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Why have characters from different books/series have the same name? After the reader submerses themselves into the lives of Aleksey/Nikolai-named characters, to have a completely different book by the same author with the same character names is...jarring? confusing? There can only be one Aleksey/Nikolai.

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John Wiltshire Yes, interesting, isn't it. I ponder that myself sometimes, but I haven't got a good answer, I'm afraid. I'm glad you like Aleksey/Nikolai. I'm very excited by the sequel. I had a lot of fun writing it and I hope that shows.
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