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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., November 7, 2013 — Suspense novelist Robin Parrish, together with writer, producer and director, Daniel Lusko, will bring the upcoming Spring 2014 film, PERSESCUTED to paper in a page-turning novelization. Persecuted: I Will Not Be Silent (Spring 2014, Bethany House) is based on a political thriller starring James Remar, Bruce Davison, Dean Stockwell, Fred Thompson, Brad Stine, Natalie Grant, and Gretchen Carlson, set to release Spring 2014 from One Media, LLC. The film is a SAG-AFTRA production of an original political drama by writer, director and producer Daniel Lusko. With a star-studded cast, and a storyline seemingly ripped from today’s headlines, the book and film explore the topic of government scandal, corruption and religious persecution.

Persecuted is the story of a modern-day evangelist named John Luther– the last hold out for a national endorsement to make sweeping reform in freedom of speech. As the government is mandating political correctness while covertly waging a war against religious organizations, a U.S. Senator and his political allies create a sinister plan of denial and scandal to frame John Luther for murder. Suddenly his once-normal life is turned upside down as he becomes a fugitive vowing to expose those responsible. It is a mission that brings him face-to-face with the coming storm of persecution that will threaten the moral ethics and freedoms of America.

"I hope people come away from reading the book or watching the movie asking the question: what would you do if you faced persecution for your beliefs? We’re living in a generation that has been raised to believe there’s no such thing as truth, and a world that is tired of the games the church has been playing for its own agenda. I hope to wake-up a world that takes freedom and truth for granted; I hope this book and movie shake people up," said writer, director and producer Daniel Lusko.

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Robin Parrish has written for over a decade as a journalist on the cutting edge of Christian culture, from books and music to film. He is the author of the Dominion Trilogy, Nightmare, Offworld, and Vigilante. Robin lives with his wife and children in High Point, North Carolina.

Daniel Lusko attended film school at the New York Film Academy and directed the documentaries Inside the Revolution and Epicenter based on Joel Rosenberg’s New York Times bestsellers. Over the past two years Daniel has directed his first action/adventure feature film entitled 500 MPH Storm and a gritty crime drama, 11 Seconds. He is the writer and director of Persecuted, produced with Gray Frederickson (The Godfather and Apocalypse Now). Daniel and his family live in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Bethany House has been publishing high quality books for over 50 years. Recognized as the pioneer and leader in Christian fiction, we publish over 75 new fiction and nonfiction titles annually in subjects including historical and contemporary fiction, Christian living, devotional, family resources, and theology.

Persecuted: I Will Not Be Silent
Release Date: April 1
Trade Paper – 978-0-7642-1266-6 – $15.99
Hardcover – 978-0-7642-1267-3 – $22.99
ebook – 978-1-4412-6469-5 – $15.99