Highborn

Highborn[BOOKS] ⚣ Highborn By Yvonne Navarro – Bluevapours.co.uk EVERYONE DESERVES A SECOND CHANCE BRYNNA MALAK MIGHT BE THE EXCEPTION TO THE RULEBrynna is a fallen angel trying to earn redemption She s escaped from Hell in search of a new life on Earth, but Lucife EVERYONE DESERVES A SECOND CHANCE BRYNNA MALAK MIGHT BE THE EXCEPTION TO THE RULEBrynna is a fallen angel trying to earn redemption She s escaped from Hell in search of a new life on Earth, but Lucifer s deadliest hunters are hot on her trail Police Detective Eran Redmond is after her for a different reason he needs Brynna to help him find a serial killer who is terrifying Chicago and the trail leads them right to Hellspawned demons of the most dangerous kind She s also got a very human problem dealing with a stubborn, attractive cop who makes her long for everything she knows she can t haveStaying alive long enough to earn a shot at Heaven will mean breaking some major rules in the mortal world, as she learns just how complicated and wonderful being human can be With so much stacked against her, even Brynna has to wonder if she s crazy But she s not giving in without a fightNot a chance in Hell.

Yvonne Navarro is the author of Concrete Savior, Highborn, AfterAge, deadrush, Final Impact, Mirror Me and a bunch of other books, plus Buffy the Vampire Slayer novels and tie in novels for Hellboy, Elektra, and others.

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    iOS for the iPad is the biggest iOS release ever can t haveStaying alive long enough to earn a shot at Heaven will mean breaking some major rules in the mortal world, as she learns just how complicated and wonderful being human can be With so much stacked against her, even Brynna has to wonder if she s crazy But she s not giving in without a fightNot a chance in Hell."/>
  • Paperback
  • 375 pages
  • Highborn
  • Yvonne Navarro
  • English
  • 14 March 2019
  • 1439191735

10 thoughts on “Highborn

  1. Tracy says:

    Has Some Good PointsHer name is Astarte, and after eons of torturing souls and bathing in their blood, she started wondering, hoping, for the possibility of redemption She is a fallen angel A demon Once Lucifer s lover and partner And she s weary of the screams of the damned and the unrelenting misery of hellfire.Now on Earth in Chicago, taking the name Brynna Malak, she hides from Hunters who would drag her back to Hell if they find her Escaping one puts Brynna in position to witness a mur Has Some Good PointsHer name is Astarte, and after eons of torturing souls and bathing in their blood, she started wondering, hoping, for the possibility of redemption She is a fallen angel A demon Once Lucifer s lover and partner And she s weary of the screams of the damned and the unrelenting misery of hellfire.Now on Earth in Chicago, taking the name Brynna Malak, she hides from Hunters who would drag her back to Hell if they find her Escaping one puts Brynna in position to witness a murder and get caught up in the homicide investigation of Chicago police detective Eran Redmond The man is desperate to catch a killer who has gunned down five seemingly random victims and Brynna is his only lead He realizes almost immediately that not everything is as it seems with the odd woman, but he has no idea no frame of understanding for the truth of who and what she really is.The longer Brynna stays in Chicago, theshe starts to feel things far beyond that which was familiar to her from her demon milieu, and as those feelings grow, as her experiences with humanity widen her narrow world, one thing becomes brutally, painfully clear The road to redemption is long, twisted, and often paved in horror.This urban fantasy series debut has some good things going for it Navarro has a smooth writing style, and the narrative flows nicely from plot point to plot point I enjoyed the concept of the story and the developed mythos The best, though, and my favorite part of the book, is Brynna.I loved her moral ambiguity and lack of empathy It was a brilliant way to simply and easily define and delineate her character, identifying her inhumanity and developing her redemption through the burgeoning awareness of her own emotionswhich so often befuddle her It made so much sense for an eons old demon fresh out of Hell to have no ability to relate or feel sympathy for humanity In fact, I wish Navarro had used evenrestraint, evolving her character evenslowly than she did, because I found coldly logical Brynna a delightfully unique heroine.Eran wasn t a bad secondary character and romantic interest I liked him well enough Next to Brynna, though, he sort of faded into the background, and there wasn t much development to add depth to him Lesser secondary and ancillary characters were few and lacked any real definition, and I was a little disappointed that some who were introduced early, like Eran s partner Sathi, disappeared entirely as the book progressed.The story gave me a few problems The plot was okay, but it wasn t the most complex I ve ever read It was mostly a pretty linear tale about a fallen angel starting a journey towards redemption and getting caught up in a murder investigation that tread over into her territory Be that as it may, I liked it as I was reading it Enough to rate it four stars, anyway The lack of complexity in the plot and secondary characters, as well as a sex scene that was horrendously glossed over preventedthan that, but it was a solid four star readuntil the end.I didn t like the end at all Actually, I didn t like a plot development that came a few chapters before the end, too, but to a lesser degree The end, though, the last chapter and epilogue, bothered me quite a bit I thought the resolution was completely disappointing from a story standpoint and I was left feeling that a whole lotta energy got expended throughout the book for negligible gain Eventroubling were the handful of scenes that crossed a very important line for me between mythos and religion.Of course this is strictly my personal preference, but I dislike when religion creeps into my fiction, especially in urban fantasy, which is amazing for the very fact that so much of it has its roots in imagination centered around a core of wildly diverse cultural mythos Having a main character explaining God s plan as she pontificates about destiny and a soul being in God s hands, then following it up with the most trite and pedestrian catch phrase ever, Everything happens for a reason, however, was a total turn off not to mention a crystal clear reflection of everything that bothers me about religion in general I m sure I m in the minority with that opinion, and that s fine For me, though, I start getting antsy when I feel like I m being hit over the head with the Christianity based faith stick and have no tolerance for it in urban fantasy books It dropped the book down to three stars for me.I m interested enough in Brynna s journey towards redemption and her forays into empathy and all things of the human condition to try the second book in the series with the hopes that the bouncing ball drops back into the mythos area of the court and leaves religion alone I hope that s the case, because I do think Navarro is a skilled author who can spin a story worth reading And I did really like Brynna Reviewed for One Good Book Deserves Another

