New Book Takes Readers to ‘The Beginning’ of John O’Bryan’s Spy Career

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Fiona Donovan pens prequel to ‘The Pick Up,’ giving deeper insights into its main character

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“Many people still like the old school ways of detectives and secret agents,” says author Fiona Donovan. “There is a certain air of uncertainty when things are done without the help of modern day techniques,” Donovan continues. She delivered on this kind of mood and atmosphere with her first book, “The Pick Up” while also introducing readers to the intriguing CIA contract assassin, John O’Bryan. Now, Donovan takes readers back to the beginning of O’Bryan’s spy career in her second book, “The Beginning” (published by Xlibris).

The prequel to “The Pick Up,” “The Beginning” takes readers back to the 1970s to follow O’Bryan’s every step as he goes through his grueling training at the infamous Farm, the CIA training camp. The story offers a rare glimpse into the very secretive world of intelligence as he develops from a cocksure know-it-all to become the mature and confident agent that readers got to know in the first book.

After his training, the story picks up with O’Bryan’s first mission: He and his team are tasked with taking down a particularly nefarious terror group bent on stirring up an international wave of terror and destruction of an unprecedented scale. He travels to Canada and the Philippines as his soul is drawn to the true core of evil in the course of his mission.

An engrossing spy thriller, “The Beginning” addresses the many questions readers posed to Donovan with regards to O’Bryan. Here, they are shown a real person with morals and ethics despite the emotionally and psychologically arduous, and likely damaging, challenges the he is expected to overcome; it is a fascinating look into the mind and heart of an intelligence operative.

“The Beginning”
By Fiona Donovan
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 260 pages | ISBN 9781499079272
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 260 pages | ISBN 9781499079289
E-Book | 260 pages | ISBN 9781499079296
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Fiona Donovan was born and raised in England where she went through nursing school to become a psychiatric RN. Moving to the United States over twenty years ago, she continued her career in the mental health arena. From nursing, she went into the marketing side of mental health. She has been an avid reader since early childhood, enjoying a wide range of genres. Now, she enjoys being an author. Fiona has a great love of animals and worked with veterinarians for the last five years of her working life. She also enjoys target shooting and owns a collection of various firearms. She lives in Northeast Alabama with her wonderful, supportive husband and their four-legged children.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

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