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Books by Brian Ellis

  • Redemption, Blood, Brothers and Badges

    Tommy Spenser, a decorated combat veteran and narcotics cop born into a family of cops, is a functioning addict, hooked on daily cocktails of Oxycontin, whiskey, and self-loathing-and his cancer is back. But everything changes when Tommy is summoned to a domestic call down the street from a drug bust. Claire Samuels-Hewitt is a shell of her former self, but Tommy sees something in her-or perhaps it’s the other way around. The two lean on each other for support, and an unlikely romance blossoms.

    Then a hit against the Washington family drug syndicate turns his world upside down: all clues point to somebody in Tommy’s family. As Tommy puts the pieces together and learns the truth about those closest to him, he must also come face-to-face with Claire’s past and his own demons.

    At its core, Redemption is a story about survivor’s guilt, PTSD, abuse, alcoholism, and recovery-but it is also about brotherhood, the inseparable bonds between soldiers, cops, and families, and the healing power of forgiveness.

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Brian Ellis earned his Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Pennsylvania State University and his Master's of Leadership Science from The Citadel Military College of South Carolina. He is a former soldier and paratrooper whose career spanned twenty-two years in the infantry, Signal Corps, and mostly airborne infantry or infantry enabler units, to include three deployments with the 82nd Airborne Division to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Hurricane Katrina. He served two more combat tours, in Iraq as a State Department police advisor and in Afghanistan as a member of the 42nd Military Police Group. Brian retired from active service in 2016 as a major. He currently works as an instructor and member of the commandant's staff at Virginia Military Institute. Brian divides his time between the suburbs of Washington, DC, with his family and working in Lexington, Virginia. Redemption is his first book.