While the story I tell in House Divided is fiction, the premise is grounded in fact. In the novel, I posit the next wave of terrorist attacks takes advantage of the naivete of young Americans who have fallen prey to an anti-American, anti-Israel ideology that is prevalent in many schools and colleges.
Real world examples of that very situation crop up regularly. One occurred just this week when two American women were charged with plotting to bomb an undisclosed location. The two women, who describe themselves as members of ISIS, had “repeated contacts with members of al-Qaeda” according to the Washington Post.
Another aspect of my novel, the infiltration of the U.S. by terrorists from the Middle East, is also grounded in fact. Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), the chairman of the Intelligence Committee, has been quoted as fearing that terrorists could use loopholes in the visa waiver program to enter the U.S.
Further, as of earlier this year, the U.S. had not defined a clear path to prevent the return of Islamic State trained terrorists to American soil. Unfortunately, all it takes is a few determined terrorists to cause considerable death and destruction.
If you’re someone who prefers to support locally-owned independent bookstores rather than purchase your books online, be aware that House Divided can soon be purchased at the following bookstores in upstate New York:
- Mysteries on Main Street in Johnstown (in stock)
- The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza (on order)
- Market Block Books in Troy (on order)
Mysteries and The Book House should also have copies of my other novels as does The Open Door in Schenectady.
If your local bookstore doesn’t carry my novels, talk to the store buyer. I’d be happy to send them copies on consignment. I can be contacted through my website.