Dream The Dawn
Devastated by the death of both his father and a lover, New York photographer, Channey Moran, accepts an easy assignment in Ireland. He soon becomes accidentally enmeshed in a bizarre ship hijacking by eco-mercenaries led by an eccentric ex-CIA operative who fascinates the world's news media while horrifying Big Energy . . .
Searching for Cool, Praying for Heat
Searching for Cool, Praying for Heat is a novel of love, desire, loyalty, and honor that affects the O'Rourkes, a relocated New England textile family who face entrenched white supremacy in a small North Carolina cotton mill town in 1960. The narrative follows multiple points of view with the main character being high-school age Brian, whose near death experience leads to love's exciting fulfillment.
When Somali pirates hijack an American sailboat with two couples on board, well-known New York photographer Channey Moran has no idea he will soon play a part in a dangerous rescue mission led by a former CIA operative and linguist hiding in Belfast from the CIA and Interpol. Then Channey's name and number, scribbled on an old, torn letter, are found by the police in the pocket of a homeless woman found dead in New York's Tompkins Square
Park. He hasn't a clue who she is, until he deciphers the bottom half of two Irish Gaelic words torn in half. This evolves into a gripping evaluation of his life. Surviving the mission is in question, and he must decide to what lengths he will go to help people he does not know, as well as those he cares about.
The Irish Files
Jon Michael Riley's The Irish File contains stunning imagery of this beloved country packaged in an elegant format that includes five decorative vellum pages. From a lone, thin tree swaying in a fierce sea wind to a statue of St. Patrick solemnly watching over a tiny, ancient cemetery, from a white enamel bowl tinged by dim afternoon light flowing through lace curtains to a Connemara mare slowly ambling through a barren field with her newborn foal, Riley's work captures the many facets of Ireland: its mystical nature, beautiful landscape, and rich historical and religious culture.
Jon Michael Riley’s Ireland is unified by one man’s discipline: It is an Ireland presented not with passion so much as passionate control, as if the photographer had subsumed his ego to the spirit of the place and given himself to the particulars of its reality as his way of saying that he loves it.
Excerpts from Nuala O’Faolain’s Introduction