St. Martin’s Press announced it has signed a deal with talk-radio host and New York Times bestselling author Michael Savage for two new fiction thrillers.
His previous novel, “Abuse of Power,” was a New York Times bestseller last year.
His next fiction book, “Time for War,” will be released in February. The new books are tentatively scheduled for 2014 and 2015.
“Abuse of Power,” with echoes of Britain’s politically correct ban of Savage in 2009, tells the story of a smeared network journalist, Jack Hatfield, who uncovers a chilling terrorist plot.
“My novels mean a great deal to me,” Savage said. “I began life as a poet and short story writer. These Jack Hatfield novels allow me to paint the scenes of life I know best: the San Francisco restaurants, the streets in a certain light, the color of the bay. The excitement I feel I try to express in each novel.”
The show, formerly in the 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern time slot, now will air from 9 p.m. to midnight Eastern, Monday through Friday, Cumulus said.
Savage’s next non-fiction book is “Train Tracks: Family Stories for the Holidays,” scheduled for release Nov. 6.
As WND reported, Savage announced Sept. 27 he won his federal lawsuit against his syndicator, Talk Radio Network, via arbitration. The arbitration panel awarded Savage more than $900,000 and ordered TRN to turn over to him all archived tapes and other recordings of his show.
Just days after he ended his relationship with TRN, WND reported, his “Savage Nation” was ranked the No. 1 talk-radio show on the Internet for the third quarter.
Savage’s Jack Hatfield character is a hardened former war correspondent who rose to national prominence for his insightful, provocative commentary. But after being smeared as a bigot and extremist by a radical leftist media-watchdog group, he ultimately loses his job and finds himself working in obscurity as a freelance news producer in San Francisco.
In an interview about “Abuse of Power,” Savage told WND he hoped readers will come away having enjoyed an exciting, fast-paced story that will “alert them to the danger America faces” and remind them that “one honest man can make a difference.”
Savage has written six non-fiction New York Times best-sellers among his 28 books. They include “Trickle Down Tyranny: Crushing Obama’s Dream of the Socialist States of America,” “Trickle Up Poverty: Stopping Obama’s Attack on Our Borders, Economy, and Security,” “The Savage Nation,” The Enemy Within,” “Liberalism is a Mental Disorder,” “Political Zoo,” “Psychological Nudity: Savage Radio Stories” and “Banned in Britain.”
He was awarded the coveted Freedom of Speech Award by Talkers Magazine and earned his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.
Savage told WND that one aim of “Abuse of Power” is to “awaken America to the fact that we’ve let our guard down” 10 years after the 9/11 attack.
“It’s like we’re asleep at the switch again, and the train is about to come roaring down the tracks, going the wrong way,” he said.
Meanwhile, Savage is calling his affiliation with Cumulus “the biggest move of my radio career.”