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Patrick F. Rooney

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in Albuquerque, New Mexico, The United States




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A former software engineer, Patrick now writes techno-thrillers and historical fiction and plays music as a hobby. He grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and lived in Texas and Virginia before planting roots in Colorado.

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Patrick F. Rooney I don't get writer's block. Perhaps that's because life's challenges provide plenty of material to craft stories.
Patrick F. Rooney I have a couple of favorites.

Pip and Estella from Charles Dicken's Great Expectations. Pip's unrequited love for Estella, a young woman trained by…more
I have a couple of favorites.

Pip and Estella from Charles Dicken's Great Expectations. Pip's unrequited love for Estella, a young woman trained by her wealthy, adoptive mother to treat men cruelly because of her own broken heart, is beyond Pip's reach, both socially and emotionally. Her beauty compels Pip to make himself a better man in the hopes that she will fall in love with him once he's a proper gentleman, even though she treats him badly. The complex nature of their relationship is one of the most interesting pairings in fiction.

I will also add Edmond Dante's and Mercedes in Alexander Dumas' Count of Monte Cristo as an interesting fictional couple. The strength of their love for each other even after several decades of separation including the time when she marries another man and has a son with him is inspiring. (less)
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Black Mirror is a British television series that features technology-based themes that examine dark and satirical aspects of modern society. The unanticipated consequences of new technologies are the basis for each episode.

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Return to Killybegs is a mesmerizing story about an IRA warrior who subsequently is labeled a traitor to Belfast's IRA during "The Troubles." The novel provides a poignant, insightful expose of what fighting a guerilla war is really like, as well as ...more
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“Wisdom is being able to see the world for what it is, rather than what you want it to be.”
Patrick F. Rooney, The Angel of Innisfree

“Do not be afraid; our fate
Cannot be taken from us; it is a gift.”
Dante Alighieri, Inferno

“Dignity is as essential to human life as water, food, and oxygen. The stubborn retention of it, even in the face of extreme physical hardship, can hold a man's soul in his body long past the point at which the body should have surrendered it.”
Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption

“Some people standby you in your darkest hour while others walk away; only a select few march towards you and become even closer friends.”
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“So does nobody care about Ireland?"
"Nobody. Neither King Louis, nor King Billie, nor King James." He nodded thoughtfully. "The fate of Ireland will be decided by men not a single one of whom gives a damn about her. That is her tragedy.”
Edward Rutherfurd, The Rebels of Ireland

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