José Rodrigues dos Santos


The Author

José Rodrigues dos Santos is the bestselling novelist in Portugal. He is the author of seven essays and twenty-four novels, including Portuguese blockbusters Codex 632, which sold 217 000 copies, The Einstein Enigma, 205 000 copies, The Seventh Seal, 207 000 copies, and The Wrath of God, 200 000 copies in Portugal. His worldwide sales exceed 4 million copies, with number one bestselling books in multiple countries.

José’s fiction is published or is about to be published in 20 languages. His novels The Wrath of God won the 2009 Porto Literary Club Award, The Devil's Hand won the 2012 Best Novel Award of Portal da Literatura, and The Governor's Lover won the 2018 Bertrand Best Novel Award and Immortal won the 2019 Bertrand Best Novel Award. His other novels, Codex 632 and The Einstein Enigma, were longlisted for the 2010 and 2012 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

José is also a journalist and for 25 years a university professor. He works for Portuguese public television, where he presents Telejornal, RTP’s Evening News. As a reporter he has covered wars around the globe, including Angola, East Timor, South Africa, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Iraq, Bosnia, Serbia, Lebanon, Georgia Libya and the Iraqi war on ISIS. His last assignment was the 2022 war in the Ukraine. He has been awarded three times by CNN for his reporting and twice by the Portuguese Press Club.

José has a Ph. D. in war reporting.

He is considered by readers Portugal’s best contemporary writer, according to opinion polls by the Reader's Digest Trusted Brand Novelist of Portugal and the 5 Star Literary Personality of Portugal.

His latest novel, The Red Dragon Woman, has just been released and has already sold 71 200 copies. A woman shouts for help in Amritsar, India. Two men are chasing her. Maria Flor comes to her help, but both end up kidnapped. Tomás Noronha arrives on the scene to try to find out what happened to his wife. While searching for clues, he meets a CIA man who seems to be interested in the affair. Why is the CIA involved? The search will drive Tomás to the heart of today’s biggest threat on human liberty: the Chinese Communist Party. What is the CCP doing to its own people? What are its plans for the world and humankind as a whole? Based on true facts, José Rodrigues dos Santos shows us the big challenges our open societies face today and the war brought to us by the mightiest dictatorship on the planet. If you think Russia is dangerous, wait until you meet the CCP…

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