Brad Thor (born 1969) is a thriller novelist who is the 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, and The Athena Project (November 2010). His 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. His books have been number-one New York Times bestsellers.
Thor's novel The Last Patriot was banned in Saudi Arabia and was nominated for Best Thriller of the Year by the International Thriller Writers Association. His novel Blowback was voted by National Public Radio listeners as one of the "100 Best Ever" Killer Thrillers.
Thor is a graduate of the Sacred Heart Schools, the Francis W. Parker School , and the University of Southern California (cum laude), where he studied creative writing under author T.C. Boyle.
Prior to becoming a novelist, he was the award-winning creator, producer, writer, and host of the national public television series Traveling Lite.
Thor is a member of The Heritage Foundation and has spoken at their national headquarters on the need for robust missile defense. Thor has served as a member of the United States Department of Homeland Security's Analytic Red Cell Unit, is a Fellow of the Alexandrian Defense Group, and is a frequent television and cable news commentator.
In 2008, Thor shadowed a Black Ops team in Afghanistan to conduct research for his thriller, The Apostle.
Thor is a regular contributor to the Glenn Beck 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 site BigJournalism.com.
Because of the content of Thor's thriller The Last Patriot, Beck predicted he might be assassinated by Muslim extremists. Thor has been referred to by WorldNetDaily as "the new Salman Rushdie.
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." In response, Islamic scholar Robert Spencer rebutted Crane's article.
In January 2010, Thor reported about an alleged murder and related pornography ring in Pakistan and Afghanistan run by the Taliban's Haqqani network. Through his sources, he secured a video purportedly showing the forced sexual assault of young Pashtun women by members of the Haqqani family. Thor claimed the alleged pornography ring was centered around Sirajuddin Haqqani's doctor, Hassan Duraz, who was reportedly sent throughout the AfPak theater to offer medical care to villages willing to contribute young Muslim men to fight for the Taliban and Al Qaeda. Duraz was accompanied on these trips by Siraj Haqqani's uncle Ibrahim and Haqqani's cousin Ishak.
When word of the Haqqani pornography ring leaked, Siraj Haqqani allegedly had his doctor killed, as well as the girls who had been raped and sexually assaulted in the videos. He purportedly also attempted to destroy all of the remaining evidence, but several of the tapes were said to have been salvaged and smuggled out by mid-level Taliban commanders disenchanted with the Haqqani family.
The Haqqani network is known as the "backbone" of the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and have been responsible for many of the deadliest and most audacious attacks in the region, including the Camp Chapman attack, the 2008 Kabul Serena Hotel attack, and the Kidnapping of David Rohde.
Thor's thriller The Apostle is based in part upon the Haqqani family and their terror network.
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.
The Lions of Lucerne (2002) - ISBN 0743436733
Path of the Assassin (2003) - ISBN 074343675X
State of the Union (2004) - ISBN 0743436776
Blowback (2005) - ISBN 0743271157
Takedown (2006) - ISBN 0743271181
The First Commandment (2007) - ISBN 1416543791
The Last Patriot (2008) - ISBN 141654383X
The Apostle (2009) - ISBN 1416586571
Foreign Influence (2010) - ISBN 1416586598
The Athena Project (2010) - ISBN 1439192952
The Lions of Lucerne (2002)
On the snow-covered slopes of Utah, the vacationing president of the United States kidnapped by one of the most lethal terrorist organizations in the Middle East...the Fatah Revolutionary Council. But surviving agent and ex-Navy SEAL Scot Harvath doesn't believe the Fatah Revolutionary Council is responsible for the attack. Driven by his professional code of duty and honor, Harvath creates his own rules to get some answers. But his search for the truth raises the blood pressure of his superiors...and casts his own life in mortal jeopardy. The deadly machinations have been set in motion by a shadowy coalition, comprising some of the highest-ranking officials in government and business...men who operate above the law, men who realize the threat Harvath poses to their hidden agenda...men who will do anything to stop him.
Path of the Assassin (2003)
In The Lions of Lucerne, Agent Scot Harvath made a vow to personally kill or capture all those involved with the president's kidnapping. As he prepares to close out his list, he has one final question: Who ambushed the American Special Forces team, code name "Rapid Return," in Syria? Only Gerhard Miner (the Lions' leader), awaiting trial in a maximum sercurity facility in Switzerland, knows for sure. Before Harvath can get to him, Miner is assassinated and a bloody trail of clues point toward the world's most feared terrorist.
As this man prepares an assassination plot to ignite a Muslim Holy War against America and her allies, Harvath and his team known as "Operation Phantom," are in a race against time to identify him and take him out before it's too late. Their only problem is...they have no idea what he looks like.
Left with no alternative, Harvath recruits and trains hijacking victim Meg Cassidy...the only person who can positively identify their quarry. In a dance with death that will take them through North Africa, Capri, Italy's Amalfi Coast and finally to Rome's Vatican City, Scot Harvath and Meg Cassidy must hammer into place the pieces of a puzzle that will test not only their ultimate physical and mental limits, but also the growing bond they feel for each other.
State of the Union (2004)
On a cold January morning, the United States awakes to discover that an old enemy, one long believed dead and buried, has crawled out of its grave to lay siege to the world's only superpower.
With the discovery that enhanced Soviet-made suitcase nukes have been secreted in America's major cities, President Jack Rutledge gathers his National Security Council to weigh the feasibility of a first strike against the Russian Federation. There's only one problem. For over two decades, the Russians have been funneling international aid money into a top secret air defense system, which has just been brought on-line and which will render any conventional attack upon their country utterly ineffective.
