Ryan Sean O'Reilly:
I took to books at an early age and can still remember my father reading
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit to me at bedtime. When I could read on my
own, my mother brought home books from the library for my siblings and me. She tells me, that I would look at the covers and say "not
interested", but if she left them on my night stand I couldn't help, but
devour them--the genres and titles didn't seem to matter. Growing up
the oldest of five children outside the city of Chicago, our house was
always teeming with activity--so it may be no wonder that I enjoyed
staying up late to read when things were quiet. There was always
something transcendent about disappearing into another world while the
rest of the house slept. Books taught me so much about myself and the
I've crossed through a few different genres trying
to find my voice but mostly dwell in fantasy, science fiction, and
literary fiction. A few authors who have inspired me are: J.R.R.
Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Frank Herbert, Richard Adams, J.K. Rowling,
Douglas Adams and William Shakespeare.
Official website: www.ryanseanoreilly.com
Theo Pearce went missing over twenty years go. The
Aboriginal teenager vanished off a country road in the heartland of Australia’s Western District.
Ewan Boyd returns to his hometown for a school reunion. There he reconnects with a boyhood friend, Freddie Stokie, Theo’s uncle. Ewan is Freddie’s last hope and he threatens to unearth a shared secret if Ewan doesn’t comply with his demand to find out what happened to Theo.
Ewan’s investigation into people who have “gone missing” in the sheep growing country of southwestern Victoria reveals a hidden world of established, but waning, political power. As Ewan learns more from his past, he puts at risk ….
The author, John Henry, uses personal insights, gleaned from growing up in a small county town “out west”, to confer an unsettling authenticity to his characters.