Chris Angus

Chris Angus, author of several sci-fi thrillers

"A deeply layered gothic work that never stops surprising."

Jeff Crook, author of the Jackie Lyons Mystery series

Misery Bay, a novel by Chris Angus

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Misery Bay

Misery Bay is a picturesque fishing village on the Eastern shore of Nova Scotia, a seemingly idyllic location. But the islands and hidden coves hide something more sinister... Continue Reading

Misery Bay

Nothing is What it Seems
Misery Bay

Misery Bay is a picturesque fishing village on the Eastern shore of Nova Scotia, a seemingly idyllic location. But the islands and hidden coves hide something more sinister. Illegal immigrants and drugs are being smuggled in for the escort services in Halifax. Special Constable Garrett Barkhouse has spent twenty years fighting these twin scourges, but now he’s burned out and planning to retire. However, his boss, Deputy Commissioner Alton Tuttle, has other plans. He entices Garrett to return to his old home town and establish a police presence on the Eastern shore. What he expects will be light duty—Garrett quickly discovers—is anything but. An unexpected murder of four young girls leads him into a thick web of interconnecting drug pushers, illegal immigrants, and prostitution.

While he tries to get a handle on events, Garrett is sucked back into many of the relationships from his childhood. The cast of colorful characters includes Roland Cribby, a scallop fisherman and all around unpleasant character, old man Publicover who has just married his fifth wife, beautiful reporter Kitty Wells, and Garrett’s cousin, a giant of a man who is an enforcer for the Longshoremen on the waterfront in Halifax.

An offshore oil rig, conveniently outside Canadian territorial waters, becomes the focus of the investigation. Global Resources CEO Anthony DeMaio has developed a nice sideline to the oil business. When Kitty Wells—the beautiful reporter—tries to investigate, she is swept up by the machinations and kidnapped into sex slavery. As a series of hurricanes push in from the North Atlantic, Garrett and Lonnie find themselves fighting not only drug lords and CEOs but also the elements that threaten to topple the oil rig and kill everyone on board.

Misery Bay can be ordered from Indie Bound, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Yucca Publishing (May 17, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1631580833
  • ISBN-13: 978-1631580833
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  • Reviews of Misery Bay

    Reviews of Chris Angus' Newest Book Misery Bay

    "Not one second is peaceful in MISERY BAY. Angus has done a truly amazing job at keeping the pace at top-speed while producing characters that are unforgettable!"

    Suspense Magazine

    "It’s become a cliché to call a book a page-turner, but this one really is. If it were a movie, and it would make a good one, I would advise, don’t watch alone."

    Neal Burdick of the St Lawrence Plaindealer

    Recent Books

    Reviews of Chris Angus' Recent Books
    London Underground, a novel by Chris Angus London Underground, recently ranked number 1 on Amazon UK for Travel and Adventure

    London Underground

    Beneath the streets of London lie many secrets. Subterranean rivers carve channels through darkened caverns... Continue Reading

    "A fascinating piece of science fiction!"

    Anne Heinz
    Author of Women, Work & Worship in Lincoln’s Country

    The Gods of Laki, a novel by Chris Angus

    The Gods of Laki

    A race to unveil the secret of Laki, a volcano on the southern shores of Iceland, pits our heroes against evil forces... Continue Reading

    "A robust tale which just might have made Graham Greene wink"

    Maurice Kenny
    American Book Award winner

    Winston Churchill and the Treasure of Mapungubwe Hill, a novel by Chris Angus Winston Churchill and the Treasure of Mapungubwe Hill recently ranked number 1 on Amazon for Historical African Fiction

    Winston Churchill
    and the Treasure
    of Mapungubwe Hill

    There is vast treasure hidden in an almost impregnable Central African fortress surrounded by cliffs. The mountain is a honeycomb of ancient tombs and palaces... Continue Reading

    "A non-stop juggernaut tale of romance, treasure and its destructive allure!"

    John Enright
    Best-selling author of
    The Dead Don't Dance

    Flypaper, a novel by Chris Angus


    How do you fight a deadly disease that came from beyond Earth? Scientists may have mistakenly released a new and deadly disease of extraterrestrial origin when they examined the genetic markers of several ancient mummies...Continue Reading

    "A gripping, globe-hopping saga of the struggle to outrun an unconquerable pandemic."

