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“O’Neill infuses his series opener with a perpetual sense of unease. Their dialogue scenes pop, and their dates include such winsome bits as Alby’s mostly futile attempts at dancing.” Kirkus Reviews

“A decent gallery of supporting characters help round out the narrative. However, Alby and Ginger are the novel’s driving force, and thankfully for thriller fans, they are well worth spending time with.” BlueInk Reviews

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Based on a true story.

From BlueInk “…O’Neill’s novel is an intriguing crime story packed with shady characters, double-dealing, and violence. It’s also a romantic drama about a man struggling to adjust to civilian life, PTSD, and the possibility of true love. While these conflicting narrative strands seem incompatible, O’Neill confidently weaves them into a complementary whole. Alby and Ginger’s romance is brimming with witty dialogue, comedic interludes, and conflict. As readers worry about their wellbeing, the dramatic tension becomes impactful…Alby is a believable, psychologically troubled hero, struggling to adjust to the ‘small life’ prescribed to him. And Ginger provides the perfect antidote to Alby’s moodiness. A decent gallery of supporting characters helps round out the narrative. However, Alby and Ginger are the novel’s driving force, and thankfully for thriller fans, they are well worth spending time with.” —BlueInk

“A rousing crime tale with an indelible cast and a sharp, edgy environment…” —Kirkus

What does a romance-thriller look like in the Pandemic era? Welcome to a very possible near future where crime, murder, and love seem familiar but are reshaped by the dark presence of the ongoing Pandemic.

It is the mid-2020s. Alby O’Brien is hiding in southern New Jersey to avoid the wrath of terrorists who are after him. Believing he is safely hidden in his cave-like garage apartment, he supports himself on under-the-table fix-it work while wrestling with nightmares of what happened in Iraq. But his minimal existence is about to end with very dire consequences.

Within the first twenty-four hours of this one-week, fast-paced thriller, he is involved in a major robbery, meets a woman named Ginger with a mysterious past, and crosses paths with a psychotically polite killer called Jagger. Something very valuable has been taken from a mob-run bank and now everyone is after Alby. Despite his life being on the line, all he can think about is the alluring and volatile Ginger. As it all comes to a head, Alby knows his choices are few and his fate could go either way.

Break the Bank—volume 1 of 3—is based on a true story. Told to the author by his father, it is the true story of a mob bank getting ripped off and the ensuing violent consequences.

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