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The first installment of my first piece! please be kind, this is my first ever story (book 1, part 1)

i am a really amateur writer and am in year 7, if you enjoy this series than i will continue it if this post gets 700 up votes. Thanks! (edit: i realized 700 up votes is too much to ask for so if we can get 300 that would be great!)
Troy Brimstone
He was Americas last hope, fighting against the soviets where the us dollar is worth nothing.
Only one man can stand up, his name is Troy Brimstone, Americas hero.
Chapter 1: The fourth of July
Everyone was celebrating, having fun, organizing parties and enjoying the day when America got its independence. America, the land of opportunity. Olgaf Pushken, saw opportunity as well, opportunity for revenge, for what they did.
In 1998, on the fourth of July, America tested the most deadly bomb with twice the power of the bomb the Russians used to test in the cold war, twice the power of the world’s largest, most powerful bomb ever tested which was “ the Tsar bomb”. The Americans called their new bomb the ulterbomba, the bomb to destroy everything in the 7000 km around the drop point. They mistakenly entered the coordinates of Russia’s small town of kulek, a population of 9000 people. Around the next 7000 km over 18000 people died altogether, a tragic accident.
Pushkin should have been there. Any other Sunday he would have been taking his beautiful new wife and their adorable new baby to church, along with his dear old mother who lived with them. But the day before he had received urgent instructions to report to base in Moscow. He dashed out of the small cottage at the base of the Urals, barely stopping to kiss his wife Anna as he left.
That Sunday, as he looked out of the command centre window still unaware of why he had been summoned, a white flash in the sky hinted at disaster. It was far more powerful than any thunder strike, far to the east…where his home used to be.
From the pit of his stomach he knew his life had changed forever. But it wasn’t till hours later he got the official confirmation. Kulek had been annihilated. He dialled his home telephone quickly to check on his poor family, “9865 0983” he remembered, he waited and waited once more until hearing a voice mail saying “hello this is the Pushkin family” in a Russian accent “I am sorry I am unavailable, maybe I will call you back soon, thank you and goodbye!” That was the last time Olgaf would ever hear poor Anna’s voice ever again.
His stomach screeched in pain, he knew they were dead, after his job in Moscow, he flew to the nearest city with an airport and he hired a car to drive to the wreckage of kulek. He slowly drove past the wreckage of the old church where he grew up in and used to put flowers on top of his grandfathers and grandmothers grave, as he saw in agony, the graves ripped to shreds, the church bell melting away and the altar burning away. He slowly drove onto his road Tallebry st and went to his house, house number 587. He dashed inside to check for his family, he saw all his furniture destroyed, then he found his one year old daughter lying right in front of where he was standing, he saw her corpus rotting away, but sadly Pushkin never found the wife.
Pushkin vowed then and there, as he looked down at the poor dead rotting corpse of his baby, that he would reap his revenge on whatever power had led to this.Now, 19 years later, Pushin watched as these Americans paraded their patriotism through the city of New York. And he planned his vengeance.
Chapter Two: Troy Brimstone
His heart was pounding, he jumped over a man who seemed to weigh at least 200 pounds. Sprinting for his life he made it to the end of the pitch “touchdown!” Troy screamed as he ran around freely and happily. Troy Brimstone, a man to be remembered in every American history book, be taught at in every school in America and obviously be Americas greatest hero. Troy was born and raised in the worst parts in Kentucky, when he was only 6 years old his dad passed away from a heart attack, his last words were “sun, don’t turn out like me. Be sensible, be smart and most of all, be kind”. After his dad’s death times were tough for young Troy. His mother had no money, so he had to go and earn a living so his dear mother and crippled baby sister could eat.
He got a job with old Joe Denham, who ran a building company. Young Troy was tough, so he carted bricks around the site, and his legs strong, so he could climb on roofs to add tiles. old Joe Denham at lunch would mess around and tell him about his days in the Vietnam war and he told him how it feels to lose a friend in battle. He told Troy all about fighting in the jungle against what seemed like an invisible enemy. That is where Troy Brimstone wanted to become an American hero. In his work as an engineer, he had to scale buildings often and with that he learnt many parkour skills.
