Burien Author Writes Novel Based On Highline High’s Technology Program

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We’ve featured numerous local authors lately (read previous coverage of the Three Tree Point history book, Shawn Underwood and Robert Dugoni), and now comes another one – Burien author George Matthew Cole’s new novel “Colt O’Brien Sees the Light,” which follows the trials and tribulations of a Highline High School senior.

The book is based on a certification program that Mr. Cole participated in, that taught students about computer networking.

Cole, a Burien resident, spent over 30 years in the computing field, with experience on mainframe computers as well as PCs and servers. “Flashmath for Windows 95” is a flash card program that Cole wrote many years ago which is still in use today.

The idea for “Colt O’brien Sees the Light” came from personal experience working with high school students over a two-year period.

Cole lives in Burien with his wife and dog, and this is his first novel.

Here’s Cole’s description of the book:

Colt O’brien doesn’t think that he has to prove anything. He is the most savvy computer technician at Highline High in Burien, Washington. When a PC needs fixing, Colt is called in to save the day. The short, energetic senior, with his bright, colorful attire and cocky attitude, knows that he is the best. He expects the respect that is showered upon him by peers and teachers. School will soon be over and freedom beckons. No more girl friend to tell him what to do. No more schoolwork to bore him to death. Colt is cruising through senior year, but his life is about to be turned upside down. Two freshman nerds start a computer class that will put Highline High on the map and challenge Colt’s credibility. Three women will show him the meaning of love. One will show him the meaning of hate. And, his hidden psychic powers will emerge when he least expects them to. Hang on Colt.

Here’s an excerpt:

Sent: Sun 10/16/1994



pcs r great am getting how they work.

we can start fixing them and make bucks

am done with sprts man Dude I stoppd [email protected]%$#%$#%^t$#^


Puddles of brown water pockmarked the soccer field reflecting the bright midday sun. The recently ended downpour had cleansed the air and the earth, leaving everything smelling fresh and pure. A large pond, about six inches deep, covered much of the center of the field. Parents, brothers, sisters and friends yelled encouragement as two teams of thirteen-year-old boys slogged up, down and across the swampy play area. All of the observers still wore ponchos, coats and other rain gear, even though the skies were clear. In the Northwest, a sunny sky did not guarantee that rain would stay away for long. The crimson and green, once shiny, uniforms of the respective teams were soaked and muddied. The players had difficulty handling the round, white and black ball in the sloppy conditions. Flying mud and water slowed the players as each tried to gain an advantage. Neither team was able to control the ball for a substantial length time. Mud holes, or the dreaded pond, created formidable barriers to forward progress. Goalies at each end of the field gazed off into the distance waiting for something to happen. It was near half-time and not one shot on goal had been attempted.

Once again, the elusive soccer ball was floating in the middle of the pond, daring any player to slap, splash, kick or cajole it into play. A tall lanky boy on the green team splashed through the water toward the soaked, leather globe, and kicked it out of the pond toward the sideline. Water splashed up, swirling around, as the saturated ball floated toward solid ground. A teammate received the pass and held the ball under his foot.

Here are some Amazon Reviews:

4.0 out of 5 stars New Author – Great Read!, April 5, 2010

By Lori Ann

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The Author does a great job of keeping the reader interested as the material flows smoothly throughout each chapter. Having worked in the IT industry for many years, I can relate to the day-to-day experiences the main character takes us through – especially the dreaded IT exams that many of us have experienced in our career. It is a great mix of fact and fiction as many of the places listed are those I have visited in the Northwest. The main character captures our heart as he struggles to fit in with the “nerds” and make a name for himself, and most of all his desire to make his father proud.

I’m ready for the sequel!

5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Colt O’Brien, April 13, 2010

By word junkie (Seattle, WA USA)

“Colt O’Brien Sees the Light” is a clever mix of information technology, teen sexuality, and the paranormal. While some content is geared toward a more mature audience, the main character’s journey from insecurity to self-awareness is a timeless theme that will resonate with teenaged readers.

You can buy the book online by clicking here.

For more information on George Matthew Cole: http://www.georgemcole.com.

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