Fiction - Thriller - General
359 Pages
Reviewed on 06/18/2024
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Author Biography

Paul was born in Boston and grew up in Western Massachusetts.
A pivotal decision was made by him in college to switch from studying law to the theater. He found it more enjoyable to pretend being a lawyer than studying to become one. Upon graduating from the University of New Hampshire in theater, Paul was accepted into the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
Afterward he worked as an actor/director in New York and regional theatre. Then, an opportunity came to take over as Artistic Director of a performing arts center in New Hampshire. There was another pivot.
He became a single father and moved with his children to the Berkshires in Massachusetts. Raising two children alone required a stable home, and his work in theatre wouldn’t allow that.
So, to keep the ‘creative soul’ alive, he started writing short stories and co-wrote an Off-Broadway play that led to writing screenplays. Paul’s found success in several major film festivals.
His feature screenplay placed at Austin Film Festival, and he won short screenplay awards from the Dallas Screenwriters Association and Waterford International Film Festival, Ireland. A small collection of his stories was put into a book, “Along The Way,” on Amazon.
Now, his debut novel “WORDS” is published by World Castle Publishing. He hopes readers will find this thriller entertaining and a cautionary tale.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Demetria Head for Readers' Favorite

Paul G. O’Connor's Words catapults readers into a high-octane thriller where a single line of text throws the world into disarray. This enigmatic message, appearing on every digital device globally, sparks a technological pandemic. At the heart of the chaos is Genevieve Phillips, a student and activist with a deep-seated mistrust of the LUX Corporation, the same company her father works for. Driven by her hatred for LUX's AI initiatives, Gen uploads her anti-AI project to their servers as an act of protest. Her rebellious act backfires spectacularly when she becomes the prime suspect in what appears to be a catastrophic cyberattack. As the mysterious text spreads, Gen embarks on a desperate quest to find the real culprits and clear her name, all while the world teeters on the brink of digital collapse.

The plot of Words is a relentless chase, blending elements of cyber espionage, corporate intrigue, and ethical dilemmas surrounding artificial intelligence. Gen's journey is fraught with tension as she navigates a web of deceit and high-stakes threats. Paul G. O’Connor skillfully develops Gen's character, showcasing her intelligence, resilience, and evolving perspective on technology and morality. The novel’s pace is brisk, keeping readers on edge with its twists and turns. Fans of the genre will appreciate the novel’s exploration of the darker aspects of AI and its impact on global stability. The storytelling is both thought-provoking and thrilling, making Words a standout in contemporary thrillers. It is a compelling narrative that not only entertains but also prompts reflection on the precarious balance between technological advancement and ethical responsibility.

Alma Boucher

In Paul G. O'Connor's fantastic thriller Words, Genevieve Phillips finds the use of artificial intelligence by LUX Corporation intolerable. Gen protested by uploading her anti-AI scientific project onto her father's computer. This science project aimed to make LUX Corporation look bad while exposing the risks associated with depending on AI to solve our problems. Sanjit Phillips, Gen's father, was a research scientist at LUX Corporation, where their latest project, GAIC, was expected to transform Africa, enhance economies, and foster cross-cultural exchanges. When a cryptic text appeared on every phone, computer, and video screen during the launch of LUX Corporation’s worldwide AI system, sabotage was an obvious answer. Gen was under suspicion for this breach, and she had to locate the hackers to clear her name.

Paul G. O'Connor provided insightful commentary on the advantages and disadvantages of technology in Words. The plot was intriguing and kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. It was fast-paced and full of action, and there was never a dull moment. All the twists and turns had me guessing from the start until the end. The characters were well-developed and intriguing. Gen's protest against Lux Corporation landed her in big trouble, but she did not hesitate to fight to clear her name. The plot became more complicated as a result of the characters' nuanced and deep portrayals. I was interested in what would happen to them as they navigated through a collapsing world. The story was well-written and much more than I expected. It is a well-researched page-turner.

K.C. Finn

Words is a work of fiction in the science fiction, techno-thriller, and interpersonal drama genres. Penned by author Paul G. O'Connor, this fascinating novel unveils the buildup and disaster of a global crisis when a mysterious, un-erasable message appears worldwide, implicating activist Genevieve Phillips in a battle against powerful forces and artificial intelligence. As Gen's quest to clear her name takes her into the seemingly impossible challenge of unraveling the mystery behind the viral text, readers are drawn into a world where digital vulnerabilities escalate into geopolitical tensions and existential threats. This is a truly thrilling journey into a dystopian future, steeped in atmosphere and tension, where technology and human ethics collide.

The premise of a strange and enigmatic message triggering a global crisis is fascinating and it had me hooked right away, offering plenty of exciting plot threads to follow as the story develops and the mystery expands. Paul G. O'Connor skillfully navigates the complexities of AI ethics and corporate power dynamics, weaving a narrative that is both suspenseful and thought-provoking with a brilliant balance of tense, dialogue-driven exposition scenes and moments of vivid, cinematic action. The portrayal of multinational corporations and superpower governments vying for control amidst escalating chaos felt eerily plausible, reflecting contemporary concerns about technology's unchecked influence and the way that big business rules us without us even realizing it. The narrative entertains with larger-than-life descriptions and plenty of thrills, but it also challenges readers to reflect on the ethical implications of AI development and its potential consequences for humanity's future in an engaging way. Overall, Words is a gripping and highly recommended compelling read for anyone intrigued by the intersection of AI, ethics, and global security.