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Dennis, Patrick O’Farrell write a war novel

FD dad, son weave their tales into book

September 11, 2011
Messenger News

Dennis O'Farrell, of Fort Dodge, has published an action novel, co-authored with his son, Patrick O'Farrell, of Bettendorf.

Both O'Farrells are former U.S. Army officers. Dennis O'Farrell completed four years of ROTC at the University of Wyoming where he majored in journalism and took graduate-level creative writing courses. He served as news editor of the college newspaper his senior year. Patrick O'Farrell is a graduate of West Point and has his master's and doctorate degrees, in addition to his degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

The book, "West Point Warlord," is a work of fiction into which the real life experiences of its two authors have been woven.

The O'Farrells communicated by computer to write the book.

"I had started to write an action novel 15 years ago, and Patrick encouraged me to finish it," his father said. "As we are both Army types, completing and updating the story was a labor of love for us for the past two years."

Dennis O'Farrell served as an Army counter-intelligence officer after training at Fort Benning, Ga., and Fort Holabird, Md.

He was special-agent-in-charge of the Phoenix, Ariz., field office before completing service with an Army intelligence reserve unit in Scottsdale, Ariz. He has lived in Fort Dodge since 1979.

Patrick O'Farrell retired as a lieutenant colonel after 22 years of service all over the world as an airborne ranger. He served in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom from 2002 to 2003.

Dennis O'Farrell's wife, Edwina "Eddy" O'Farrell, helped proofread the drafts for the book. The O'Farrells have a younger son, Bill. who is an attorney in Philadelphia. He served as an officer with the local 875th Army Reserve Detachment in Operation Desert Storm in the early 1990s

The book includes scenes at The Plain on West Point along the banks of the Hudson River in New York, the Pentagon during the 9/11 attacks and a "sordid" visit of the villain, Afghan Warlord Qand Agha, to his hide-away in southwestern Wyoming. The story concludes with war scenes and romantic interludes in mountainous northern Afghanistan.

The reader gets an inside viewing of West Point, the lives of Army personnel, the world-changing events at the Pentagon during 9/11 and the terrorist activities in Beirut, Lebanon.

"West Point Warlord" is available on the Internet at and A second book, "The Long Gray Line Marches Onward," is being written now.



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