Gary J Byrnes

Biography

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FUTURE SHOCKS is quantum fiction by GARY J BYRNES, writer of number one bestselling thriller 9/11 TRILOGY and Crime Writers’ Association Dagger-nominated PURE MAD. Gary works in aviation and space tech marketing and founded tech platform Readathriller.com, crowdfunding a solution to the climate crisis with hemp. Lives in Dublin, Ireland, loves travelling in Europe and America. Ambition is to write The Great Novel of the 21st Century,

Favourite writers include George Orwell, Yuval Harari, David Mitchell, Hunter S Thompson, Norman Mailer and Philip K Dick. When not at his laptop, Gary enjoys cooking, encountering great art, exploring cities and trying to make the world a better place, one story at a time.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Limerick, a town in the west of Ireland. Limerick influenced my writing directly in giving me the location for my Dagger Award-nominated crime thriller, Pure Mad. It also indirectly influenced my writing as it's an extremely Catholic place. Maybe this excess of religion helped to turn me against it all.
When did you first start writing?
I'd written creative fiction as a young child, only because I wanted to. Then the Catholic school system (in Ireland, the majority of public schools are still run by the Catholic Church. Crazy but true!) knocked the interest out of me. I later went to art school and wound up in journalism. Only after 9/11, in late 2001, did I start writing fiction, probably as a way to interpret a fracturing world.

With hindsight, I could say that I wish I'd done literature or creative writing at college, gotten onto this path sooner. But my experiences made me the writer that I am, so I wouldn't change a thing.
Read more of this interview.

