December Third – Debut novel by David Tal

Exclusive interview with David Tal, author of December Third

By Andrew Moore, Contributing Writer

(Originally published on December 3, 2009)

December Third - Novel

December Third - Novel

December Third explores both extremes of how people view inexplicable happenings: either blindly assuming the divine or staunchly grasping for answers based in fact. For those who look to the latter, the answer is clear. But for those who believe in miracles, how far will they go to prove their faith?”

These are the themes at the core of David Tal’s debut novel, December Third. A dramatic thriller set in the near future and takes place in locations across the globe, December Third mixes the archetypal spiritual quest for purpose in life with Tom Clancy level intrigue.

The Arbitrage Magazine recently got the chance to sit down with our long time supporter, David Tal, about his exciting plunge into novel length fiction.

How did you come up with the idea behind December Third?

A few years back, I was doing some soul searching. I was studying up a lot on various religions and beliefs, and eventually came across some writings by Aryeh Kaplan, he’s a well known Rabbi and writer on the subject of Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism). Specifically, his unique insights into free will and the belief of God really opened eyes.

It got me thinking: how would the world react if everyone in it witnessed a miracle that no one could deny? How would that affect society? How would different people interpret the same event? Would the result be positive or negative?

David Tal

David Tal - Author

It’s definitely an interesting premise. And from what I could tell, the three main characters December Third follow seem to explore and react to the miracle in their own ways.

To an extent, the main protagonist (Charles Duncan), he explores it more because of the terminal illness he’s struggling with. I mean, when your dying from cancer, and then you witness what’s supposed to be a miracle from God, how do react to that. For Charles, it’s like: God would go out of his way to present himself to the world, but not lift a finger to heal me?

I think that (aside from being a news reporter) is what maintains his scepticism throughout the story. For Zahid and Tannor, their storylines stem from tragedy and loss, and their quests to find their own salvation—but both in very dark and different ways.

Yeah, I got that while I was reading it. I found also that I could spot quite a few different genres in this work. I mean its mainly a drama, but it’s also set in the very near future, and has elements of thriller, international espionage, and horror mixed in. Was there a reason for that?

Honestly, I didn’t really think about it while writing the book. I just wrote a story I knew I’d like to read. How it turned out is probably a result of all the pop culture influences I grew up with. Either way, I’m happy that (December Third) includes all those genres, they are all some of my favourite.

December Third doesn’t explain too much all the details of the miracle. And at the end of it, you keep it vague about whether it was or wasn’t a miracle. Which is it?

(David grins) I guess that’s a matter of perspective. You either believe or you don’t.

(Laughs) All right, well if you do ever witness a miracle, how would you react?

I’d probably shit myself, that or I’d try and take a picture of said miracle and post it on Facebook.

Can you tell us a little about the next project you’re working on?

I actually haven’t decided what I’m going to work on next. I have couple good ideas bouncing around, so I’ll give it time to settle on one. It’s usually a few years between each of my writing projects, because of my day job. But overall, I’m pretty excited about what I’ll come out with next!

Anything you’d like to say to those who haven’t read December Third?

I’d say to just give it a try. If you’re not hooked by the first 25 to 50 pages, then put it down. But if you get into it, then please tell 25 to 50 of your friends about it!

(Updated January 10, 2012)

December Third can be bought online at Amazon’s Kindle bookstore (click here). Be sure to buy your copy now and share it with your friends!

To learn more about December Third, visit its newly launched December Third Fan Page on Facebook.

To connect with the author, follow David Tal via his personal:
Facebook Fan Page
and YouTube page.

Also, to read more of David Tal’s work, his first published short story, Pleasure – A Short Story, can be purchased here.

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