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D.J. Molles is an American author of horror and science fiction novels.

He is best known for writing The Remaining Series, a New York Times bestseller.

Originally self-published in 2012, the series went on to become a beloved internet bestseller.

Molles has also authored the standalone novel Wolves (2016), which triumphed in the Horror category for the Foreword INDIES Book Awards.

His other works include: Godbreaker Series, Grower's War Series, and Lee Harden Series.

Whenever he isn't writing, Molles can be found drawing, painting, playing the guitar and violin, and doing many other artsy stuff.

He lives on a self-sustainable property in North Carolina.

More about D.J. Molles

Genres: Fantasy / SF, Horror

United States

Non Series

  • Wolves (2016)
  • Johnny (2018)


  1. Breaking Gods (2019)
  2. The Nine (2020)
  3. Confluence (2021)

Grower's War

  1. Rocky River Bridge: A Grower's War Novella (2017)
  2. The Purge of District 89 (2017)
  3. Renegades (2017)
  4. Rogue Cell (2017)

Lee Harden

  1. Harden (2018)
  2. Southlands (2019)
  3. Primal (2020)
  4. Defiant (2020)
  5. Unbowed (2021)
  6. Terminus (2022)


  1. The Remaining (2012)
  2. Aftermath (2012)
  3. Refugees (2012)
  4. Fractured (2013)
  5. Trust: A Remaining Novella (2014)
  6. Faith: A Remaining Novella (2014)
  7. Allegiance (2015)
  8. Extinction (2015)

Detailed book overview

Non Series


They took everything -- killed his wife, enslaved his daughter, destroyed his life. Now he's a man with nothing left to lose…and that's what makes him so dangerous.

Ten years after the collapse, Huxley had built a good life again. He had a loving wife, a farm with fields of golden barley, and a daughter with a strange and wonderful gift. Then the slavers came. Working out in the fields during the attack, Huxley returns too late. His daughter has been taken and his wife is bleeding out, her last whispered words about a man with a scorpion tattoo on his neck.

Where do the slavers go? Huxley has no idea. He only knows that they headed east and so will he, setting out on foot across the desert of the Wastelands. Eighteen months into his journey, he has no hope of ever seeing his daughter alive. Dying of thirst in the open desert, he doesn't even expect to see another day.

Then a man appears out of the desert and offers Huxley water from his canteen, an unheard of kindness in these savage times. Jay is an odd man, full of violence and guided by his hatred of the slavers, but he helps Huxley survive. And he gives Huxley a new purpose: nothing can bring back the dead, but we can chase down the slavers and make them bleed.

Together, Huxley and Jay carve a path of destruction across the remains of a once-great land. The slavers are brutal, but they have no idea what's coming for them. Huxley has found something to live for again: blood and vengeance.

Author: D.J. Molles
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-1538420393
Publisher: ‎Blackstone Publishing

Aubrey St. James is in trouble. She's locked in a cell at a government black site. She doesn't know where that site is or how the hell she got there. But she knows that it has something to do with the stranger she rescued from the river. Someone - or something - called Johnny.

Saul Tarson knows that the thing he's locked up is dangerous, because it left a trail of six dead cops in its wake, all killed in a way that defies explanation. It is Saul's sworn duty to get to the truth about Johnny before more people die - a lot more.

All Johnny wants is to return home. But he has a mission to fulfill first. And what he does in the next 20 hours will either save mankind - or bring it to its knees.

Author: D.J. Molles
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1791613181
Publisher: Independently published


Breaking Gods

In the beginning, the gods destroyed the world.

Since then, the demigods have been using humanity to fight an endless civil war. Humans dutifully slaughtering other humans, battle after battle.

For years, Perry McGown has made his living off the spent ammunition from those bloody battlefields.

But Perry has a secret.

He’s a deserter.

He should be fighting the war instead of cleaning it up. Luckily, his fellow crew members don’t ask a lot of questions, because if anyone found out, he’d be executed.

However, an incident in a barroom goes too far, landing Perry behind bars and sentenced to death.