  2. Kelly H. (Maybedog) says:

    This was a slightly different take on a fallen angel needing redemption The book starts just before the fallen angel, demon, left hell We are shown a tiny bit about what it was like in a prologue then the book jumps right in at Chapter One within a few minutes of her arriving on Earth The action begins there, too, as she is running for her life We never quite find out how she got to the mortal plain, but Navarro does a great job of presenting this nonhuman s first few days in Western Society This was a slightly different take on a fallen angel needing redemption The book starts just before the fallen angel, demon, left hell We are shown a tiny bit about what it was like in a prologue then the book jumps right in at Chapter One within a few minutes of her arriving on Earth The action begins there, too, as she is running for her life We never quite find out how she got to the mortal plain, but Navarro does a great job of presenting this nonhuman s first few days in Western Society Brynna is basically a sociopath at first She knows or remembers nothing of love or friendship or selflessness She does what makes sense for her at that moment Even her quest, to gain redemption so she can reenter the kingdom Heaven, is based on selfish reasons She isn t evil any in that she doesn t try to hurt anyone, but it doesn t occur to her to protect, either She has no emotion when someone is murdered in front of her, just considers the situation She does try to catch the perpetrator, but when she is blocked by a locked door she stops and moves on with her own business It s a process as she figures out how to function in this society, and what is appropriate behavior, and finally how to feel This is a really important part of her redemption, learning to be human, learning to understand that her side of the war in Heaven was wrong for thinking God shouldn t hold these human closer to His heart than the angels.The religion wasn t over the top at all, quite appropriate given the subject matter, but I did find myself thinking again about how the JudeoChristian faiths are so obsessed by the idea that we are so important and number one in the eyes of our ideas of our creator s Kind of egotistical, actually But I digress.I never quite feel that Brynna really is seeking to be redeemed I never really see that she is sorry for what she did in Hell she was not an innocent by any means and does remember it or thatshe does good because it s the right thing to do I do believe she has appropriate feelings eventually, but I never really felt any deep emotion until the very very end There is supposedly this connection between her and the love interest, but I never felt it either They were just words telling me what I should see but don t I do like the characters well enough, and I think Navarro is good at making each a unique recognizable individual The characters are multicultural and gender equal for the most part but still no lgbtq folks The world the author built works for me, and is rife with possibilites Navarro has written a lot of Buffy comics, and it shows There is plenty of action and suspense and drama here, and the pacing is great The women are strong and complex, and the men allow them to be Brynna is special and really kick ass, and she doesn t do dumb things, probably because she has little emotion The men are strong, too, although the detective is appropriately but stupidly macho, and does understandably do dumb things because he just doesn t get that he is useless against demons.But there are a number of holes and major problems Like they find a view spoiler hit list hide spoiler , and they never deal with it past the plot of the book Hopefully it will be handled in the next book At another point, the detectives find the scene of the crime for a missing person s case, and there is at least one major clue, but they say that it s nothing, and one even asks, What are we doing here Brynna also hides evidence that would solve the case from Eran, and when he finds out he s mad for about two seconds then gets over it.There are small things like in the beginning she sleeps behind a dumpster, and is wearing the clothes she found and put on after climbing out of a marsh two days ago, but no one notices that she stinks or suspects she doesn t have any other clothing, at least not at that point Also, Eran gets a cell phone for her when he doesn t know her and has just met her, and he signs up for a 2 year contract, not a prepay She also won t eat flesh, but fish is okay UGH Fish is flesh Okay, this is probably a dumb complaint, but the hispanic names are all excellent, uncommon but believable, but Eran instead of Aaron And she comes up with Brynna on the spot, a modern name with no meaning she mentions, but an appropriate last name And a priest is Father Paul Murphy Really No stereotyping there Apparently no originality either.So I m torn On the one hand I enjoyed the book and couldn t put it down, but on the other, I just didn t care enough about the characters, and I didn t quite get why they cared about each other so much I think I would probably enjoy the next book, but I am not drawn to it That s unusual when I finish a book in a series Usually, even if I didn t like it that much, I do really want to know what happens next Here, whatever BUT there is a wonderful, believable kick ass dog so that brings the star rating from 2.5 to 3 Yes, I am easily pleased by dogs in books.So I don t necessarily recommend it, but I don t not recommend it either Read someone else s review because this is probably no good to you at all

