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Books by Brendan Reichs:
NEMESISVIRALS | SEIZURE | CODE | EXPOSURE | TERMINAL | TRACE EVIDENCE

NEMESIS

 

NEMESIS

Synopsis: Orphan Black meets Lord of the Flies in this riveting new thriller from the co-author of the Virals series.

It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown—alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased.

Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink.

For the planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. Yet on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.

Nemesis Receives Kirkus and Booklist **STARRED** Reviews!

★ “Min is not your average 16-year-old. Every two years on her birthday, she’s murdered. And every two years she comes back, completely unharmed. She’s tried to escape the inevitable but knows it’s only a matter of time before the man in black returns for her. Now things are getting worse, with an asteroid headed toward Earth. . . [j]ust when she’s found that classmate Noah is having the same strange experiences she’s tried to keep hidden. . . . Hooked readers will be tapping their fingers waiting for the sequel.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

★ “There are many overworked adjectives for action books: page-turner, fast-paced, intense. For this book, multiply all of them. Reichs truly keeps readers guessing throughout, with twists on early every page.”—Booklist (starred review)

Other Outstanding Reviews!

“Reichs’s new novel offers readers a glimpse into the final moments of a preapocalyptic world, as seen through the eyes of two radically different teens…Min is a self-assured female protagonist, and Noah is a refreshingly complex young man… VERDICT: This fast-paced exploration of the teen condition is recommended[.]”—School Library Journal

“[I]t’s [Min’s] story that will . . . draw readers back to see where the cliffhanger ending leads.”—BCCB

“Reichs pulls everything together at the book’s end, and a plot twist few will see coming should leave readers eagerly awaiting the second book in this duology.”—Publishers Weekly

Author Praise!

“Addictive as a puzzle, moving with breakneck speed, Nemesis had me guessing until the very end. Try to predict what Nemesis is. I dare you.” —VICTORIA AVEYARD, #1 NYT bestselling author of RED QUEEN

“Reichs builds plots like the Swiss build watches. Nemesis is a fascinating, twisty page-turner that will keep surprising you until its final page. I loved it.” —RANSOM RIGGS, #1 NYT bestselling author of MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN

“Reichs keeps you at the edge of your seat without compromising depth and heart. Prepare to think about these characters long after you’ve closed the book.” —ALLY CONDIE, #1 NYT bestselling author of MATCHED

“My favorite thriller since The Maze Runner—dark, fast-paced and intense.” —MELISSA DE LA CRUZ, #1 NYT bestselling author of THE ISLE OF THE LOST

“Born from the imagination of an apocalyptic mastermind, Nemesis is an addictive read filled with mystery, conspiracy, and terrifying possibilities. I can’t wait for the sequel!” —KAMI GARCIA, #1 NYT bestselling author of THE LOVELY RECKLESS

“My favorite kind of thriller: smart and action-packed, with twists and turns galore. You won’t be able to put this book down.”—RENÉE AHDIEH, #1 NYT bestselling author of THE WRATH AND THE DAWN

“Nemesis disarms every expectation and lures you down a dark, gripping road. You think you know what’s coming . . . You don’t.” —ALEXANDRA BRACKEN, #1 NYT bestselling author of THE DARKEST MINDS

“An utterly thrilling read with a deviously clever twist I never saw coming!” —CARRIE RYAN, NYT bestselling author of THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH

“So scary it’s heart-stopping—and so good it’s scary.” —MARGARET STOHL, #1 NYT bestselling author of BLACK WIDOW: FOREVER RED

“A twisted web of conspiracy and apocalyptic mayhem that kept me reading all night.” —JAY KRISTOFF, NYT bestselling author of ILLUMINAE

THE VIRALS SERIES

I co-author the New York Times bestselling Virals series with my esteemed colleague, Kathy Reichs. The sixth installment, TRACE EVIDENCE, is now available. There are also four Virals novellas — SHIFT, SWIPE, SHOCK, and SPIKE  — available exclusively online through Nook, Kindle, iTunes and wherever e-books are sold.

TRACE EVIDENCE

Synopsis: Fans of the Virals series will be thrilled with this companion volume that includes three short stories originally published as eSpecials as well as an all-new, never-before-seen Virals adventure! Shift, Swipe, Shock and the new story SPIKE — set after the events of the last full length book, Terminal — give further glimpses of the Virals’ world as they work with Tory’s famous great aunt, Temperance Brennan, to solve more mysteries, take look at where it all started before they became Virals, and get to the bottom of an attempted sabotage at Kit and Whitney’s wedding.