After exhausting all of his other options, and with Soviet sleeper agents preparing to detonate their deadly payloads across the United States, the president turns to the nation's final hope, ex-Navy SEAL and Secret Service Agent Scot Harvath.
Assigned to a covert section of the Department of Homeland Security and charged with defending the nation against all foreign aggressors by any means necessary, Harvath finds himself hand-picked by the president to unravel a brilliantly orchestrated, fiendishly timed conspiracy that has already shattered the fragile peace between the world's nations and which, if successful, will leave the United States in smoldering ruins.
With family friend and former Deputy FBI Director Gary Lawlor nowhere to be found and suspected of betraying his country, Harvath embarks on an adventure that will test the bonds of loyalty and reveal a nation's deepest secrets.
Scot Harvath's counterterrorism career has just crashed and burned...thanks in part to a ruthless senator with her sights set on the White House. But when the war on terror takes a chilling turn, the president has no choice but to secretly bring Harvath back inside. Deep beneath an Alpine glacier, an ancient weapon designed to decimate the Roman Empire has been unearthed...and a shadowy organization intends to use it for America's downfall. Racing across Europe, Harvath must secure the ultimate instrument of destruction before it brings the United States and the rest of the world to its knees.
July 4 weekend, New York City: As thousands of holiday travelers make their way out of Manhattan, a terrorist attack plunges the city into panic and death. Amidst the chaos, an elite team of foreign soldiers is systematically searching for one of their own, a man so powerful that the U.S. government refuses to admit he even exists and will do anything to keep him hidden. Now, with the world's deadliest enemy upon America's doorstep, counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath must fight his way through the burning city streets to take down an invisible terrorist mastermind with the means to unleash hell on a global scale.
The First Commandment (2007)
Six months ago: In the dead of the night, five of the most dangerous detainees in the war on terror are pulled from their isolation cells in Guantanamo Bay, held at gunpoint, and told to strip off their orange jumpsuits. Issued civilian clothes and driven to the base airfield, they are loaded aboard a Boeing 727 and set free.
Present day: Covert counterterrorism agent Scot Harvath awakens to discover that his world has changed violently...and forever. A sadistic assassin with a personal vendetta is wreaking havoc. Unleashing horrors on those closest to Harvath, the attacker thrusts everything Harvath holds dear...including his life...into peril.
Ordered by the president to stay out of the investigation, Harvath is forced to mount his own operation to uncover the conspiracy and to exact revenge. When he discovers a connection between the attacks and a group of prisoners secretly released from Guantanamo, Harvath must ask himself previously unthinkable questions about the organizations and the nation he has spent his life serving.
A renegade from his own government, Harvath will place his life on the line as his search for the truth draws him into a showdown with one of the most dangerous men on the face of the earth.
The Last Patriot (2008)
June 632 A.D.: Deep within the Uranah Valley of Mount Arafat in Mecca, the prophet Mohammed shares with his closest companions a final and startling revelation. Within days, he is assassinated.
September 1789: U.S. minister to France Thomas Jefferson, charged with forging a truce with the violent Muslim pirates of the Barbary Coast, makes a shocking discovery - one that could forever impact the world's relationship with Islam.
Present day: When a car bomb explodes outside a Parisian cafe, Navy Seal turned covert Homeland Security Operative Scot Harvath is thrust back into the life he has tried so desperately to leave behind.
Saving the intended victim of the attack, Harvath becomes party to an amazing and perilous race to uncover a secret so powerful that militant Islam could be defeated once and for all without firing another shot, dropping another bomb, or launching another covert action. But there are powerful men who are determined that Mohammed's mysterious final revelation continue to remain hidden forever.
The Apostle (2009)
Every politician has a secret. And when the daughter of a politically connected family is kidnapped abroad, America's new president will agree to anything...even a deadly and ill-advised rescue plan...in order to keep his secret hidden.
But when covert counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath is assigned to infiltrate one of the world's most notorious prisons and free the man the kidnappers demand as ransom, he quickly learns that there is much more to the operation than anyone dares to admit.
As the subterfuge is laid bare, Harvath must examine his own career of ruthlessly hunting down and killing terrorists and decide if he has what it takes to help one of the world's worst go free.
Foreign Influence (2010)
Buried within the black ops budget of the Department of Defense, a new spy agency has been created. Unfettered by the oversight of self-serving politicians, it reports only to a secret panel of insiders. Its job is to target America's enemies...both foreign and domestic...under a charter of three simple words: Find, Fix, and Finish.
Recruited as a field operative, Scot Harvath has just returned from his first assignment abroad when a bombing in Rome kills a group of American college students. The evidence points to a dangerous colleague from Harvath's past, and Harvath is tasked with leveraging his relationship to lure the man out of hiding and destroy him. But what if he has the wrong man?
Simultaneously, a young woman is struck by a taxi in a hit-and-run in Chicago, and city police soon abandon their fruitless investigation. But when the family's attorney digs deeper, he uncovers a shocking connection to the Rome bombing and the perpetrators' plans for America. Tying together the disparate violence, Scot Harvath races to prevent one of the most audacious and unthinkable acts of terror in the history of mankind.
The Athena Project (2010)
Tucked away in a remote corner of North Carolina's Fort Bragg, behind rows of razor wire and heavily armed guards, lies the headquarters of the nation's most elite counter-terrorism unit - the United States Army's 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment Delta. Here, a brilliant new approach to combating terrorism has just been born. Its codename: The Athena Project.
The novels will follow an elite team of female warriors from their recruitment as top-level athletes, through their training, to their deployment on dangerous international assignments.