    Neal Burdick, Ph.D.
    Co-Editor of
    The Adirondack Reader

    London Underground

    A chilling adventure beneath the streets of London.
    London Underground

    Beneath the streets of London lie many secrets. Subterranean rivers carve channels through darkened caverns. Hidden laboratories and government offices from WWII offer a maze of corridors and abandoned medical experiments. Lost in the depths are the contents of a looted Spanish galleon from the days of Henry VIII. And even deeper lies a Nazi V-2 rocket that contains the most horrible secret of all.

    Carmen Kingsley, in charge of London projects for the British Museum, and Scotland Yard Inspector Sherwood Peets race to unravel the mysteries before the great city succumbs to the English Sweat, a frightening disease from the age of the Henrys.

    Unknown to them, their partners in tracing the disease began their own efforts more than sixty years earlier during WWII when a top secret British mission is sent to the far northern regions of Norway to stop the Nazis from developing a biological weapon that was to be airmailed to London via the V-2 rocket.

    It all comes to a climax beneath the city with the discovery of a horrifying species of genetically altered “super rats” that threaten to invade London and the British Isles in a manner more horrifying than anything ever envisioned by the Germans.

    London Underground is available from Yucca Publishing/Skyhorse Press, and for sale at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

  • Paperback:396 pages
  • Publisher: Yucca Publishing
  • Publishing Date:08/11/2015
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1631580507
  • ISBN-13: 978-1631580505
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  • The Gods of Laki

    Everyone and everything on Laki is in danger.
    The Gods of Laki

    A race to unveil the secret of Laki, a volcano on the southern shores of Iceland, pits our heroes—a sixteen-year-old Viking girl from the tenth century, a German geologist from World War II, and a former Secret Service agent protecting a female volcanologist—against evil forces with a plan to cause an eruption using explosives, altering the global climate through the release and forcing the price of oil to skyrocket.

    Everyone and everything on Laki is in danger, including the possibility of ever unraveling the mysteries of the place, as it faces burial beneath a carpet of lava flows. Caught underground by the fracturing physical breakup of Laki, everyone finds themselves ensnared by Laki itself—an unseen, implacable foe that seems everything but a benign presence. Every move they make appears to be guided and controlled by an intelligence that permeates the netherworld.

    Only gradually, through all the conflict between the various factions, does everyone begin to realize that it is Laki itself that has always been in charge.

    The Gods of Laki is available from Yucca Publishing/Skyhorse Press, and can be pre-ordered at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

  • Paperback:304 pages
  • Publisher: Yucca Publishing
  • Publishing Date:06/09/2015
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1631580469
  • ISBN-13: 978-1631580468
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  • Flypaper

    How do you fight a deadly disease that comes from beyond planet Earth?

    An unusual genetic anomaly found in a mummy from central China sends world famous archaeologist Dr. Marcia Kessler to a top secret meeting in Washington D. C. Soon, led by China expert Eric Logan, the scientists are on their way to retrieve a 20,000-year-old body frozen in a Chinese glacier that may contain the answer to the genetic mystery.

    What ensues is a fast-paced expedition that must play hide and seek with Chinese authorities, while dealing with the crazy world view of a billionaire creationist, all set against the backdrop of a spreading world pandemic that brings anarchy and chaos to much of China and threatens to engulf the entire world.

    The story comes to a climax in a remote Buddhist monastery in the Bogda Feng mountains of central Asia. With the world succumbing to a terrible illness, our scientists struggle to understand what is happening and to decipher markings on a strange object discovered in an ancient burial vault. Is it related somehow to the sickness? Is it proof of life elsewhere in the universe? Is it the terrible creation of an enlightened group of monks thousands of years in the past?

    Flypaper is a highly contemporary science fiction thriller dealing with many current issues, including new DNA discoveries, the threat of a mutating pandemic and the debate between the world views of creationism and basic science.

    Flypaper is available from Yucca Publishing/Skyhorse Press, and for sale at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Yucca Publishing
  • Publishing Date:02/09/2014
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1631580027
  • ISBN-13: 978-1631580024
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  • Churchill - Mapungubwe Hill

    Only the past can save the future for Winston Churchill, and it’s a past with many secrets.

    There is vast treasure hidden in an almost impregnable Central African fortress surrounded by cliffs. The mountain is a honeycomb of ancient tombs and palaces, as well as the ancient burial place of a Nubian queen mysteriously wedded to a Roman. Young Winston Churchill, a prisoner during the Boer War, is offered a secret deal for freedom by Britain’s enemy Louis Botha: with Botha’s agent, Zeila, Winston must seek out and protect the greatest secret of the dark continent, a fabulous Nubian treasure known only as Mapungubwe Hill.