Through a flurry of gunfire and blood, Perry finds himself on the run with two of his least favorite people: a girl named Teran who does ask too many questions, and a gleefully violent ex-legionnaire named Stuber.

While being pursued by a ruthless demigod, Perry is forced to confront demons from the past. but ends up uncovering truths about his heritage that have been buried for decades.

The more Perry learns, the more dangerous his journey becomes.

Because the truth about Perry could break the gods.

Author: D.J. Molles
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1089381372
Publisher: Independently published
The Nine

Change the tides of history.

A tall order for a runt named Perry McGown and his ragtag band of friends. But Perry is bound and determined to complete this mission, no matter the odds. He must prove himself in the face of a gathering storm of powers beyond his imagination. Accompanied by a ferocious ex-legionnaire named Stuber, a con-artist named Teran, and a tinkerer named Sagum, Perry barges his way into a world where nothing is as it seems, old truths become lies, and myths become reality.

In his quest to find "The Source," he must rapidly learn his place in the new order of things, or he and everyone he knows will be destroyed. And also, possibly, the entire world.

Author: D.J. Molles
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 979-8663188319
Publisher: Independently published

The Watcher has released the Guardians, and now extinction is coming.

Perry scrambles to unite humanity against the threat, but in the chaos of imminent doom, everyone is at each other's throats. As alliances fracture and friendships strain to the breaking point, Perry must find the final clues to the truth that lurks in the myths, and unlock the true meaning of Confluence.

Author: D.J. Molles
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 979-8519700290
Publisher: Independently published

Grower's War

Rocky River Bridge: A Grower's War Novella

Two young boys set off for the Rocky River Bridge through their war-torn North Carolina hometown, both with something to prove - an adventure that will quickly teach them the realities of the raging world around them, in this prequel to DJ Molles' newest novel: The Purge of District 89.

Author: D.J. Molles
First Release: 2017
Ebook: B01MY9O1TV
Publisher: Audible Studios
The Purge of District 89

Keep your head down. Do what you’re told. It’s easier that way.

Walter Lawrence Baucom is used to the troops that patrol Agrarian District 89. He grew up with the sight of Chinese and Russian soldiers, right alongside the American ones. They are the Coalition. “The Three Brothers,” they call themselves. They claim that they are there to help. And he thinks that if he doesn’t rock the boat, then they will never have a reason to break in his door and disappear him, like they did to his brother.

But when a Chinese captain is kidnapped by resistance members, Walter is suddenly thrust into a fight he never wanted. A fight where there are many sides, but very few allies.

As things in District 89 quickly spiral out of control and the borders are closed by Coalition troops, Walter will have to make a decision:

What is he willing to fight for? His life? His freedom? His family?

Author: D.J. Molles
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1542345750
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

The nation is a powder keg, and Walter Baucom is striking sparks.

Resistance factions are feuding, and the Coalition will stop at nothing to track them all down and wipe them off the face of the earth.

Meanwhile, Walter finds himself taking on a desperate mission to save his father, and rescue a resistance fighter that he was forced to leave behind.

Without any military training, will he make it?

Author: D.J. Molles
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1548073176
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Rogue Cell


The country has become a war zone, and with a Coalition troop surge imminent, the resistance is on the ropes.

Walter is in the city of Durham, fighting to survive. He has no idea that his wife, Carolyn, is only miles away, desperately trying to find him. She has information on a special target--a last ditch mission that could turn the tide for the resistance. And Walter may just have access to the only team of fighters capable of pulling it off.

But Carolyn is not the only one trying to find Walter.

A ruthless federal agent named Goring is obsessed with destroying the Baucom family. He has already murdered Walter's father, and he aims to capture Walter by any means necessary.

And he has the means. Because he has Walter's brother.

Author: D.J. Molles
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1981604814
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Lee Harden


It’s been three years since Lee Harden emerged from his bunker into a world gone mad.

In the United Eastern States, Lee and his team of battle-hardened operatives walk a tightrope of survival. Their goal: To keep their fledgling society safe from the creatures beyond their gates and from the enemies within.

Then, an ambush in hostile territory reveals a traitor in their midst.

Lee is left barely clinging to life.

