David Stokes

Go to the fiction section of any local bookstore - mega or micro - and you’ll encounter title after title dealing with international intrigue, terrorism, and conspiracy in high places.  These subjects have long been popular, but it seems that they are more so these days, as geopolitical reality unfolds before our eyes.  Many novels seem to read very much like real life. 

Only the names are changed. 

Emerging as a master of the genre is Joel C. Rosenberg.  His first breakout novel, The Last Jihad, climbed the New York Times Bestseller list several years ago, due in part to its eerily familiar plot having to do with an airliner being hijacked and set on a kamikaze course to attack an American city – this all written months BEFORE the 9-11 attacks.

According to CNN Headline News, “J.K. Rowling may be the writer of the moment for the young and the young at heart.  But for many adults Joel Rosenberg is the ‘it author’ right now.  Inside and outside the Beltway in Washington, people are snatching up copies of his almost lifelike terrorist suspense novels.”    

He is not a modern day “Nostradamus” as some have suggested, but Rosenberg is a man who understands that there may be clues to current events, and even future happenings, in some very special ancient writings.  And those writings claim inspiration beyond their authorship.  We’re talking about the sacred Hebrew and Christian scriptures.

Joel’s latest novel, and the last in a compelling series that included: The Last Jihad, The Last Days, The Ezekiel Option, and The Copper Scroll, is called DEAD HEAT.  It’s a must read for anyone interested in how the past may very well inform the present – not to mention things to come.

Prior to his career as a writer (there are 1.5 million copies of his books in print these days), he worked for Steve Forbes, Rush Limbaugh, Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Deputy Prime Minister Natan Sharansky – giving him experience and credentials beyond those of the many suspense novelists. 

I had a chance to talk with Joel recently about his new book, Middle Eastern affairs, and the current U. S. Presidential campaign.  He told me that DEAD HEAT is “about a highly contested political campaign” and “what could happen if a Commander-in-Chief underestimates the danger of radical Islam.” 

With a “ripped from the headlines” feel, the novel weaves his interpretation of ancient Biblical prophecy into realistic current events. 


David Stokes

David R. Stokes is a best-selling author, pastor, columnist, and broadcaster. His latest book is a novel: CAPITOL LIMITED: A Story about John Kennedy and Richard Nixon. Based on a true story, it's about a unique moment in 1947, when Kennedy and Nixon shared