I am T. Garth Connelly …I am a “fifty-something” author and historian. I was first published in 1994, by Squadron/Signal Publications, for which I wrote for until 2009. Since 2015, I’ve been what’s known as an “Indie Author”, someone who self-publishes their own books. It is the easiest way to get published. When I’m not writing books, I can be found on iRacing.com, racing. I collect scale plane and ship models, and I am an avid reader. My two most favorite authors are Maggie Lynn Heron-Heidel and Clive Cussler.
These are my most recent books. I would like to invite you all to buy and read them. And, if you wouldn’t mind, please post a review of them on Amazon.com. Thank you.To buy the books here ~ just click on the images of the book covers and you’ll be taken to Amazon.
The Woman Who Understands: Remembrances of A Walk with An Angel Who Saw Beyond Boundaries …This is an autobiographical look at the author’s two love affairs and his years in college from 1978 to 1983. He offers his thoughts about being a severally disabled man during that time, his view on friendships and hell describes how one special girl literally rebuilt his life after his ex-fiancée broke his heart and almost destroyed his dream of getting a college degree.
The Bambi… A man is going through his late father’s estate and finds a unpublished memoir on his father’s computer. The man prints some of the document and reads it. He discovers a lot about his father which he never knew and realizes that his father led a honorable life and had an undying love for his mother. THE BAMBI is the story of an young and dashing naval officer named Tom Clarke. It follows his life from his experiences at a northeastern prep school in the mid-1930s to his experiences at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland from the mid-1930s to the late-1930s and his experiences in the southwest Pacific during World War II as the skipper of a PT boat.
Pathos: A Collection… A collection of poems, written about a love and about feelings.
Hello dear reader! Here’s to hoping that your Friday is going off without a hitch. Without further ado, here’s chapter five of Del Muerta. If you haven’t been reading along every week, here’s a directory of the previous chapters. Otherwise enjoy!
Chapter Five – Splash Dunk
The congratulatory dinner was going swimmingly for those who cared about its success. Father was still raving about the ratings from the TV stations’ broadcasts.
The dance floor oversaw the entire hall, letting me see all the VIPs who turned up for the event. Twenty round tables lay before us, all lit by dim candles. The string quartet in the corner played a mournfully boring tune. Everyone who was somebody (or wanted to be), was here; the height of the social season.
I wanted to gouge all their eyeballs out. Between all the fake laughter and the congratulations over what a ‘glorious event’ it’d…
In 2009, when this revised edition was originally re-released, I looked forward to this new pictorial monograph ever since I heard that it was being done by Mr. Krakow, my former co-author. Unfortunately, that feeling did not last long after I received my purchased copy in the mail.
Granted, the new cover by the incredibly talented Don Greer was something equated to ‘eye candy’ which, if seen in a hobby shop, would be enough, for me any way, incentive to buy it. But, then, I looked at the back cover and noted that the illustration was the front cover of the original 2003 version.
That should have alerted me to something being amiss with what was to be found between the two covers. Thinking the monograph would, being a new and improved edition would have new text and new photos. Sadly, that was not the case. Most of the body of the text and of the captions was cut-and-pasted from the original edition. In fact, two sections, titled Terminology and the section regarding a 1946 USN report on the rudders were taken verbatim from the original monograph. In fact, it was my older brother who noticed it and brought it to my attention. He was right, sadly. Most of the text, whereas rearranged a tad, was the same as in the 2003 edition.
The photos, for the most part, appeared in the original edition. That is somewhat puzzling, inasmuch since 2003, on the Internet, I have discovered hundreds of new (or, new to me at any rate) photos of Schnellboote that I did not know existed, and knowing of Mr. Krakow’s contact network in Germany as well as his working with the group which is restoring the former S-130, one would think that he would have had access to new and previously unpublished photos.
