Well, I’m still Ron Barak and I still write thriller novels (and blogs) at the intersection of contemporary reality and fiction. About the stuff that makes . . . today.

Fact and fiction. Two completely different worlds, right? Yet for me, inextricably related. Facts can be debated and refuted. Fiction can be made to resemble the truth. Just ask our political representatives! So where is the actual truth? And can fiction lead the way to it?

And you you are hopefully here to learn why, what inspires me to do this, who am I writing for? And, most importantly, why do I want you to read what I write?

Author Ron Barak

So, what inspires me to write?

I write because writing forces me to think. A lot. I might not otherwise think so much. That’s scary. At least to me it is. Writing makes me the best person I can be. It makes me grow. (Hopefully not in my waist.) I may not be the smartest person on the planet. Obviously, I’m not. But second isn’t bad. It means I have room to improve. To be better. To try harder. Hey, Avis built a brand out of that. Maybe I can too.

Who am I writing for?

I’m writing for you. That’s right, it bears repeating; I’m writing for you. But just who are you? And don’t you already have too many books to read? Well, you’re someone who wants to read a good story, to be entertained. But also to be encouraged to think a little too. To grow a little too. Too many books today emphasize one of these goals to the exclusion of the other. But these are not conflicting goals. They can co-exist alongside one another. However, not enough of our books achieve that.

And why do I want you to read what I write?

Of course, it would be nice to recoup the cost of publishing and promoting what I write. But the real reason is that I just love to connect with people. To engage. To interact. You see, in my opinion, a tree that falls in the forest without anyone to hear it does not make any noise. A writer without readers is not a writer. I want to make noise.


“Ron Barak has the mind of a legal scholar, the fight of a bareknuckle litigator, and the determination of the former Olympic athlete that he is. Add to those distinctions now the imagination of a natural born storyteller.”

David Corbett, award-winning author of The Art of Character and The Mercy of The Night

“Ron is always willing to do what he can to make the world a better place. He and his wife, Barbie, have been very generous in their support of my efforts to raise money for diabetes research.”

New York Times Bestselling Author Brenda Novak

“Ron Barak manages to channel the best of John Grisham, David Baldacci and Steve Berry in his amazingly suspenseful and timely tales of political and legal intrigue. As prescient as he is thought-provoking and as much fun as he is factual, Ron presents reading entertainment of the highest order.”

Jon Land, USA Today bestselling author of Strong Light of Day

Ron Barak deftly employs his experience as a lawyer to deliciously blood spattered effect as he mines the frustration of those crushed by today’s political and economic climate.

–Amazon Reviewer

“From the vantage point of one who has spent many years in Washington, D.C., I recently had the pleasure of reading an advance copy of Ronald S. Barak’s latest political and legal thriller, The Amendment Killer, a terrific, timely and remarkably accurate portrayal of modern day political dysfunction centered in our capital. Blurring contemporary reality with his own brand of fiction, Barak cleverly intertwines the kidnapping of the 11-year-old diabetic granddaughter of a Supreme Court justice to control the outcome of Congress’ attempt to persuade the Court to invalidate a constitutional amendment criminalizing political abuse and corruption. I have read many of John Grisham’s bestselling novels. Barak matches Grisham step for step. He had me turning the pages of The Amendment Killer from the first page to the last. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride.”

Dennis DeConcini, United States Senator, Ret

Barak’s background is in law, and his comfort with and knowledge of our country’s legal system is an unexpected delight.

–Amazon Reviewer

“In The Amendment Killer, Ron Barak has crafted an entertaining and engaging novel that captures and reflects the current American political landscape.”

Ron Galperin, Los Angeles City Controller

Barak’s background is in law, and his comfort with and knowledge of our country’s legal system is an unexpected delight.

–Amazon Reviewer

The Amendment Killer is a brilliant and timely novel about a Supreme Court challenge to a constitutional amendment enacted by ‘we the people’ to end corruption on the part of their political representatives, and demonstrate that their government is meant to serve rather than be served. More than just a page turning political and legal thriller, Barak demonstrates an impressive and thought provoking command of real world politics, constitutional law reduced to its basics, and the ins and outs of lawyering at its best.”

–Donald Earl Childress III, Associate Professor of Law, Pepperdine University School of Law

“A writer of great promise and style, enchanting the reader to new dimensions.”

–Amazon Reviewer

In The Amendment Killer, an engaging and entertaining suspense thriller about an enchanting 11-year-old type 1 diabetic youngster kidnapped by those who would control the swing vote of her Supreme Court justice grandfather in a pending case of immense Constitutional importance to the future of our country, Ron Barak has merged the worlds of political and legal intrigue and diabetes reality with the same precision, skill, sensitivity, and enthusiasm he demonstrates every day in managing his own real world diabetes, and his efforts to support diabetes research.”

–Anne Peters, M.D. internationally recognized diabetologist and author of Conquering Diabetes

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