New Book: The King of Fear

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A banker is assassinated in New York City. A geo-political crisis erupts half a world away. 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.

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Drew Chapman
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Reviews: The Ascendant

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 [...]

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 It remains unpublished.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 a 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, starring Dennis Haysbert and Robert Sean Leonard.

Drew 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 the spy show 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 eBook series starting November 3, 2015, and will be released in paperback February 16, 2016.


Kirkus reviews The King of Fear

The people at Kirkus loved The Ascendant, and they seem to be following up that sentiment with The King of Fear. Here's the review, in all its glory, and don't think for a moment that [...]

The power of language

I consider myself more of a storyteller than a craftsman of fine language. I shy away from books that rely on the poetry of their prose as opposed to the compelling nature of their plot [...]

Reality changes things

In between football games this weekend I was flipping channels and I happened on a network I'd never seen before: The Esquire Channel. They were running an all day marathon of a reality show called [...]

Children leave the nest

I have a kid in college. Another one in high school. But I also have one on Amazon.com, and another on TNT. And I can't control any of them. It is an old trope that [...]

Pub Date!

Today is the day. Part one of my next book, The King of Fear, is being released digitally. It's available on the iTunes store, at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and anywhere else you get your digital eBooks. [...]

My random life

I've always loved the idea that random events cluster. It's a basic principal of statistics -- if you flip a coin a bunch of times, even though your odds of heads or tails are 50-50 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]


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