Dispatch from the Razor's Edge, the Blog of Michael Stephen Fuchs

Life Imitates Fuchs: Ops v1 and Israel

So. Not for the first time, current events have caught up with my stories. (“Torn from the headlines,” as they say. Indeed.) Savvy readers have already guessed the subtitle of the forthcoming first ARISEN : Operators book, The Fall of the Third Temple, is a reference to Israel. The First and Second Temples in Jerusalem were destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BC, and the Romans in 70 AD, respectively, sending the Jews of ancient Israel into an exile that lasted 2,000 years – until the foundation of the modern state of Israel in 1948. “The Third Temple” is basically a very freighted and resonant way to refer to that state. It's also what Moshe Dayan warned was going to fall, almost exactly 50 years ago, when it was surprise-attacked and nearly overrun in the Yom Kippur War.

So. Here we are again.

Basically, the entire first half of this book takes place in Israel – one that is falling. It not only opens with a mass-murdering rampage terror attack on a kibbutz on the Gaza border, but even includes our heroine and her team of IDF special operators going into the Strip, on a death-defying ground incursion. I mean, it's really uncanny. Obviously, I've been planning this book for years, and story-designing and writing it since the beginning of this year. Then again, I guess it was always the case that the conflict could kick off again at pretty much any time.

A portion of the earnings from this book will be, and was always going to be – I had it locked into the back of the book like eight weeks ago – donated to Friends of the IDF, a nonpolitical charity which provides for the wellbeing of the soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), veterans, and family members. Established by Holocaust survivors, FIDF awards scholarships, supports lone soldiers (those with no immediate family in Israel to rely upon), and helps wounded soldiers and bereaved families. FIDF has received the highest 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for 11 years in a row – a feat accomplished by only 2% of charities.

I'm now doubling the proportion I was originally going to contribute.

And, right now, all contributions are being matched 100% by a private donor, so if you want to contribute, too, now's the time of their greatest need.

I'll also now be contributing an equal amount to Save the Children's Gaza Appeal. Many hundreds of civilians have already been killed in Gaza, thousands wounded, and hundreds of thousands displaced, in a terrible humanitarian crisis that disproportionately affects the 50% of Gazans that are children. Save the Children has had a permanent presence in Gaza since 1973, does critical work, and needs our help to support all children affected by violence.

As a final note, I'm worried that the timing of this launch will look like I'm exploiting the tragedy. (I'm almost equally worried that the timing will help the launch.) But I'm not going to change the schedule, which has been in the pipe for many months. Longtime readers (particularly of my book Counter-Assault) will know that I've been a lifetime supporter of the people and state (and military personnel) of Israel, for reasons that have always seemed to me extremely compelling. I hope and believe this new book – based on a lifetime of research – will provide you all with a compelling insider's look at Israel and the IDF and its special operations forces, at a time when they really need our understanding and support.

Friday 20 October 2023

  arisen : operators     israel     arisen  
close photo of Michael Stephen Fuchs

Fuchs is the author of the novels The Manuscript and Pandora's Sisters, both published worldwide by Macmillan in hardback, paperback and all e-book formats (and in translation); the D-Boys series of high-tech, high-concept, spec-ops military adventure novels – D-Boys, Counter-Assault, and Close Quarters Battle (coming in 2016); and is co-author, with Glynn James, of the bestselling Arisen series of special-operations military ZA novels. The second nicest thing anyone has ever said about his work was: "Fuchs seems to operate on the narrative principle of 'when in doubt put in a firefight'." (Kirkus Reviews, more here.)

Fuchs was born in New York; schooled in Virginia (UVa); and later emigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lived through the dot-com boom. Subsequently he decamped for an extended period of tramping before finally rocking up in London, where he now makes his home. He does a lot of travel blogging, most recently of some very  long  walks around the British Isles. He's been writing and developing for the web since 1994 and shows no particularly hopeful signs of stopping.

You can reach him on .

THE MANUSCRIPT by Michael Stephen Fuchs
PANDORA'S SISTERS by Michael Stephen Fuchs
D-BOYS by Michael Stephen Fuchs
COUNTER-ASSAULT by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book One - Fortress Britain, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Two - Mogadishu of the Dead, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN : Genesis, by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN Book Three - Three Parts Dead, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN Book Four - Maximum Violence, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN Book Five - EXODUS, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN Book Six - The Horizon, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Seven - Death of Empires, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Eight - Empire of the Dead by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN : NEMESIS by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Nine - Cataclysm by Michael Stephen Fuchs

ARISEN, Book Ten - The Flood by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Eleven - Deathmatch by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Twelve - Carnage by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Thirteen - The Siege by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Fourteen - Endgame by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN : Fickisms
ARISEN : Odyssey
ARISEN : Last Stand
ARISEN : Raiders, Volume 1 - The Collapse
ARISEN : Raiders, Volume 2 - Tribes
Black Squadron
ARISEN : Raiders, Volume 3 - Dead Men Walking
ARISEN : Raiders, Volume 4 - Duty
ARISEN : Raiders, Volume 5 - The Last Raid
ARISEN : Fickisms ][ – This Time, It's Personal
ARISEN : Operators, Volume I - The Fall of the Third Temple
from email:

to email(s) (separate w/commas):
By subscribing to Dispatch from the Razor’s Edge, you will receive occasional alerts about new dispatches. Your address is totally safe with us. You can unsubscribe at any time. All the cool kids are doing it.