On Friday nights, old Joe would take young Troy to the local fight nights, where men like Buster McCullum fought Toothy Willis, bare knuckled bouts that only ended when one man was knocked out. One night, when Troy was just 15, a local lad eyed Troy, spat on the ground, and said: “You that no good nobody up from the hill yonder who’s Daddy died, right?”. Troy tried to ignore him. But then the bully pushed him and said “You ignoring me? You no good son of a whore.” Troy couldn’t let that stand. He challenged the miserable bully to 12 rounds. Old Joe tried to stop him, but Troy set his jaw and said: “I have to do this.”
the fight was brutal, Bruce lee vs Connor McGregor, Muhammad Ali vs a street fighter. The big bully smacked Troy right to the ground, all Troy could see was a blurry form of a man, it was old Joe Denham. “you really stuffed up here boy” he said as he gave the bully a beating of a lifetime, he punched him in the face, kneed him in the guts and ninja-kicked him to the ground. As the bully got up with a bleeding nose and two bloodshot eyes he said “please…don’t hurt me anymore” in a whimper like voice, old Joe Denham replied to that pathetic comment by saying “don’t think that were too old to beat punks like you up” as old Joe Denham spat on the helpless bully and walked out of the fight zone carrying Troy on his shoulders.
It was there and then that old Joe decided he’d teach Troy how to fight.
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“Ouch,” Troy said as another rock struck him, this time on the shoulder.
“Well learn to evade them,” Old Joe replied, throwing another pebble as if to punctuate his reply.
“Ouch,” said Troy as the fresh pebble bounced off his forehead.
“Son, you have to learn how to see the punch before it’s thrown. To slip before your opposition has even jabbed, to duck before the haymaker. Concentrate and relax. Focus and let go. Do whatever you need to, but learn not to get hit,” old Joe pleaded.
He threw another pebble. This time, Troy swayed back and dodged it Matrix style. “Learning fast,” said old Joe.
Chapter 3: Olgaf’s dastardly plan
Olgaf had been crunching numbers all night. His fingers were numb from bashing away at the keyboard. For eight hours he had been running simulations on the after effect of the bank crisis that he would plan.
His contacts back home – Ivan, Josef, Nicholai and Vlad – were just as exhausted. They too had been running the simulations. Each time, they were perfect.
“Comrades, we are ready,” Olgaf said in deep menacing tones via their secure video link.
Olgaf told his crew their jobs, Ivan and Josef would sneak into the godman bank and stick a kill stick to access all of the banks security, then Nicholai would use the information to convert the money to an offshore Russian account. They would do this for the top 10 banks in the US, then Vlad and Olgaf (both trained killers) would hack and kill on American soil and try to get Americas secrets. “Right!” said Olgaf “we are ready”.
All his crew mates have suffered by the Americans one way or another. Ivan lost his brother in the cold war by the Americans. It was a casual Saturday at home, Ivan’s brother Leon went to go food shopping, he never came home. At 6:05 PM, Russian police nocked on Ivan’s door and told me the heart breaking news, they never found the body, Josef lost his sister by an American swat team named 4ple, they wanted answers from the Russians and in return, they kidnaped Josef’s sister. Nicolai and Vlad both lost something as they are brothers. Their parents were sleeper agents who spied on the American’s space program in Cape Canaveral. When the CIA found out, that was the end of them. Two gunshots out the back of a seedy bar. The local cops put it down to a robbery gone wrong. But Nicolai and Vlad were old enough to know the truth and that is why they all agreed to help Olgaf.
Now, the five trained killers and expert hackers were ready for their revenge.
Chapter 4: the fall of the banks
As bankers jostled through Wall street juggling their Wall Street Journals, iPhone’s and coffees, Ivan and Josef made their way to Godman Bank’s Romanesque office tower. They were indistinguishable from the hordes of other suited men, dressed impeccably in dark suits, white shirts, shiny Italian shoes and gold cufflinks. The only giveaway, had anyone been looking for one, was the steely determination which showed in their clenched jaws.
“Goot morning,” Ivan said to the receptionist on the 72nd floor of the Godman Building. Had she looked up and raised the alarm, maybe tens of thousands of lives would have been saved. But she didn’t.
Ivan strode toward the computer server room, tucked behind a dressing room and quickly got changed. He then went into the main server room and inserted the kill stick, the kill stick that would rob the godman bank. Him and Josef inserted a bitcoin message to convert all the godman’s money to an offshore Russian account. He put in the stick and alarms bussed in his ear, BEEP, BEEP,BEEP is the only thing he heard. Ivan dashed out of the building. Drive! Ivan screamed as police were closing in on the big beige van. Josef was also an expert driver and could quickly get out of sticky situations like this.
The escape was intense, Josef’s fingers felt numb by squeezing the drive wheel. Ivan was in the back locating and stealing the money in the godman bank. He used bitcoin online banking and started to convert money into his account. The police were only inches away from the van when Josef skilfully turned into a street corner and the police cars all dropped into the water, Josef just laughed while scraping the van as Ivan tripped over “slow down!” screeched Ivan, but Josef had one look at him and continued to drive, not caring who he killed or what damage he was causing. After he lost the police, Josef drove back trying not to crash into a car or a street lamp and drove into Olgaf’s secret garage in the middle of nowhere.
