Samuel Marquis Bestselling Author


#1 Denver Post Bestselling Author
Amazon Top 15 Bestselling Author
Kirkus Reviews Book of the Year Winner
Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Winner
Independent Publisher Book Awards Winner
Reader’s Favorite Book Awards Winner
Beverly Hills Books Awards Winner
National Indie Excellence Book Awards Winner
Next Generation Indie Book Awards Winner
American Book Fest Best Book Awards Finalist
Colorado Book Awards Awards Finalist


MEET THE AUTHOR

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

The ninth great-grandson of legendary privateer Captain William Kidd, Samuel Marquis is the bestselling, award-winning author of a WWII Series, the Nick Lassiter-Skyler International Espionage Series, The Joe Higheagle Environmental Sleuth Series, and a historical fiction novel centered on the infamous pirate, Blackbeard. His novels have been #1 Denver Post bestsellers, received multiple national book awards (Foreword INDIES, American Book Fest’s Best Book Awards, Beverly Hills Book Awards, IPPY, Next Generation Indie Awards, Colorado Book Awards), and garnered glowing reviews from #1 bestseller James Patterson, Kirkus, and Foreword Reviews. Book reviewers have compared Marquis’s WWII thrillers “Bodyguard of Deception,” “Altar of Resistance,” and “Spies of the Midnight Sun” to the epic historical novels of Tom Clancy, John le Carré, Ken Follett, Herman Wouk, Daniel Silva, Len Deighton, and Alan Furst. For more information on Marquis’s life and work, visit www.samuelmarquisbooks.com.

TALKING POINTS:

In an interview, Samuel Marquis can discuss:

  • Why he’s drawn to tell the tales of overlooked and historically misrepresented figures
  • His unique research methods and use of declassified documents
  • Why each of his WWII novels cover different time periods and locations during the war
  • His approach to the historical fiction genre, and why he chooses to remain true to the factual accounts of events past
  • His writing style and techniques, particularly his use of multiple and shifting perspectives

PRAISE FOR SAMUEL MARQUIS

The Coalition has a lot of good action and suspense, an unusual female assassin, and the potential to be another The Day After Tomorrow.”

—James Patterson, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

“The stuff of which blockbuster movies are made, Lions of the Desert is an impressively researched, deftly written, and exceptionally well presented epic that will have particular appeal for World War II military buffs.” 

—Midwest Book Review

Blackbeard: The Birth of America is “an engrossing and historically grounded yarn.” 

—Kirkus Starred Review

“Marquis is a student of history, always creative, [and] never boring…A good comparison might be Tom Clancy.”

—Military.com

“Samuel Marquis’s Spies of the Midnight Sun weaves historical truth with masterful storytelling in an action-packed and intriguing tale of covert spy operations during World War II.”

Foreword Reviews

“In his novels Blind Thrust and Cluster of Lies, Samuel Marquis vividly combines the excitement of the best modern techno-thrillers.”

—Ambassador Marc Grossman, Former U.S. Under Secretary of State

Altar of Resistance is a gripping and densely packed thriller dramatizing the Allied Italian campaign…reminiscent of Herman Wouk’s The Winds of War.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Marquis grabs my attention right from the beginning and never lets go.”

Governor Roy R. Romer, 39th Governor of Colorado


The WWII Series

SOLDIERS OF FREEDOM (March 2020)

The true story of the 1944-1945 War in Western Europe and the final Allied struggle to conquer Nazi Germany. The story is told through the eyes of William McBurney, a tank gunner in the 761st Tank Battalion, the first African-American tank unit in U.S. history; dynamic General George S. Patton, Jr., commander of the U.S. Third Army; and Angela Lange, a sixteen-year-old German resistance fighter with the anti-Nazi Edelweiss Pirates in Cologne. The real-life heroism of the 761st Black Panthers and legendary “Old Blood and Guts” Patton to liberate Europe, and the Edelweiss Pirates to combat Nazism, are brought to life in this historically accurate tale of the final epic struggle in WWII Western Europe. (ISBN 978-1943593279)

 

LIONS OF THE DESERT (February 2019)

Amazon Top 5 Bestseller – Historical Thriller
Readers’ Favorite Book Awards Winner – Military Fiction
Beverly Hills Book Awards Winner – Military Non-Fiction
National Indie Excellence Book Awards Winner – Military Fiction
American Book Fest Best Book Awards Finalist – Historical Fiction

The true story of the WWII 1941-1942 Desert War in North Africa and Operation Condor, told through the eyes of five legendary historical figures that lived through the epic events: Scottish Colonel David Stirling, leader of the Special Air Service; German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, commander of the vaunted Africa Corps; Egyptian Hekmat Fahmy, the famous belly dancer, regarded as a Mata-Hari-like German agent; Major A.W. Sansom, head of the British Field Security unit that hunted down Axis spies and pro-German Egyptian nationalists operating in Cairo; and Johannes Eppler, the notorious German spy of Operation Condor whose real story is finally told. A timeless tale of WWII espionage, romance, and derring-do in the North African desert. (ISBN 978-1943593255)

SPIES OF THE MIDNIGHT SUN (May 2018)

Amazon #1 Bestseller – Historical Thriller
IPPY Awards Winner – Historical Fiction

The true story of the legendary British safecracker and spy Eddie Chapman, the British Double Cross Spy System, and courageous Norwegian female Resistance operatives Dagmar Lahlum and Annemarie Breien as they fight to defeat the Nazis.

