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Brendan Reichs is an American New York Times bestselling author of thriller and young adult novels.

A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, he attended Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC where he graduated with a degree in History, before moving to D.C. where he studied law at The George Washington University School of Law.

Brendan went on to practice law for three years before deciding to become a writer.

He lives in his hometown with his family and a number of animals which can hardly stay without destroying anything.

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Genres: Thriller, Young Adult

United States

Website: https://brendanreichs.com

Anthologies

  1. Don’t Turn Out the Lights (2020)

The Darkdeep Series

  1. The Darkdeep (2018)
  2. The Beast (2019)
  3. The Torchbearers (2020)

The Project Nemesis Series

  1. Nemesis (2017)
  2. Genesis (2018)
  3. Chrysalis (2019)

The Virals Series

  1. Shock (2009)
  2. Virals (2010)
  3. Seizure (2011)
  4. Shift (2013)
  5. Code (2013)
  6. Swipe (2013)
  7. Exposure (2014)
  8. Terminal (2015)
  9. Spike (2016)
  10. Trace Evidence (2016)
The Project Nemesis Series

Detailed book overview

Anthologies

Don’t Turn Out the Lights

This book is an anthology of thirty-five hair-raising tales from the Horror Writers Association.

From flesh-eating ogres to brains full of arachnids, these stories will leave you haunted long after you finish reading the book.

The contributing authors include: Linda D. Addison, Courtney Alameda, Jonathan Auxier, Gary A. Braunbeck, Z Brewer, Aric Cushing, John Dixon, Tananarive Due, Jamie Ford, Kami Garcia, Christopher Golden, Tonya Hurley, Catherine Jordan, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Alethea Kontis, N.R. Lambert, Laurent Linn, Amy Lukavics, Barry Lyga, D.J. MacHale, Josh Malerman, James A. Moore, Michael Northrop, Micol Ostow, Joanna Parypinksi, Brendan Reichs, Madeleine Roux, R.L. Stine, Margaret Stohl, Gaby Triana, Luis Alberto Urrea, Rosario Urrea, Kim Ventrella, Sheri White, T.J. Wooldridge, and Brenna Yovanoff.

Author: Brendan Reichs
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-0062877680
Publisher: Harper Collins

The Darkdeep Series

The Darkdeep

When twelve-year-old Nico Holland descends from the top of a cliff to Still Cove’s chilly waters after a bullying episode, friends Tyler and Emma and Opal Walsh—who ordinarily interact with the popular crowd—come to his rescue.

In the process, they learn of a puzzling island underneath the mists below.

Although the isle is unoccupied, something doesn’t feel right.

Upon continuing their exploration, the kids discover a deserted houseboat with all manner of weapons, portraits and maps.

The boat however has a sinister secret.

An ancient force has been aroused, one which knows the kids wishes and darkest fears.

Do they have the courage to face the dark secrets in their own hearts?

Author: Brendan Reichs
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1547602483
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
The Beast

Nico, Opal, Tyler, Emma, and Logan overcame their most dreaded imaginations and also prevented their hometown from being destroyed by a huge figment invasion.

But as they go about their activities, they discover that an ancient secret in Still Cove could very well transform their deepest wishes and darkest fears into reality.

As new and deadly figments begin surfacing, threatening their environment, the friends are confronted with a new challenge of containing the Darkdeep.

Where did the pool come from?

Will the kids hide their secrets, fend off their foes, and rescue Timbers from destruction?

Author: Brendan Reichs
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1547604784
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
The Torchbearers

Life has been impossible for Opal, Nico, Tyler, Emma, and Logan ever since Dark Halloween.

As the friends go through various worries and challenges in their lives, they discover that Darkdeep bears a terrible secret.

Left with more questions than answers, the friends suddenly find themselves at loggerheads.

The situation becomes even more volatile when a mysterious girl arrives in town—on a secret mission.

As they uncover deadly secrets about the houseboat, the Rift, and the Darkdeep, more shocking revelations emerge.

Their friendships will face the ultimate test.

Author: Brendan Reichs
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1547607419
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books

The Project Nemesis Series

Nemesis

A mysterious man appears and ruthlessly kills Min.

But unlike any other murders, this is something that happens to Min on her birthday, every two years—ever since she was eight.