There were a few new photos, namely of the type of Schnellboote known as Leichte Schnellboote (Light Schnellboote), which were small and designed with the intention of using them from the Commerce Raiders employed by the Kriegsmarine. I did learn that the Leichte Schnellboot named Esau, operating from the Raider Michel, sank eleven Allied ships. That was something I did not know. A puzzling aspect of this edition was the inclusion of a section relating to the evolution of the badges worn by the crews in the war. I cannot understand why that would have been included in a monograph about the boats. It, whereas seemingly interesting to some, should not have been put in a monograph which is meant to be an aide to modelers who want to detail models of these craft. To me, it was just unneeded and out of place.
Perhaps the space marked for the badges could have been put to better use to delve deeper into the camouflage schemes worn by the boats.
To sum up, because of the re-use of many of the photos from the original edition and the paraphrasing the text, one would be better off finding the original on Amazon or Ebay because, basically, it is the same monograph.
My first dive into the world of Naval History was with this monograph on the US Navy’s PT boats.
I decided to do this monograph because I had loved PT boats ever since I was a small child and my family saw PT-109 at a drive-in theater in Williamantic, CT and then from re-runs of MCHALE’S NAVY when I was in Jr. High and High School. Over the decades, I learned a lot about the boats and I just wanted to share my knowledge about them with people. An interesting side-note to this monograph was that, within a month after its initial release in April of 1994, it sold over 25,000 copies world-wide.
My next monograph came out in 2000, and was titled VOSPER MTBs IN ACTION.
This monograph was a logical follow-on to the one on PT boats. Originally, it was my intention to do one on the small combatants of all of the nations involved in the Second World War, ie: the US, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, France, the former Soviet Union and Japan.
My research for this monograph allowed me to meet and become friends with a extremely nice gentleman named H. John Lambert. Mr. Lambert was a naval historian/author and draughtsman of considerable renown. I also took the opportunity to travel to England for a couple of weeks to do research for it. During these trips, I would meet up with John. He was extremely helpful to me in the production of the monograph. It was he who supplied many of the photos which were used as well as all of the line drawings. He also checked the text and made sure it was accurate. I often said that if it wasn’t for John, that monograph would have never been published.
It took about five years and a few printing runs for it to sell 10,000 copies world wide. Unfortunately, the publisher has never republished it with a different author, but it is my second best selling monograph. Surplus copies of it can be found on http://www.amazon.com at:
My third IN ACTION monograph came out in 2003, and focused on the German Kriegsmarine’s Schnellboote of World War II:
This work was, like the one on the British Vospers, a logical evolutionary progression of the theme that I was attempting to create. However, it was to become my weakest seller. For the first and only time in my writing “career”, I took on a co-author to complete it. I decided to that because the person claimed to have been able to supply me with drawings from Germany which no other historian/author/history buff had seen. I sent the person’s “contacts” in Germany a lot of money for those drawings, but never received them. I even spent a whole day during a “holiday” in London, going from bank to bank getting the money to send to the person’s German contacts.
Still, with all of that hoopla going on, I did learn a lot of information on these craft and I was “happy” to have done it. Interestingly, my co-author contracted with the publisher to do a second edition of it in 2008 ~ which ~ supposedly ~ was going to have much more information in it. The only “new” information in it pertained to the uniform badges worn by the crews. Whereas that information could be of interest to a history buff, it would not be helpful to model builders, which are the audience which the IN ACTION monographs are targeted to. And, the information relating to the boats themselves was “cut and pasted” from the 2003 version.
Surplus copies of the 2003 version, which I feel is the better of the two, can be found on http://www.amazon.com at:
My last monograph for Squadron/Signal-MMD came out in 2009. It was on the US Navy’s 110′ Sub Chasers:
This monograph was done at the request of my mother to have me write it and get it published before my father, her husband, died of cancer. It was a real race against time, but it was done. A copy of it was buried with him. But, it was an uphill battle to get it done. The publisher was not being cooperative to say the least, and the original batch of photos from one source were totally un-usable at great cost to me. But, thanks to my good friend, B.G. “Chip” Marshall, I received better and clearer photos to use. A man who was of great help to me was Mr. Dan Treadwell, who during World War II, commanded SC-648 in New Guinea. He had written a book on his experiences and he became, prior to his death, the “go to guy” for those historians and history buffs interested in these interesting craft. He was a nice man as well. He told me that I did an excellent job.