    But a rogue member of the British royal family, Lord Sterne, is also after the treasure. Can Winston and the lovely Zeila both survive being entombed? And will their relationship go further than their mission?

    Decades later, in the middle of a raging World War II, Winston’s special agent Martin Rand struggles to unlock Mapungubwe’s secrets again before German forces, lead by Nazi-sympathizer Lord Sterne, can overwhelm and capture it. Will Winston prevail over the Nazis, or will the Nubian warriors take matters into their own hands? And will Winston’s secret tryst with Zeila come back to ruin everything?

    Winston Churchill and the Treasure of Mapungubwe Hill is available from Yucca Publishing/Skyhorse Press, and for sale at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Yucca Publishing (September 2, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1631580035
  • ISBN-13: 978-1631580031
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  • The Author

    About Chris Angus
    Chris Angus

    Chris Angus comes from a literary family consisting of seven published writers. His father and mother, both professors of English Literature and authors of numerous works of fiction, were the best-selling collaborators of a series of anthologies published by Random House.

    For ten years, Book Review Editor for Adirondac magazine, he has also been a newspaper columnist and has published more than 400 essays, articles, book introductions, columns and reviews in a wide variety of publications, including The New York Times, Albany Times-Union, Adirondack Life, American Forests, Wordsworth American Classics, Adirondack Explorer and many more.

    He is the award-winning author of several works of nonfiction, including Oswegatchie: A North Country River (North Country Books–2006), The Extraordinary Adirondack Journey of Clarence Petty: Wilderness Guide, Pilot and Conservationist (Syracuse University Press—2002), Images of America: St. Lawrence County (Arcadia Press—2001), and Reflections From Canoe Country (Syracuse University Press—1997).

    He has been active in efforts to reopen Adirondack rivers to the public.

    The News

    Interested in knowing more about Chris - find some interviews, reviews and blogs below

    Chris Angus Award Winning Author On The Bryan Lee Whatley Show

    Chris Angus Interview

    June 09, 2015 - Interview by Dag Rambraut on

    Review of Chris Angus' The Gods of Laki

    May 31, 2015 - Review by Michael R. Collings on

    Historical suspense thriller / mystery novelist Chris Angus

    February 03, 2014 - Interview by Morgen Bailey

    Review of Chris Angus’ London Underground

    January 24th, 2013 - Review by Steven Moore (Thriller and Sci-Fi Author)

    Author Interview: Chris Angus Fuses Suspense and Science

    November 28, 2012 - Interview by Nadine Tomlinson

    Writing Craft: Chris Angus on his Thrillers, Technique, and the Titanic

    November 26, 2012 - Blog/Interview by Nadine Tomlinson

    Made It Moment: Chris Angus

    November 23, 2012 - Blog by Jenny Milchman

    And on Facebook: Chris Angus on FB


    Ghosts in my Supermarket
    I've lived most of my life in my home town. There are many good things about this. Continuity. Old friends everywhere. I know where the mustard sardines are. But entering my market also brings back memories of the generations I've known who are now gone, the result of shopping in the same place for more than sixty years. Usually, I'm thinking of other things when I shop. What to buy for dinner for my wife and me. A plumbing problem in my house. Something I'm writing. So I am always startled when I bump into people I know and have…
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    Little Boys and Kenniwick Man
    Little boys love to hear about gruesome stuff. I'm neither little nor a boy anymore, but I still share that fascination. A lot of that interest came from my mother who wrote murder mysteries that often focused on archaeological subjects. She wrote a book about an ancient culture in Turkey called "Death of a Hittite" and another, "Dead to Rites" set amongst the brooding Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza in Mexico. An English professor, she loved the sciences all of her life. She had a curious mind. As a "little" boy of thirteen or so, I was fortunate to travel…
    Wednesday, 21 March 2018 | Read 1772 times
    West Point and Vietnam
    Watching Ken Burns's Vietnam history, now showing on PBS stations, brings back so many memories of another time when Americans were at odds, much as we are today. I was in college from 1968 to 1972 and marched all over, including at the Moratorium in Washington D.C. in the fall of '69. I remember that morning joining thousands of others as we marched to the Washington Monument. At every corner, the crowd grew larger. Then there were speeches and music. The song that moved me the most, I think, was Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In, swaying along with hundreds of…
    Monday, 25 September 2017 | Read 2108 times
    A Daughter's Tale: The Memoir of Winston Churchill's Youngest Child
    I've read a great deal about Winston Churchill, from biographies to historic accounts of the period to memoirs by family and cabinet members and employees to Churchill's own books that won him the Nobel Prize in literature. My latest discovery is this memoir by Mary Soames, Churchill's youngest daughter. It is a charming, intimate and very revealing look at her father. These sorts of books give a much more rounded impression of the great man, one of the twentieth century's most important figures. Mary was younger than her other siblings by a considerable number of years. She came on the…
    Tuesday, 05 September 2017 | Read 1972 times
    Close Encounters
    Humans seem to crave connection to famous people, celebrities, politicians (God help us all), actors, athletes. More recently, the phenomenon has take a strange turn with the frenzy given to potentially famous people on American Idol and various reality shows. As a writer, I have always been a bit star struck when it comes to my favorite authors. I've collected stories about them and relished the personal connections I've had with a few. I corresponded for a time with John McPhee and had a long connection with some well known local heroes in this area, Paul Jamieson, Anne LaBastille, Barbara…
    Monday, 31 October 2016 | Read 2712 times