  3. CJ - It& says:

    3.7Dark fantasy with a bit of religious mythology thrown in.You have the prerequisite doesn t believe in things I don t understand cop, a fallen angel who is looking for redemption and some really scary baddies Put em all together and what do you get A PNR.This isn t a typical PNR Yes, the formulas used are familiar but the execution is something different Brynna is seeking redemption, something most fallen don t do, and she has been in Hell so long and she has never been human that she 3.7Dark fantasy with a bit of religious mythology thrown in.You have the prerequisite doesn t believe in things I don t understand cop, a fallen angel who is looking for redemption and some really scary baddies Put em all together and what do you get A PNR.This isn t a typical PNR Yes, the formulas used are familiar but the execution is something different Brynna is seeking redemption, something most fallen don t do, and she has been in Hell so long and she has never been human that she doesn t recall what it s like to interact with us fleshy squish bags She wants to learn but she also needs to stay alive long enough to not get sent back to Lucifer who will most assuredly torture her The form that she took is one that is pleasing but not overtly so She could if she wanted to,I mean, she is a Goddess of lust and oh so muchbut I hesitate to spoil too much and she understands the ways of men However, she s trying to be good Meaning, she is quite literally using her powers for good All of that would ve been perfect if on her first day on Earth a nephilim wasn t killed right in front of her And if she hadn t run away from the crime scene Oh and if she hadn t shown off her impressive linguistic skills Then maybe Eran Redmond and his partner wouldn t have gotten so interested in her Especially Eran.The action is well paced and the motives behind actions are explained well and easily understood but I do have a few complaints Number one, the back and forth POV s from about five or six different characters I think Eran and Brynna would ve sufficed and maybe a few instances of the main nephilim Number two, a littlecharacter development would ve been appreciated I liken Brynna to a blank slate or rather T 1000 a better machine that has perfected human tics and very very hard to kill , a terminator without the directive to kill She is on earth with a limited understanding of things and she wants to know OMG, she s like Ariel and T 1000 combined

