by Geoff O'Callaghan ISBN 9781846930232
1972 - The Vietnam War is underway. A small group of boys is
attached to the Defence Department as special agents. They are
faster, smarter, and tougher than other boys, because they were
prototypes in an Illegal experiment to create super-soldiers using
hypnosis. The experiment goes sour when a Senator is assassinated,
and one of the boys begins to recover his memories. Now regularized
as an official unit, the army keeps the boys in case they are ever
needed for special operations. When Darien, the son of a global Oil
King is sent to a boarding school in the remoteness of Washington
State, Peter and Travis, two members of JUNIT, are assigned as his
bodyguards. It's a good thing they are on duty, because Darien is
kidnapped by Spetznaz commandos.
About the Author
Geoff was born in Jersey, then under German occupation, during
World War II. Soon after the war, his family moved to Brisbane,
Australia. He was educated at All Souls' School, Charters Towers -
a rather traditional boarding school after the English style. What
knowledge one didn't learn through the ears was well and truly
belted in through the rear end, complete with blood blisters. His
first contact with the cane was for not running around a sports
oval fast enough. He now prides himself on a complete disinterest
on sports and knows nothing about cricket. This led to his creative
and artistic sides developing. He had a way with words, and was a
After secondary school, he took to teaching, graduated, and then
obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Aboriginal Education. For the
next thirty years, he lived with remote aborigines in the Great
Western Desert, firstly as a primary school teacher, and later as a
School Principal and Administrator. During this time, he took up
writing, mostly short stories and film scripts. It was a good way
to while away lonely hours in the desert evenings.
The development of miniature computers took his interest, and He
wrote to the Department suggesting they take a serious look at the
use of Computers in Education. Because of the proximity of a U.S.
Sigint facility at Alice Springs, many of the students, especially
the American kids, were interested in computing. At first they used
Tandy Level Ones and Apples. While very primitive compared to
today's machines, Many of the I.T. Community cut their teeth on
computing under Geoff's tutelage. They even built a 'Dream 8080'
and got it working.
Child welfare was another interest. Juveniles who committed
offences were kept in adult prisons. Some of the kids were as young
as nine years of age. Geoff fought hard to get decent juvenile
facilities built for them, and also did lot of research into mental
illnesses in Children. While taking a rest from the Desert, Geoff
worked with the Education Department as a District Guidance
Officer. He was responsible for getting educational services to
handicapped children across the outback. While on Long Service
leave in Cairns, his family home, he met up with his old geography
teacher, Kevin Burry, who was bringing Trinity Anglican School to
fruition. Kevin became ill with brain tumors, and the Bishop of
North Queensland appointed Geoff as the voluntary acting principal
to bring the school on line, so Geoff spent his vacation from
teaching as principal of one of Queenslands largest schools.
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