Fulfilling his childhood dream, Derik Malone enrolls into the Canadian Armed Forces to join the infantry unit. Due to his endurance, persistence and determination, Derik Malone becomes all he can be and finds that his mental and physical strength has made him one of the military’s finest and well-respected assets. Things take a sharp turn for Malone when he and his men are informed they will be deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan. His understanding lover Maryana knew the day would come when the military would send Malone and his men into Afghanistan, but she becomes outraged when plans of returning home after their long and difficult tour in Kandahar have been postponed. Especially given the situation she is in.
Derik Malone finds himself in a dilemma between his two choices, either to return back home to his loved ones, or accept a final mission which means saving four Canadian soldiers. He realizes his commitment is to two different parties and there will be significant consequences regardless of whichever choice he makes. Is it an act of love or an act of character which will influence his decision? Perhaps it may be a bit of both.
With a strong connection and patriotic views towards Canada, the country from which he was born, the Torontonian Bryan O’ Connor has had the pleasure of living abroad in Indonesia and Singapore. With a fascination to travel, he has taken numerous vacations crossing the globe, broadening his international background and knowledge on various cultures. “I love to travel, however regardless of where I go, Canada has always and forever will be, the one place I call home,” he declares.
“My passion for writing and conveying emotional messages, led me to writing my first book – A Lonely Tear. In my opinion, if I have managed to shine more light on our Country’s brave heroes, their acts of selflessness and sacrifice, and allowed for my readers to open their hearts and minds a bit more, to the difficulties faced for soldiers and their families when deployed; then I as a writer feel that I have accomplished my mission,” he says.
With a hard working and humble characteristic side to him, whatever he has in life; he’s earned and whatever he wants in life; he works for. However, he sees this novel as being only the beginning, and certainly not the end, of his passion to write. Already in the works of a second novel, he states,
“I feel as though I have opened a door to a side of me I never knew existed until recently. And I dare to discover first hand, what lay in store for me on the other side. In my opinion, you don’t choose the stories you write… The stories choose you.”