It might interest you who are thinking of acquiring this monograph ~ in World War One, my paternal grandfather served on two of the first incarnation of the type ~ known as the SC-1 Class, those being the SC-21 and the SC-253. My father, his son, served on the version which saw action in World War Two known as the SC-497 Class, the SC-699. An interesting story about the 699 once appeared in STAR AND STRIPES. Before my father was assigned to her in the Philippines, she operated in New Guinea. She was hit by a Japanese G4M “Betty” bomber, all of her superstructure right down to the deck was destroyed and many of her crew were killed. Those who survived saved her and she was rebuilt and went to be given to the Philippine Navy after the war. I think she was on active duty until the early 1980s.
The monograph only had one printing run of 5,000 copies and has not been reprinted. Surplus copies of it can be found on http://www.amazon.com at:
Because of how Squadron had treated me regarding the second Schnellboote monograph and the one on the Sub Chasers, and because I wanted to start writing real books, I decided to find a new publisher, and I did.
In 2010, I wrote:
This was my first real book and I put a lot hard work into it, but in retrospect and from what I learned about sourcing and footnoting during my Masters’ program, I now see why this book and its follow-on from the same publisher had received negative criticism. But, still … it is a good book in my opinion, despite what my detractors say. Copies of it can be found on http://www.amazon.com at:
The follow-on to this book was one which was done at the behest of the then Naval Attaché to the Italian Embassy in Washington DC. It was on the Regia Marina’s torpedo boats known as MAS Boats.
The Naval Attaché was quite helpful, he supplied with much information and many photos for the book. He even sent me a two-volume set of books on the history of the craft. The only problem was, the books were in Italian! But, I soldiered on and got it done. Copies of the book can be found on http://www.amazon.com at:
Because of editorial differences with the publisher as well as the fact that they never marketed either book they were supposed to, I never saw ads for them in any naval history periodicals or scale modeling magazines, I decided to find a new publisher.
The first book I wrote for the new publisher was a change of pace for me, inasmuch I wanted to start getting away from writing historical books and being known as a naval historian:
So, what I did was to gather a group of my scale modeling friends and asked to write up descriptions of how they built, detailed and converted a certain kit from an Italian model kit manufacturer (now out of production ~ or so I’m told). I figured this could assist other modelers “out there” if they were/are building the kit. I included detailed photos of real PT boats as well to let modelers see what they could include on their models if they chose to. Apparently, the concept was well received.
So, on the coat-tails of that book, I went ahead (with the same group of modelers) and wrote this:
Whereas this book began life as sort of a “history” or overview of the various kits of PT Boats which the famous model manufacturer Revell has put out since the 1950s. It ended up being a collection of kit build reviews which described how to build and detail these kits. Information on what, if anything is out there in the way of after-market details which could help modelers improve these kits was included. And, like the first book, I included detailed photos of real PT boats as a aide to modelers. Again, this book was very well received.
Sadly, the day before it was due to be released, Alex Johnson, an excellent model builder, a fountain of knowledge of PT boats and a dear and trusted friend and confidant passed away from injuries received in an accident. I asked the publisher if I could send him a short note to insert into the text about Alex. He let me do it. Alex has been missed both in the modeling and PT boat communities. Since its publication, Revell has released two “new tooled” kits of PT boats. At some point, I will re-edit the book to include reviews of those kits. Stay tuned.
