchased a house in Kansas and will be moving next week. My new home's mortgage will cost me less than half my current rent and I'll finally have the time and conditions to work on projects that I have been delaying for so many years. I've lived in Germany and New York so I know I'll have no problem transitioning to a town with 23,000 people after living for two decades in a city with nearly a million. My realtor is Korean and she's amazed how much Korean I can speak, so I know I'll get along in a place that isn't 60% populated by Asians.

I have been working on several stories: The continuation of the Mohammed Bey line, the Academy Ballade line, as well as a couple of Star League-era tales.

I have also been engaging in other hobbies: (hint: I'm the one with the beard)
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Last edited by Mohammed As `Zaman Bey on Thu Feb 15, 2018 3:12 am, edited 1 time in total.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:41 pm 
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AWESOME PHOTOS! Sounds like you still have many adventures ahead! Glad you are back on here and looking forward to more!

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2018 5:23 am 
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New, overdue installment for Running With the Pride -Had to make it a two-parter as it exceeded the 20K character limit (almost 30K) and I wanted do keep the content without editing it down to fit. Enjoy.

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