Wounded and on the run, Lee and his team race to uncover the leak before it’s too late.

Through a background of destruction, betrayal, and newly-evolved apex predators, they must stay one step ahead of a ruthless organization heading their way…an organization that has allied with someone who wants Lee dead, and the United Eastern States demolished.

But how do you stay ahead of an enemy that knows every move you make?

Author: D.J. Molles
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-0692176566
Publisher: DJ Molles Books


After being sequestered to a bunker to recover from his wounds, Lee Harden is finally going topside with his fellow Project Hometown Coordinator, Terrence "Tex" Lehy. Lee wants to ally the UES with Texas, in order to combat the threat of a powerful oil cartel to the south. But Tex's methods raise serious questions, and Lee quickly discovers that Texas has its own set of problems.

In the Fort Bragg Safe Zone, the conflict with the Lincolnists is rapidly escalating. Master Sergeant Carl Gilliard has just returned, and he’s intent on destroying the Lincolnists, using whatever means is necessary. Angela is caught in the middle, unable to reconcile her sense of civil morality with her desire for justice.

One thing remains certain: before there is peace, there will be blood.

Author: D.J. Molles
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1070252001
Publisher: Independently published

They're called Mr. No One and Mr. Nobody, and wherever they go, death follows.

Lee Harden is out for blood.

After a month, the cartel is looking over their shoulders and jumping at shadows, worried about the madmen in their backyard, who seem obsessed with little else but killing cartel members. Lee continues to claw his way towards revenge, searching for a target to strike at, or a person to destroy, that will force his enemies to reveal themselves. And nothing is going to stop him. Not even Abe.

In the United Eastern States, things are crumbling around Angela. Safe Zones are dropping out of communication, and no one seems to have any faith in her since the fall of Fort Bragg. Carl Gilliard's methods of purging the dissenters grow harsher and harsher, and Angela is forced to run interference for him, denying allegations of misconduct. She needs to get them back to Fort Bragg, to show that they aren't losing this war. But she's not sure they can get there before everything falls apart.

Working fast--and sometimes unsafely--to secure the route back to Fort Bragg, Sam Ryder and his squad make a grim discovery that might be the start of an evolutionary jump for the primals--and a threat to the survival of the human race.

Author: D.J. Molles
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1700512222
Publisher: Independently published

Don't ever let it break you.

The United Eastern States is crumbling.

The fragile house of cards that Lee Harden and Angela Houston have built has begun to fall. Lee is up against a ticking clock, as he is recalled from Texas and given the last thing in the world that he wants: a promotion.

Forced into a command role, Major Harden is thrust into a sharp learning curve that goes against every instinct he's developed over years of fighting.

While Lee races to find his footing in a mire of shifting loyalties and opposing goals, Safe Zones are being overrun by massive hordes of primals exhibiting strange behaviors and uncanny levels of intelligence, and Greeley is moving towards an invasion of the UES.

The envoys from Canada and the United Kingdom know it--but they're refusing to take sides and give Lee the intelligence he desperately needs. As the tides of war reach the doors of the UES, horrific secrets are revealed that will change the future of their fight for survival.

Friends become enemies, and enemies become allies.

But no matter what happens, no matter what--or who--he loses, Lee can't let it break him.

He must remain defiant to the last.

Author: D.J. Molles
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 979-8645899516
Publisher: Independently published

Under the bludgeonings of chance, my head is bloody but unbowed.

The United Eastern States has fallen.

Lee Harden and a band of survivors have escaped President Briggs's invasion force. Their only options are to attack Briggs while his forces are delayed on the east coast...or admit that they've been beaten, and go into hiding. For Lee Harden, the decision seems obvious.

But as disparate forces, factions, and loyalties begin to converge under the pressure cooker of all-out civil war, Lee is forced to confront not only insurmountable odds, but also the darkest parts of himself that he has left buried in the years since this all began.

Author: D.J. Molles
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 979-8704703877
Publisher: Independently published

The only way out is through.

Greeley, Colorado lies before him. Griffin’s army presses at his back.

Lee Harden is out of options, and out of time.

