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Debut Novelist Cliff Graham Inks Multi-book Deal with Zondervan | Alive Literary

Debut Novelist Cliff Graham Inks Multi-book Deal with Zondervan

Day of War by Cliff Graham

Day of War by Cliff Graham

August 3, 2010 —First time novelist, Cliff Graham, is welcomed into the Zondervan family as a fresh voice in historical fiction. Graham has uniquely recreated the epic battles of King David and his Mighty Men in Day of War. The first novel of the multi-book series, Lion of War, is scheduled to release in the spring of 2011.

Graham writes from his own experiences in the modern military and from interviews with combat veterans from every major war since World War II. As a member of the Army chaplain program, he has spent time with wounded soldiers and is familiar with the stresses such experiences place on warriors and their loved ones.

“Cliff Graham has a remarkable talent for envisioning Biblical stories and creating page-turning fiction,” says Cindy Lambert, vice president & associate publisher at Zondervan. “Similar to Wilbur Smith and Bernard Cornwell, Cliff’s epic novels portrays the intense, gritty reality and heroic exploits of real heroes of the ancient world.”

Day of War tells the story of Benaiah, who is described in 2 Samuel as a “valiant fighter from Kabzeel who performed great exploits.” In the novel, Benaiah is  looking for a fresh start and finds David and his disgruntled and reckless group of warriors. Over the course of ten days, from snowy mountain passes to sword-filled battlefields, David and his fellow mercenaries must call upon everything they have learned to survive and rebuild their shattered nation.

Filmmaker David L. Cunningham, director of The Path to 9/11, and Grant Curtis, producer of the Spiderman franchise, have optioned the Lion of War series and are developing a major motion picture franchise as the inaugural entry in their newly formed GiantKiller Pictures banner.

“There is a high level of satisfaction seeing these world-famous characters come to life in a Braveheart meets Gladiator sort of way,” says literary agent Joel Kneedler, of Alive Communications. “Cliff has created down-to-earth personalities that will light up imaginations and the silver screen.” — JK

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