Josef got out of the car and slammed the door, Ivan got out of the boot and they both started arguing “our plan was to not get noticed, you screwed that up by driving recklessly!” said Ivan “you were the one who set off the alarms!” Josef said, “QUIET DOWN YOU TWO” yelled Olgaf in a deep Russian accent “the good thing is you completed the mission, our secure bitcoin account has reached 100 Billion thanks to you two! oh and it’s good that your safe”. “we want our share Olgaf, you promised us you would agree” said the two of them “we all get 10 billion and the rest goes to our contrary Russia” said Olgaf “now only 10 more banks! Me and Nicholai will do the next two.
Back at old Joe’s house, Troy and Joe were watching their favourite tv show when a news lady popped up on the screen “we interrupt this program to give you braking news!” she said “down at the godman bank there has been a robbery, the police and FBI are all working on who this was and where are they now. Over 5 to 8 police officers died by drowning in the duplun river, my name is Jessica smith your reporter on CINY”. “Holy crap!” Screamed Troy “I know right, scary” said old Joe “she is so HOT!” said Troy dreamingly “are you kidding me!” said Joe “this stuff is real, and you got to focus on real life problems Troy!” said Joe “ok sorry! Jeez!” Exclaimed Troy.
Over in Russia, president jicöviĉ was getting inpatient “it’s been 5 days, what’s happening in the mission?” he said in an inpatient tone “it’s going well sir, in fact over 50 billion USD is in our accounts” said his second in charge “hmm, call them to see what there up to” said jicöviĉ RING RING, RING RING bussed Olgaf’s phone.
Chapter 5: Troy Brimstone hears the news
Bank after bank, robbery after robbery, the us could not control what was going on and they were scared, interruption after interruption Troy kept seeing Jessica’s face saying, “we interrupt this program to give you braking news!” as Troy kept dreaming and old Joe nodding repetitively looking at Troy. “what?” said Troy “nothing, it’s just that she…” Joe got cut of and Troy said “JESSICA!”, “Jessica, probably doesn’t know you exist! Look if you really like that girl then go make your first move not stalk the poor person!” said Joe “fine, I will plan a date in the next 3 days, I promise”.
And Troy Brimstone never breaks a promise. Never.
So he caught a train into mid-town Manhattan, where her studio was, and made his way to her office.
“Sir, can I help you,” the security guard at the entrance said.
“Troy Brimstone here to meet with Jessica Pike,” he said with utmost confidence.
“Sir you are not on the register…” the guard’s words were interrupted by alarms from the bank across the street.
WAMP WAMP WAMP WAMP – the deafening sound of alarms flooded the blocks around Lexington and 51st Street.
“The Russians,” said Troy as he burst out onto the street and toward the alarms.
He sprinted into the marble lobby, ignoring the police who tried to stop him. Instinct took over as he bolted up the stairs. He had no plan. He didn’t know where he was going. But he felt the need to do something. His athletic training took over – years of fight training and college football – and he leapt over the railing into the bank’s main branch area, all the while being jostled by people fleeing.
He scanned the vast bank branch and spied a man who didn’t seem to fit the surroundings. He was too tall, too severe looking, and his alligator shoes too fancy for a mid-tier bank like this. Instinctively, he ran toward the tall man, then asked him if he needed help.
“No, I am all goot thanks,” the man said. It was Ivan from Olgaf’s crew.
Troy picked the accent immediately. He started to interrogate the man asking questions like where are you from? Or what brought you to NY? The man started to get angry and told Troy “why are you asking me this stuff?” Troy replied by saying “you have a very deep Russian accent, what are you doing at this bank at this particular time?” he had one big look at Troy and punched him, “I am no one that concerns you, we will bring justice to our contrary” said the guy, and with that he left.
Troy trying to get up, his eyes all blurry, he was bleeding from his nose and his ears screeched, when he was unconscious, the Russian ran away. Troy quickly got up when he was conscious and went straight to the Russian and went for a jab, but the slick and fast Russian dodged the jab and punched Troy in the rib cage ouch! He thought. Then in his mind he remembered what old Joe taught him “see the jap before it’s taken, strike before it’s too late.” As Troy saw the next jab, this time towards his face he blocked the first one handed twisting the fist “aw!” he screeched. Then Troy kicked him in the head and was about to kick him once more when he saw the look on his poor face, a black eye and a bleeding nose, so he left him and then the news rolled in as they screamed a bunch of nonsense. Then troy saw in the corner of his eye, Jessica she said, “sir how do you feel saving billions of dollars and saving so much worry?” “great, I feel great as Troy smiled and kept his eyes on Jessica.
