Want to see the future? Brad Thor’s ‘Hidden Order’ is a good place to start

On radio this morning, Glenn interviewed best selling author Brad Thor about his latest book, Hidden Order, which in light of recent events reads a lot more like faction than fiction.

“Brad Thor has a new book out today called Hidden Order,” Glenn said. “Brad, your last few books, almost all of them have come true now. You know, the things that you were warning about are here. You were just with us in Salt Lake, and I can't thank you enough… Here we are sitting in the town where the NSA, you know, container unit is, the world's largest collection facility, and nobody seems to really even care. Nobody seems to care. It is confounding.”

“Well, listen. Last summer this time you and I were talking about my thriller Blacklist, which was all about the total surveillance state that we're now living under. And what the NSA's doing,” Brad explained. “And, you know, the happiest people in this is the Department of Homeland Security because everybody's focused on NSA, and it's only the tip of the iceberg what's been uncovered so far. So, you know, last summer I said this is the next big thing we're going to be talking about is the NSA, and sure enough, here we are.”

Based on the write up on the cover of Hidden Order, it looks like it won’t be long until we are talking about those themes as well:

The most secretive organization in America operates without any accountability to the American people, hiding in the shadows, pretending to be part of the United States government, power beyond measure.

“That's all absolutely happening,” Glenn said. “We have that verified from the Washington Post when they were talking about the secret tribunals, the secret courts that are underneath the Capitol, underneath the visitors center, the new visitors center. We now know why it costs so much money because there's a lot of infrastructure underneath it. And they said that the Washington Post just ran a story, said that there are secret courts underneath that are operating outside the Constitution and they are offering Supreme Court style decisions on the rights of Americans that none of us even know about.”

While his books are tremendously entertaining pieces of fiction, Brad admitted that these situations are becoming reality faster than he can write the books.

“So for me the idea with Hidden Order was 9/11,” he said. “What Hidden Order is about, I learned about a group of powerful people that snuck out of New York one night in November in the early 1900s, went down to an island called Jekyll Island, and there they cobbled together. This is thriller writer gold. It's like out of a spy novel how they went down there and what they did. They cobbled together a plan for a central bank for the United States of America and they said, ‘What is going to be the name of this because nobody wants a central bank.’ There had been two before that had been killed. They said, ‘How are we going to do this, this time, so we can pull this off, these private guys?’ They said, ‘Let's call it ‘federal’ and let's use the word ‘reserve.’ It won't have anything to do with the Fed being the government, but let's call it the Federal Reserve.’ And then they went on to create such an elaborate smokescreen to keep Americans in the dark about what they were going to really do about this organization and as a thriller writer I said this is it.”

“In this book the Federal Reserve chairman leaves office very quickly, under very bad circumstances. There are five people in Hidden Order who are put up to replace him. They all disappear on the same night. So my character, Navy SEAL Scott Harveth, who's been doing work for the government on the side, gets called in to try to figure out not only where these people are but why were they taking. Is somebody trying to blackmail the Federal Reserve? And as he starts peeling this apart, he finds out that the Federal Reserve is doing something nobody in America could ever imagine would be done. They are financing operations out the back door, and I think all of this kind of stuff is going to actually in real life come to light very soon… and by the way, the Federal Reserve loves the NSA scandal. They love the IRS scandal because guess who's 100 years old this year and we're not talking about? The Federal Reserve. There is no mechanism in Washington to say, ‘Are these guys successful or not?’ And by the way, they're private and they are not accountable to any of the American people, and it's very, very interesting what they have been up to there. And I weave that into this thriller.”

Much like Glenn’s fiction books – The Overton Window, Agenda 21, and The Eye of Moloch – Brad’s fiction has taken on a meaning in the wake of recent events.

“You know me. And you do the same thing with your fiction,” Brad explained. “We're doing faction where you can't tell where the facts end and the fiction begins. This is supposed to be a heart pumping beach read. But if you finish the book and close it and you're smarter for having read Hidden Order, which I think people will be, especially with the content of this book, then that's icing on the cake for me as a thriller author.”

So much attention is currently being paid to the NSA because of the recent leaks in regards to surveillance practices, but Brad believes the Federal Reserve fall victim to the next scandal.

“They're not federal. That's the thing. They set out intending to confuse and mislead the American public. They are not accountable to the people,” Brad explained. “I've heard some pretty hair raising stories, a couple of which I've put into the book, about things that are going on behind the scenes there. And that's why I think the next big scandal in real life is going to be the Federal Reserve.”

In a very telling moment, Brad admitted that the books he has released the last couple of years are stories he never dreamed of being able to write. But sometimes real-life events dictate otherwise.

“I've got to tell ya, a few years ago I wouldn't have written a book about the NSA and total surveillance because I would have been afraid people would laugh me out of the, you know, out of the publishing world,” Brad said. “And, you know, I guess at this point nothing's going to surprise me.”

Would Glenn make a better bounty hunter or a Jedi? You'll have to find out in a new episode of the Beltway Banthas Podcast, where Glenn goes deep on Star Wars with host Stephen Kent. In this 45 minute discussion, Stephen and Glenn explore the political themes of the Star Wars franchise, Darth Vader's redemption from Return of the Jedi, Glenn's earliest memories of seeing the films and even debate elements of the latest Star Wars films.