Inside the city, Sam Ryder is trapped behind enemy lines, and Acting President Briggs still maintains his stranglehold on the country - and Lee’s destiny.

Choices. We are made by choices. And they make us. Choices are being made by every individual swept up in this conflict. Abby - Sam - Abe - Brinly - Angela - all of them making choices, with irreversible consequences.

And all of those consequences fall on Lee.

As Lee fights to adapt and maintain control amid the chaos of a city under siege, all of those choices will reach their terminus in this explosive conclusion to the Lee Harden series.

Author: D.J. Molles
First Release: 2022
ISBN: 979-8795823010
Publisher: Independently published


The Remaining

In a steel-and-lead encased bunker a Special Forces soldier waits on his final orders.

On the surface a bacterium has turned 90% of the population into hyper-aggressive predators.

Now Captain Lee Harden must leave the bunker and venture into the wasteland to rekindle a shattered America.

Author: D.J. Molles
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-0356503455
Publisher: Orbit

To Captain Lee Harden, the mission to rescue his countrymen and rebuild the nation seems like a distant memory.

Wounded and weaponless, he has stumbled upon a group of survivors who may be his last hope. But a tragedy in the group causes a deep rift and forces him into action.

And in the chaos of a world overrun by infected, Lee is pursued by a new threat: someone who will stop at nothing to keep him from his sworn duty.

Author: D.J. Molles
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-0356503479
Publisher: Orbit

He has fought the fight, and run the race.

But the enemies never stop coming, and the race has no finish line.

It has been three months since Captain Lee Harden found the survivors at Camp Ryder. With winter looming, Lee is on the verge of establishing Camp Ryder as a hub of safety and stability in the region. But not everyone agrees with Lee's mission. . .or his methods.

Growing tensions between camp leadership are coming to a head, and as Lee struggles amid the dissention and controversy, new revelations about the infected threaten to destroy everything he has worked for.

Author: D.J. Molles
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-0356503493
Publisher: Orbit

This is the destiny of those who stand for others.

Their honor will be bought in blood and pain.

The Camp Ryder Hub is broken. Lee is nowhere to be found, and his allies are scattered across the state, each of them learning that their missions will not be as easy as they thought. Inside the walls of Camp Ryder, a silent war is brewing, between those few that still support Lee's vision of rebuilding, and the majority that support Jerry's desire for isolation. But this war will not remain silent for long. And in this savage world, everyone will have to make a choice.

To keep their morals. Or keep their lives.

Author: D.J. Molles
First Release: 2013
Ebook: B00H25FHUY
Publisher: Orbit
Trust: A Remaining Novella

While Captain Lee Harden struggles to fulfill his part in Project Hometown his trusted friend and ally Major Abe Darabie works to hold up his end of the mission. But caught between his responsibility to the mission and the ambitions of a new president Abe must decide where his duty lies and whom he can trust in a country turned upside down.

Author: D.J. Molles
First Release: 2014
Publisher: Orbit
Faith: A Remaining Novella

The world is slipping into chaos. A mysterious plague has come stateside, and Clyde Bealey suddenly finds himself with nothing but a suitcase full of worthless things and a desperate sense that he must prove himself to his pregnant wife. As he tries to lead his family to safety through a world filled with madmen, he will learn that the cost of his pride might be more than he can bear.

Author: D.J. Molles
First Release: 2014
Ebook: B00HK6UA34
Publisher: Orbit

Through an overwhelming storm of pain and adversity Captain Lee Harden has fought and survived. But his mission continues.

Recovering from his wounds, mental and physical, he must rally his companions at Camp Ryder and push back against the still swarming hordes of the infected that threaten to extinguish an already devastated society.

Author: D.J. Molles
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-0356503417
Publisher: Orbit

Special Forces Captain Lee Harden and a group of survivors struggle to survive while rebuilding an America devastated by a bacterium that has turned 90% of the population into a ravenous horde.

The merciless tide of infected is flooding south and time is running out to stop them.

Bolstered by new allies, Captain Lee Harden continues his struggle to establish a safe haven from which the embers of a shattered society can be rekindled.

Author: D.J. Molles
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-0356505909
Publisher: Orbit