The O'Leary Enigma


Secrets pervade Barbara O’Leary’s life. Who is her biological father? What caused her beautiful and troubled birth mother’s death? Is the terrorist Ahmed her half-brother? How did Barbara consort with her mentor to outmaneuver a corporate rival? Why did she accept the assignment to Chad and that subsequent perilous journey followed by the international political intrigue? These personal and professional secrets, buried throughout her life, collide as Barbara pursues personal fulfillment and her quest for career success as a Navy officer. 

Coincidently powerful psychological forces, difficult to keep in check, threaten to nullify her accomplishments. In her personal life, the one her superiors must not learn of, she continually battles her organizationally unacceptable secret urges. Drawn into an ever-widening vortex of secrets that culminates in a secret mission to civil-war-torn Chad, the young officer must prevail over her fears and employ her cunning. In her battle between undercover triumphs and personal transgressions, Barbara must step gingerly to save her career, her reputation, and possibly her life. 

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[The O’Leary Enigma] was a highly enjoyable read … I would recommend [The O’Leary Enigma] to a wide variety of readers especially those who enjoy good character development, adventure and action.  The OnlineBookClub Review  


… the main character, Barbara [O’Leary] is brilliantly written. … she is indeed a strong female character, she has many little flaws and quirks which make her realistic. … The other characters are all three-dimensional and believable.  The OnlineBookClub Review

... this book transcends the genre. I couldn't put it down.  B.E.Barkeron 

The unexpected history of her (Barbara O'Leary's) young years before joining the Navy made me fall in love and wanted her life to have a happy ending.   Rico Battson     

Barbara O'Leary is a carefully-crafted heroine. The author, Mr. Purssell, has taken the time to help the reader understand the psychological motivations behind LT. O'Leary's actions.   Marla S.  

This book is an exciting thriller and the protagonist, Barbara O'Leary has all the compelling characteristics of a female James Bond. She is attractive and quirky, brave and witty, resourceful and ultimately human. She is a joy to read about.    BDNYCon   

I loved the ending of the novel. The last few chapters were where the novel really felt like a thriller to me. I would not have expected all the twists and turns. I was very satisfied with how the novel ended.      Jenn (Booksessed)     

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