Jul 25

Why read Come Barbarians?


You know nothing about my new novel, coming out September 24. You’re busy. So what is an author to do? Allow brilliant people to read an early version of it, that is what. Then ask them what they thought of it, and shamelessly publish these thoughts on the back of the book and… here, on a blog.

These are enormously good people, for doing this, especially since I have not met one of them in person (though that is my fondest dream).


With Come Barbarians, Todd Babiak stands shoulder to shoulder with Greene and le Carré, but makes the world his own, infusing it with French New Wave cinema and an emotionally resonant voice to craft a thriller of distinction, and of the heart.

-Andrew Pyper, bestselling author of The Demonologist


Come Barbarians is a heart-wrenching and heart-stopping thriller filled with powerful demonstrations of familial love as well as remarkable, chilling violence. Babiak masterfully negotiates these two extremes in this fast-paced, intelligent novel that had me white-knuckled until the last page.

-Ivy Pochoda, author of Visitation Street


Todd has crafted a dark mystery that had me contemplating ‘What would I do?,’ all the while painting a beautiful landscape. Would make Richard Castle proud! 

-Nathan Fillion, star of Castle


A strong, accomplished thriller with a subtle touch of character and a great sense of France and French politics.

-Martin Walker, author of the internationally bestselling series, Bruno, Chief of Police


Utterly gripping. Gets you by the throat and doesn’t let go.

-Sabine Durrant, author of Under Your Skin

COME BARBARIANS, launching September 24, 2013