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Charles O'Donnell

Charles O'Donnell writes high-tech thrillers and dystopian sci-fi set in distant times and places.

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Charles O’Donnell writes thrillers with high-tech themes in international and futuristic settings. His works include The Girlfriend Experience, an espionage thriller and the first book in the Matt Bugatti series; Moment of Conception (Matt Bugatti #2), a political and medical thriller; and Shredded: A Dystopian Novel and Shade, cautionary tales of the potential for technology to either augment reality or to replace it entirely, and about the erosion of privacy in a world in which everything is shared online, and nobody reads the terms and conditions. Charles recently retired from a career of thirty-five years in engineering and manufacturing to write full-time, drawing on his years of experience leading technology teams in many countries on three continents to create compelling settings in faraway lands. Charles lives with Helen, his wife and life partner in Westerville, Ohio.

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The Girlfriend Experience

By Charles O'Donnell

Matt Bugatti has cracked the Internet's most secure code. Now Chinese spies will stop at nothing to learn his secret. Unaware of the danger, Matt meets glamorous Gina, a woman with a secret of her own. Life is good - until the conflict comes to a head and Matt finds himself threatened and alone. When Matt discovers Gina's secret his world turns upside-down. Pursued by two nations, running for his life, Matt takes control - and learns who he can trust in a world where no one is who they seem.

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Moment of Conception

By Charles O'Donnell

A mysterious illness strikes down young girls. A wave of abortion clinic bombings terrorizes the nation. When the president forms a commission to uncover the truth, he chooses Matt Bugatti, the famous young mathematician, to lead it. Matt accepts, entering a world of deception and danger.

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Shredded: A Dystopian Novel

By Charles O'Donnell

Grace, a recovering addict, wakes one morning to find that her life has been hacked, turned into a virtual reality experience that perverts can inhabit for a few dollars. Fearing that her son Dylan might stumble upon her explicit lifestream, Grace finds a shredder. When he erases her data her life will be hers again, but she'll be outside of the Worldstream--and she can never go back.

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Shade

By Charles O'Donnell

Three lives bound together in a struggle that will decide the fate of the world: Dylan, searching for his lost mother—Grace, risking everything to reunite with her son—Madeleine, scheming to force all of humanity into a virtual existence. The conflict escalates, Madeleine on one side, Dylan and Grace on the other. In the middle: a community faced with a life-or-death decision—ignore the threat and slowly perish, or make a stand for the last vestige of Real Life.

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