Authors Showcase: David R. Stokes and November Surprise.

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I first met David Stokes shortly after he published his historical nonfiction book, The Shooting Salvationist.

I knew immediately that there were a lot of common threads between us.

His book, as gripping and intriguing as any novel you’ve ever read, was a brilliant portrayal of the murder trial of J. Frank Norris, one of the nation’s most powerful and charismatic Baptist preachers, a man who had established the country’s first Mega Church in Fort Worth, Texas.

And I had, in an earlier lifetime, served as police reporter and feature writer for the Fort Worth Star Telegram.

It knew the city.

I knew its culture.

I had long been familiar with the J. Frank Norris trial. I had even written a couple of magazine articles on the controversial preacher.

I wish I had written the book.

David R. Stokes
David R. Stokes

But, in reality, neither I nor anyone else could have written the story as well as David Stokes did. He is a Baptist preacher himself, and he knows the good and bad that exists behind the curtain and inside the politics of any denomination. He had an insight that would have escaped the rest of us.

David and I both shared a deep love for and fascination with the past.

We read what the news stories say.

We read what the history books tell us.

But what really happened?

And why did it happen?

And what is it that nobody telling us?

David and I both write historical fiction these days. And that requires as much research as any nonfiction book. Our novels may not be exactly what happened, but they do probe deep into the truths and reveal the secrets that have sometimes been covered up for a long time.

I am honored to introduce David’s newest novel, November Surprise.

If you like politics, if you like thrillers, if you like stories that are well calculated to keep you in a hammerlock of suspense, then you will love November Surprise.

It’s a stunner.

It’s a winner.

The Book: November Surprise

The Author: David R. Stokes

The Story:  The daring and deadly midday abduction of a former President of the United States triggers a national and international crisis. But he’s only one of the Presidents involved in the story.

NOVEMBER SURPRISE is really the story of three Presidents–the one taken, the one in the White House, and the one who was elected just a few days earlier. Not only the first female to be elected to the nation’s highest office, she’s the only daughter of the former President who’s been kidnapped and is feared dead. And though she’s not yet taken the oath of office, it’s clear that she’s the key player in the dramatic story that unfolds.

Her confidence in the outgoing administration is less than strong, and she turns to one of her best friends for help. TEMPLETON DAVIS (Camelot’s Cousin), nationally known radio talk-show host, media personality, and best-selling author, is recruited by the President-elect to help with the investigation. Davis, whose recent work (chronicled in Camelot’s Cousin) helped solve the mysteries surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy decades earlier, has brought together a talented team of security and intelligence experts. Called The Project, this off-the-record and under-the-radar band of operatives turn out to be much more effective than “official” counterparts. But will they be able to solve the crime of the century?

About the Author: David R. Stokes is an author, ordained minister, commentator, broadcaster, and columnist.

His articles and columns regularly appear at places such as The Daily Caller,, and American Thinker. His work has also been published in The Intelligencer: Journal of U.S. Intelligence Studies, The Jewish Press, The Cold War Times, The Richard Nixon Foundation, and History News Network.

A minister for 35 years, Reverend Stokes has, since 1998, served as Senior Pastor of Fair Oaks Church in Fairfax, VA, a non-denominational congregation with more than 30 nations represented in its membership. Prior to this, he led churches in New York, Illinois, and Texas. He grew up in the Detroit, Michigan area. As a broadcaster, he has had his own national satellite radio talk show and is a regular guest-host for talk shows across the country. David has also produced and hosted podcasts for The Cold War Museum and Richard Nixon Foundation.

David has been married to his wife, Karen, for more than 37 years and they have three daughters and seven grandchildren. They live in Fairfax, Virginia.(less).

Review by Phoebe Stogstill: I had several books on my “to read” list. I have read all of David’s books and enjoyed them all, so I chose to read this one, first. I had planned to read it leisurely, spreading it out to finish this coming weekend. It is such a page-turner that I couldn’t put it down until I finished it. The characters are all well-developed, the settings believable and well-described.

Templeton Davis, renowned radio personality, just cannot keep his nose out of intrigue. He is much more calmed-down in this novella, maybe because of the influence of a good woman, and I find him more likable. He is not so ego-driven, more laid back. He has mellowed out. This is a total work of fiction, but I often imagine some of the characters as real people operating now, or in the past in our government or political circles.

David is a meticulous researcher and his abilities are not wasted on his knowledge of aeronautics and technical gear. He possibly would make a great operative, himself. I highly recommend this book, with perfect pacing and ingenious plots, but have two suggestions for readers: do read Camelot’s Cousin first, AND, be sure you have some root beer in the house (I was lucky).

Before you get too far in the book you may be craving root beer by the power of suggestion. I am looking forward to David’s next book.

Please click the book cover image to read more about November Surprise.


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  • Caleb Pirtle

    David is becoming a major new figure in historical thrillers. He cares about the past, and he can keep you grounded in suspense from page one.

  • Sara Marie Hogg

    Again, this is a great book. I have enjoyed all of David’s books, but especially The Shooting Salvationist, because I have a fascination with Ft. Worth. November Surprise is one I could not put down until I finished it. (Phoebe Stogstill)

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