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Las Vegas author has first novel published to rave reviews
Published on Wed, Dec 26, 2012 (3:06 p.m.)Las Vegas, NV (December 26, 2012)—When he was four years old, in Brooklyn, he lost his mother to cancer on her wedding anniversary. Two years later, his father succumbed to the same disease. He then lived with his grandmother, who became his second mother. She died when he was ten.
This is NOT the novel, it is the actual childhood of former police officer Daniel O’Connor, and it is only the beginning of his incredible personal story. When asked by Suffolk County Police applicant investigators how one with such a start in life could manage to pass their rigorous drug, polygraph, psychological and background tests, Daniel had a one-word answer: Reading. It is Daniel’s goal to inspire young people who may be feeling that the world is against them to know that anything is possible, no matter how dire their current situation.
With the publication of Sons Of The Pope, Daniel O’Connor has achieved that goal. His sweeping story has received widespread acclaim and has been lauded by fellow authors and readers alike, including best-selling novelists Andrew Neiderman (author of The Devil's Advocate and numerous V.C. Andrews novels), Kevin O’Brien (Terrified, Only Son) and acclaimed television director Rome Tirone (Dexter, Nurse Jackie, True Blood).
Sons Of The Pope has achieved the best first-week sales of any new novel published by Blood Bound Books.
Blood Bound Books is an independent publishing company specializing in horror, suspense, and dark fantasy. A no-holds-barred attitude and a deep love for great storytelling has made Blood Bound Books a publisher to watch. Since its founding in November of 2009, their publications have been covered in Rue Morgue, Fangoria, Morpheus Tales, and numerous venues online.
Daniel O’Connor was a Suffolk County (NY) Police Officer from 1989 through 2006, when he was forced to take early retirement because of permanent injuries sustained on the job. He spent virtually his entire career in the 1st Precinct, working mostly in the North Amityville area, and received over 20 commendations, including the rare and distinguished Medal of Bravery. He was also a field training officer for new Police Academy graduates. Today, Daniel O’Connor is retired and living in Las Vegas.
THE NOVEL: Sons of the Pope
In Brooklyn, before the murders, before the miracle, before the 1940s were gone forever, there was a tree.
If only they let that tree alone.
Experience the richness of a story that spans half a century. Love and hatred. Devotion and betrayal. Murder and miracles.
“Daniel O'Connor's Sons of the Pope reveals an interesting new talent with a snappy style. This is someone's career to watch.” - ANDREW NEIDERMAN, 100+ million-selling author of The Devil's Advocate and many V.C. ANDREWS novels.
"A rich, epic chronicle of murder, the mob, and miracles.”- KEVIN O’BRIEN, NY Times Bestselling Author of Terrified , The Last Victim and Only Son.
"This is a very visual novel and the attention to detail is so rich that I could smell the dirty water dogs from the NYC street vendors. Bravo!" - ROMEO TIRONE, Director ( Dexter , True Blood , Nurse Jackie).