Anthony Molloy

Biography

ABOUT ME

Born: Yes I was, despite Hitler bombing my family out of house and home in London. I think it was a personal thing between him and me, I had two balls and he didn’t. If I’m right it was some sulk.
The evacuation resulted in my being born a ´Devonshire Dumpling´. I went back to Bideford once, to the actual nursing home where I was launched, no blue plaque yet. I’m pretty sure that must be down to Council cuts.
Schooling: Rotherhithe New Road. That was the Rotherhithe before they got rid of the rats in the riverside warehouses and installed the other sort.
I was actually there, aged nine, when our neighbours Sunday joint floated away on the flood of 1953. Surely everyone alive at the time remembers that, the leg of lamb I mean, my family and I chased it for miles along with the rest of the starving thousands of Rotherhithe. As I recall it outpaced us all, we were all rather thin and weak at the time, I think it must have ended up gracing the tables of the ultra rich downstream.
Undeterred we searched for days until the increasing size of the mob was spotted by the Government who thought we looked hungry and , as a measure of their concern, called out the riot squad. They fired rubber bullets at us made from metal; they couldn’t afford the rubber at the time thanks to Malayan speculators.
But I digress, my teacher at Rotherhithe thought that, because I liked drawing ships, I might like to go to sea. Perfectly logical, when you consider that one of my class mates, who enjoyed drawing plants, later became one.
So I went to the London Nautical School, there I learnt navigation, seamanship and how to muffle screams whilst receiving six of the best from the headmaster. Again undeterred I left as soon as I could, but they kept dragging me back until, at fifteen, I was able to leave legally and without the blood hounds and the skirmish lines that so blocked the Waterloo traffic.
I ran away to sea for two pound fourteen and six a week gross and enlisted at Blackheath Recruiting Office, not there now, I burnt that to the ground during my first leave.
There followed a year of hell, the beatings were fine, but the sport…every afternoon.
Come on!
Someone, I can’t remember who, spotted I wasn’t keen and decide I might prefer hard labour; they were all so sensitive in those days. It was then I acquired a liking for hard work. Hard work equals no pain being the rough formula. God how I loved HMS Ganges. They even put Bromide in your tea; I’m still waiting for that to take effect.
In those days you signed on in the Navy for nine years from the age of eighteen, there was a chance to buy yourself out when you were twenty four. I think it was that consoling thought that turned most of us to booze.
Then in 1971 they stopped the tot, That was the last thing I remember until I woke up in a Horticultural College studying that subject and married to my wife( I married her on April the first so as not to forget what a fool I was, I told Brenda it made it easier to remember the date.)
I then spent thirty odd years adjusting to life without brutality until finally I retired to Spain where I have used their cheap red wine as a kind of dummy ever since.

Tony Molloy, 28.2.2013

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Books

Dead Reckoning
Series: SPECIAL FORCE ORCA, Book 2. Price: $3.23 USD. Words: 105,200. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Action
The World waited.Dunkirk was over France, the British Empire's only ally, tottered on the brink of defeat. Italy had entered the war on Germany's side. The World considered its future. If Britain was defeated and the world's largest Navy fell into the hands of the Nazis they would dominate the World.In this sea of defeatism only the Royal Navy,was ready to carry the fight to the enemy.
Long Day's Night
Series: SPECIAL FORCE ORCA, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 100,150. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Intelligence gathered by Special force‘Orca’ points to a significant change in strategy on the part of the German High Command. Barr’s unorthodox tactics make him the idea choice to command the countermeasures.His mission takes him and his elite force into the treacherous waters of the Arctic where ice, cold and the violence of the enemy test their talents to the full.
By Night's Dark Shadow
Series: SPECIAL FORCE ORCA, Book 8. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 104,340. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Action
The North African landings are imminent. Special Force ‘Orca’ and their innovative leader Captain Alexander Barr are ordered to escalate their raids on the Norwegian Coast to divert the enemy’s attention and resources. He discovers the Nazis have a new secret weapon,a rocket that can be launched from a submerged U Boat. A weapon that, if developed, could bring the war to the shores of the US
By Thought and by Deed
Series: SPECIAL FORCE ORCA, Book 10. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 97,790. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Commodore Barr was a studious looking man,before the War he had taught art; the art of killing. Since'39,however, he had been engaged in the more practical side of his chosen profession.His latest idea to organise the escape from British captivity of a German Admiral could be considered treason. But Barr was too valuable to end up in a box for he was that most rare of naval officers, one who was
Notice for Steam
Series: SPECIAL FORCE ORCA, Book 9. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 101,460. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
The unique and unorthodox Commodore Barr pits his wits directly against those of Admiral Doenitz as at the same time 'Orca' undertakes a deep penetration of enemy territory to kidnap or kill a Nazi rocket scientist.His endeavours stretchs his elite special force to new lengths, testing his and their resolve, as always Barr is ready to commit totally, whatever it costs, whatever it takes.
To Catch a Rat
Series: SPECIAL FORCE ORCA, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 95,340. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
Following the incidental capture of highly secret papers, by the Navy's special operations group ‘Orca’, it is discovered that the Germans are carrying out research into weapons of mass destruction, chemical, biological and most frightening of all an Uranium bomb. ‘Orca’ is given the task of finding out just how far advanced the Germans are, it will mean another perilous foray behind enemy lines
On Fortune's Side
Series: SPECIAL FORCE ORCA, Book 4. Price: $3.21 USD. Words: 96,660. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
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It is 1941 and British Naval Intelligence suspect that the German High Command have plans for a spring offensive on the British convoy system, their aim, to finally snap the already tenuous supply lines between a beleaguered Britain and the rest of the free world. The captured U Boat, ‘Antler’ must make a perilous journey four hundred miles deep into the Baltic Sea, the German Navy’s backyard.
Standing into Danger
Series: SPECIAL FORCE ORCA, Book 3. Price: $4.31 USD. Words: 101,340. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
It is the autumn of 1940 and with Britain tottering on the brink of defeat, seven million in gold and securities, so vital to the county’s ultimate survival, has to go across the Atlantic by sea. What if the Germans were to learn of the British plans to take the gold out of the country? What if they lie in wait with the biggest Wolf Pack ever to be assembled?
Most Immediate
Series: SPECIAL FORCE ORCA, Book 7. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 98,490. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
With the epic raid on the French port of St Nazaire only months away, Captain Alexander Barr, commanding officer of the Tribal Class destroyer HMS Nishga the inspired and innovative leader of the Special Operations Group codenamed ‘Orca’, is charged with the job of creating a diversion to the main operation. True to form his audacious plans both shock and intrigue his superior officers.
On the Edge of Darkness
Series: SPECIAL FORCE ORCA, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 100,840. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
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Following an heroic part in the second battle of Narvik, Captain Barr puts his marines, his ship and a collection of captured enemy vessels to such good use that their exploits come to the notice of the Prime Minister, Churchill sees how neatly Barr's tactics dovetail with his own fledgling strategy of ‘butcher and bolt' orders the new unit, to carry out clandestine missions along the enemy coast.

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