John Marks is the author of THE WALL, WAR TORN, FANGLAND and, most recently, REASONS TO BELIEVE. He was a journalist for many years prior to becoming a full-time author. He was a producer at CBS's "60 Minutes" for a number of years and a reporter and Berlin bureau chief for U.S. News & World Report.
THE WALL, a post-Cold War spy thriller set during the historic fall of the Berlin Wall, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Marks' critically acclaimed sequel, WAR TORN, a tale of romantic suspense also set in Berlin, was named a Best Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly. FANGLAND is a modern-day vampire story that takes place at a TV newsmagazine. It will be made into a film starring Academy Award-winner Hilary Swank.
REASONS TO BELIEVE is both a memoir and a non-fiction account of Marks' struggle to come to terms with his past as an evangelical Christian and an honest look at today's evangelicals in the United States. REASONS TO BELIEVE received a starred review in Publishers Weekly. Marks has also written for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, among other publications. He holds an MFA from the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa. He currently lives in Massachusetts.
"What makes this book so compelling, however, are the ways in which Marks allows his interviewees to engage him in as a potential convert ... Marks gives us a stunning glimpse of American evangelicalism in all its variety." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"For an intelligent, first-person tour through the large American evangelical landscape, readers could not do much better than John Marks's REASONS TO BELIEVE." - U.S. News & World Report
"Electrifying ... More horrifying than anything that ever came from Stoker's imagination." - Library Journal (starred review)
"Marks melds the go-for-the-jugular world of TV news, keen knowledge of the Eastern bloc (the scenes in Romania are to die for) and a much-beloved tale for a nifty and engaging flourish that provides a crisp twenty-first-century take on an old favorite. With teeth." - Washington Post
"Don't expect your garden variety vampire novel here. FANGLAND is a shocking, original and literary masterwork." - Rocky Mountain News
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
New York Times Book Review: "Marks artfully balances moral outrage with a quietly elegiac tone."
Rocky Mountain News: " The reader will come away with the sense that Marks recorded these people, rather than invented them."
Washington Post: "A brilliant, brooding novel."
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
New York Times Book Review: "[Set] in Berlin when the wall falls...THE WALL places the reader in the vortex of the Cold War endgame in Eastern Europe."
Publishers Weekly: "A former bureau chief for U.S. News & World Report, Marks handles his involved story line with assurance.... An intelligent, memorable and thoroughly engaging debut."
Chicago Tribune: "Insightful... gripping... [Marks] manages to capture perfectly the heady mixture of hope and fear surrounding the collapse of the Eastern German government in 1989."