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.

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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CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MAN: Stand Back If You See Me Coming Your Way

Some people have been known to suggest that I am a bit clumsy. I believe the word “klutz” has been used on more than one occasion. As for me, I have a different take on this: I tend to move … Continue reading

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CORRIDOR OF DARKNESS WINS TOP AWARDS FOR QUALITY FICTION!

Two highly-respected professional reviewing groups dedicated to acknowledging quality independent fiction have recognized my debut espionage thriller Corridor of Darkness: A Novel of Nazi Germany with their top awards. Awesome Indies (AIA) gives the novel its gold Seal of Excellence, with one of their … Continue reading

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MY CAREER IN THE MILITARY: PART FOUR: Patience as its Own Reward

(For those of you who haven’t been following stories of my short-term military career in the 70’s, you may want to read the earlier postings to bring you up-to-date before tackling this one.) Now I’m sitting pretty with orders to … Continue reading

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CONFESSIONS OF A MONTANA BACK-TO-THE-LANDER: The Bear Facts

All right, ‘fess up. Haven’t you ever wanted to shuck it all and take off for parts unknown, make a grand break from everyday frustrations? So how’s this for a suggestion? Pack up some minimal belongings along with family pets, … Continue reading

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