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About Chuck Barrett

Award-winning author of the Jake Pendleton series—The Savannah Project, The Toymaker, Breach of Power, and DISRUPTION, as well as his 2015 award-winning blockbuster, BLOWN, the first book in his Gregg Kaplan series. The  Kaplan series continues with Last Chance (2018) and Devil in the Wind, which was released in May 2021.

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Books by Chuck

News Flash

ALERT! LAST CHANCE won Finalist in the 2019 International Book Awards Thriller/Adventure category.

The Jake Pendleton series, (narrated by Scott Brick) and the Gregg Kaplan series, (narrated by Marc Vietor) are available in audiobook on Audible—Click here for details.

Featured Audio

Listen to a sample from Devil in the Wind at Audible.

Gregg Kaplan—a former officer with the CIA—is hired by a private investigator to track down a missing man whose last known location was France.

Chuck's Blog

Reading Order Explained: Part 2

Reading Order Explained: Over the course of the past few years, I’ve received numerous emails, Facebook messages, and tweets asking about the reading order for the Jake Pendleton series books. Some confusion might be that on my website the latest release is listed first, putting them in reverse order. I have also had readers ask…

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The Savannah Project

“The tale contains all of the danger, treachery, and action a reader could wish for. The intrigue comes from all directions, slicing and stitching with precision.”

—Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author

The Toymaker

"The Toymaker is a fun, fast moving thriller with plenty of gadgets and a lot of action."

—Phillip Margolin, New York Times bestselling author of Capitol Murder

Breach of Power

“Its plot is as fast and solid as anything on the market. The good guys have all the right stuff and the bad guys will bring’s guaranteed you will lose sleep with this one.”

Florida Times Union


"For fans of Tom Clancy and Robert Ludlum, DISRUPTION is an absolute yes."

Foreword Reviews


“A long, exhilarating chase gloriously riddled with bullets and intrigue.”

Kirkus Reviews

The Savannah Project

“Guaranteed to hold you at rapt attention until the very end.”

Apex Reviews

Featured Awards

Finalist, 2019 International Book Awards - Thriller/Adventure (Last Chance)

2016 Writers Digest Self-Published Book Awards (Blown)

Winner, 2013 Indie Excellence Award, Political Thrillers (Breach of Power)

Finalist, 2013 International Book Awards, Thriller/Adventure (Breach of Power)

Finalist, 2013 International Book Awards, Thriller/Adventure & Mystery/Suspense (The Toymaker)

Finalist, 2011 International Book Awards, Thriller/Adventure (The Savannah Project)

Second Place, 2011 Reviewers Choice Awards, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Horror (The Savannah Project)

Honorable Mention, 2011 ForeWord Reviews Book-Of-The-Year Awards, Thriller/Suspense (The Savannah Project)