JFK Tries to Solve His Own Attempted-Murder Mystery in New Alternate-History Novel "Surrounded by Enemies: What if Kennedy Survived Dallas?" by Screenwriter Bryce Zabel

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Fictional retrospective of 11/22/63 assassination attempt depicts President Kennedy’s shockingly tempestuous second term spent battling forces out to destroy him. (NOTE: Author available for media interviews, speaking engagements and panel discussions related to the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination.)

What if JFK had survived the assassination attempt on November 22, 1963?

That’s the provocative question posed and answered by Bryce Zabel’s controversial new novel, “Surrounded by Enemies: What if Kennedy Survived Dallas?”, now available through Amazon and other retailers as an eBook, audiobook, and trade paperback.

In time for the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination, the award-winning Hollywood screenwriter/producer cleverly imagines the twists that history would have taken if the shots missed — and JFK (and his attorney-general brother Bobby) fought back against the forces out to destroy him.

In Zabel’s smart, fast-paced, meticulously researched “alternate history” of the Sixties, John F. Kennedy’s dark personal and political secrets lead to shocking but plausible plot surprises. They include published revelations of the President’s extramarital affairs that trigger a bruising battle over his possible impeachment.

“If Kennedy woke up in the White House on November 23rd, 1963 knowing that the day before somebody had tried to execute him in broad daylight on a public street before a global television audience,” argues Zabel, “life would not have returned to normal -- not for the Kennedy administration nor for the forces that tried to murder him.

“There would still have been investigations but they would not have been colored by respect and grieving for a martyred President,” Zabel concludes. “Instead, the questions would have been asked during a national presidential election. John Kennedy would have found himself in a political fight for survival, even after the actual physical threat of Dallas had passed.”

“Surrounded by Enemies” is cleverly presented as a commemorative 50th-anniversary retrospective assembled by contemporaneous journalists on the staff of a fictitious newsmagazine, Top Story. Its narrative incorporates professionally designed faux-magazine covers depicting JFK with luminaries he met only in Zabel’s parallel universe, including the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show.

The novel’s iconic cast of 1960s characters also features Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Neil Armstrong, Cassius Clay, Marilyn Monroe, Lee Harvey Oswald, F. Lee Bailey, and Lenny Bruce.


“Surrounded by Enemies” has received rave notices from top writers in film, TV and print.

Screenwriter/producer Melissa Rosenberg (Dexter, Twilight film series): "‘Surrounded by Enemies’ is an exhilarating ride, full of twists and turns that never were, but surely could have been."

Screenwriter/producer Damon Lindelof (Lost, World War Z, Star Trek Into Darkness): “I have some experience with shattered timelines and altered realities, but this one kept me guessing every page.”

Prolific alternate-history author Harry Turtledove (How Few Remain, Guns of the South) wrote the Foreword: “A whacking good story… building from what we know about what really did go on. Hold on to your hats, folks. You’re in for quite a ride.”


Hollywood writer/producer Bryce Zabel is the creator of NBC’s Emmy Award-winning  Dark Skies, which dramatized the UFO cover-up through the  perspective of the Kennedy years and beyond. A former CNN correspondent, he is the winner of the Writers Guild of America award for his Hallmark miniseries Pandemic, and has created five primetime television series, including Fox’s groundbreaking African-American superhero series M.A.N.T.I.S. and the TV adaptation of The Crow: Stairway to Heaven. Zabel served as the elected chairman/CEO of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences after 9/11, and has taught producing at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. His previous book, “A.D. After Disclosure,” now in its fourth printing, was a Barnes & Noble “New & Noteworthy” selection. Zabel is a frequent guest on radio and TV programs, and introduced Walter Cronkite, Oprah Winfrey and Tom Hanks on the primetime Emmy awards. He is available for media interviews, speaking engagements and panel discussions related to the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination.


“Surrounded by Enemies: What if Kennedy Survived Dallas?” a novel by Bryce Zabel, is available as a Publish Green eBook through Kindle, iBook, Nook and other vendors; as a Mill City Press trade paperback online and in bookstores; and as an Audible.com audiobook narrated by Edd Hall (“The Tonight Show”). It is the first in a series of alternate-history novels under the alt.WORLDS imprint from Stellar Productions.

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