Samuel Marquis is a Colorado #1 bestselling and award-winning suspense author. He works by day as a VP–Principal Hydrogeologist with an environmental consulting firm in Boulder, Colorado, and by night as a writer of the world’s most heralded and entertaining modern and historical thrillers (hyperbole intended). Born and raised in the Mile High City, Samuel was, to put it mildly, an absolute hellion as a youth. He was so greatly feared for his prowess at throwing snowballs at cars, buses, and other motorized conveyances that the corner of 3rd and Race became widely known as “The Devil’s Corner.” He attended Bromwell and Graland Country Day School in these tumultuous years and was known for chasing girls (literally because they were running away from him), his blazing slapshot, and, of course, his sneaky quick stick in lacrosse, which would later go on to earn him the moniker “Sneaky Sam” and “The Spider” in his Men’s Lacrosse League, which he participates in on Sundays to this day. His role models growing up were assorted rogues two- and three-years his senior with nicknames like Jake Stogebart, Sidlobe, and Wee, nefarious lads whom his mother Anne attempted in vain to discourage all contact with and his father Austin secretly enjoyed.
After a brief stint as a preppie imposter at the Taft School in Connecticut his sophomore year of high school, Samuel went on to graduate from the Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs. At FVS, he had the dubious distinction of simultaneously being honored as the Top Male Athlete in the school (soccer, ice hockey, lacrosse) and being the first male student not to be kicked out after being caught under suspicious circumstances at inappropriate hours in a girl’s dorm room. But, by a miracle and the skin of his teeth, he somehow managed to graduate and go on to Denison University in the tiny hamlet of Granville, Ohio. Here he co-founded the fledgling “Denison Journal of Geosciences,” earned his B.S. in Geology, and graduated with co-honors as the top geoscientist in his class while traipsing around from one Dead concert to another within a five-hour drive from the college. His bacchanalian Denison career was followed by his obtaining an M.S. in Geology from Southern Methodist University in the Big D, where he lived in sin with his future wife and chief-editor-to-be, Christine “Sweet Bobby” Bilello, a fellow geologist whom he met at Denison. The two first kissed in 1981 beneath a titanic oak tree outside King Hall on a splendid fall evening after studying late.
He and Christine wed in 1988 at one of the wildest weddings ever witnessed west of the Mississippi and north of the Pecos, and the husband-and-wife team went on to work together for seven years at McLaren/Hart Environmental Engineering in Southern California, saving the planet from toxic chemicals. In 1994, they moved to Louisville, Colorado, to raise their family, which would eventually consist of sons Sammy and Clapton (named after E.C.) and the adorable Cassidy (named after FVS alum and Grateful Dead rocker Bob Weir’s epic tune). Thankfully, the kids carry mostly their mother’s genes. Between 1994 and the present, Samuel worked for several environmental consulting firms in Boulder, Colorado, the latest of which is Cameron-Cole, LLC. Around the time of 9/11, he launched a separate career as a youth roller hockey, ice hockey, and lacrosse coach, high school lacrosse coach, and weekend dabbler in thrillers.
Samuel continues to this day to live in Louisville, Colorado, with his wife and three children, and he plays competitive lacrosse (remember “The Spider” stuff from earlier), hikes, and skis on weekends when he isn’t writing. Surprisingly, given his checkered past, he is a Registered Professional Geologist in eleven states and a recognized expert in groundwater contaminant hydrogeology, having served as a hydrogeologic expert witness in several multimillion class action litigation cases. He also has a deep and abiding interest in military history and intelligence, specifically related to the Golden Age of Piracy, the Plains Indian Wars, World War II, and the current War on Terror.
His overactive imagination, technical scientific background, and obsessive-compulsive passion for military history and intelligence have served Samuel well as a suspense writer. His thrillers have been #1 Denver Post bestsellers and received national book award recognition. His first novel, The Devil’s Brigade (formerly The Slush Pile Brigade), was an award-winning finalist in the mystery category of the Beverly Hills Book Awards. His follow-up Blind Thrust was the winner of the Foreword Reviews’ Book of the Year (HM) and Next Generation Indie Book Awards and an award-winning finalist of the USA Best Book and Beverly Hills Book Awards (thriller and suspense). His third novel, The Coalition, was the winner of the Beverly Hills Book Awards for a political thriller and an award-winning finalist for the USA Best Book Awards and Colorado Book Awards. Bodyguard of Deception, Book 1 of his WWII Series, was an award-winning finalist of the USA Best Book Awards and Foreword Reviews Book Awards in historical fiction. His fifth book, Cluster of Lies, won the Beverly Hills Book Awards in the regional fiction: west category and was an award-winning finalist of the USA Best Book Awards and Foreword Reviews Book Awards.
Ambassador Marc Grossman, former U.S. Under Secretary of State, proclaimed, “In his novels Blind Thrust and Cluster of Lies, Samuel Marquis vividly combines the excitement of the best modern techno-thrillers, an education in geology, and a clarifying reminder that the choices each of us make have a profound impact on our precious planet.” Former Colorado Governor Roy Romer said, “Blind Thrust kept me up until 1 a.m. two nights in a row. I could not put it down. An intriguing mystery that intertwined geology, fracking, and places in Colorado that I know well. Great fun.” Kirkus Reviews proclaimed The Coalition an “entertaining thriller” and declared that “Marquis has written a tight plot with genuine suspense.” James Patterson compared The Coalition to The Day After Tomorrow, the classic thriller by Allan Folsom. Other book reviewers have compared Marquis’s WWII thrillers Bodyguard of Deception and Altar of Resistance to the epic historical novels of Tom Clancy, John le Carré, Ken Follett, Herman Wouk, Daniel Silva, and Alan Furst.
In addition to his suspense novels, he is the author of numerous peer-reviewed professional papers and book chapters on groundwater contaminant fate and transport and environmental remediation. Blind Thrust, the first book in the Joe Higheagle Series, was inspired based on his experiences in California and Texas as a Registered Professional Geologist in assessing earthquake hazards and fault classifications on behalf of various real-estate developers in environmental site assessments. Cluster of Lies, the second book in the Higheagle series, is based on his experience working on the Rosamond cancer cluster case in Southern California.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is all she wrote. At least for the time being. So please proceed quickly to the BUY button and start purchasing some bloody books already, okay sport, or me wife is going to kill me!