Kevin J. Ryan has spent more than twenty-five years editing diverse books for both adults and children, including numerous New York Times fiction and non-fiction bestsellers. He began his career at Simon & Schuster where for several years he ran the Star Trek publishing program, the most successful series in publishing history. His tenure spanned the years with the greatest number and variety of fiction and non-fiction titles (as well as the best sales) of the series.
Later, Kevin founded two imprints for Lyrick Studios to publish books based on the Emmy winning children’s television program, Wishbone. He developed and edited all of the various bestselling and critically acclaimed Wishbone series for middle-grade and early readers.
He also spent several years as Editorial Director at Barron’s Educational Series, where he oversaw an annual list of more than two hundred general non-fiction, educational, and children’s books, and personally edited everything from bestselling movie guides, to English language arts books, to financial advice guides, to pet titles, and children’s books for every age.
As a writer, Kevin has written adult, young adult, and middle-grade novels for various original and branded series. He has also published a number of comic books for DC Comics and written for network television. He is currently ghost writing a popular spy series for adults.
Kevin's select booklist can be found below.
Deep in the mountains of nineteenth-century Carpathia lies the mysterious and mythic land of Transylvania, a world where evil is ever-present, where danger rises as the sun sets, and where monsters such as Count Dracula, the Wolf Man, and Frankenstein's Monster take form and inhabit man's deepest nightmares - terrifying legends who outlive generations, defying repeated attacks from the doomed brave souls that challenge them in their never-ending war upon the human race.
On order of a secret society, only a lone force of good stands against them - the legendary monster hunter Van Helsing, a man revered by some and feared by many. In his ongoing battle to rid the earth of these fiendish beings, Van Helsing must now travel to Transylvania to bring down the lethally seductive, enigmatically powerful Count Dracula, and joins forces with the fearless Anna Valerious, a woman out to rid her family of a generations-old curse by defeating the vampire. But unknown to all, the immortal Dracula will stop at nothing to unleash his master plan of subverting human civilization and ruling over a world of havoc, fear, and darkness...
There are more than four hundred sagas aboard the Starship Enterprise™, one for each of the unique men and women serving under the command of Capt. James T. Kirk. For years their personal adventures, their individual struggles and successes, have gone largely untold...until now.
The U.S.S. Enterprise™ is patrolling the Klingon border when sensors detect a massive power source on a planet supposedly populated only by a race of primitive humanoids. Suspecting some sort of Klingon plot, Captain Kirk decides to investigate the matter personally, beaming down to the planet with Dr. McCoy and a team of security officers.
But Kirk is in more danger than he knows. Among the landing party is Lt. Jon Anderson, a Klingon infiltrator on an undercover mission aboard the Enterprise. Anderson does not know if the Empire is at work on the unnamed planet, but if it is, then his duty demands that Kirk be stopped - by all means necessary.
Every person has a story, and those who are lucky enough to share the voyages of Capt. James T. Kirk aboard the Starship Enterprise ™ have stories unlike anyone else's. Some live, some die, but even those who serve below deck sometimes make all the difference in the universe!
The news from Starfleet Command is grim: a full-scale war against the Klingon Empire is coming, a war that the Federation may not be able to win. In anticipation of a monumental conflict, the U.S.S. Enterprise ™ is assigned to guard a vital starbase located perilously close to Klingon space.
But even as Kirk's mission brings him into a tense confrontation with an invading Klingon battle cruiser, an equally deadly menace lurks within the ranks of his own crew: Klingon infiltrator agents, posing as Starfleet officers and sworn to destroy the enemies of the Empire - even at the cost of their own honor!
The United Federation of Planets and the Klingon Empire stand on the brink of war. Captain James T. Kirk and the Starship Enterprise™ are sent back to System 7348 - site of a previous skirmish with the Klingons - for a confrontation with the I.K.S. D'k Tahg under the command of Captain Koloth.
Even as the two great ships face each other, trouble is brewing among their crews. On the Enterprise, Lieutenant Leslie Parrish is pregnant with a half-Klingon child and must face a critical decision about her future, while Section Chief Michael Fuller still carries the wounds of the twenty-five-year-old Battle of Donatu V, of which he was one of the few survivors - not to mention his grief over the death of his son, recently killed in battle against the Klingons.
On the D'k Tahg, First Officer Karel finds himself trapped between the scheming, dishonorable Councillor Duras and his commanding officer, Koloth. While the stakes only seem to be the possession of a single star system, the ramifications may spread throughout the Klingon Empire, as they find themselves at a crossroads between conquest and honor!
While traveling through Colorado, Liz sees a vision of Maria being chased through a large house. Their van then mysteriously breaks down in front of the house. Sick of being directed by fate they decide to spend the night and are forced to face up to a past enemy. It looks like the battles fought in Roswell aren't over yet.
Forced to disguise themselves as interstellar traders, Captain Kirk and Mister Spock are trapped on the primitive world of Organia as Klingon Defense Forces occupy the planet. Determined to make the Organians see that they need not bow to oppression, the Starfleet officers sabotage Klingon materiel. In retaliation, the Klingon captain, Kor, executes many Organians. Unconcerned, the Council of Elders begs Kirk and Spock to stop the violence.
While in deep space the forces of Starfleet and the Klingon Empire scramble to position their fleets for the first onslaught of what could be a long and deadly war.
Facing an unknown future as Max, Michael, Isabel. Liz, Maria, and Kyle pile into their van and leave Roswell behind, they are each hoping for positive experiences - or at least something different from most of the events of the past three years. After all, their high school years were anything but typical - the whole alien experience has nearly cost them their lives, again and again. Still, they know that taking charge of their destinies and deciding to make a positive difference in the world has empowered them all.
But it isn't long before Liz sees a vision of future destruction, and the group realizes by leaving Roswell they have changed history, and not necessarily for the better. When they end up in a town where young girls are disappearing, it quickly becomes clear that their lives beyond Roswell will be anything but easy...
Trapped on Vane Island, Tom, Mitch, and Laura eventually escape Vane's clutches and set off to search for their missing fathers. As soon as they locate Vane's prison facility, they learn that someone has activated the island's self-destruct function. Just before the island is destroyed, a twist is revealed that turns the boys' world upside down, and Tom and Mitch are left wondering who they can trust...
A gripping novel of suspense follows a master thief who, after retiring to a remote island paradise, matches wits with a relentless FBI agent and a gorgeous cop out to make sure that he stays out of the game. Original. (A New Line Cinema film, releasing November 2004, directed by Brett Ratner, starring Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek, Woody Harrelson, & Don Cheadle)
A thrilling Star Trek adventure novel featuring Captain Kirk and members of the original crew as they face an unknown phenomenon headed to destroy a planet and its possible origins of a past coming back to haunt them.
Lt. Jon Anderson is the newest security officer aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise. He joins the crew at a time of mounting tension between the Federation and the Klingon Empire. Previous battles have been inconclusive, but Starfleet Command fears that the Klingons are gearing up for a major offensive. The Enterprise would be on the front lines of an all-out interstellar war.
But Lieutenant Anderson has a secret: he is actually a Klingon infiltrator assigned to sabotage Starfleet from within. His first mission: kill Capt. James T. Kirk.