MEET DAKOTA KNOX, A 17-YEAR-
OLD
SURFER FROM ENCINITAS,
CALIFORNIA. HIS PARENTS
DECIDED THAT THEIR FAMILY
WOULD SPEND A SUMMER IN
ISRAEL. IT SOUNDED FUN, BUT…

 

FAMILY GETAWAYS DON’T ALWAYS GO ACCORDING TO PLAN.

THEIR TIME IN ISRAEL WAS GOING ALONG WONDERFULLY, UNTIL A BRAZEN NIGHTTIME HEIST AT THE MUSEUM IN JERUSALEM… 

THE THIEVES
STEAL SEVERAL ARTIFACTS THAT CONFIRM DETAILS IN THE BIBLE.

DAKOTA KNOX AND HIS NEW FRIEND AFTON HANSLEY STUMBLE UPON A CLUE THAT MIGHT LEAD TO THE ARTIFACTS.

BUT LOOKING FOR THEM WILL BE MORE DANGEROUS THAN THEY ANTICIPATED.

COULD THE SEARCH COST THEM THEIR LIVES? WHY ARE THE ARTIFACTS IMPORTANT? WILL THEY BE FOUND?

FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS,
THIS FALL, IN…

Q & A with Charlie Campbell:

What genre is Dakota Knox & The Archaeology Thief?

It’s a young adults action-thriller. So, there’s a lot of fast-paced action, but interwoven through the story are conversations about the trustworthiness of the Bible. So we might say that it’s an “apologetics-action-thriller.” But Dakota and Afton are both seventeen and single and in Israel for a summer with their families and there’s a romantic interest brewing between them. So, we might say that it’s an “action-thriller-apologetic-romance!”

So, your target audience is young adults?

Yes, junior high to college age. But I think older adults will enjoy the book as well.

Is this the beginning of a series of books featuring Dakota Knox?

Yes. . .should the Lord tarry! I’ve started work on book two, and I have ideas for books three and four.

Why did you write Dakota Knox & The Archaeology Thief?

When I finished updating my book Archaeological Evidence for the Bible in 2020, I was burdened by the fact that a lot of young people wouldn’t read a non-fictional book like that. I was praying about that in my office, asking God for wisdom as to how I could better reach young people with a defense of the Bible. And it was during that time of prayer that I had an idea. It was to write a different kind of book—an entertaining novel about a thief who steals archaeological artifacts and a group of teenagers who pursue their recovery. The story would include some “defense of the faith” stuff in it, not in an over-bearing way, but lightly sprinkled through the book. I shared the idea with my wife and teenage kids, and they all agreed that it sounded like a fantastic idea. Now that the book is done, I’m hoping and praying that readers will be drawn in by the entertaining story and end up having their faith strengthened if they are already Christians. But I’m also hoping that non Christians will read the book and be drawn into a soul-saving relationship with Jesus Christ.

SOME OF THE PLACES DAKOTA AND AFTON GO. . .  

Herzliya, ISRAEL

CAESAREA

MASADA

HERZLIYA MARINA

LONDON, ENGLAND

QUMRAN

THE ISRAEL MUSEUM

ENCINITAS, CALIFORNIA

MEET DAKOTA KNOX, A 17-YEAR-OLD SURFER FROM ENCINITAS, CALIFORNIA.

HIS PARENTS DECIDED THAT THEIR FAMILY WOULD SPEND A SUMMER IN ISRAEL. IT SOUNDED FUN, BUT…

FAMILY GETAWAYS DON’T ALWAYS GO ACCORDING TO PLAN.

THEIR TIME IN ISRAEL WAS GOING ALONG WONDERFULLY, UNTIL A BRAZEN NIGHTTIME HEIST AT THE MUSEUM IN JERUSALEM…

THE THIEVES STEAL SEVERAL ARTIFACTS THAT CONFIRM DETAILS IN THE BIBLE.

DAKOTA KNOX AND HIS NEW FRIEND AFTON HANSLEY STUMBLE UPON A CLUE THAT MIGHT LEAD TO THE ARTIFACTS.

BUT LOOKING FOR THEM WILL BE MORE DANGEROUS THAN THEY ANTICIPATED.

COULD THE SEARCH COST THEM THEIR LIVES? WHY ARE THE ARTIFACTS IMPORTANT? WILL THEY BE FOUND?

FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS, THIS FALL IN…

Q & A with Charlie Campbell:

What genre is Dakota Knox & The Archaeology Thief?

It’s a young adults action-thriller. So, there’s a lot of fast-paced action, but interwoven through the story are conversations about the trustworthiness of the Bible. So we might say that it’s an “apologetics-action-thriller.” But Dakota and Afton are both seventeen and single and in Israel for a summer with their families and there’s a romantic interest brewing between them. So, we might say that it’s an “action-thriller-apologetic-romance!”

So, your target audience is young adults?

Yes, junior high to college age. But I think older adults will enjoy the book as well.

Is this the beginning of a series of books featuring Dakota Knox?

Yes. . .should the Lord tarry! I’ve started work on book two, and I have ideas for books three and four.

Why did you write Dakota Knox & The Archaeology Thief?

When I finished updating my book Archaeological Evidence for the Bible in 2020, I was burdened by the fact that a lot of young people wouldn’t read a non-fictional book like that. I was praying about that in my office, asking God for wisdom as to how I could better reach young people with a defense of the Bible. And it was during that time of prayer that I had an idea. It was to write a different kind of book—an entertaining novel about a thief who steals archaeological artifacts and a group of teenagers who pursue their recovery. The story would include some “defense of the faith” stuff in it, not in an over-bearing way, but lightly sprinkled through the book. I shared the idea with my wife and teenage kids, and they all agreed that it sounded like a fantastic idea. Now that the book is done, I’m hoping and praying that readers will be drawn in by the entertaining story and end up having their faith strengthened if they are already Christians. But I’m also hoping that non Christians will read the book and be drawn into a soul-saving relationship with Jesus Christ.