D.I. Telbat


D. I. Telbat is a Christian author best known for his Suspenseful Fiction with a Faith Focus, which includes his bestseller COIL Series and several standalone suspense and End Times novels. He wrote his first book at age 14, and hasn't stopped since!

Telbat's Tablet, David's website/blog (https://ditelbat.com), offers free weekly Christian adventure short stories, or related posts, to entertain, but also to bring attention to the persecuted worldwide. Because of his interest in the Persecuted Church and missions, many of D.I. Telbat's stories are about persecuted Christians—their sacrifice, suffering, and rescues.

Also on his site, he shares his author reflections, book reviews, writing research, and occasional challenges for today's Christian. His complete biography is there as well.

Getting into trouble with the law as a young man became a turning point in David's life. The Lord used that experience to draw David into a personal relationship with Him. Re-focusing his life for Christ, David now seeks to honor God with his life and his writing.

David studied writing in college, and worked for a time in the newspaper field, but he is now doing what he loves: writing and Christian ministry. When not busy with ministry, he focuses on writing novels, short stories, and blog posts.

Though D.I. Telbat is currently living in California, he has kept his home office in the Northwest U.S. where his assistant, Dee, lives and helps with his writing and editing needs.

There is no redemption without sacrifice.

Where to find D.I. Telbat online

Where to buy in print


Christian Short Story Collections
Christian Short Story Collections consists of two books: COIL Extractions, Book 1, and COIL Recruits for Christ, Book 2. COIL Extractions includes 6 Christian short stories plus chapter one of Dark Liaison, Book One of The COIL Series, available for free, and is a sampling of D.I. Telbat's adventure and suspense stories. COIL Recruits for Christ includes 15 Christian short stories. Other collections will be added in the future.
COIL Legacy
The COIL Legacy by D.I. Telbat has an emphasis on family and practical faith. Though this series can be read and enjoyed as a standalone, it will be even more enjoyable for those who have read the first COIL Series. Corban Dowler is running COIL (Commission of International Laborers), but Titus Caspertein is in this series, making plenty of enemies. You’ll find newly-developed COIL tech, with more in the NL (non-lethal) weapon series, as well as drones! COIL missions, spies, disguises, international humanitarian work, survival, wild animals, evil regimes, chases by radical Shiites—there’s much excitement and intrigue to once again keep you awake into the wee hours of the morning! To introduce this new series, you will first see the exciting Prequel, Distant Boundary, with Book One, Distant Contact, and Distant Front, Book Two, to follow.
Lace up your boots, pack your parachute, and join Corban Dowler and his team of operatives in The COIL Series, Christian suspense by D.I. Telbat. Imagine a whole book series about international spies and Special Forces commandos committed to saving at-risk Christians around the world. How selfless, daring, and dedicated to Christ these men and women must be! The COIL Series takes you into such action as you join the Commission of International Laborers in covert ops and rescues. You won’t experience a COIL novel without realizing Telbat’s adventures are based upon actual conditions in our world today. These stories of suspense, loss, love, and commitment to Christ will draw you, and you’ll see that God is still in control even in the midst of chaos. D.I. Telbat hopes you won’t just read or listen to The COIL Series, but that your faith in Christ, our Savior, will also be strengthened.


COIL Recruits: a Christian Short Story Collection
Series: Christian Short Story Collections. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 24,110. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Short stories, Fiction » Inspirational
COIL Recruits for Christ, a Christian Short Story Collection, Book 2, includes more characters applying faith and courage in the midst of tribulation. Each Christian short story presents a spiritual principle within gripping fiction and real-life scenarios. Book 2 is a sample of D.I. Telbat Suspenseful Fiction with a Faith Focus where we are reminded that there is no redemption without sacrifice.
Distant Boundary: Prequel to The COIL Legacy
Series: COIL Legacy. Price: Free! Words: 18,080. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Suspense, Fiction » Inspirational
(5.00 from 1 review)
Assumed dead after a humanitarian airdrop, Agent Titus Caspertein fights against hyenas, wild dogs, and isolation in the African savanna. With broken limbs and predators prowling for blood, Titus relies on a young boy. Unless his wife finds him before an armed rhino poacher does, Titus will become a casualty of wild Zimbabwe in Distant Boundary, Prequel for The COIL Legacy by D.I. Telbat.
Primary Objective: A Christian Rescue Mission
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,520. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Short stories, Fiction » Christian » Suspense
In Novelette Primary Objective: A Christian Rescue Mission by D.I. Telbat, Christian Special Forces Operative Rand Lasky sets out on a simple mission—a covert extraction of someone he once had a crush on! But Amber has plans of her own, and the op doesn't go as expected for Rand as evil extends its grip. Join the COIL Agent as he risks everything for his primary objective of serving Jesus Christ.
The Legend of Okeanos: A Tale of Restoration, Survival, and a Great White Shark
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,670. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
(5.00 from 1 review)
The Legend of Okeanos: A Tale of Restoration, Survival, and a Great White Shark is a thrilling quest of enduring faith and friendship by D.I. Telbat. This rapid-fire survival story unwraps the lives of four people, tossing them into a plot of boiling controversy. In his pursuit of justice, one-eyed Agent Wes risks all, trusting God to triumph through tragedy and wickedness. And we meet Okeanos.
Dark Edge: Prequel to the COIL Series
Series: COIL, Prequel. Price: Free! Words: 15,580. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Christian » Suspense
In DARK EDGE, by D.I. Telbat, CIA Agent Corban Dowler refuses a kill order, so is sanctioned for assassination by the agency he's worked with for years. Corban's new relationship with Jesus Christ will possibly cost him everything. In disguise, Corban initiates a rescue in India, and then we join a brainstorming session that reveals the beginnings of COIL, formed to protect God's people worldwide.
Soldier of Hope
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,720. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Meet Soldier of Hope, POW Army Ranger Jeff Grant. After six years in Taliban captivity, he runs for his life in an effort to return to his praying family in America. Though the US government believes he's dead, Jeff has thrived as a porter for the militants. But escaping and evading his captors is not so easy in Afghanistan. The militants are armed and bloodthirsty, and the terrain is unforgiving.
C.O.I.L. Extractions: a Christian Short Story Collection
Series: Christian Short Story Collections. Price: Free! Words: 13,690. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Short stories, Fiction » Christian » General
Updated cover! In COIL Extractions, a Collection of Christian Short Stories, Book 1, we find a sampling of D.I. Telbat's Suspenseful Fiction with a Faith Focus. Each adventure or suspense story shows a unique side of service for the Lord, and we are reminded that there is no redemption without sacrifice.

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Smashwords book reviews by D.I. Telbat

  • Smashwords Style Guide on Nov. 14, 2012

    I work with Author D.I. Telbat and am a non-tech techie, so learning all that I had to for e-published was a huge uphill battle for me. BUT, when I read your Style Guide, it opened a whole new world to us! Thank you so much, Mark, for making this available! We couldn't have done it without you! The detailed steps and visuals are so clear. If I can do it, anyone can! I use your style guide to get our other formats ready, as well. There's just nothing that I've found to be as helpful. And the coupons that you allow us to create has been a great help, too! We have four Christian fiction books in the Premium Catalog, and are about to publish David Telbat's fifth novel through Smashwords. We thank you so much, Mark, for helping to make our dream come true! 10-stars for sure! Dee for D.I. Telbat
  • How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method on Aug. 27, 2015

    As a fellow writer, I've enjoyed the system Randy has designed to rediscover key novel processes, and to teach newer writers. The character development information was especially enlightening. Thank you!