Ian Connors, a young professional with a desire to succeed in the business world, sets off on a vacation to fulfill his childhood dream; to dive the cliffs of Acapulco. A trained diver, Ian knows the risks, but little does he know that the most dangerous part of his trip won’t be the Dive. Led by Manny Arroyo, a smiling twelve year old tour guide with a heart of gold, Ian and his friend Spook take in the beauty of Acapulco Bay and its surroundings, including Robyn Baldwin and her girlfriends. But ever-present behind the beauty lurks the ugly reality of greed, and a cast of devious characters who will do anything necessary to get what they want. In the world of competition diving every dive has an assigned Degree of Difficulty. Standing eighty five feet above the churning waters of the canyon at La Quebrada and the corrupt world he’s stumbled into, Ian must make the most difficult decision of his life; step to the edge and make a leap of faith, or run away.
"I had a lot of fun writing this book," stated Mr. O'Grady, "because the plot twists and turns. You never know what might happen on the next page but you want to find out. Even I wanted to find out. It’s like being on the edge of a cliff with the main character, Ian Connors.”
Set in Acapulco in the seventies, a hot spot for the rich and famous, 'Degree of Difficulty' sweeps the reader along like a Hitchcock movie, from the downtown canyons of Philadelphia to the blue water canyon of La Quebrada, twisting and turning like the treacherous mountain roads of Mexico.
"I find Ian Connors to be an interesting character," stated Mr. O'Grady, "who will probably end up in future books. Readers will want to get to a beach or curl up in a chair because they won’t want to get up till the last word."
Tom O'Grady is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below. More information is available at his website. 'Degree Of Difficulty' is available at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and at most book retailers. The book is available in Kindle, Nook, Sony EReader, Apple Ipad and other digital formats.
Degree Of Difficulty
Tom O'Grady Jr.
Tom O'Grady is a native of Philadelphia PA. He has written freelance for newspapers, magazines and company publications while earning his BA and MA from Temple University and Rutgers University, respectively. He uses his travels as backdrops for stories. He has been a teacher, singer, songwriter, pub owner and free-lance writer. His blog, 'Lookin’ for the Joy' appears on his website at tomogrady. com. His first novel ‘A Gift is Waiting’ was published in November 2010. He is currently writing ‘Dancing in Donaghadee’, an Ireland based story to be released sometime in 2012.