Frank P Ryan

Frank Ryan is a distinguished and multiple-bestselling author, in the UK and US. He is one of those rare writers who can write fluently and engagingly in both fiction and non-fiction.

Frank's new fantasy title, The Snowmelt River, was published in September 2010. This is the John West Chosen Book for 2010.

His other fiction includes the thrillers, published by Hodder and Coronet, Goodbye Baby Blue and Tiger Tiger, which gathered fine reviews, including The Sunday Times, and found a readership of more than 300,000 in the UK alone, and his contemporary novels, Taking Care of Harry and Between Clouds and the Sea, explored the themes of mental illness and love in old age. His books have been translated into many languages and have been the subject of more than a dozen television features and documentaries. His science fiction novel, The Doomsday Genie, asks if the Genetic Age, with all of its potential for human good, might also bring with it a threat every bit as dangerous as the atomic bomb.

His non-fiction includes Tuberculosis: The Greatest Story Never Told (in America it was published as The Forgotten Plague), which was a non-fiction book of the year for the New York Times. First published by Swift Publishers in the UK, it took front page reviews in The New York Times and The Washington Post as well as lead reviews in The Daily Telegraph and New Scientist. His Virus X introduced the iconoclastic evolutionary concept of viruses as symbionts and his Darwin's Blind Spot introduced the concept of genomic creativity as an umbrella term for the pluripotential forces of evolution. Virolution, published by HarperCollins in 2009, has established Frank as a major force in modern evolutionary theory, resulting in his being elected a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London.

He is also a reviewer of books for the New York Times.

Frank P Ryan books reviewed


The Three Powers Quartet

  • The Snowmelt River (2010)
    On the summit of the fabled mountain Slievenamon in Ireland there is a doorway to an ancient land of terrible power. The gate of Feimhin has lain closed for centuries, the secret of its opening long lost. But now four orphans drawn together by Fate must pass through the portal to face their destinies. What they find beyond is the enchanted but war-ravaged world of Tír, a strange land populated by monsters. Here death waits at every corner and they must learn to fight if they are to survive. And they'd better learn quickly, because their enemy, the Tyrant of the Wastelands, is growing in power.
  • The Tower of Bones (2012)
    Fate has brought together four young people from our world into the enchanted world of Tir. Together Kate, Alan, Mark and Mo present a formidable new force for good in this war-ravaged world: they are Hope for the millions of oppressed peoples that live here. The four have been split up, with one of their number kidnapped, one lost and one changing almost beyond recognition, and it falls to Alan to unite them once again and restore their strength. But the Great Witch Olc, scheming in her Tower of Bones, is planning to lure Alan into a trap. And she has resurrected the demigod Fangorath, a dreadful force for malice, for her own evil ends.
  • The Sword of Feimhin (2013)
    The Tyrant now threatens Earth as well as Tír... In a violently dystopic London, where Mark and Nantosueta are searching for Padraig and the Sword of Feimhin, Penny Postlethwaite, a gifted but emotionally troubled teenager, is mapping two Londons, the tormented ‘City Above’ and an eerie and frightening ‘City Below’. On Tír, an army of a hundred thousand Shee has invaded the Wastelands, intent on attacking Ghork Mega, the Tyrant’s capital city, but obstacles of malevolent cunning obstruct their path at every turn. Meanwhile, in Dromenon, while exploring the labyrinthine roots of the Tree of Life in her attempts to save the Momu, Kate finds herself in the Land of the Dead. Her only recourse appears to lie with the serpent-dragon Nidhoggr, whose very soul is chaos... Day by day and hour by hour the looming threat grows...