James R. Hannibal

Adult Thriller
Children’s Mystery

No stranger to adventure, has been shot at, locked up with surface to air missiles, and chased down a winding German road by an armed terrorist.

As a former stealth pilot, JAMES R. HANNIBAL is no stranger to secrets and adventure. He has been shot at, locked up with surface to air missiles, and chased down a winding German road by an armed terrorist. He is an award-winning author of multiple series, including the Nick Baron covert ops trilogy from Penguin, the Section 13 children’s fantasy mysteries (now under development by Columbia Pictures), and a new CIA series on the way from Revel for 2019.

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Shadow Catcher (2013)

Shadow Maker (2014)

Wraith (2015)

The Lost Property Office (2016)

The Fourth Ruby (2017)

Biggest literary influencer:
Clive Cussler, Mark Twain, C.S. Lewis

Last book read:
Confident Faith by Mark Mittelberg. I heard Mark speak and was blown away. I want to better articulate my faith in an increasingly anti-Christian world, so I read this fantastic book.

The book that changed your life:
Aside from the Bible, which constantly challenges and changes me, Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis had a tremendous impact on my understanding of my own faith.

Currently working on:
The Clock Work Dragon (Section 13 Book 3) and Devil Take the High Ground (the first in a new CIA series for Revell)

Words to live by:
See Matthew 6:33

Advice to new and aspiring authors:
It is not a book. It is a career. Keep writing.

Articles / Reviews:


  • Shadow Maker

“Intense and gritty—a skillfully crafted thriller.”

W.E.B. Griffin & William E. Butterworth, bestselling authors of The Last Witness and Empire and Honor

“Get out of the way, Nelson DeMille. Brad Thor—you’ve got competition!”

Raymond Benson, author of the Black Stiletto series

“Hannibal is a force to be reckoned with, and his latest is simply not to be missed.”

Jon Land, bestselling author of Strong Rain Falling

“A feast for thriller lovers!”

Grant Blackwood, New York Times bestselling author of The Kill Switch

  • Shadow Catcher

“A riveting journey into today’s U.S. military and CIA in a high-stakes battle against Chinese espionage…As authentic as it gets.”

Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Spies

“Hannibal has a flair for the gutsy, the lost, and the fanatical. It’s a wild, wicked ride.”

Steve Berry

“Shadow Catcher will keep you guessing, on the edge of your seat, and eager for more.”

Raymond Benson, author of The Black Stiletto series

“A special-ops team must dispose of a stealth bomber left on the bottom of the Persian Gulf before the enemy can reach it. Air Force Major Nick Baron was responsible for leaving the plane behind, and he wants to make things right. Meanwhile, a call from a prison in China suggests that a person long thought dead is actually alive. Now Baron and his team are asked to rescue him, even though the mission could be a trap. Hannibal knows the military business cold, and fans of Tom Clancy and other military-fiction writers will find much to enjoy here.”


  • Wraith

“Hannibal, a former air force officer, offers an insider’s view into some of the U.S. Air Force’s most intriguing weapons systems in his promising first novel, a post-9/11 thriller….Hannibal demonstrates that high-tech weapons are only tools, and that it’s the people doing the fighting who win the day….will please military fiction fans.”

Publishers Weekly

“A military-tech-enthusiast s dream….It will be enjoyed by readers of Tom Clancy and Dale Brown.”

New York Journal of Books (John F. McDonald, award-winning novelist, screenwriter)

“The cockpit banter and combat scenarios are real; the rescue is daring; and the stealthiness of mission keeps you reading….a book for parents and teens of our nation’s warriors. It will make you proud.”

Chaplain, Major General, Charles C. Baldwin USAF (Retired)

“Wraith’s flight and fight scenes are incredible. Only a former Stealth Bomber pilot could portray this kind of realism….So realistic that by page three, you’ll wonder if reading it could get you arrested.”

James Stoddard, author of the critically acclaimed fantasy, The High House

  • The Lost Property Office
    • Winner of the 2017 Silver Falchion for Tween/YA Mysteries

“Hannibal imaginatively delves into history by linking Jack’s search for the Ember with London’s historic fire. This fast-paced start to the Section 13 series will please readers who like their mysteries with fantasy and action.”


“A wondrously imaginative tale that will invigorate the child in all of us.”

Providence Journal

“The book carries with it a remarkable breakneck pace, filled with dynamic sensory images. The tight focus, intriguing secrets, strong characters, engaging villain, and all-around excitement were exceptionally appealing to me and I think will be to many young readers.”

– Publishers Weekly ShelfTalker

  • The Fourth Ruby

“Pure epic storytelling that anyone can enjoy . . . A timeless and supremely effective coming-of-age tale that touches the heart as it enthralls the mind.”

Providence Journal

“A lighthearted foray into a world of mystery, riddles, and sorcery in London’s underbelly.”


“A super-clever fantasy/adventure.”

RJ Julia Booksellers

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