Brendan Gerad O'Brien

Biography

Brendan Gerad O’Brien was born in Tralee, on the west coast of Ireland and now lives in Newport, South Wales with his wife Jennifer and daughters Shelly and Sarah.

As a child he spent his summer holidays in Listowel, Co Kerry, where his uncle Moss Scanlon had a Harness Maker’s shop, now long gone.

The shop was a magnet for all sorts of colourful characters. It was there that his love of words was kindled by the stories of John B. Keane and Bryan MacMahon, who often wandered into the shop for a chat and bit of jovial banter.

After serving nine years in the Royal Navy, Brendan progressed to retail management, working as a Department manager with the UK’s second largest Supermarket.

Now retired, his hobby is writing short stories, twenty of which have already been published individually over the years, and also as a collection called Dreamin Dreams

Dark September is his first full novel

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Books

Dark September
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 128,010. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2014 by Tirgearr Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
When Germany invades mainland Britain, Irishman Danny O’Shea must get his son, Adam, to neutral Ireland. They witness an attack on a German convoy carrying the blueprints for a new weapon, and when Danny goes to the aid of a dying woman, both the Germans and the insurgents believe she’s told Danny where the blueprints are. He's catapulted into a world of betrayal and brutal double-cross.
Maeve Ryan’s Wicked Secret
Price: Free! Words: 2,370. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(3.00)
From the collection Dreamin’ Dreams; A short thriller in 2,400 words. When Edward O'Leary came home from America in the summer of 1904, Joe Coffee knew there was going to be trouble. Old flames were bound to be rekindled, and old wounds were bound to be reopened ...
The First Cut
Price: Free! Words: 1,290. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
From the collection Dreamin’ Dreams; A short thriller in 1,320 words. Patrick Flynn lifted the WW2 Samurai sword from the plaque above the fireplace and held it carefully, and his eyes narrowed as he focused on the object of his consuming hatred ...
The Big White Coffin
Price: Free! Words: 2,360. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
From the collection Dreamin’ Dreams; A humourous short story in 2,400 words. For years we blamed Pat Hurley - he was the one who told us about the cannibals. I was seven, going on eight and Pat was already eight, so he was the oldest and we believed him. The next day two men came to our house and the tall one bent down and gave a grin that showed a mouthful of enormous teeth ...
My Brothers Half-Crown
Price: Free! Words: 1,970. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.00)
From the collection Dreamin’ Dreams; A short humourous story in 2,000 words. In Ireland 1942, you made your own fun! Anyway, my turn came and I threw the shovel the highest, but this time it came straight back down like a guillotine and it took the tip off my brother’s nose. We all froze in horror. Then my sister picked up the tip and stuck it back on his face a second before the scream came.
Last Train to Cork City
Price: Free! Words: 1,950. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
From the collection Dreamin’ Dreams; A short thriller in 2,ooo words. The letter said; You knew in your heart that this day would come, and I only hope that we can part with dignity. By the time you get this letter I’ll be far away, starting a new life somewhere else. I want nothing from you, so you’ll never hear from me again.' Unfortunately, Richard Mann didn't know how fatally true that was!
Eavesdropping
Price: Free! Words: 1,580. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
From the collection Dreamin’ Dreams; A humourous short story in 1,5oo words. Sometimes you just have to know - who's doing what to whom. But beware! The answer might not be what you'd like ...

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  • The Royal Navy & Me on March 24, 2010
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    What a lovely story! This is a trip down memory lane for anyone who served in the Royal Navy - or any other Navy, for that matter. I have to admire Fredrick for his ability to conjur up events from all those years ago and then relay them so colourfully, thus triggering memories of our own - sheer nostalga ...and I'm sure if he put his mind to it he could write much more about his time in the Senior Service. Brendan O'Brien
  • My Husband's Sin on Sep. 11, 2014

    Four siblings in a solicitor's office for the reading of their mother's will. One of them is handed an unexpected letter. Then, like a delicate Waterford wine glass that's been clinked too hard, a cobweb of cracks appear, and the family will never be the same again. A beautiful crafted story.