The Riley Series | James Anderson O’Neal

Riley was my grandfather on my mother’s side.
He was born on May 6, 1898.
He died on October 18, 1993.
Every day in between, he was a tough son of a bitch.

Riley produces a box of memoirs written by the late Cornelius. The memoirs, spiced with Riley’s salty comments, recount wild adventures the two friends supposedly engaged in. The old men claim that, in their younger days, they battled Lucky Luciano and Chairman Mao, spied for Winston Churchill, traded barbs with Dorothy Parker, helped Martin Luther King, enraged J. Edgar Hoover and Roy Cohn…

 

Who can believe these guys?

 

Believe them or not, you’ll have a great time following Riley and Cornelius as they barge through history from Pancho Villa to the Berlin Wall, roaming around the world and across the 20th Century.

 

Riley and the Great War

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Riley and the Great WarQuiet, intense, and deadly, Riley is fated never to live the respectable life he convinces himself he craves. Smart, witty, and cocky, Cornelius fancies himself a lover, though he’s actually a bit of a cad. Together, they’re a force to be reckoned with.

 

These rural Missouri boys get tangled up in the major events of the Twentieth Century, loving and fighting and fleeing the most flamboyant characters of the era.

 

George Patton leads them through the Mexican desert to catch Pancho Villa. They battle in the trenches of World War I with the Black Lions of Cantigny. They dine with Winston Churchill and face assassination by a sadistic secret agent. A few drinks too many end up inciting a Communist revolt in Berlin. They find themselves caught between a lady and a tiger — and a dachshund.

 

Riley and the Great War is a rollicking good historical novel that will keep the reader turning pages from start to finish.

James Anderson O’Neal is a consummate novelist who knows both the craft and the art of good writing. Highly recommended.”
—William C. Hammond, author of
A Call to Arms and For Love of Country, winner of the Military Writers Society of America 2011 Gold Medal for Historical Fiction Protagonist

 

“O’Neal’s evocative prose immerses you in the past, as if you’d stepped inside a painting.”
— Brian Freeman, bestselling author of
The Night Bird

 

Riley and the Roaring Twenties

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“O’Neal drew me in. His 1920s story of gangsters, gambling, and murder left me hungry for the next Riley story.”

— Dean Hovey, award-winning author of the Pine County Mysteries

 

Riley and the Roaring TwentiesRiley and the Roaring Twenties begins where the first book left off, with the boys returning from the Great War. Riley takes up his duties on the family farm near Independence, Missouri. Cornelius is determined to become a famous reporter in New York City and becomes the protégé of the man who knew everything about Broadway in the twenties, Damon Runyon.

 

With Runyon’s help, Cornelius becomes a crime reporter and watches with interest as gangsters like Lucky Luciano and Frankie Yale struggle for power. Most of all, Cornelius determines to bring down the famous Arnold Rothstein, the mastermind behind most of the city’s dirty deals. Rothstein, however, proves a formidable adversary, gaining control over Cornelius by murder and blackmail. He forces Cornelius to help Rothstein acquire the biggest heroin operation in history. Riley must come to New York to save the day.

 

Along the way, Riley and Cornelius cross paths and sometimes swords with the most flamboyant characters of this glamorous era. Cornelius joins the Algonquin Round Table, romances Dorothy Parker, befriends Harpo Marx, and bamboozles J.P. Morgan, Jr. Riley watches as Frankie Yale is ambushed and challenges the worst gangsters of the day. Together, Riley and Cornelius even provide the solutions to three famous murder mysteries of 1928.

 

 

 

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Riley and the Roaring Twenties

Riley and the Great War

Riley and the Great War

Riley and the Roaring Twenties

Riley and the Great War Riley and the Roaring Twenties

Riley and the Great War

Riley and the Roaring Twenties

Riley and the Great War Riley and the Roaring Twenties

Riley and the Great War

Riley and the Roaring Twenties

Riley and the Great War Riley and the Roaring Twenties

Riley and the Great War

Riley and the Roaring Twenties

The Riley Series

James Anderson O’Neal

Riley and the Great War Riley and the Roaring Twenties

Riley and the Great War

Riley and the Roaring Twenties

778.321.0636