  4. Kelly says:

    Highborn begins with a vividly described scene of Hell Astarte, a fallen angel, watches the daily round of horrors from her bloodstained tower, and decides she wants out We then cut to Astarte, having escaped Hell and calling herself Brynna Malak, as she adjusts to life in modern day Chicago Brynna can understand any language she hears She s less adept at navigating other aspects of human life how to feel empathy, how to pet a dog, and why you shouldn t just wander away from the scene when Highborn begins with a vividly described scene of Hell Astarte, a fallen angel, watches the daily round of horrors from her bloodstained tower, and decides she wants out We then cut to Astarte, having escaped Hell and calling herself Brynna Malak, as she adjusts to life in modern day Chicago Brynna can understand any language she hears She s less adept at navigating other aspects of human life how to feel empathy, how to pet a dog, and why you shouldn t just wander away from the scene when you witness a murder Yvonne Navarro does a terrific and often funny job of portraying a character who just doesn t get social norms and has a lot of acclimating to do.Brynna soon learns that someone is killing nephilim in the city Nephilim are the children of angels and mortal women, and each is born for a specific, divine purpose Killing them not only snuffs out their lives but also prevents them from fulfilling their cosmic destinies The cops are stymied by this serial killer, but Brynna has special insights into the crime and finds herself assisting hunky detective Eran Redmond in his investigation It should surprise no one that sparks fly between the two In addition to the central mystery, Brynna dispenses justice to therun of the mill bad guys in Chicago bullies, thugs, wife beaters, etc These smaller fights add to Brynna s character development, and also give Highborn the feel of a superhero tale Highborn is an exciting, butt kicking story featuring a complex heroine who changes and grows as the novel progresses It s quite violent there are at least two scenes that utterly grossed me out but the violence level fits with the fallen angel and vigilante justice themes Navarro s prose is smooth and makes for a snag free read I didn t like the ending It felt like a gut punch I can see how it fits with the ideas and themes of the novel, but I m torn between feeling cheated and wanting to commend Navarro for having the cojones to write it that way Nevertheless, I plan to keep following Brynna s journey as the DARK REDEMPTION series continues.Review from FantasyLiterature.com

  5. Cathy says:

    It was pretty good I was under the impression that it was going to be a bitdetective investigation story that it was, and it s really muchabout the angel demon who happens to get involved with the cop than anything else, so that threw me some In general, stories about angels and fate and redemption aren t my favorites, but this one wasn t too badly done in any of those areas It did seem a bit too convenient that she kept happening upon people that needed help, and that everything It was pretty good I was under the impression that it was going to be a bitdetective investigation story that it was, and it s really muchabout the angel demon who happens to get involved with the cop than anything else, so that threw me some In general, stories about angels and fate and redemption aren t my favorites, but this one wasn t too badly done in any of those areas It did seem a bit too convenient that she kept happening upon people that needed help, and that everything happens for a reason, but I guess if you buy into the mythology then it won t bother you as much I m also not a huge fan of rushed romances, although again this wasn t the worst example either Although when he barely knew her and bought her a cell phone with a two year contract, that did seem like a glaringly odd choice when prepaid phones are so easy to get, but maybe the author actually wrote this considerably before it was published But he did forgive her awfully fast for some big lies Is being a demon a good excuse I liked that she was morally confused, it made sense for the character and the transition she was making, but his reactions were confusing He was pretty bland overall, although there were some hints of depths yet to be explored Hate his name, by the way, Eran What s wrong with Aaron Silly romance novel names always have to be spelled weird Anyway, if it wasto my taste I m sure I d have given it four stars, there were a few odd choices, but it s basically well done Plus there s a really cute, sweet, brave, deaf Great Dane, who could resist her I do plan to read the next book, but I m actually not starting it right away, a major departure for me even though I do have it here As much as I normally love to rush into the next book in a series, I have several other new releases that I d just rather read first

