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August 1, 2013

Derry man writes high-tech novel

DERRY — A local author who loves the high tech world is now bringing those interests to e-book form.

Derry resident Mark Donovan announced the release of his debut novel, “Nano Surveillance,” a past-faced political thriller dealing with the world of high technology and surveillance.

Set in the northwestern part of the United States, the book’s main character, engineer and pilot Dave Henson, witnesses the economic collapse of the nation and takes his team on a quest to reverse the political and economic direction of the country, putting a nanotechnology surveillance company to the test.

Donovan has written 32 e-books and more than 2,000 articles on other subjects including home improvement tasks. His website, homeadditionplus.com, features these works. He is also a licensed pilot.

He said he grew up building homes and doing major remodeling projects. Once he had his own home, he kept the momentum going, building additions, finishing off basements and serving as the general contractor on his own lake home on Lake Winnipesaukee.

That project was featured on the DIY Network’s show “Be Your Own General Contractor: Vacation Homes” in 2005.

Donovan, a former member of the Derry School Board, said he’s always loved writing and it was time to write about something other than how to fix up your house.

“This past January, I decided to take a break from writing about home improvement topics for a while and instead write a novel,” he said. “It’s a political techno thriller.”

Donovan said it took him about four months to write the 382-page book.

Being a self-published author was not too difficult, he said.

“Today, anyone can publish e-books targeted for e-readers like Kindle, Nook and other tablets,” he said.

Getting books published through a major publishing company is a different story.

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