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James Patrick O’Francis had become increasingly unhappy in the crime-infested city in which he lived, so he moved his family to the rural area of the Appalachian Mountains where his sons could enjoy the clean air, closeness, and security of a small town. What O’Francis did not expect to encounter was the callousness and malice that a corrupt political system offers an outsider. O’Francis’ belief in honor and integrity soon became challenged in ways he could never have imagined. Over the course of many years, he faces discrimination, prejudice, character assassination, and betrayal, bringing extreme hardships to himself and his family. The injustices in which he fights in the school and system in which he works are religious and racial discrimination, inappropriate sexual conduct, and rape. His devotion to his students, the joy, warmth, and laughter in which he shared with them on a daily basis over shadowed the ever-increasing stress and pressure applied by his administrators along with the aid of mendacious, dissembling, jealous colleagues. Unknown to O’Francis was he was suffering from PTSD, and he struggled to keep his elite military training in check, as the ghosts of his past grew ever closer to over taking his life and destroying himself and his family.
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J. Michael O’Connor served in the United States Army with service in Vietnam and is currently living in Virginia. He is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a major in Social Science. Spending 33 years in the teaching profession, and with his experiences as a high school Teacher, and the encouragement of an English teaching colleague, inspired him to write the fictional novel, The Ghosts of my Mind. He likes river fishing, reading, as well as writing, as is reflective in the three novel series of the character James Patrick O’Francis.
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1511940468
Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 2nd edition. 488 pages. 9.00x6.00x1.10 inches. This item is printed on demand. Seller Inventory # zk1511940468