  6. Donna says:

    Highborn takes the basis for religion based around God and expands into an intriguing story that will captive a reader s attention and leave them thinking about what they just read when the book is finished and closed I know that s what I did and I expect most of you will feel the same This story remains close to most beliefs and gives you an entirely different perceptive on fallen angels versus what s been introduced in this genre because fallen angels are not romanticized in the least bit he Highborn takes the basis for religion based around God and expands into an intriguing story that will captive a reader s attention and leave them thinking about what they just read when the book is finished and closed I know that s what I did and I expect most of you will feel the same This story remains close to most beliefs and gives you an entirely different perceptive on fallen angels versus what s been introduced in this genre because fallen angels are not romanticized in the least bit here Brynna was what you d expect in being personality wise, she has lived thousands of years among the human race and in Hellher emotions were closed off and compassion was not one of her finer points She has come back to Earth from Hell, where she was known as Astarte but she s had many names over the multitude of years, to seek redemption from God for her past indiscretions against Him Brynna is a fallen angel a.k.a a demon Brynna meets Detective Eran Redmond on her first day back on Earth and from there reluctantly works with to solve the murders by an elusive serial killer Their relationship evolves, and this where I felt was the book s weaker point, when this relationship first begins I had a hard time visualizing these two together because she seemed so alien to me with her lack of emotions and he came across a bit clingybut as I said the relationship does evolve and by the end, their relationship worked for me.Be prepared for turns in this story that will leave your heart pounding cuz overall Highborn is an excellent addition to the urban fantasy genre I highly recommend this one

  7. Obsidian says:

    I m a little at odds with this book I felt like it had potential to be great, but it seemed to fall a little short I wishtime was spent explaining Brynna s past Astarte I feel like there was a great story there, but I guess the author is leaving that for further books I don t know what it was, but I just didn t connect with the characters I didn t feel immersed in the story There were many questions left unanswered Why does she want redemption What made her change her mind After I m a little at odds with this book I felt like it had potential to be great, but it seemed to fall a little short I wishtime was spent explaining Brynna s past Astarte I feel like there was a great story there, but I guess the author is leaving that for further books I don t know what it was, but I just didn t connect with the characters I didn t feel immersed in the story There were many questions left unanswered Why does she want redemption What made her change her mind After countless centuries of being evil, what happened What made her Lucifer s right hand She did fight off the Hunters, but I didn t see how demons would be so frightened of her Maybe when she is in demon form, it s different It s referenced that she is almost Lust incarnate, so maybe that s what the greater evil is the ability to have someone addicted to you the ability to take control of them The ultimate question lies with why Brynna decided to begin her road of redemption Without that, without this basis, how could I truly begin to understand and connect with her as a character For if I had this answer, then I would be able to understand the reasons behind her actions It s too simple an answer that she s doing good for the sake of good.I m hesitant if I want to read the next book or not

  8. Cat Russell (Addicted2Heroines) says:

    Well, it started out good It was somewhat gory and Brynna ran around like She Hulk beating the shit out of everyone She had just arrived in the human world and she was homeless and jobless, sleeping in cardboard boxes and unable to purchase even basic necessities Her attempts at pursuing a normal human life were entertaining Then I began to lose interest when Detective Redmond assumed asignificant role He just wasn t as interesting as Brynna She had trouble constantly gravitating tow Well, it started out good It was somewhat gory and Brynna ran around like She Hulk beating the shit out of everyone She had just arrived in the human world and she was homeless and jobless, sleeping in cardboard boxes and unable to purchase even basic necessities Her attempts at pursuing a normal human life were entertaining Then I began to lose interest when Detective Redmond assumed asignificant role He just wasn t as interesting as Brynna She had trouble constantly gravitating toward her and she was making new friends and often burning things up Redmond was her boring opposite, focusing on his work and annoying me with his indecisiveness about everything Brynna I understand why he was conflicted, but that didn t make it anyappealling to me There would have been a vast improvement in this story if it would have continued from Brynna s point of view Conrete Savior will be releasing May 31st, but unfortunately I won t be in a hurry to purchase it

