Although Striking Terror is a work of fiction, the back story is based on many, many months of research. For anyone interested in further reading, here are some useful resources.
Abu-Nimer, M., Khoury, A.I. & Welty, E. Unity in Diversity: Interfaith Dialogue in the Middle East. Washington, DC: USIP Press, 2007.
Ahmed. A. Journey Into America: The Challenge of Islam. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2010.
Avni, M.L. “The anti Israel Poisoning Starts Young.” Wall Street Journal, May 2016.
Cobban, H. The Israeli Syrian Peace Talks 1991-96 and Beyond. Washington, DC: USIP Press, 1999.
Davis, G.M. Religion of Peace? Islam’s War Against the World. Los Angeles, CA: World Ahead Publishing, 2006.
Hafez. M. M. Suicide Bombers in Iraq. Washington, DC: USIP Press, 2007.
Hartwell, R. “Protecting Muslims from Muslims.” The Washington Times, April 2011.
Forliti, A. (AP) “Minnesota women guilty of aiding terrorists.” The Washington Times, Oct. 2011.
Hefner. R.W., Ed. Shari’a Politics: Islamic Law and Society in the Modern World. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2011.
Hirsi Ali, A. Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now. New York, NY: Harper Collins, 2015.
Hirsi Ali, A. Infidel. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 2007.
Holden, M. (Reuters) “Al Qaeda preps boys for attack.” The Washington Times, February 2008.
Laub, K. & Nammari, L. “Hamas Permeates public schools.” Associated Press 2007.
Lewis. B. The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror. New York, NY: Random House, 2003.
Lewis. B. What Went Wrong? Bernard Lewis. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2002.
Martin, P. “For Militants, Gaza violence a way of Life.” The Washington Times, November 2007.
Manji, I. The Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim’s Call for Reform of Her Faith. New York, NY: St Martin’s Press, 2003.
Nafisi, A. Reading Lolita in Tehran. New York, NY: Random House, 2003.
Spencer, R. Islam Unveiled: Disturbing Questions About the World’s Fastest Growing Faith. New York, NY: Encounter Books, 2002.
Sultan, W. A God Who Hates. The Courageous Woman Who Inflamed the Muslim World Speaks Out Against the Evils of Islam. New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press, 2009.
Weimann. G. Terror On The Internet. Washington, DC: USIP Press, 2006.
Wittes, T.C, Ed. How Israelis and Palestinians Negotiate. Washington, DC: USIP Press, 2005.
I also recommend the journalistic writings of Daniel Pipes and Frank Gaffney Jr. on the subject of Islamic Extremism.