Brett Battles is mostly associated with his Jonathan Quinn series, it being his most popular one. However, he has written so far over 30 books in several different series. While Jonathan Quinn is an excellent series, my favorite books by this author are included in Project Eden, a series which deals with the edging to an apocalypse and trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world.
I first learned about this author after a recommendation from Jonathan Maberry, who wrote the bestselling Rot & Ruin, and Joe Ledger series.
Here are the Brett Battles books in order for his currently written 8 series and his standalone novels.
New Brett Battles Books
Jonathan Quinn Series
- Becoming Quinn (Jonathan Quinn #0.1), 2011
- Just Another Job (Jonathan Quinn #0.2), 2011
- The Cleaner (Jonathan Quinn #1), 2007
- The Deceived (Jonathan Quinn #2), 2008
- Shadow of Betrayal/The Unwanted (Jonathan Quinn #3), 2009
- The Silenced (Jonathan Quinn #4), 2011
- Off The Clock (Jonathan Quinn #4.5), 2011
- The Destroyed (Jonathan Quinn #5), 2012
- The Collected (Jonathan Quinn #6), 2012
- The Enraged (Jonathan Quinn #7), 2013
- The Assignment (Jonathan Quinn #7.5), 2013 (Orlando story)
- The Discarded (Jonathan Quinn #8), 2014
- Quick Study (Jonathan Quinn #8.1), 2014
- Lesson Plan (Jonathan Quinn #8.2), 2014
- Night Work/Flight 12 (Jonathan Quinn #8.5), 2015
- The Buried (Jonathan Quinn #9), 2015
- The Unleashed (Jonathan Quinn #10), 2016
- The Aggrieved (Jonathan Quinn #11), 2017
- The Fractured (Jonathan Quinn #12), 2018
spin-off from Jonathan Quinn
- The Excoms (Excoms #1), 2016
- Town at the Edge of Darkness (Excoms #2), 2017
- City of Nope (Excoms #3), 2018
Project Eden Series
- Sick (Project Eden #1), 2011
- Exit 9 (Project Eden #2), 2011
- Pale Horse (Project Eden #3), 2012
- Ashes (Project Eden #4), 2012
- Eden Rising (Project Eden #5), 2013
- Dream Sky (Project Eden #6), 2014
- Down (Project Eden #7), 2014
Logan Harper Series
Trouble Family Chronicles
- Here Comes Mr. Trouble (Trouble Family #1), 2011
Alexandra Poe Series
co-authored with Robert Gregory Browne
Standalone Brett Battles Books
Brett Battles Biography
Brett Battles was born in 1962, in Ridgecrest, California. He also grew up in California, sharing the love of books with his parents, who introduced him to books and helped him grow a fondness for them that stayed with him ever since.
Brett new he wanted to become an author early in life, from the age of 11, when he was in the fifth grade. He always wanted to tell stories, and over the years he would write on and off.
In college he graduated with a degree related to film and television because he knew that he needed a regular job that would pay the bills while he was writing books. He did end up working in television for 20 years, during which time he would write in the morning and after work. As he was living close to his job, he would essentially save two hours of commuting, which he would spend writing.
He wrote his first novel in 1991, a modern-day urban fantasy, but after getting 100 rejections on it, he never published the book. The same happened with the second book, which he wrote 8 years later, at the end of the 1990s. However, his third book, The Cleaner, turned to be the golden goose. It was written right after finishing his second novel, and while he still got a lot of rejections for it, the book caught the attention of a friend who helped Brett get it published with a small publisher, Uglytown.
Once the publisher went into bankruptcy, they sent the book to Random House, the major publisher which not only picked the book but also worked out a 3-deal book with the author in 2007. Brett Battles next got another book deal, this time for two books, which happened just before the major financial turmoil in 2008.
This same year, Brett quit his dayjob in television to continue writing full time. After these books were published as well, in 2010, Brett no longer got a further deal with Random House, so he started looking into self-publishing, which turned out to be one of the best ideas he implemented regarding his career as a writer. Now, most of the Brett Battles books are published on Kindle via Amazon.
As Brett Battles is a self-published author, he can afford to write in several genres, as he is not tied to one single genre by a publisher. Thus, so far he has written spy thrillers (the Jonathan Quinn and Excoms series, a few straight-up thrillers, and also what he calls present-day sci-fi with various themes, such as apocalyptic theme (Project Eden), or time-travel theme (Rewinder). Still, each of the Brett Battles books also qualify as thrillers, as they all have thriller elements in them.
Reading the Brett Battles books in order is recommended for most of his series (especially Jonathan Quinn and Project Eden) for main character progressions, however, in terms of action and plot, the books do read well as standalones. For example, for the Project Eden series, the author adds a one-page short summary of what happened so far. Thus, if you read that summary, you will be pretty much caught-up with everything that’s been going on in the series.
Currently, Brett Battles is not only an established author who wrote around 30 books so far, but he is also a 6-figure-income author who earns greatly from his books.
Each year, Brett writes 3 books, which he divides into a Jonathan Quinn story, an Excoms book, and a third one, usually is a science-fiction novel in an existing series, or he starts a new series, blank slate.
In 2009, his novel The Deceived, the second Jonathan Quinn book, was the winner of the Barry Awards for Best Thriller of the year. Brett Battles is a member of Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers, and is a founding member of Killer Year.
Praise for Brett Battles
Brilliant and heart pounding (Jeffery Deaver)
The best elements of Lee Child, John le Carré, and Robert Ludlum. (Sheldon Siegel)
Quinn is one part James Bond, one part Jason Bourne. (Nashville Book Worm)
Sick didn’t just hook me. It hit me with a devastating uppercut on every primal level—as a parent, a father, and a human being. (Blake Crouch)
…a gem of an outbreak story that unfolds like a thriller movie and never lets up, all the way to the last page. Absolutely my favorite kind of story! (Jonathan Maberry)
…not only grabs you by the throat, but by the heart and gut as well, and by the time you finish you feel as if you’ve just taken a runaway train through dangerous territory. Buy these books now. You won’t regret it. (Robert Browne)