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Charles O'Donnell

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Charles O’Donnell writes thrillers with high-tech themes in international and futuristic settings. He recently retired from a career of thirty-five years in engineering and manufacturing to write full-time, leveraging his decades of writing experience, mostly email, but, as Charles points out, “that counts.”
His latest book, Shredded, is the product of his fascination with the progress of technology to either augment reality or to replace it entirely, and his concern over the erosion of privacy in a world in which everything is shared online, and nobody reads the terms and conditions.
Charles lives with Helen, his wife, life partner and fellow paranoid in Westerville, Ohio.

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Charles O'Donnell The sequel to "The Girlfriend Experience" is "Moment of Conception." The protagonist, Matt Bugatti, is a few years older and doing what he…moreThe sequel to "The Girlfriend Experience" is "Moment of Conception." The protagonist, Matt Bugatti, is a few years older and doing what he loves--teaching college math. When a national crisis arises, an epidemic of death among teen girls, Matt is tapped to lead a presidential commission to find the truth.(less)
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I've certainly heard of Joseph Wambaugh, but I haven't read any of his work. I'll put "The Black Marble" on my reading list (the list is quite…more
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I've certainly heard of Joseph Wambaugh, but I haven't read any of his work. I'll put "The Black Marble" on my reading list (the list is quite long at the moment—I'm reading Conrad's "Lord Jim" presently—so it may be awhile before I can get to it). The three-way relationship among Matt, Gina, and Flora certainly is a key element of "The Girlfriend Experience," providing the underpinning for Matt's motivation to find a girlfriend and establish a home life.
Your observation about Matt possibly being on the Asperger's spectrum is interesting! I hadn't thought of that, but Matt's character would be consistent with those symptoms. It would also be consistent with his social awkwardness. I had hoped that Matt had gained some more social skills by the time "Moment of Conception" occurs. I think I have one more Matt Bugatti novel in me, a much more character-driven and introspective story, showing Matt later in life, his intellectual skills fading, trying to solve a mystery while battling his declining abilities. Your comments provide some great insight that I can use in that story.
Thanks for the question!
All the best,
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Average rating: 4.12 · 84 ratings · 39 reviews · 3 distinct works · Similar authors
The Girlfriend Experience

3.90 avg rating — 60 ratings — published 2012 — 3 editions
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Shredded

4.73 avg rating — 11 ratings — published 2017 — 2 editions
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Moment of Conception

4.67 avg rating — 12 ratings — published 2015 — 2 editions
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"A fun read with a few minor faults, but still worth the time.
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