Stu Jones

SWAT Sniper, Adventurer, Visionary,
and Award-Winning Author of Epic Genre Blending Fiction


A veteran law enforcement officer, Stu has worked as a beat cop, an investigator, an instructor of firearms and police defensive tactics and as a member and team leader of a multi-jurisdictional SWAT team. He is trained and qualified as a law enforcement SWAT sniper, as well as in hostage rescue and high-risk entry tactics. Most recently, Stu served for three years with a U.S. Marshal’s Regional Fugitive Task Force – hunting the worst of the worst.

Stu’s passion for writing developed during his years in college while obtaining his bachelor’s degree in history. In the years that followed, Stu published three faith-based post-apocalyptic novels – the Action of Purpose trilogy.

Stu’s most recent published work is the multi-award-winning It Takes Death To Reach A Star duology, written with co-author Gareth Worthington(Children of the Fifth Sun) and published by Vesuvian books.

Known for his character-driven stories and blistering action sequences, Stu strives to create relentlessly engaging reading experiences that readers will return to again and again. When he’s not chasing bad guys or writing epic stories, he can be found planning his next adventure to some remote or exotic place.

Honors and Awards

  • It Takes Death To Reach A Star: 2018 New York Book Festival Winner in Science Fiction
  • It Takes Death To Reach A Star: 2018 Dragon Award Finalist
  • It Takes Death To Reach A Star: 2018 Cygnus Award Finalist (Winner TBA in 2019)