Author Archives: Patrick W. O'Bryon

About Patrick W. O'Bryon

Writer. Traveler. Europhile, especially Italy and France. Hobbies: rescuing animals from abuse, abandonment and mistreatment, and being sous chef around the kitchen to my chef de cuisine wife.

STORMY NIGHT, ABANDONED HOSPITAL, DANGEROUS INTRUDERS? — MEMOIR, PART TWO

(Should you not yet have read Part One of this little hospital memoir, you may want to check it out first.) “Let’s get out of here!” The teen-aged son of Dr. B appeared every bit as worried as the rest … Continue reading

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A DARK & STORMY NIGHT & AN ABANDONED HOSPITAL: a Memoir of my Youth

Back in my youth our family did a lot of traveling. Most of our relatives lived in the Midwest—Kansas, Missouri, Illinois. And every summer we piled into the family sedan (no air conditioning, of course) and headed east to spend at … Continue reading

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Book Facts that Explain Stupidity

Originally posted on S.K. Nicholls:
? Reading is vital to education on any topic.   Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one. ~ Malcolm S. Forbes   These are sad statistics. Fiction, non-fiction, read something.…

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HOW NOT TO RAFT A RIVER: Another Misguided Adventure

Readers of this blog know that water and I have had a difficult relationship over the years…you know, near-drowning, that sort of thing. So in honor of the season, here’s another look at what NOT to do when it comes to … Continue reading

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CORRIDOR OF DARKNESS, a Novel of Nazi Germany, TAKES BRONZE IN INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS COMPETITION!

My first novel inspired by the espionage adventures of my father, Corridor of Darkness, a Novel of Nazi Germany, received a bronze medal today in the Suspense/Thriller category of the 18th annual 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards competition, the world’s largest book awards contest. … Continue reading

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CORRIDOR OF DARKNESS, A Novel of Nazi Germany, NOW IN BOOKSTORES

To all you fans of the Ryan Lemmon espionage story, thank you, thank you, thank you! Your enthusiastic response as readers and reviewers has been truly heartwarming, and is driving outstanding on-line book sales of both the paperback and eBook versions … Continue reading

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MY LIFE IN THE MILITARY: Final Episode: Making the World Safe for Democracy, One Autobahn at a Time

So, if you’re interested in the rest of the story, let’s take a look at the demanding job I took on… (For those  who have read the previous posts on this topic, you already know that in 1970 I went from expecting to risk  life … Continue reading

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AN ALL-TOO-BRIEF VISIT TO CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA

Carmel-by-the-Sea. Ridiculously charming. Incredibly costly (a nice 1500- square-foot bungalow might be yours for only $1,200,000, but wouldn’t you prefer a great ocean view at $5M or, hey, why not $10M?).  But all so full of character it’s well worth … Continue reading

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MAX IN FRANCE – a bittersweet tale of bear love, longing and devotion

Max was a troubled bear. Sure he traveled frequently.  Enjoyed the sights and the companionship of his friends.  But there was more to the bear than met the eye.  His bowtie said it all:  the red-white-blue tricolore of France, a fond but … Continue reading

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MY CAREER IN THE MILITARY: PART FIVE: No Way to Start the Day

(Dear Reader – You may wish to read parts 1-4  in the Archives to the right before jumping into this story.) So there I was, having avoided military service in some clammy tent in Vietnam, or—worse still—as a forward observer … Continue reading

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