    Non-Fiction Books

    Chris wrote several non-fiction books under his full name, Christopher Angus. They are well worth checking out.

    You'll find a short description of each below.

    Reflections from Canoe Country

    Paddling the Waters of the Adirondacks and Canada
    Reflections from Canoe Country

    This volume shows the outdoors in all its moods, from swollen brooks in springtime to white-capped autumn lakes, from the wandering Oswegatchie River to the dark tarns of Nova Scotia. The author promotes the pleasures of his excursions yet cautions against encouraging too much human impact.

    Reflections from Canoe Country is available from Syracuse University Press, and at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

  • Hardcover: 185 pages
  • Publisher: Syracuse Univ Pr (Sd); 1st edition (March 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815604440
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815604440
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  • St Lawrence County

    Images of America
    St. Lawrence County

    Since the days of the pioneers, St. Lawrence County's diverse waterways, fertile soils, and dense forests have drawn a rich cultural mix of peoples. These early settlers built the colorful barns, mills, and lighthouses of a working community. Over time, the area was transformed by one of the world's busiest shipping lanes, the St. Lawrence Seaway; by the great educational institutions of the valley; and by modern industries like Corning, the high-tech creator of windows for the space shuttle.

    St. Lawrence County is bracketed by two great vacation meccas, the Thousand Islands and the Adirondack Park. Artist Frederick Remington's island retreat at Ingleneuk and Henry Rushton's Canton boat works are no longer with us, but the port of Ogdensburg still boasts elegant nineteenth-century homes. Rushton's crafts can still be found at exhibitions at Paul Smith's College or gracing Lake Flower in the village of Saranac Lake. Daily life in hamlets such as Star Lake, North Creek, and Blue Mountain Lake can still evoke a simpler time.

    St. Lawrence County is available from Arcadia Publishing, and at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (September 30, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738509345
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738509341
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  • Oswegatchie

    A North Country River

    The Oswegatchie begins its journey in whitetail forests and ends in Holstein farmlands. It rises deep in spruce woods first ventured into by Native Americans and a handful of Jesuit priests and spills, finally, into the St. Lawrence river. Along its path are 135 miles of navigable waters, tall pine eskers, black flies, bogs, mosquitoes, down-at-the-heels villages, coyotes, the rare moose and wolf, power boats, riverside camps, and kids rope diving into deep black pools. This collection of writings about the Oswegatchie includes essays by Hallie E. Bond, Donald Morris, Maurice Kenny, Christopher Angus, Nina H. Webb, Clarence Petty, Neal Burdick, Dick and Barbara Tiel, Charles Brumley, Mason Smith, Christine Jerome, Michael Kudish, Paul Jamieson and Gary Randorf.

    Oswegatchie is available from North Country Books, and for sale at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: North Country Books; UNABRIDGED VERSION edition (June 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595310088
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595310088
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  • The Extraordinary Adirondack Journey of Clarence Petty

    Wilderness Guide, Pilot, and Conservationist
    Clarence Petty

    The biography of an Adirondack legend whose tireless efforts are credited with much of today's preservation policies in the Adirondacks.

    Clarence Petty is available from Syracuse University Press, and for sale at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press; 1 edition (April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815607415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815607410
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