Books

Pet
Price: Free! Words: 2,140. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
A pet waits for Master to return. This dystopian short story will make you rethink everything.
Future Shocks
Series: Trilogy Collection. Price: Free! Words: 6,440. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Dystopia calls! Join the human resistance before AI - artificial intelligence - takes over! A tech mogul gets cloned, to pass his wealth and power to a new and improved version of himself, triggering a terrible fate for all mankind. Perfect for Philip K Dick fans, by #1 Amazon bestseller writer. Digital book has links to real-time updates, so you can live the story. Do you dare?
Fake Times
Price: Free! Words: 17,710. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » General
Gary J Byrnes, Blog, August 2014 - August 2018 While collecting my blog posts from 2014 to 2018, I was struck by how much has changed and how much has stayed the same. Recurring themes include religious division and social change, the search for a global story that unites humanity and the vague worry that maybe reaching for the stars means that we’ve already thrown in the towel.
The Writer - A Short Story
Price: Free! Words: 2,870. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Classical Greece & Rome, Fiction » Historical » Ancient
In Ancient Rome, a young writer decides to publish a story that will change the world.
Golem
Price: Free! Words: 3,650. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Historical » General
Amid the horrors of a Nazi concentration camp, a prisoner evokes the memory of Golem.
United Hates
Price: Free! Words: 74,160. Language: English (Irish dialect). Published: December 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Recipe with chicken? An art expert has been hired to value looted art, but a cannibalistic serial killer wants to put him on the menu. Will he overcome his fears or can a chef save him in time? Fans of Dan Brown will love this thriller by the author of number one bestseller, 9/11 Trilogy. Cook up a storm with the art of war.
Tuesday
Price: Free! Words: 8,070. Language: American English. Published: November 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Tom Swan wakes up with a hangover in Manhattan on September 11, 2001, as the world is falling apart. This is his story.
Vampire Story
Price: Free! Words: 2,440. Language: English (Irish dialect). Published: October 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
(3.00 from 1 review)
A stylish and enigmatic vampire story, about Bram Stoker (author of Dracula), vampire love, vampire blood and vampire fear. You want to live forever? Dublin. A struggling writer of vampire stories becomes disillusioned. But who is he and how will he deal with his existential crisis? The original, evocative and uplifting soundtrack to Vampire Story, the short film of this story, also available.
Thriller Box Set
Price: Free! Words: 239,460. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Sex, Drugs, Gods and Gangs. Terrorism, 9/11, War and Hate. Love, Lies, Truths and Sins. Three of Gary J Byrnes’s bestselling novels, now brought together for the very first time. Your summer reading problems are now officially solved!
History Trilogy
Series: Trilogy Collection. Price: Free! Words: 8,550. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
The creation of the Jesus myth in ancient Rome. The downfall of King Louis XVI in France. The horror of the Nazi concentration camp at Dachau, history is full of lessons for us. But can we ever learn? Three thrilling stories in one great value ebook that will make you reconsider history and your place in it.
The X-Games
Price: Free! Words: 2,590. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
London, 2022. An ageing TV star is offered her final chance for glory on the world's favourite talent show. The X Factor meets the Hunger Games in this chilling, thrilling short story.
Mylie's Alphabet Adventure - At the Zoo
Price: Free! Words: 390. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / Alphabet
Join Mylie on a fun-filled day at the zoo, where she learns about animals, letters, numbers and colours. An essential book for every 2 to 4 year-old, with an engaging story that helps kids to recognise, master and love letters, words and numbers.
The Writer and Other Stories
Price: Free! Words: 44,190. Language: English (Irish dialect). Published: March 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
This thrilling collection of short fiction will force you to challenge every assumption, to question everything, to reach new conclusions. Human society has always been controlled and manipulated by the few, but can the many fight back? Read this epic fiction and help chart humanity's future.
The Death of Osama bin Laden - An Alternative History
Price: Free! Words: 80,590. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mashups
What if? What if things hadn't worked out as they did? What if Osama bin Laden had managed to get his hands on a nuclear bomb?
Ireland Trilogy
Series: Trilogy Collection. Price: Free! Words: 3,280. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
Three short stories set in Ireland. The first story, Perhaps A Few, happens just before Ireland's devastating potato famine of 1845-49. Troika is a story that happens in the dark 1930s, while Blitzkrieg Ireland 2016 considers what might happen during the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, the event that led to Ireland's independence.
Witch Grannies - The Case of the Lonely Banshee
Series: Witch Grannies, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 20,550. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Country & Ethnic, Fiction » Children’s books » Nature & the Natural World / Environment
Emily’s witch grannies have whisked her away in the night, to the village of Castleconnell in the west of Ireland. The River Shannon is home to a banshee and she’s collecting souls, including Emily’s witch sister, Edna. The witches must race against time to find the banshee’s lair and free the trapped souls. But there is an even bigger threat to the river and all her inhabitants.
Blitzkrieg Ireland 2016
Price: Free! Words: 2,080. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
A very short story about what might happen when Ireland can no longer afford to pay her debts to the European Central Bank. This story also features in Ireland Trilogy by Gary J Byrnes.
9/11 Trilogy
Series: Trilogy Collection. Price: Free! Words: 19,710. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
9/11 changed us. Challenging, edgy short stories that happen before, during and after 9/11. 'The Garden at the Inn' is set in Afghanistan and Pakistan and looks at the formation of Al-Qaeda. 'Tuesday' is Manhattan on September 11, 2001. The trilogy concludes with 'Nine Twelve', a vision of life the day after. This ebook offers superb value with three exciting, evocative stories.
The God Virus
Price: Free! Words: 79,130. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Is religion a virus? A small army of assassins wants a forensic scientist dead. Primitive DNA and samples from space lead to a conclusion that could change the world. In the conflict between religion and science, there can be only one winner.
Pure Mad - The Author's Cut
Price: Free! Words: 79,700. Language: English (Irish dialect). Published: April 12, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
From the Number One Thriller Writer. Nominated for the Crime Writers' Association Dagger Award, this story is a blizzard of cocaine, sex, guns and African black magic. Russian and Irish mobsters, the IRA and missing kids. Imagine everything converging in Limerick, on the wild west coast of Ireland, where amateur private detective Charlie Doyle is hired to get proof of adultery.
Witch Grannies - The Case of the Evil Schoolmaster
Series: Witch Grannies, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 21,340. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Country & Ethnic, Fiction » Children’s books » Nature & the Natural World / Environment
(4.00 from 1 review)
A thrilling children's novel, set in Ireland and perfect for anyone aged 8 to 12. Meet Emily and Malcolm who've been sent to stay with their Grannies. Oh, and their grannies are witches...

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