  9. Ithlilian says:

    First, I can t believe I actually finished this As I got further and further in I remembered thinking, why am I still reading this but I kept pushing through, just to get to the end I didn t really care who did what, or what would happen next, but inexplicably I finished this I wanted to give it two stars because I actually finished it, but I can t Anyway, to get to the point, I didn t like how alien Brynna felt from the start On one hand I appreciate that the author made thisrealis First, I can t believe I actually finished this As I got further and further in I remembered thinking, why am I still reading this but I kept pushing through, just to get to the end I didn t really care who did what, or what would happen next, but inexplicably I finished this I wanted to give it two stars because I actually finished it, but I can t Anyway, to get to the point, I didn t like how alien Brynna felt from the start On one hand I appreciate that the author made thisrealistic by not having the fallen angel fit in with society right away, but it made everything stiff, and maybe the character feel unemotional Yes, I get that coming from hell she should feel that way, but personally it just didn t sit well with me I like to enjoy my characters and feel their plight, but the tiny introduction of our main character in hell was not enough for me to care if she got back to Heaven or not And there is my second issue, the general plot An angel seeking redemption is not unique, and really there is nothing unique or special about this book at all Just like many other Urban Fantasy stories out there, this is just a story that includes some paranormal elements If this didn t have angels and demons it wouldn t sell as a mystery or a drama, but since it does it must be published and everyone will love it.Ok that was a bit of a rant, sorry about that So far I don t like the main character and how stiff she is, but on some level I do understand it I also didn t like the redemption plot because they author didn t do the best job of making me fall in love with the character The next thing I didn t like was the switching of viewpoints I honestly skipped over the police detective sections once I realized they were just going to involve him opining on Brynna I really see no point in switching viewpoints in this novel, as they did absolutely nothing to aid the plot Maybe they were supposed to make the love storybelievable, which leads me to my next grievance I really didn t buy the love story in this There was no character interaction, just one second the characters are screwing And oh yea, Brynna has special sexual powers that have her automatically attract weak minding people So there is that I really felt like this is structured as a romance, but it fails at that I don t care about anyone or anything that is going on here Ugh The plot is basically a fallen angel somehow gets out of hell, she goes around in our world acting clueless and automatically gets picked up to do interpretations by the police completely unreasonable and unlikely Then, she leads the police to where a kidnapped girl was last seen using psychic powers and the police are completely ok with that She starts protecting random poor people and eventually is unable to prevent someone from killing someone but thinks that it s all God s plan, and is rewarded for it No thank you, no thank you, no thank you Maybe I m jaded, but UF I ve read latelysucks

  10. All Things Urban Fantasy says:

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyI generally love Craig White s cover art Carrie Vaughn, Adrian Phoenix, Jaye Wells have all had Craig covers but I m not a fan of the cover for HIGHBORN or the description, for that matter It completely fails to capture the character and tone of this book It s not about a polished, slick woman ready to dole out a supernatural butt kicking to whoever gets on her bad side isn t that what the cover implies Brynna couldn t be further from how she Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyI generally love Craig White s cover art Carrie Vaughn, Adrian Phoenix, Jaye Wells have all had Craig covers but I m not a fan of the cover for HIGHBORN or the description, for that matter It completely fails to capture the character and tone of this book It s not about a polished, slick woman ready to dole out a supernatural butt kicking to whoever gets on her bad side isn t that what the cover implies Brynna couldn t be further from how she is depicted here.First of all, she s a demon She s spent eons in Hell apathetic to the incessant screams of the myriads of souls damned for eternity Hers is a bleak and callous existence until she begins to question her own damnation and the chance of redemption She escapes to earth in order to save her demon soul Brynna is an amazing character A far cry from the sleek and savvy cover model She s been so conditioned by her hellish life that her initial experiences on earth are first bliss at the physical sensations such mundane things as cool, wet water and the smooth sour smells of the dumpster she spends her first night under Contrast that with her curious detachment as she is talking to her first human when his brains are literally blown out all over her She simply walks away, oblivious to the horrified stares of everyone she passes Brynna straightened, then realized someone was screaming It was an older man in a white coat behind the counter at the end of the aisle, and the only reason she even noticed was because it was so odd to her senses that there was just one man screaming instead of thousands HIGHBORNBrynna does have to fight against her natural inclinations for violence and corruption, but she also surprises herself by her newfound desires for compassion and mercy It s this dual nature that captures the attention of Chicago cop Eran Redmond As much as I was completely caught up in Brynna s story as she sought to redeem her soul and elude Lucifer s Hunters, the romance that developed between her and Eran never quite took off for me the way I had hoped It remained too safe and staid There was no real fire between them I also could have done without all the supporting characters that Brynna had to help Those storylines were where the book dragged.Overall, HIGHBORN was a pleasant surprise The character of Brynna was a refreshing change from the typical UF heroine with her alien like curiosity and controlled strength Her story to Hell and back is one I can t wait to readof CONCRETE SAVIOR, book two in the Dark Redemption series is slated for release in June 2011 and I plan on being first in line

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