Profile: Michael O'Donnell

About This Author

Mike O'Donnell Mike was a slow starter at the writing game. For the first two years of his life he seemed intent on eating and sleeping. Once these skills were mastered he did begin to make his mark, mostly with dirty fingers, lumps of mud and soft crayon. His father was in the RAF (as was his Sergeant Mum during the war) which meant that every so often the family moved on. He was therefore very nearly educated at a lot of schools; two weeks and three days at one lucky establishment. He did eventually learn to wield a pen, but mostly for activities other than writing. As all his forebears, he entered the Armed Forces. Three grandparents in the Army, both parents in the RAF, so he joined the RN. (Historical note: Great uncle George Rowe survived the Titanic and surprisingly he wasn't to blame. He was ex-RN.) The RN was extremely educational. Mike learned how to get blisters on his feet from marching and tabbing across Dartmoor, the Brecon Beacons, and a variety of parade grounds; and on his hands from sawing, chipping and filing cast iron and lumps of steel. He was professionally sick in the Atlantic, the North Sea, and up in the ice during the contretemps with Icelandic fishermen. And, because he was young he wasn't too well in a couple of ports like Hamburg and Amsterdam - water wasn't involved. He left the Navy, tried as many jobs as possible to see what made the world work, and sold a few pathetic stories. After four years servicing the Sultan of Oman's Navy and ten years trying to keep some of the Royal Army of Oman's radio equipment going he had a BA(Hons) and an MBA and sold about fifty stories.

This Author's Books

“Treasure! How can I have forgotten? Horan’s treasure is priceless. But his daughter Tamar’s is…beyond price.” Amy Carlyle and young Professor ‘Sherlock’ Holmes inherit Horan’s Aramaic scrolls and the vivid letters of a young Roman telling of the secret h....
ISBN: 9781788767408
Published: 14 February 2019
Dane Hall Labs discover a genetic technique to deliver selective medical treatment.Trident, a group of nationalist fanatics, steal the file to use for their own aims. Their thief is mugged and the file goes missing.“God, Darby. What if someone makes a bal....
ISBN: 9781781769904
Published: 10 February 2012
Jack Dunster wants more from life than his struggling parents accepted. His uncle, Tom Sweeney, moves through a world of crime with impressive ease, his philosophy: Life is short, grab what you can. A role model for young Jack.Untroubled by conscience, Ja....
ISBN: 9781786972767
Published: 2 September 2016
A heart-warming collection of thirty tales for those of tender, sensitive and more gentle disposition. Those who, in the olden days, would have been referred to as The Fairer Sex.
ISBN: 9781784070762
Published: 20 October 2013
Hundreds of years separate the families, but their fears are the same when their lives are torn apart in changing times of violence and hate. They seek a refuge and dream of peace and a new beginning. The cave provides shelter and an inspiration. Nok, the....
ISBN: 9781907986093
Published: 25 November 2010
Crime, poverty, social deprivation and riots blight mid-21st century Britain. Can the controlled environment of Heatham Complex and REBOOT supply a solution and produce an ordered society? The experiment seems to be working...until NOLAN starts graffiti s....
ISBN: 9781908481306
Published: 29 December 2011
Evil reigns when good men do nothing, and Nick Finnister’s thugs have taken over the city.Millionaire Sean Carpenter, mistaken for social worker Tod Fontwell, is beaten and stripped. When Tod is murdered and Sean discovers Finnister’s evil trade in young ....
ISBN: 9781781761984
Published: 15 March 2012
1848, the year of revolution.Bookish Wyatt Faulkner is wounded whilst saving Chartist supporter Amy from sailing into a trap as she delivers weapons for the uprising. Wyatt is taken for treason but his head injury means loss of memory as well as loss of f....
ISBN: 9781782991649
Published: 6 February 2013
The deadly acts of two snipers from different eras are linked.1914 - Sixteen year old orphan JOB, falsely accused of murder, runs from his Scottish village and enlists in the Stirling Highlanders. DUNCAN, the brother of the murdered man pursues him to Fra....
ISBN: 9781803021126
Published: 10 September 2021
Adam Faulkner is delivered from the sea onto a burning desert coast. He has to learn to live in his hostile new world. No one knows where he pitched overboard and a religious holiday has just begun. Rescue is on hold.In despair, Anita enlists the help of ....
ISBN: 9781784076955
Published: 13 May 2014