Welcome to my website. My name is Michael Connick and I’m a retired consultant and writer. As a writer, I have written and published a trilogy of Cold War historical novels: Trapped in a Hall of Mirrors, Funhouse Mirrors, and Afghan Mirrors. I based these novels on real-life experiences. Like my protagonist Stephen Connor, I was born in San Francisco and worked with the intelligence community, including consulting with the SAVAK in pre-revolutionary Iran. I also lived and worked in Vienna, Austria. Today, my home is in Huntington, WV. I have resided in West Virginia for the past 10 years after a life spent living and traveling all over the US, Europe, and the Middle East. Here I write, shoot in Action Pistol and Action Rifle competitions, and volunteer with local organizations, including acting as a docent with the Huntington Museum of Art where I specialize in their very extensive firearms collection.
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Trapped in a Hall of Mirrors
During the height of the Cold War, a naive computer nerd working first for the NSA, and then for the CIA, dreams of becoming a clandestine intelligence officer. After a very successful tour of duty in Iran, his new boss, the Vienna CIA Station Chief, is calling him the “luckiest man in the world”. Nevertheless, he’s managed to accidentally attract the enmity of the KGB, the malevolent attention of an East German seductress, and the absolute hatred of a psychopathic KGB mole at the heart of Austria’s counter-intelligence agency. Will he be lucky enough, or skillful enough, to survive all these forces now converging to destroy him before he ever has a chance to realize his dream? Read Trapped in a Hall of Mirrors to find out! You can buy it at these fine bookstores.
Emma b Books: “5 out of 5 – Well worth reading.”
Books are Theater of the Mind: “Author Michael Connick has a background of working with the intelligence community and has provided us with an exciting and often hilarious fictional account of that background.”
Goodreads: “Full of humor and suspenseful twist and turns.”
Chroma: “5 of 5 stars – The story has a lot of potential to be made into a movie.”
Reviews by Karen: “This is a very interesting story, ala “James Bond” style of intrigue and danger. Well written with a strong character who will keep your interest.”
Amazon review: “A book that held my interest throughout. It was quite entertaining and well written.”
Facebook: “This book is amazing. It appeals to those of us who are drawn by either technology or suspense and action or all of the above. A very good read.”
Stephen Connor’s dreams have now come true, but will they turn into nightmares? Now working as a CIA spy in Vienna in 1982, he discovers a Russian defector who brings a terrible secret with him. A secret that may be the cause of a nuclear war between the US and the USSR. Will Stephen’s incredible plan to prevent war succeed or fail disastrously? Read Funhouse Mirrors to find out! You can buy it at these fine bookstores.
Amazon review: 5 Stars – “Great book!!!”
Justin Roberts, author of The Policewoman: 5 Stars – “This is the sequel to Trapped in a Hall of Mirrors and continues the career of Stephen Conner in the CIA.”
The Writer’s Guide to Weapons: “Today’s guest post comes from Michael Connick, someone who could probably sell his fictional works as writing guides for depicting firearms and action scenes.”
Stephen Connor’s exciting Cold War career in the CIA continues, this time during the height of the Soviet-Afghan War. While in Pakistan he encounters his first true love with a beautiful red-haired CIA officer. There Stephen also discovers that he has acquired a mortal enemy within the Agency who is obsessed with destroying both him and his new love. He travels to Afghanistan on an incredibly dangerous mission and finds himself in a desperate battle for survival against the Soviet military forces there. Will he finally experience enduring love, or will Stephen’s enemies destroy them both? Read Afghan Mirrors to find out! You can buy it at these fine bookstores.
Readers Favorite Review: 5 Stars – “This is a great spy novel. The action is very realistic, and not overdone like so many novels do. The writing is perfect for the genre. In fact, the writing and the protagonist reminded me of the Jack Ryan character who featured in many Tom Clancy novels. Afghan Mirrors is the third book in the Stephen Connor series and I plan to read the rest.”
Amazon review: “The story gradually got me interested to the point where I finished the last half on a Sunday afternoon. I decided there were going to be no more breaks until I found out how everything worked out.”