By DeAnn Lubell

Profile photo credit: Jonathan Vandiveer

Imagine your novels selling millions of copies, winning numerous literary awards, and being translated into 22 languages.  This is exactly what Rancho Mirage resident, Andrew Kaplan, the author of two bestselling spy thriller book series Scorpion and Homeland, has accomplished in his long successful literary career.  These were the prequel novels to the award-winning Homeland television series.  Homeland: Saul’s Game won the Scribe Best Novel of the Year award.  Three of Amazon’s top 20 mysteries and thrillers were the Scorpion books: Scorpion Betrayal, Scorpion Winter, and Scorpion Deception.

“Kaplan matches the best work of the late Robert Ludlum and then surpasses it.” – Suspense Magazine.


Andrew Kaplan was born in Brooklyn.  After dropping out of Brooklyn College and serving in the U.S. Army, he began his career as a journalist and war correspondent for the International Herald Tribune in Paris covering events during the Cold War in Europe and wars in Africa. He then worked for an ad agency in New York with high-profile clients like The Beatles.  Andrew moved to Israel where he served in the Israeli Army during the Six Day War. He subsequently helped organize 100 volunteer students to start the University of the Negev in Beersheva, Israel – now known as the Ben Gurion University, a world-leading research university in nanotechnology, cyber security, and water technology. Returning to the U.S., Andrew started a successful communications company, providing technical documentation and consulting services to U.S. government agencies and Fortune 500 companies.

In addition to his popular Homeland and Scorpion novels, Andrew’s standalone novels include the New York Times bestseller Dragonfire, a spy thriller novel published by Warner Books in hardcover and softcover editions. It was an international best-seller and a main selection of the Book of the Month Club in England. New York Times bestseller Hour of the Assassins is about the hunt for the Nazi war criminal, Joseph Mengele. War of the Raven was selected by the American Library Association as one of the 100 Best Books ever written about World War II.  Andrew’s most recent novel, the fast-paced, high-octane spy thriller Blue Madagascar was a number one Amazon release. And to top it off, Andrew’s screenwriting career includes the James Bond hit film Goldeneye.

“What inspires me,” said Andrew, “is good writing and good writing is writing that reveals truth. In an era when we’re drowning in a tsunami of lies, conspiracy theories, deep fakes, social media posturing, mediocrity, and sheer bullshit, I can think of nothing more valuable. A story well-told that lets us see ourselves for who we truly are can raise us from existing to living. When Buddha was questioned as to whether he was a man or a god, he answered, ‘I am awake.’ I like to entertain people, yes. But more importantly, I want to wake them up.”

You can buy Andrew Kaplan’s books through Amazon.