Act of War: A Thriller

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Atria/Emily Bestler Books, Jul 8, 2014 - Fiction - 368 pages
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor delivers his most frightening and pulse-pounding thriller ever!

After a CIA agent mysteriously dies overseas, his top asset surfaces with a startling and terrifying claim. There’s just one problem—no one knows if she can be trusted.

But when six exchange students go missing, two airplane passengers trade places, and one political-asylum seeker is arrested, a deadly chain of events is set in motion.

With the United States facing an imminent and devastating attack, America’s new president must turn to covert counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath to help carry out two of the most dangerous operations in the country’s history.

Code-named "Gold Dust" and "Blackbird," they are shrouded in absolute secrecy as either of them, if discovered, will constitute an act of war.

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When did it become absolutely fine to promote racial hatred in our country? And do we American’s not notice this anymore? Am I the only one who hurts when he hears such flagrant promotion of racial hatred and divide? Is my Middle Eastern racial background the reason why I am incensed by what I am hearing the narrator say here in this book, on behalf of the author, and the way Arabs are being portrayed in such a disgustingly hateful image.
Mr. Thor, how can I explain to my children the fact that a beautiful highly sophisticated source of education such as literature have fallen into the hands of authors who have such poisonous feelings and ideas in their hearts and minds, yet feel so comfortable sharing it with us, completely unconcerned about even the mere possibility of criticism. How can I talk to them about the values America stands for in light of what they may read in this book defiling such values so nonchalantly, then to add insult to injury it becomes acceptable by their fellow countrymen and women.
The slander would have been acceptable if the author directed his hateful words towards the characters in his novel identified as terrorists, but this was not the case as he made it clear once and again. It is Islam that is being attacked, not Muslim terrorists. It is the Arabs and their culture that are the subject of scorn not Arab Terrorists. The examples in the book are countless and so obvious I find unnecessary to point them out.
If this is not hate speech, what is?
I pray for you who may come to read my words to stop and think about them. About the dangerous influence of allowing such rhetoric to go unnoticed and unpunished. Please speak out your opinion, with or against what I am saying here.
The story could have been a good one and I may have enjoyed the book thoroughly if I was not so appalled by the racially hateful rhetoric.
Art, and specially literature, is another school one attends in his life to learn. At times it is even more influential and much more enduring type of education. Perhaps the fact that we are enjoying while we are learning through art that makes this fact true. It is however, a great privilege that artists have to be the educators of a nation and the shapers of its culture. It is however, our responsibility as citizens in a free country to weed out the unhealthy and the poor of taste from having unimpeded access to us and especially to our children.

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About the author (2014)

Brad Thor is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Foreign Agent, Code of ConductAct of WarHidden OrderBlack ListFull Black (one of Suspense Magazine’s best political thrillers of 2011), The Athena ProjectForeign Influence (one of Suspense Magazine’s best political thrillers of 2010), The ApostleThe Last Patriot (nominated best thriller of the year by the International Thriller Writers Association), The First CommandmentTakedownBlowback (recognized as one of the “Top 100 Killer Thrillers of All Time” by NPR), State of the UnionPath of the Assassin, and The Lions of Lucerne. Visit his website at

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