Geagley, Brad 1950–
Geagley, Brad 1950–
PERSONAL: Born 1950.
CAREER: Film producer and screenwriter. Has worked as a producer at Disney Feature Animation, senior producer of attractions and creative director for Disney Quest, and managing director of Magnet Interactive Edutainment division; Serpentine Productions (movie and play production company), founder.
Year of the Hyenas (mystery novel), Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2005.
Also author of screenplays.
SIDELIGHTS: Brad Geagley has worked in the entertainment industry for a number of years as a film producer and screenwriter. While employed as a producer for Disney Feature Animation, he worked on films such as Roger Rabbit, The Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast. He has also worked as a senior producer and creative director of Disney Quest, a division of Disney Regional Entertainment that designs virtual-reality theme parks. Geagley is the creator of Serpentine Productions, a company that produced plays, screenplays, television series, and documentaries.
In 2005 Geagley published his first novel, Year of the Hyenas. The main character is Semerket, a failing, alcoholic investigator living in ancient Egypt. He is called upon to solve the case of a murdered priestess, a task his employers hope he will fail at. Rising to the challenge, Semerket delves deep into the case and discovers a conspiracy to overthrow Pharaoh Ramses III.
Year of the Hyenas received warm reviews upon its release. Critics found merit in Geagley's use of historical facts to augment the story surrounding a fictional tale. "It's a solid, fast-paced mystery that's never overwhelmed by the author's research," observed David Pitt in a review for Booklist. Others thought fans of historical and mystery novels would be drawn to Geagley's writing. The book has a "historically motivated plot and authentic, rich cultural detail" that will win over many fans, according to Library Journal contributor Rex E. Klett.
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Booklist, January 1, 2005, David Pitt, review of Year of the Hyenas, p. 826.
Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2004, review of Year of the Hyenas, p. 1167.
Library Journal, January 1, 2005, Rex E. Klett, review of Year of the Hyenas, p. 83.
MBR Bookwatch, March 2005, Harriet Klausner, review of Year of the Hyenas.
AllReaders.com, http://www.allreaders.com/ (August 15, 2005), Harriet Klausner, review of Year of the Hyenas.
Big Cat Chronicles, http://bigcatchronicles.blogharbor.com/ (August 15, 2005), review of Year of the Hyenas.
BookBrowse.com, http://www.bookbrowse.com/ (August 15, 2005), biographical information about Brad Geagley.
Crime Spree Online, http://www.crimespreemag.com/ (August 15, 2005), Billie J. Bloebaum, review of Year of the Hyenas.
Romance Reader's Connection, http://www.theromancereadersconnection.com/ (August 15, 2005), interview with Geagley and review of Year of the Hyenas.
Year of the Hyenas Web site, http://www.yearofthehyenas.com/ (August 15, 2005), interview with Geagley.