Unfortunately, after that book, the publisher went out of business, but before he did, he reverted the rights to those two books back to me, allowing me to self-publish them. Copies of this book can be found on ww.amazon.com at:
In 2016, during a lull in my Masters’ program at SHNU, I decided to, using what I’ve learned about sourcing resources for books and how to foot-note and how to make a proper bibliography to do a historical book:
I must admit that what I learned in that program really work and helped me to do a good book and one I’m proud of and one that has gotten good reviews. Copies of this book can be found on http://www.amazon.com at:
The final “historical” work I’ve done and published was/is the Thesis that I wrote to acquire my Masters’ degree in 2017:
I am extremely proud of this book. My hard work and my ability to do research and then, present that data in a well-written, professional matter with proper citations and a proper bibliography was rewarded with an A on my Thesis. Copies of it can be found on http://www.amazon.com at:
And, there you have them, and in chronological order, my earlier monographs and books. Even though I don’t get royalties on the IN ACTION monographs, I hope you buy them as well as the other books listed here.
And, all of my earlier books and monographs are in the collection at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. My book on the USCG 83-foot patrol boats is in the collection of the US Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.
Well, it’s a combination of two things from my personal life. First, it’s a highly fictionalized account of my two love affairs from the late 1970s into the early 1980s. Fictionalized because it was set during the late 1930s through to late 1944. I was sure that no one would ever believe that I, a disabled man with Cerebral Palsy could date, much less fall in love with (or have the emotional capability to) a normal female, especially one as beautiful as Donna Licsak (who Aglaii Fedorov was modeled after). But, I wanted to tell people how I fell in love with Donna.
The second thing is …. it was my way to realize a dream that I knew/know would never become reality. That is to be a naval officer and a PT boat skipper. The novel began life as a short story that I had to write for a writing class in college. The professor suggested that I turn it into a full blown novel. Over a summer, I showed it to Donna and she loved it and told me that I should get it published. So, from 1982 to 2012 and 2013, it went through many drafts and rewrites and was stopped and shelved many times. But, to honor my promise to Donna, I decided to self-publish it.
In order to do this novel, I used a number of sources; my memories of my college days, my knowledge of PT boats and a book named HELL ON KEELS, a history of Squadron 12, and a unpublished memoir from a man named Dr. Prout. Those two sources were used to give the novel a whiff of historical accuracy. But other than that, it is fiction, save for the real ‘history’ of the two love affairs in it.
A reviewer on Amazon claimed (unfairly) that I stole PT-191’s name and history. That’s as far from the truth as you could probably get. I would never do that, I love PTs and their histories. I respect it and I hold the men who served on them in highest regard and esteem. I used the 191 as a back drop because she’s my favorite PT, especially in her 1944 to 1945 configuration. I meant no disrespect to either her or her crew. I used the 191 as a way to pay homage to her, her crew and her last skipper, Don Clarke. Mr. Clarke befriended me in the 1990s and was a very nice man who loved the 191. The love he had for her was obvious.
That is why it was written, and that is what it is.
The other day, I learned that one of my favorite authors (Maggie Lynn Heron-Heidel is my favorite author), Clive Cussler passed away. I never told anyone about this, but a few years ago, he co-authored a novel called THE BOOTLEGGER. I read it and enjoyed it a lot, so I emailed his co-author named Justin Scott. I told him how much I liked it and asked him if he could maybe help me get THE BAMBI (then called A LIFE REVISITED) published and I signed it T. Garth Connelly.
Surprisingly, he responded (within minutes). The first thing he said was that he couldn’t help. And, the second thing he said was a question. He asked me if I was the T. Garth Connelly who wrote 110′ SUB CHASERS IN ACTION. Why did he ask that? And, to have a famous author like him ask me that just blew me away. Apparently, the both of them had used that monograph as a reference for THE BOOTLEGGER. In it, they had the USCG using a 110′ Sub Chaser that they acquired from the Navy after the First World War.
As a thank you, Clive autographed his THE ASSASSIN for me. And, back in the early 1990s, Clive actually wrote me a few handwritten letters because I had written him and told him that I had read all of his books and I wanted to be an author like him.