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. “…rife with historical intrigue…” – Kirkus Reviews Coming this weekend to

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My Career in the Military: Part Two–Fire Direction Control

Go ahead…step off the plane onto the sticky tarmac at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, six a.m., the searing sun just breaking the horizon on a late August day. You recoil at the blast of a hot wind and dense humidity. Your … Continue reading

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My Career in the Military: Part One: You’re in the Army Now

Okay, so here’s a secret…not everyone is cut out to be a soldier.  Or, for that matter, a sailor, marine, or…well, you get the picture. That’s why we have an all-volunteer military. But that wasn’t always the case, and when I … Continue reading

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Debut of My First Novel

Dear Readers and Followers: My debut novel inspired by the 1930’s European adventures of my late father will be available as both trade paperback and ebook in November. Watch for the official launch and find it on and elsewhere. … Continue reading

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PRAGUE REDUX: How Things Have Changed

Some of you may recall an earlier travel memoir (How to Risk a Stretch in Soviet Prison under “Travel Memoirs” to the right) detailing the misadventures of leading a group of college students through the ice- and communist-bound Prague of the … Continue reading

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AN ITALIAN EVENING: What’s not to love?

A mild, late-September evening in Grottaferrata.  From the ramparts of the great medieval abbey your eye is drawn down to the city of Rome, and it’s easy to imagine the ebb and flow of heavy traffic, motorcycles and scooters daring … Continue reading

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WHAT I’VE LEARNED FROM BIRDBRAINS…a lesson in avian behavior

Summer is coasting to an end and the fledglings are leaving their nests.  Go figure.  I always thought this happened only in spring.  Shows how little I know about avian procreation.  And yesterday we witnessed a scene which has been … Continue reading

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Venice, Italy…7 a.m.  Children laughing on their way to school, backpacks flapping as they run across the Accademia bridge.  A bakery displaying fresh wares, the narrow street still dark,  the shop’s windows warmly lit and calling the passer-by in.  Street … Continue reading

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It was generally accepted among the common folk in that often  bleak, thousand year stretch between the fall of the Roman Empire and the Renaissance (when lions were but a distant memory in Western Europe and very rarely seen) that … Continue reading

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WARNING! This blog post may lead to undesired weight gain…or, why everyone with an appetite should love Italy.

Okay, here’s the story.  It’s brutally hot again today in California, for what seems like forever.  I’m hungry.  And all I can picture are the sweet and savory delights of an Italian marketplace, where the freshest of produce, fruits and … Continue reading

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