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A geo-political crisis erupts half a world away. A banker is assassinated in New York City. A man without a past arrives in the US, leaving a wake of destruction in his trail. These events are connected, but how? In this blistering sequel to the Ascendant, Garrett Reilly must find the answer before the American economy implodes. As banks fail, stocks crash, supermarket shelves go empty and the public begins to panic, Reilly dives headfirst into the chaos, confronting his own demons as he tries desperately to stop an all too imaginable Armageddon.

Read part one as the storm builds, and Reilly goes on the run.

Available Nov. 3rd 2015

The King of Fear Part 2 Cover

In part two, the next installment of The King of Fear, Garrett Reilly tries to stay out of the clutches of the FBI, while the mysterious Ilya Markov continues his terrifying journey toward his ultimate target.

Available Dec. 1st 2015

The King of Fear Part 3 Cover

In part three, the thrilling conclusion of The King of Fear, New York City teeters on the edge of disaster as Garrett Reilly finally comes face to face with Ilya Markov, and Markov's true intentions come clear.

Available Jan. 5th 2016

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Drew Chapman
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The Ascendant: Kirkus Reviews

TV writer Chapman’s debut novel is a nonstop chase scene through the global connectivity of our times.

China and the U.S. face off away from the reporters and photo-ops, leaving intentions and gambits visible only to […]

The Ascendant: C.J. Box

Like his intriguing protagonist Garrett Reilly, author Drew Chapman possesses startling skills and this first novel just blows the doors off. The Ascendant is a rollicking, globe-hopping, timely and prescient page-turner—a Twenty-First Century thriller that […]

The Ascendant: Alafair Burke

Political thriller? International thriller? Financial thriller? Whatever you call it, The Ascendant is smart, edgy, fast-paced storytelling at its best. Its unlikely hero, Garrett Reilly, reminded me of a young Jack Reacher as a tech-savvy […]


Drew Chapman was born and raised in New York City. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in History. His early work history included: bike messenger, newspaper reporter, bootleg T-shirt salesman and knish vendor at Yankee Stadium. He wrote his first novel in fourth grade. It remains unpublished.

After college Drew moved to Los Angeles and began working in film production. He got an agent and took a position as staff writer for Disney Animation. He has since written on projects for studios including Disney, Fox, Universal, Warner Brothers and Sony. He wrote and directed a feature film, Stand Off, with Dennis Haysbert and Robert Sean Leonard.

He also works extensively in television, where he writes under the name Andrew Chapman. He has sold pilots to ABC, Fox, Amazon, ABC Family, and Sony. In 2014 Drew wrote and produced an eight part limited series for ABC called The Assets, and this year wrote on and co-executive produced the second season of Legends for TNT.

His first novel, The Ascendant, was released by Simon & Schuster in 2014. The sequel, The King of Fear, will be published as an e-book series starting November 3, 2015, and will be released in paperback February 16, 2016.


My favorite Tweet

I’ve had a certain amount of interaction with readers in the past few weeks — via email, book readings, and Twitter — but I think this one was my favorite:
Parajunkee ‏@parajunkee1h
Because #amreading The Ascendant by @AndrewDChapman […]

Too good to be true

In what reads almost like a practical joke, the NYTimes reports that a huge portion of China’s 500 million internet users were re-routed to a small brick building in Cheyenne, Wyoming yesterday. You read that […]

Interview in PJs

I’ve been doing radio interviews for the past week to promote The Ascendant. And while I like doing them, they do cause me no small amount of stress. Generally, I’m good in front of an […]

Some media clips

I’ve been doing a ton of media for The Ascendant, and for The Assets as well. Below are some links to the interviews and TV appearances. Just for fun, if you’re interested.

A Skype interview I […]

My first reading

Last night at the Barnes & Noble on 83rd and Broadway, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, I had my very first book reading and signing. I have to say — it was a […]


Today’s the big day. Publication date. Feel free to wander down to your local bookstore and buy The Ascendant. Buy more than one — it makes for a great gift. Or a door stop. (Actually, […]

GMA clip

Just for fun, here is my interview on Good Morning America:


The publicity machine

So as I gear up for the final roll out of The Ascendant, I’m doing more and more press: radio interviews, an appearance on Good Morning America, book readings and signings at bookstores. This is […]


Email me at  info@andrewdchapman.com.  Or just leave a comment. I check them every day.

For media inquiries, please contact Kelsey Donohue at kelsey.donohue@simonandschuster.com.