Every time, she wakes up in the outskirts of her small town in Idaho—unharmed, by herself, and with no sign of what transpired.

Elsewhere, a guy named Noah is continually troubled by night terrors.

Although Noah carefully hides his struggles, he soon discovers that everyone has been lying to him for as long as he can remember.

Two troubled teenagers. A huge asteroid. Nothing will ever be the same again.

Author: Brendan Reichs
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-0399544941
Publisher: Penguin Books
Genesis

Noah Livingston is certain he will survive.

Sixty-four members of the sophomore class of Fire Lake are stranded in a mysterious place where morals are pointless and anything goes.

Toughened by the deaths is Noah, who is now ready to guide the strongest into the future, even though the future still remains unknown. And he shall stop at nothing to achieve it.

In a chaotic world where ruthlessness is considered leadership, taking a back seat whilst others battle is quite easy.

But this is no way to live, and Min has surely seen enough of it.

She is not only ready to stand up for what she believes in, but fight with anyone who thinks otherwise.

Author: Brendan Reichs
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-0399544972
Publisher: Penguin Books
Chrysalis

The sixty-four members of the sophomore class in Fire Lake have survived unscathed during the first two phases of the Program.

They’ve also survived each other.

Plunged into a new age on Earth and into their hometown which is now full of supernatural obstacles, staying alive should be the biggest priority.

The mere thought of it should prompt Min, Noah, Tack, and the rest to stick together now more than ever.

Rivalries are however still fresh and the cruelty of the early phases of the Program have been all but forgotten.

Will discovering that they aren’t alone force them to join forces?

Author: Brendan Reichs
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-0525517078
Publisher: Penguin Books

The Virals Series

Shock

Still reeling from the recent demise of her beloved mom, and anxious about meeting her father for the first time, a bewildered Tory Brennan disembarks from a plane in Charleston.

The thought of beginning a new chapter is everything but exciting.

The clement weather and inviting South Carolina atmosphere feels like a world apart from her home in New England.

Her anxiety however eases the moment she goes to the rough, strange isle of Morris, and meets three spirited boys who match her energy.

Do new adventures and exciting experiences await Tory in her new home?

NB: This book was co-authored with Kathy Reichs.

Author: Brendan Reichs
First Release: 2009
Ebook: B00RKX0VG8
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital
Virals

Tory Brennan, the relative of celebrated forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, heads a disorganized group of teen “sci-philes” who live on a hidden isle off the coast of South Carolina.

Upon rescuing a canine to be used for scientific tests at a nearby island, the teenagers are exposed to a virus that will forever alter the course of their lives.

Not long afterwards, they discover that they are gifted with strong senses and incredibly quick reflexes.

Using their newfound gifts, Tory and her band of “sci-philes” embark on a deadly mission to untwine a cold-case murder.

Will they manage to stop the killer?

NB: This book was co-authored with Kathy Reichs.

Author: Brendan Reichs
First Release: 2010
ISBN: 978-1595144263
Publisher: Puffin Books
Seizure

Tory Brennan and her band of “sci-philes” became gifted with strong senses and incredibly quick reflexes that help them in solving crimes after being exposed to an unusual strain of canine parvovirus. This came after they rescued a dog used for experimental purposes.

However, the Loggerhead Island Research Institute, which united the teenagers, is on the verge of shutting down its operations due to insufficient funding.

Determined to change the fate of the Institute, Tory and her band of “sci-philes” embark on finding lost treasures that once belonged to infamous female pirate, Anne Bonney.

But Tory and her team aren’t the only ones after the treasure....

NB: This book was co-authored with Kathy Reichs.

Author: Brendan Reichs
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-0099571452
Publisher: Arrow
Shift

Tory Brennan and her band of “sci-philes” became gifted with strong senses and incredibly quick reflexes that help them in solving crimes after being exposed to an unusual strain of canine parvovirus. This came after they rescued a dog used for experimental purposes.

So when Tory is visited by Temperance Brennan, her great aunt and celebrated forensic anthropologist, the arrival coincides with a robbery that took place at the Loggerhead Island Research Institute.

Given her wealth of experience in the field, Temperance wants to investigate the case.

However, Tory and her Virals team also want to solve the case.

In a case pitting Brennan vs. Brennan, who will crack the case first?