Published Feb. 2, 2016
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TERMINAL

Synopsis: The Virals are back—but they’re not the only pack in town anymore. Terminal finds Tory Brennan and the rest of the Morris Island gang tracking a pack of rogue Virals who call themselves the Trinity. The new pack was infected by a strain of supervirus created by Tory’s nemesis and sometimes-crush, Chance Clayborne, who accidentally infected himself, too.

These red-eyed Virals have openly challenged Tory’s pack for domination of Charleston, and they’ll stop at nothing to bring their rivals down—even if that means giving them up to a shadowy government agency intent on learning the secret to the Virals’ powers. Surviving it all is going to test the limits of the gang’s abilities.

In the riveting conclusion to the Virals series, Tory and the others are nearing an impossible choice—and the ultimate showdown.

Review: The final installment of mother-and-son Virals series finds Tory and her friends at a turning point: If they don’t take action soon, their world will change beyond their control. Tory and her fellow Virals are happy with their life on an isolated island in Charleston harbor, commuting to school on the mainland, participating in sports—and spending their free time communing with Tory’s pet wolf cub and exploring their own virus-generated wolflike traits. But just when it seems that life is settling down, they find that they are not unique; there’s another pack of Virals in town, determined to mark the territory as theirs and theirs alone. And worse is yet to come: It seems that a secret government agency is tracking both packs down, fully intent on capturing them and learning all their secrets…even if that means subjecting them to invasive surgery. But worst of all, their own independent research tells them the virus has changed their cellular makeup and may even threaten their lives. This series conclusion has all the ingredients that made the first four installments so easy to read: solid character development, a viable plot incorporating both teenage angst and teenage adventure, and high stakes readers can believe in. A worthy coda to a gripping multivolume adventure. (Thriller. 10 and up)

Published Mar. 3, 2015
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EXPOSURE

Synopsis: When twin classmates are abducted from Bolton Prep, Tory and the Virals decide there’s no one better equipped than them to investigate. But the gang has other problems to face. Their powers are growing wilder, and becoming harder to control. Chance Claybourne is investigating the disastrous medical experiment that twisted their DNA. The bonds that unite them are weakening, threatening the future of the pack itself. The Virals must decipher the clues and track down a ruthless criminal before he strikes again, all while protecting their secret from prying eyes. And everyone seems to be watching.

Review: “The fourth volume in the Virals series is as fast-paced as the previous outings about four teens bound together by special heightened senses after being exposed to a virus carrying wolf DNA. Oddities in their powers—surging and blinking at the worst possible moments—keep them on their toes as they investigate the kidnapping of three Charleston, South Carolina, prep school classmates. The low country atmosphere of historical homes, sand dunes, and magnolia-lined lanes adds great atmosphere, while a twist at the end offers a new plot thread begging to be expanded. Fans will eagerly await the next installment.”

— Karen Cruze, Booklist

Published Mar. 4, 2014
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CODE

Synopsis: Tory Brennan, the great-niece of Dr. Tempe Brennan, and the Virals return for a third thrilling adventure on Loggerhead Island.

The Virals are put to the ultimate test when they find a geocache containing an ornate puzzle box. Shelton decodes the cipher inside, only to find more tantalizing clues left by “The Gamemaster”. A second, greater geocache is within reach – if the Virals are up to the challenge. But the hunt takes a dark turn when Tory locates the other box – a fake bomb, along with a sinister proposal from The Gamemaster.

Now, the real game has begun: another bomb is out there – a real one – and the clock is ticking.

Published Mar. 12, 2013
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SEIZURE

Synopsis: Ever since Tory Brennan and her friends rescued Cooper, a kidnapped wolf pup with a rare strain of canine parvovirus, they’ve turned from regular kids into a crime-solving pack! But now the very place that brought them together – the Loggerhead Island Research Institute – is out of funding and will have to shut down. That is, unless the Virals can figure out a way to save it!

So when Tory learns of an old Charleston legend about a famous she-pirate, Anne Bonney, whose fortune was never found, she can’t believe her luck – buried treasure is exactly what she needs to save the Institute on Loggerhead! Trouble is, she and her friends aren’t the only ones looking for it. And this time, the Virals’ special powers may not be enough to dig them out of trouble…

Published Oct. 18, 2011
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VIRALS

Synopsis: Tory Brennan, niece of acclaimed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (of the Bones novels and hit TV show), is the leader of a ragtag band of teenage “sci-philes” who live on a secluded island off the coast of South Carolina. When the group rescues a dog caged for medical testing on a nearby island, they are exposed to an experimental strain of canine parvovirus that changes their lives forever.

As the friends discover their heightened senses and animal-quick reflexes, they must combine their scientific curiosity with their newfound physical gifts to solve a cold-case murder that has suddenly become very hot – if they can stay alive long enough to catch the killer’s scent.

Fortunately, they are now more than friends – they’re a pack.

They are Virals.

Published Nov. 2, 2010
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