If you enjoy the pop culture and nerdy discussions that Glenn, Pat and Stu get into on the radio show, you'll love this! After you're through, you can also check out Stu Burguiere's appearance on Beltway Banthas to talk Star Wars. You can find that here.

It's never too early to start your Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanzaa shopping. Or even birthday gift shopping. Especially if that special someone in your life is a Democrat. Because at last count, pretty much all the Democrats are now running for president. And that means there has never been a wider selection of official candidate merchandise to choose from. Whether you're into environmentalism, feminism, classism, socialism, or just plain love, there is a smorgasbord of classy items that you and yours will treasure forever... or at least until the next presidential election.

We have browsed each of the candidates' online stores, so you don't have to (it only took us three months). We have curated only the finest items from each of the Democrats running for president of the United States of America. Without further ado, here is your handy progressive gift guide – or maybe your what-not-to-gift guide.

First, the bargain basement options. Hurry! Time is running out to grab your Beto bandana, or your Delaney pack of golf balls, because at this point Stu has as much of a chance as these guys of getting the nomination.

Tom Steyer, for example – is he still in the race?


There's way too much Tom here. That shirt's got more Toms than a Caucasian dentists' convention.

For the slightly more moderate Democrat in your life, perhaps they'd like to join the "Yang Gang"…


Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…


But for actual president? Well, I wouldn't make plans for how you're going to spend your $1,000-per-month Yang allowance just yet.

If you happen to be shopping for your dog, may I suggest this lovely "Dogs for Delaney" dog collar…


John Delaney's definitely going to secure the canine vote with this kind of outreach. As for any human votes, that's another question entirely.

How 'bout this tastefully understated "Natural Canvas" Michael Bennet tote to remind you he's also still here?...


Then again, it's a tote. So, it'll end up on the floor of your closet and you won't have it with you until that one random moment when you're out somewhere and you really need a tote bag. Just like Democrats will really wish they had a moderate when we're in the middle of the socialist nightmare of their creation.

Captain Planet himself, Jay Inslee recently dropped out of the race, but don't let that stop you from picking up what may be the greatest single item sold by anyone in this race…


A children's book called Elvis & the Elves: the Mystery of the Melting Snow. Written and illustrated by Governor Jay Inslee. Talk about a whodunnit – how could that snow possibly be melting? Spoiler alert: it's because of evil, white, patriarchal capitalism. And Donald Trump.

Then there's the candidate who thinks you're a moron that can't pronounce his last name: Steve Bullock...


Get it? Bull. Lock. Oh, so that's how you say the name that sounds exactly how it's spelled.

There's another candidate who also thinks you need help pronouncing his last name…


And he is definitely right about that. So, thank you, Pete "Boot Edge Edge." That helps.

Just outside the bargain bin section, but just barely, are candidates like Julian Castro and his "El Presidente" t-shirt…


When your last name's Castro, do you really want to go with a weird drawing of yourself as if you're a classic Latin American dictator on a postage stamp?

If you prefer a little "dark psychic forces" battling in your candidates, you'll love Marianne Williamson's "Turn Love Into a Political Force" rally sign…


"Turn Love Into a Political Force" would be an even better title for a Marianne Williamson album of 80s cover songs. And if you think I'm joking, then you haven't heard Bernie Sanders' classic 1987 folk album, We Shall Overcome. That's not a joke. Well, it is a joke, but it's also a very real thing.

Now, just a quick pause to consider the peculiar baby-wear that way too many candidates are selling…

…including Elizabeth Warren's trans-pride flag onesie. Let me get this straight – we can't force any gender on a child, because that's just cruel. But we can force a political advertisement on a baby? How do we know that baby is actually a Biden or Warren fan? The child may not even be a Democrat or a Socialist at all. That baby might self-identify as a Libertarian, or Republican, or even worse – a moderate Democrat.

Now to the premium items from the premium candidates. Elizabeth Warren – the candidate with the most honesty in her advertising…




Warren's merchandise reflects the woman herself – cold and humorless (watch her "This isn't funny" clip from the last debate here at the 4:27 mark). I'm sure she's really fun once you get to know her. Then again, maybe not.

Speaking of serious women, Kamala Harris wants to be president very badly for you, the people, as you can tell from her "For the People" poster…


At $29.99 though, she's sure not charging "people's" prices. Of course, she might be having to pay royalties to a certain someone for riffing on their poster. Just saying.

For the race's number one socialist, there's a whole lot of capitalism going on in Bernie Sanders' campaign. He sells so many delightful items that it's hard to choose. But we did anyway. The most random item is this hundred-dollar, black, "Art of a Political Revolution – Artists for Bernie Sanders Coaches Jacket"…


Coaches across the land will be clamoring for this one. You know, since coaches are such a strong Bernie-socialist demographic.

If that's a little over your budget you might consider a "Feel the Bern" fanny pack, to help store all those government freebies you'll get from Bernie…


This is the only context in which you'll ever want to hear "feel the burn" and "fanny" in the same sentence.

And finally, from front-runner Joe Biden, we have this fine "Women's Fitted Biden Polo." Which is just about the best polo description ever…


It promises the kind of snug approach that Biden loves to provide women. Even when they don't ask.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.