NB: This book was co-authored with Kathy Reichs.

Author: Brendan Reichs
First Release: 2013
Ebook: B00EEYRKCE
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital
Code

Tory Brennan and her band of Virals are faced with their toughest case yet when they discover a geocache with an ornate puzzle box inside.

Although Shelton deciphers it, the teenagers are shocked to find more mouth-watering leads left behind by someone only known as “The Gamemaster”.

As they continue following the clues, the Virals are led to another geocache which ultimately takes them to a fake bomb. Alongside it is a dark scheme by “The Gamemaster”.

Tory and her team immediately realize that this isn’t a game anymore.

A real bomb has been hidden somewhere, and the Virals don’t have much time.

NB: This book was co-authored with Kathy Reichs.

Author: Brendan Reichs
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-0099571469
Publisher: Arrow
Swipe

Being the niece of one of the most celebrated forensic anthropologists certainly has its advantages.

That is something that Tory Brennan learns when she and her team of Virals are invited to Temperance Brennan’s book signing at Comic-Con.

But while soaking in the glory and grandeur of the place, a robbery takes place in the congested exhibition hall: an invaluable Terminator robot is stolen.

The thief demands a huge ransom, lest the robot be destroyed.

But as Tory and her Virals assist Aunt Tempe to search for clues, the bot-napper mysteriously disappears.

Will the Virals catch the thief before they run out of time?

NB: This book was co-authored with Kathy Reichs.

Author: Brendan Reichs
First Release: 2013
ISBN: B00H1XZU0Y
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital
Exposure

Tory Brennan and her band of “sci-philes” became gifted with strong senses and incredibly quick reflexes that help them in solving crimes after being exposed to an unusual strain of canine parvovirus.

So when their twin classmates from Bolton Prep are kidnapped, Tory and her Virals team launch an investigation.

The only problem is that the Virals are losing control of their gifts.

The fate of the group is threatened when their bonds grow weaker.

Meanwhile, Chance Claybourne is looking into the catastrophic scientific experiment that modified their DNA.

Will the Virals decode the clues and catch a brutal criminal before it’s too late?

NB: This book was co-authored with Kathy Reichs.

Author: Brendan Reichs
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-0099567257
Publisher: Random House
Terminal

Tory Brennan and her band of Virals are after a group of renegade Virals under the name “The Trinity”.

The new band was infected by a variant of supervirus that came to being thanks to Tory’s archrival and occasional-crush, Chance Clayborne, who also unintentionally infected himself.

This new group of Virals have flagrantly challenged Tory’s reign over Charleston, and they are willing to do whatever it takes to defeat them.

Will they betray Tory’s Virals to a sinister government agency determined to uncover the secret behind the gifts of the Virals?

If so, will Tory and her team survive the challenge?

NB: This book was co-authored with Kathy Reichs.

Author: Brendan Reichs
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-0147517869
Publisher: Puffin Books
Spike

Tory and her gang of Virals have solved some of the darkest and most puzzling mysteries they have faced.

As such, enduring Kit and Whitney’s big day shouldn’t be a challenge.

On the frontline to ensure that the wedding goes on smoothly is Tory Brennan, daughter of the bridegroom and maid-of-honor.

But where the Virals are, trouble is never far.

A devious saboteur will stop at nothing to ruin the wedding.

But just like many times before, the Virals will do whatever it takes to ensure that everything goes as planned—even if it doesn’t.

NB: This book was co-authored with Kathy Reichs.

Author: Brendan Reichs
First Release: 2016
Ebook: B01AHKXHSO
Publisher: Puffin Books
Trace Evidence

This book is a companion novel complete with three short stories that were initially published as eSpecials, and also a new and exclusive Virals escapade.

In Terminal, Tory Brennan and her band of Virals are after a group of renegade Virals under the name “The Trinity”. Having flagrantly challenged Tory’s reign over Charleston, this new group of Virals will do whatever it takes to defeat Tory’s gang.

In Spike, Tory Brennan and her band of Virals will have to stop a devious saboteur who will stop at nothing to ruin Kit and Whitney’s big day.

NB: This book was co-authored with Kathy Reichs.

Author: Brendan Reichs
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-0147519207
Publisher: Puffin Books