(ISBN 978-1943593231)

 

 

ALTAR OF RESISTANCE (January 2017)

Amazon Top 20 Bestseller – Historical Thriller
Foreword INDIES Finalist – War & Military
American Book Fest Best Book Awards Finalist – Historical Fiction
Beverly Hills Book Awards Finalist – Military Fiction

The gripping story of the Italian Campaign and Nazi Occupation of Rome in 1943-1944 through the eyes of the Allies, the German Occupiers, Pope Pius XII and the Vatican, and the Roman Resistance.

(ISBN 978-194359303)

 

BODYGUARD OF DECEPTION (March 2016)

Amazon Top 20 Bestseller – Historical Thriller
Foreword INDIES Winner – War & Military
American Book Fest Best Book Awards Finalist – Historical Fiction

Can the American and British Allies stop a German spymaster and his U-boat-commander brother from warning Hitler’s High Command about the Allies’ greatest military secret? From a U-boat on the frigid North Sea to a brutal British interrogation center in heart of London to a remote German-POW camp and the world-famous Broadmoor Hotel overlooking the high plains and snow-dusted mountain peaks of Colorado, “Bodyguard of Deception” will keep you guessing until the final chapter.  (ISBN 978-1943593125)

BLACKBEARD: THE BIRTH OF AMERICA

BLACKBEARD: THE BIRTH OF AMERICA (January 2018)

Kirkus Reviews Book of the Year Winner – Historical Fiction
Beverly Hills Book Awards Winner – Historical Fiction
American Book Fest Best Book Awards Finalist – Historical Fiction

The true story of Edward Thache—former British Navy seaman and notorious privateer-turned-pirate, who lorded over the Atlantic seaboard and Caribbean during the Golden Age of Piracy. A Robin-Hood-like American patriot and the most famous freebooter of all time, Blackbeard was illegally hunted down by Virginia Governor Alexander Spotswood, the British Crown’s man in Williamsburg obsessed with his capture. Based on reliable historical records and the latest research, this adventure tale illuminates the true man behind the myth and his doggedly determined pursuer, revealing a cat-and-mouse game and an important historical figure lost to us in a “fog of legend, myth and propaganda” for three hundred years. A folk hero in his own lifetime, Blackbeard exploded onto the scene during the birth of America and was one of the first American revolutionaries in the War of Independence against British rule. (ISBN 978-1943593217)

The Nick Lassiter-Skyler International Espionage Series

THE FOURTH PULARCHEK (June 2017)

IPPY Book Awards Winner – Suspense/Thriller
Beverly Hills Book Awards – Thriller
American Book Fest Best Book Awards Finalist – Thriller

In this third book in the Nick Lassiter-Skyler International Espionage Series, Nick Lassiter and the beautiful Italian assassin Skyler become embroiled in a case involving Lassiter’s newly discovered biological father and buried secrets from Europe’s World War II past.

(ISBN 978-1943593156)

 

THE COALITION (January 2016)

Beverly Hills Book Awards Winner – Political Thriller
Colorado Book Awards Finalist – Thriller
American Book Fest Best Book Awards Finalist – Thriller

When a beautiful but deadly female assassin codenamed Skyler kills the U.S. president-elect in Denver, unconventional FBI special agent Kenneth Patton goes on the hunt—and his search leads him into the shadowy web of a secret society whose plot threatens the highest levels of the U.S. government.

(ISBN 978-1943593088)

 

THE DEVIL’S BRIGADE (September 2015)

#1 Denver Post Bestseller – Fiction
Beverly Hills Book Awards Finalist – Mystery
American Book Fest’s Best Book Awards Finalist – Thriller

In Book 1 of the Nick Lassiter-Skyler International Espionage Series, Nick Lassiter confronts the author who plagiarized his unpublished work and winds up in the middle of a CIA operation to take down Russian mobsters.

(ISBN 978-1943593002)

 

The Joe Higheagle Environmental Sleuth Series

CLUSTER OF LIES (September 2016)

Foreword INDIES Winner – Thriller & Suspense
Beverly Hills Book Awards Winner – Fiction
American Book Fest Best Book Award Finalist – Mystery/Suspense

In the second thriller in the Joe Higheagle Environmental Sleuth Series, mysterious deaths are taking place in the Rocky Mountain region outside Denver, Colorado. Joe Higheagle is hired to investigate Dakota Ranch, where four boys have recently died from a rare form of brain cancer, and Silverado Knolls, a glitzy soon-to-be-built development. He quickly finds himself entangled in an environmental cancer cluster investigation as well as a murderous conspiracy in which friend and foe are indistinguishable and a series of seemingly impenetrable roadblocks are thrown in his path. (ISBN 978-1943593163)

BLIND THRUST (October 2015)

#1 Denver Post Bestseller – Fiction
Next Generation Indie Book Awards Winner – Suspense
Beverly Hills Book Awards Finalist – Suspense
Foreword INDIES Honorable Mention – Thriller & Suspense

Environmental geologist Joe Higheagle is on a mission to find out what could be causing a series of horrific earthquakes devastating the Front Range between Denver and Colorado Springs, and he quickly finds himself in a deadly duel of wits against powerful forces. With his team of techie sleuths, Higheagle goes toe to toe against his adversaries while grappling to collect, analyze, and leverage the scientific data needed to prove his case. With the cataclysms worsening, can he solve the enigma of the earthquakes and gather enough evidence to stop those responsible? (ISBN 978-1943593040)