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Last Updated onBrendan DuBois is a bestselling alternative history, mystery, and thriller author of numerous short stories, which were published in magazines including Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and Playboy, and for his novels, some which were co-authored with the award-winning author James Patterson.
I have first come across this author when I picked up Resurrection Day, published in 1999. It was a very good alternative history novel, and since then, Brendan DuBois is an author I always keep an eye out for. His most popular series to date is Lewis Cole, featuring a magazine writer and retired research analyst with the Department of Defense, who lives in New Hampshire, the very place the author also makes his residence.
Here are the Brendan DuBois books in order, including the latest published novels. The short stories are not listed here, as there are over 100 published in various magazines and anthologies so far.
New Brendan DuBois Books
Lewis Cole Series
featuring the ex-Department of Defense research analyst, who is now retired in Tyler Beach, New Hampshire
- Dead Sand (Lewis Cole #1), 1994
- Black Tide (Lewis Cole #2), 1995
- Shattered Shell (Lewis Cole #3), 1999
- Killer Waves (Lewis Cole #4), 2002
- Buried Dreams (Lewis Cole #5), 2004
- Primary Storm (Lewis Cole #6), 2006
- Deadly Cove (Lewis Cole #7), 2011
- Fatal Harbor (Lewis Cole #8), 2014
- Blood Foam (Lewis Cole #9), 2016
- Storm Cell (Lewis Cole #10), 2016
- Hard Aground (Lewis Cole #11), 2018
- Terminal Surf (Lewis Cole #12), 2020
Empire of the North Series
- The Noble Warrior (Empire of the North #1), 2012
- The Noble Prisoner (Empire of the North #2), 2012
- The Noble Prince (Empire of the North #3), 2012
Dark Victory Series
- Dark Victory (Dark Victory #1), 2015
- Red Vengeance (Dark Victory #2), 2017
- Black Triumph (Dark Victory #3), 2018
Standalone Brendan DuBois Books
- Resurrection Day, 1999
- Six Days, 2001
- Betrayed, 2003
- Final Winter, 2006
- Dead of Night, 2007
- Amerikan Eagle, 2011 (writing as Alan Glenn)
- Night Road, 2016
- The Negotiator, 2018
- The First Lady, 2018, with James Patterson
- The Cornwalls Are Gone, 2019, with James Patterson (also titled Out of Sight)
- Silver Bullets, 2019 (short story collection)
- The Summer House, 2020, with James Patterson
Brendan DuBois Biography
Brendan DuBois was born in 1959 as one out of 6 brothers, in Dover, New Hampshire, an area which is where he is living (specifically in Exeter) even today with his wife Mona, a dog, and a cat.
He grew up in a house where reading was treasured and encouraged by his parents, and where going to the library was a regular thing to do. Brendan knew he wanted to become a writer from the age of 12, when he began writing short stories and submitting them to magazines (which would reject them).
He went to a Catholic grammar school and a Catholic high school, which is where he got his love for the written word, for grammar, and books, overall.
Next, he attended the University of New Hampshire in Durham, from where he got a B.A. in English. During this time, he worked on the student newspaper. Eventually, he became an editor of said newspaper.
Once he graduated, he began working for newspapers including Foster’s Daily Democrat and the Hampton Union, which is where he remained for three years before he got bored of the job and decided to start writing fiction. He changed jobs and became a technical writer for for a local utility, along with also being its corporate communications writer.
In 1986, Brendan DuBois started writing short fiction, and in 1994 his first full-length novel was published. It would become the first in the Lewis Cole series. During this time, he also became an active member of the local Mystery Writers of America chapter.
Initially, he sold the first short stories to Ellery Queen Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine on his own. Later on, he got an agent who would submit the stories for him to these prominent magazines, including Playboy.
In an interview, the author mentioned that having Resurrection Day out, gave him the monetary push to continue writing full-length books as a full-time career.
These days, Brendan DuBois is working full time on his novels, with around one book per year being published. He does have two initial books unpublished which are sitting at home in the forms of manuscripts, both in the thriller genre, and both which will probably never be published.
Initially, when he started writing short stories, he would write them in the science-fiction genre. He even sent one to various sci-fi magazines, none of which wanted to publish it. As the story had also an element of mystery to it, Brendan sent it to Elerry Queen, the magazine which finally accept the story. While Brendan was since childhood fond of sci-fi and fantasy stories, this one experience changed the course of his writing career, since his later short stories and novels would most be in the crime, mystery, and thriller genres, with a dash of alternative history.
Still, in 2016, the first Brendan DuBois story focused solely on science-fiction was published by Baen Books, the popular sci-fi publisher who is the home of many other authors like David Weber and John Ringo. The story was titled Dark Victory.
In 2005, the author Brendan DuBois received the Al Blanchard Crime Fiction Award for Best Short Crime Fiction Story during the mystery convention titled New England Crime Bake, which was organized by Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. It was for the short story The Road’s End. In addition, in 2007, his short story The Right Call won the Barry Award, and in 2010 his short story The High House Writer earned him a Barry Award for Best Mystery Short Stories of the Year.
Over the years, he also won three Edgar Award nominations, an Anthony Award nomination, and a Shamus Award. So far, Brendan DuBois has written over 100 short stories that got published in various magazines and in anthologies. His short story The Dark Snow was nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award, and it was also included in the anthology The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century. The short story is part of a series of stories involving retired black-ops expert Owen Taylor.
The latest Lewis Cole book, Terminal Surf, should be published in 2020, and the author is also working on a new science fiction novel to be released by Baen Books.
Under the pen name Alan Glenn, in 2011, the author had a book published with the title Amerikan Eagle, an alternative history standalone novel.
A few personal bits and pieces about Brendan DuBois – he became a “Jeopardy!” game show champion in 2012, and later won the trivia game show “The Chase.” Also, Brendan DuBois is a cancer survivor who got surgery many years ago (late 1970s-early 1980s) for a tumor in his lower back. He also loves astronomy in his spare time.
Who is Lewis Cole?
Brendan DuBois depicts his main and favorite character as “quiet but stubborn. He’s not a macho man. He does not get into a fistfight in every book. He’s pretty low-key.”
At some point, Lewis Cole was working as a research analyst at the Department of Defense. As a sole survivor and victim of a biological weapons test gone, he was bought out by the powers that be to keep his mouth shut about the events, and gave him a pension and a seaside home in Tyler Beach.
Thus, he became a magazine writer in said place in New Hampshire.
Praise for Brendan DuBois Books
Unpretentious but thoroughly satisfying. A tight, lively package that’s the epitome of superior storytelling. (Publishers Weekly on Hard Aground)
There’s mystification and action aplenty, but what lingers when the book is closed is DuBois’ graceful writing and Lewis Cole’s understated humor―and don’t forget the sweet sadness that flows from him when you least expect it. (Booklist)
DuBois throws in a pleasing final surprise (Kirkus Reviews)
[DuBois] writes a mean novel. (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)
Brendan DuBois is a fine novelist and easily the best short-story writer of his generation. (Lee Child)
DuBois (Resurrection Day) has written a great series opener for a range of readers. The adolescent characters make this an especially solid choice for teens with an interest in apocalyptic and disaster fiction. (Library Journal)