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David Maine is the author of The Preservationist (2004); Fallen (2005); The Book of Samson (2006), Monster, 1959 (2008), and An Age of Madness. All were published by St Martin's Press except for An Age of Madness, which was published by Red Hen Press. International editions of some of his books have been published in the United Kingdom by Canongate, with various editions appearing in Spain, Italy, Germany, Norway, Holland, Greece, India, Japan, Russia and Israel. Several editions have also been issued in large-print and audio book format. The U.K. version of The Preservationist, titled The Flood, was shortlisted for The Guardian First Book Award in 2005. The novel has been optioned for a film.
Time magazine praised The Preservationist, while the New York Times called it "an elegant, inventive book" and Publishers Weekly characterized it as "brilliant." About his novel Fallen, Janet Maslin of The New York Times said: "this book's power to rivet the reader approaches the miraculous," while Entertainment Weekly said that "Maine has crafted a work of both high seriousness and wicked laughs." Perhaps the strangest bit of praise comes from the Lexington Herald-Leader, whose reviewer for The Book of Samson wrote that "I do believe it is possible, even helpful, to believe in God and David Maine at the same time."
Since 2008, Maine has taught at the University of Phoenix, Hawai'i-Pacific University and the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, where he was the Distinguished Visiting Writer for fall 2011.
Maine also writes book and music reviews for various outlets and has written for The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Esquire.com, NPR.com, PopMatters and Spectrum Culture. Since 2004, Maine has published more than 700 reviews and articles.