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Brad Thor

Brad Thor
Born 1969
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American
Period Modern
Genre Spy Novel, Thriller, Faction
Notable works Scot Harvath Series

Brad Thor (born 1969) is an American thriller novelist[1] and author of The Lions of Lucerne, Path of the Assassin, State of the Union, Blowback, Takedown, The First Commandment, The Last Patriot, The Apostle, Foreign Influence, The Athena Project, Full Black, and Black List. His most recent novel, Act of War, was released in July 2014. Thor's novels have been published in countries around the world. He also contributed a short story entitled "The Athens Solution" to the James Patterson-edited anthology, Thriller.

The Last Patriot was nominated for "Best Thriller of the Year" by the International Thriller Writers Association.[2] His novel Blowback was voted by National Public Radio listeners as one of the "100 Best Ever" Killer Thrillers.[3][4]

Early life

Thor was born and raised in Chicago, and lived in Park City, Utah for eight years.[5]

Thor is a graduate of the Sacred Heart Schools, the Francis W. Parker School (Chicago), and the University of Southern California (cum laude), where he studied creative writing under author T.C. Boyle.[6]


Prior to becoming a novelist, he was the award-winning creator, producer, writer, and host of the national public television series Traveling Lite.[7]

Thor is a member of The Heritage Foundation and has spoken at their national headquarters on the need for robust missile defense.[8] Thor is a Fellow of the Alexandrian Defense Group,[9] and is a frequent television and cable news commentator.

Thor has said in interviews that he shadowed a Black ops team in Afghanistan in 2008 to conduct research for his thriller The Apostle.[6][10]

His novels have been published in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam.

Reaction to The Last Patriot

Because of the content of Thor's thriller The Last Patriot, Glenn Beck incorrectly predicted he might be assassinated by Muslim extremists.[11] Thor has been referred to by WorldNetDaily as "the new Salman Rushdie.[12]

Robert D. Crane, a Muslim convert and one-time aide to Richard Nixon, called the novel Islamophobia "a subliminal mimetic", and an "emotional demonization of Islam and Muslims."[13] In response, Robert Spencer, terrorism consultant for the US government, criticized Crane's article.[14]

The novel is said to have been banned in Saudi Arabia.[15][16]


Thor is a regular contributor to the Glenn Beck television program and has appeared on other Fox News Channel shows, as well as on CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, and PBS to discuss terrorism and parallels between his novels and real threats facing the world today.

On June 17, 2009, Thor hosted a one-hour "Insider Special" for Beck's radio show. He also blogs for Andrew Breitbart's BIG sites.[17][18][19][20]

Warner Bros. has purchased the rights to both Thor's Scot Harvath and his The Athena Project books to develop action-thriller movie franchises for the studio.[21][22]

DHS Red Cell Program

In an interview with the Daily Caller, Thor revealed that he is a participant in a Department of Homeland Security program designed to identify targets for terrorism.[23] Described by Thor as the "Analytical Red Cell Unit", the program uses creative thinkers from outside of Washington, D.C. to create possible terrorism scenarios for the government. The creative individuals work with members of the government, military, and intelligence community. Thor describes Red Cell as the "Las Vegas" of government programs, saying "what happens in Red Cell, stays in Red Cell."

Personal life

Thor lives in Chicago and on the Greek island of Antiparos.[24]

Scot Harvath Series

 #  Title Publication Date ISBN
1 The Lions of Lucerne 2002 0-7434-3673-3
2 Path of the Assassin 2003 0-7434-3675-X
3 State of the Union 2004 0-7434-3677-6
4 Blowback 2005 0-7432-7115-7
5 Takedown 2006 0-7432-7118-1
6 The First Commandment 2007 1-4165-4379-1
7 The Last Patriot 2008 1-4165-4383-X
8 The Apostle 2009 1-4165-8657-1
9 Foreign Influence 2010 1-4165-8659-8
10 Full Black 2011 1-4165-8661-X
11 Black List 2012 1-4391-9298-7
12 Hidden Order 2013 1-4767-1709-5
13 Act of War 2014 1-4767-1712-5

The Athena Project Series

 #  Title Publication Date ISBN
1 The Athena Project 2010 1-4391-9295-2


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  2. ^ Thriller Awards. "Thriller Awards - ThrillerFest". Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  3. ^ Matazzoni, Joe (2010-08-04). "'"Audience Picks: Top 100 'Killer Thrillers. NPR. Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  4. ^ Killer Thrillers': Vote For The 100 Best Ever"'". NPR. 2010-07-19. Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  5. ^ Thor, Brad. "Brad Thor". Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  6. ^ a b "The Thrill of Writing in the Trenches > News > USC Dornsife". Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  7. ^ "Brad Thor Q & A". Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  8. ^ Beach, William W. "33 Minutes: Protecting America in the New Missile Age". Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  9. ^ "The Fellows of Alexandrian Defense Chronicles". Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
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  11. ^ "Dead man Talking – Glenn Beck". Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  12. ^ "Brad Thor the new Salman Rushdie?". 2008-07-12. Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  13. ^ Dr. Robert D. Crane (2008-07-06). "(TAM)". The American Muslim. Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  14. ^ The Last Patriot: Worse than Spencer's books!. "The Last Patriot: Worse than Spencer's books!". Jihad Watch. Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  15. ^ "The Thrill of Writing in the Trenches > News > USC Dornsife". Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  16. ^ Gibbs, Douglas V. (2010-07-11). "Political Pistachio: Political Pistachio Radio: Brad Thor's Thriller, and Mollie Gross' Confessions". Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  17. ^ Todd, Warner. "Breitbart News". Big Journalism. Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  18. ^ Xenakis, John J. "Breitbart News". Big Peace. Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  19. ^ News, Breitbart. "Breitbart News: Big Hollywood". Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  20. ^ Todd, Warner (2012-10-15). "Breitbart News". Big Government. Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  21. ^ McNary, Dave (2010-11-10). "WB nabs rights to Harvath books - Entertainment News, Headline Newsletter Film News, Media". Variety. Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  22. ^ Fleming, Mike. "Brad Thor". Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  23. ^ Weinstein, Jamie. TheDC Interview: Thriller author Brad Thor. Retrieved 2013-07-22.
  24. ^ "Brad Thor | Andrew Kaplan | Video". Red Room. Retrieved 2012-10-29. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Brad Thor Fantastic Fiction Author Page
  • USC Magazine: The Thrill of Writing in the Trenches
  • Brad Thor Glenn Beck Radio Appearances (membership required)
  • Radio interview with Hugh Hewitt – part 1 of 2
  • Radio interview with Hugh Hewitt – part 2 of 2
  • National Review Online Podcast with John J Miller
  • Podcast with Ward Carroll
  • Brad Thor on VYou
  • YouTube Channel
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