Steven Plank is a minor character in the Left Behind series. At the outset of the original 12-book series, Plank is the executive editor of Global Weekly magazine, and the boss of Cameron "Buck" Williams. Within two weeks of the Rapture, Plank accepts a post as press secretary for rising international political leader Nicolae Carpathia, and nominates Buck to take his place as senior editor.
Plank falls under Carpathia's spell and serves him faithfully until he becomes surplus to Nicolae's needs. He disappears for several years, presumably lost in the bombing of New York City by the Global Community but blamed on American militia forces.
Plank resurfaces shortly after the midpoint of the Tribulation, using the alias Pinkerton Stephens, and a believer in Christ. Rayford Steele and Albie encounter him in The Mark working undercover as a GC operative in Pueblo, Colorado. He is badly disfigured and wears a prosthetic to hide the fact that most of his face is missing as a result of injuries caused by the Wrath of the Lamb earthquake. Though he is hideously disfigured, the seal of the believer is visible on his forehead. He says that he had already been convinced before the earthquake, and that he "was praying the prayer as the building came down."
After revealing his true identity to Rayford and Albie, he helps them rescue Hattie Durham from the very facility where he has been working undercover.
Plank next appears in The Remnant, when the GC brass order all personnel without Carpathia's mark of loyalty obtain it immediately. After agonizing in prayer, Plank surrenders himself to the GC, refusing to take the mark. Even while choosing to place his head on the guillotine at the loyalty mark processing center, Plank uses wit and disarming cooperation as he is positioned for execution, bantering good-naturedly with his executioners, and trading quips about the stand-in executioner owing him a favour for assisting in operating the guillotine.
Plank's name is based on Steve Board, one of author Jerry B. Jenkins's early bosses while a journalist.
Characters in the Left Behind series
|Original Tribulation Force members|
Rayford Steele • Cameron "Buck" Williams • Chloe Steele • Bruce Barnes
|Other Tribulation Force members|
Tsion Ben-Judah • Chaim Rosenzweig • Albie • Mac McCullum • Abdullah Smith • David Hassid • Chang Wong • Ming Toy • Ree Woo • Ken Ritz • Lionel Whalum • George Sebastian • Priscilla Sebastian • Amanda White • T. M. Delanty • Lukas Miklos • Floyd Charles • Hattie Durham • Steve Plank • Razor • Naomi Tiberias • Eleazar Tiberias • Gustaf Zuckermandel, Jr. • Hannah Palemoon • Leah Rose • Annie Christopher
|The Global Community|
Nicolae Carpathia • Leon Fortunato • Viv Ivins • Suhail Akbar • Walter Moon • Peter Mathews • Reiche Planchette • Guy Blod
|The Millennium Force|
Raymie Steele • Ekaterina Risto • Kenny Bruce Williams • Bahira Abaneh • Zaki Abaneh
Irene Steele • Joshua Todd-Cothran • Jonathan Stonagal • Gerald Fitzhugh • Qasim Marid • Marilena Carpathia
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