As Jessica was about to go into the news van Troy thought, it’s now or never.
“Miss Pike, would you like an exclusive interview,” he said with just the hint of a grin.
“How could I turn that down,” she said, and beckoned her crew to follow.after the exclusive interview Troy went up to Miss Pike “would you want to get some coffee with me sometime?” Troy said nervously “sure” said Miss Pike “here let me give you my number” said Miss Pike writing down the digits 8976 6794
“yes” Troy said quietly---
Old Joe was amazed to see Troy on the news. He couldn’t believe how Troy looked so heroic.
“That’s my boy,” he said as his aching knees sank into the rocking chair.
But Olgaf was not so proud. In fact, he wasn’t proud at all. He was furious.
“You don’t know who you are messing with, Troy Brimstone,” he said to the television.
“Nothing will get in the way ov our plan. Nothing.”
next installment on book 1 will come out if this post gets 700 up votes. Thanks!
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Keepkey second look

In follow-up to this earlier post from Stellaw, today I too received a developer pre-release keepkey. Like Stellaw I did not pay for the device and they only asked me for developeuser feedback.
The package was sent via FedEx protected by more foam than a bitmain S1, the keepkey comes packaged in a classy black box (about the standard of designer cufflinks packaging) on a green/white cardboard tray, with a plastic film protecting the screen.
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Underneath you'll find a stiff 3 ply cardboard 12 row Recovery Sheet, in a matte black sleeve, and a skinny micro USB cable with a nylon rope finish.
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I've taken some photos of keepkey with some everyday items you might find lying around your home for scale and comparison
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Keepkey is much wider, longer and thicker than Trezor. It does however feel extremely satisfying and solid in hand with its metal back shell.
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The screen is fantastic to use, keepkey include some eye candy animations, progress indicator, and logo screen saver.
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Side by side, Trezor's display is over twice as bright and of higher pixel density than keepkey, but with indoor use keepkey is adequately bright. The front shell is a fingerprint magnet.
I don't plan to fully review their software wallet as it is still in pre-release developer beta stage. Keepkey works via desktop Chrome with 2 extensions (a proxy bridge and a Chrome Wallet). This solution is up an running with a few mouse clicks and supports device initialisation and wipe, PIN entry, send, recieve and display QR code. Their wallet reminds me somewhat of kryptokit.
At the moment the Chrome Wallet does not support >12 word mnemonics or passphrases (although Darin tells me this will be supported) nor changing PIN or device label, message signing, or transaction history. Their chrome wallet checks balances through chain's API and is not dependent on a BoP server like myTrezor.
After some trial and error i was able to import my keepkey wallet into electrum 2.4.4 and saw the same balance and address tree as the Chrome Wallet.
As the python tools and electrum plugin are dev beta standard, there are some bugs still to be ironed out, particularly with regards to passphrase support.
My overall impression is that keepkey will be a winner. With its wide screen display, keepkey is very easy on the eyes and makes checking of an address, transaction details or initializing a mnemonic (or reviewing entropy/firmware signatures) a pleasure.
Keepkey is evolutionary in several ways - much improved mnemonic playback and restore. They've re thought the user experience, removed the cancel button, and added a hold-to-confirm gesture. This does however mean "cancel" requires either a mouse or keyboard button press.
In other ways the changes don't go far enough, why limit PIN to numbers 1-9, why not device wipe after multiple failed attempts, why must the passphrase be entered in plaintext on the hot computer, why no touch screen and fewer buttons not more?
Keepkey's firmware is a fork of Trezor's, has had hundreds of code commits since March 2014 and is actively developed. With its solid half metal construction, premium packaging, USB cable and security card, and 4 person management team - clearly keepkey is not targeting the budget end of the market.
Metal Trezor preorders were 3 times the price of plastic Trezors and keepkey has the differentiating features of premium metal build and finish, large screen and a mnemonic restore procedure so good that it is viable to wipe the device in between uses and restore to spend.
Their Chrome Wallet is missing many features, and currently there is no support for Greenaddress, mycelium or MultibitHD. (Whilst Trezor does support these 3 it took Trezor years before the first alternative - electrum 2.0 - became available)
Addendum : working with keepkey today they've isolated, fixed and developed a workaround for most issues I encountered. Now the official OSX electrum 2.4.4 binary works perfectly - 24 word mnemonics, passphrases, message signing, change device label, full wallet history with modifiable descriptions.
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