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March 15, 2012 at 8:06 pm #1120
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Krista
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Hi Casca, Barry, Tony and everybody!
I read Casca in the 90’s in Swedish, I got some books, but unfortunately I can’t read from paper-books anymore due to my physical disability. I have checked in here monthly for around 6 months for ebook news. Anything new on that?
Krista

March 15, 2012 at 8:32 pm #1121
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Tony Roberts
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Hi Krista
welcome to one of our many fans in Sweden. The ebooks are slowly coming on – the publisher is close to getting a format he’s happy with; its now down to us to check and format the remaining Barry Sadler books into ebooks. We’ve done 1-5, 10, 21 and 22 so far. The newer run, from 25 upwards, is already completed.

May 30, 2012 at 11:30 am #1338
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Rob.McCool
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I spotted this in https://www.chesterromanfestival.org/index.html and thought it may be of interest to fellow forum members..

  • This reply was modified 6 years ago by avatar Pete.
July 3, 2014 at 10:51 am #2310
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IZRAM
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Hello Tony!

Could you do a Western Casca? possibly as a survivor of Custer’s Last Stand, or the Lincoln County Wars, or as a member of the Confederate guerilla outfit Quantrill’s Raiders, or as an Apache fighter in the Southwest ?

Been a fan of Casca since the late 70s, unfortunately, It’s no longer available here in the Islands.

July 17, 2014 at 1:35 pm #2314
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Tony Roberts
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Izram – what islands are those? You can buy Casca books from me direct if you like! Custer’s Last Stand is definitely a story I’ve got in mind for a future story – see my timeline.

July 18, 2014 at 5:32 pm #2315
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KevinSchmitt
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Tony has decided that it would be a good idea to write a Casca western? A fan of his suggested the same thing about four years ago. Ok Kev, take it easy. Breath deep. In goes the good air, out goes the bad…..

July 18, 2014 at 6:03 pm #2316
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Tony Roberts
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A lot has gone on in the last 4 years. The only Western so far attempted was the plagiarised Outlaw from Michael Goodwin, and since its withdrawal there have been plans to replace it with another Western story. Custer would be a good one, so maybe in the future there will be such a story.

July 19, 2014 at 6:47 am #2317
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KevinSchmitt
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Maybe? Jez, and I thought I was all done pouting.

July 23, 2014 at 7:44 pm #2318
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KevinSchmitt
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I was kind of hoping that a few gun owning, beer drinking Americans would “ditto” my desire to see Casca spend more time in the American west. Nope—reckon not. Oh well….

July 23, 2014 at 11:13 pm #2319
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Tony Roberts
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Kevin, when I did the two surveys to the fans way back about what time period people wanted, the American west was not one of the more popular subjects. If it had then we would have had a story or two.

July 24, 2014 at 3:39 pm #2320
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KevinSchmitt
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Good point Tony, but I’d like to know how much interest was shown in Michael Goodwin’s western before it became generally known that he did a crappy writing job. Don’t forget my English friend that thousands of western movies and TV episodes have been made in this country. Why? I can’t answer that question without getting on my soap box about what made America great so I’ll just let the numbers speak for themselves.
On the other hand, if you and the franchise owner feel that a western wouldn’t make money, then perhaps he would reconsider and allow me to post my free Casca western on my blog.
The one that has to do with Bleeding Kansas.
The blog that no one reads because I’m basically an amateur writer who does not know what he’s doing.
Still, there is a chance that I could be right.

July 24, 2014 at 3:54 pm #2321
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Tony Roberts
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I have no idea about sales figures as I was not involved with the selling of Outlaw, and the man who was is now deceased so that will never be known.

When you have a series that covers 2,000 years of world history, people generally want more exotic locations and either more modern wars or long ago conflicts.

When I was hired to write originally back in 2005, I was told to write a sequence of stories beginning with the Americna Civil War and carrying on with solely American history going through the 1860s, 70s, 80s and 90s.

This never got beyond the civil war because of popular demand from readers who wanted other stories from other times, and I may point out that 95% of Casca readers/buyers are from North America.

July 25, 2014 at 4:02 pm #2322
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KevinSchmitt
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I know this will make me look mule headed (Which generally only happens when I get photographed right out of bed) but I must point out that few Americans ever read anything about the Roman Empire until Casca came along.
I never thought that there should be a line of Casca westerns. A single Tony Roberts western would have been enough. (Well—I would force myself to be content with just one……)
I don’t have to swear to that do I?

December 19, 2014 at 9:32 pm #2348
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mattiasp74
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Hello from Sweden. I enjoy the books and this series should get someone like HBO to make a series

December 20, 2014 at 12:37 am #2349
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Tony Roberts
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Hello Sweden! We have quite a large following from your country, and I do know that the first 13 Casca books were printed in Swedish back in the 1980s.

Yes, HBO would do a decent job given the budget, but the temptation will always be to do it ‘cheaply’ as they did with the Highlander series – setting it in modern days and having the occasional ‘flashback’. Casca would only be best served if they stuck to the book plots and having it set in the past.

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