Meet Jon Michael Riley . . .
Western North Carolina resident, Author of fiction novels based on major events in history.
PhotoShoot, Jon's 2nd book in the Channey Moran action / thriller series . . . . has been released!
PhotoShoot brings the reader face to face with Somali pirates during the kidnapping of a group of American tourists. Propelled into a gripping evaluation of his life, Channey must survive a rescue mission headed by the notorious Roy Roy while deciding to what lengths he will go to help people he doesn't even know!
The true story behind this fictional rendition began when the 2009 hijacking of the MV Maersk Alabama caught Riley's attention in 2010. Inspired to write Channey's next adventure, Riley investigated many resources including a memoir from survivors of a lengthy stay in the Somali bush and Jay Bahadur's book about this time spent amongst Somali pirates.
Out of sight, out of mind, Riley's new novel sheds light on the victims' point of view when kidnapped, brutalized, and held captive by pirates during a time when pirates are terrorizing every sort of vessel, small or large, in the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea, and the Indian Ocean after no American vessel had been seized by pirates since early part of the nineteenth century.
"Dream The Dawn" Book #1 ~ 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 . . .
"Photo Shoot" Book #2 ~ (2) American Couples sailing across the Indian Ocean are brutally taken hostage by Somali pirates only a day's sail east of the Seychelles Islands.
A Homeless woman freezes to death sleeping beside the door to St. Brigid's Church across from New York's Tompkins Square Park. She has renowned New York photographer Channey Moran's name and phone number in her pocket . . .
Searching for Cool, Praying for Heat ~ (Kindle) 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.