| The Last Patriot|
Coming July 1, 2008
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Description: A fast paced thriller about terrorists that is full of non-stop action and suspense.
Glenn's Comments: An exciting read that kept him up half the night with its relentless action.
GLENN: One of my good friends is Brad Thor. Brad and I have known each other now I think for a couple of years and I started reading his latest book which isn't even out. Let me just bring him on because I just want to have this conversation with him. You're laughing, man.
THOR: It's good to talk to you, Glenn.
GLENN: You're out of your mind. Brad, is it -- first of all, is it true that there are only three copies of this book in existence now, only three galleys were made, these are uncorrected proofs and I have all three, that me and my staff have the three?
THOR: It's actually, we just made a fourth one because your tour manager Rich thanked me for one last night. I said okay, we would make one more and only one more for him.
GLENN: Okay. There is a reason -- I'm guessing, I mean, there are very few galleys that are made of books in the first place. In case you don't know what a galley is, before a book goes to print, they will make galleys and sometimes it's for reviews and everything else but, you know, a lot of times it's just for everybody to see what it's going to look like in print, et cetera, et cetera. This one, I assume that you are only putting three or now four copies out there is because you know that this is dynamite.
THOR: You know, it's got -- it definitely has that potential. People who I worked with on this book told me, they said, Brad, you're a great thriller writer, we know you do fiction, but they said this stuff is, it's nitroglycerin, it's dynamite, it's so controversial.
GLENN: Brad, I want to ask you a question and I mean this in all seriousness as a friend.
GLENN: Do you remember the last time you were in New York and we were together?
GLENN: Do you remember you -- and I don't want to get into any specifics. Do you remember that you and I, you had some questions for me and I said, let's take a walk.
THOR: I remember the walk and the talk, yes.
GLENN: Okay. Do you remember what I said to you about halfway through when I stopped and looked at you and said, you have to decide what you're willing to die for. Do you remember that?
THOR: Yes, I do.
GLENN: You were asking me questions about how -- you know, what I believe in certain things and what was going on and what my feeling was, et cetera, et cetera on how to deal with things.
GLENN: I just went on a book tour and I will not, nor can I, I'm not allowed to, tell you the precautions that I had to take to go onto a book tour. I tell you, Brad, right now that when I had that talk with you a year ago, I thought I knew I was prepared to die. It wasn't until Christmas about three days before that I really, truly realized that I was prepared to die for what I believe in because of my book tour. There were so many death threats on me at that time and we had to take so many precautions that nobody knows about that I, in that month of December, had to come to grips with the fact that I may die and be shot and gunned down in the streets. It is not a pleasant -- it's easy for me to say a year ago to you, know what you're prepared to die for.
GLENN: It's another when you are actually in that situation. Brad, I've only read three chapters. Last night I read the first three chapters with my mouth open and thought to myself, my friend Brad may lose his life for a fiction book. Have you and your wife had that talk?
THOR: We have. We have, and I've had the talk with, as you mentioned before I came on, some of my very well connected friends who are in law enforcement, who specialize in security for congress, the President, so on and so forth. Glenn, at the end of the day I think all that's necessary, everything -- we hear this phrase all the time but it's true. All that's necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.
GLENN: Wait a minute. Hang on just a second. Again I haven't gotten to the end of the book. I haven't even gotten to the meat of what I think is coming but I mean, do you at this point -- because how far away is this book from being published?
THOR: It's called The Last Patriot and it comes out July 1st.
GLENN: Are you willing to discuss changing parts of this? I mean, here's -- I don't even know what you have in here but I don't believe that what the main story spins on -- may I discuss what little I know?
THOR: You can completely discuss what the book's about, that's correct.
GLENN: Okay. It is my impression that from the first page that there has been a discovery that the Qur'an is bogus and Mohammed is bogus, or Mohammed knew that it was bogus from the beginning. Is that the direction you're going?
THOR: In a nutshell the book is that Mohammed had -- the Qur'an is Mohammed's revelations and they are ordered not in chronological order in the Qur'an but -- and this is true. They are ordered from longest to shortest. And the problem with the Qur'an is that we've got peaceful verses throughout but the more violent verses, in particular number 9, the most violent verse in the Qur'an came from very much toward the end of Mohammed's life. It's one of the last kind of commandments to his followers and therefore a lot of the radical Islamists use it to justify violence against non-Muslims. So I said with this -- because Mohammed was assassinated. That's another true fact. I said what if Mohammed had one last revelation and his own companion, people within his closest cadre assassinated him to keep that final revelation quiet. That's the basis of the book: What if this revelation existed and what if it could completely alter the face of Islam if it became brought into the public eye.
GLENN: Now in chapter, is it one or two, the guy who is looking and trying to piece all of this together because these documents had been found, finally piece these things together after they had been kept quiet for so long. He's assassinated but he's assassinated by an organization called FAIR that is an Islamic council here in America that is funded by the Saudi Arabians that is a front organization for terror that has connections into the highest levels of government and network television and everything else and they're involved in assassinating these people. Do I have that right?
THOR: Right, in my book I have a fictitious organization called the foundation on American Islamic relations or their acronym that they're better known by is FAIR, correct. The book is fiction, Glenn.
GLENN: No, I know that. Stu, hang on just a second. Hey, Stu?
GLENN: How do we get onto Tradesports and just put odds that Brad Thor is dead by the end of the year.
STU: Oh, man. The odds would be pretty high on that one. Brad, man, we love you. We're very scared for you.
GLENN: Here's the deal. Brad, Brad, again I've only read three chapters. This is going to be a number one best seller.
THOR: From your lips to my ears, Glenn, that's terrific. I want people to learn from this book, too. It's fiction. It's a thriller. It's a great --
GLENN: Did you miss the whole cartoon thing? I'm speaking to you as a friend. Did you miss the whole car -- do you think the guy who's still living in hiding that is trying to sell the cartoon on the auction market right now but nobody will pick up the auction market and he's like, you know what, "I've risked my life for this; I'd like to make some money off of this cartoon," do you think maybe he at any time said, guys, it's a cartoon!
THOR: You know what, Glenn? I think that when people read this book and I think I'm going to have Muslims and non-Muslim readers alike, I think that people are going to find this book fascinating. You know, if there's a radical -- listen. If the enemy we face today is not Islam, it's the Islamists. They are trying to tear this country apart from within. Groups like -- groups like FEAR and other groups. I think it's important that this information get out there and be told to people in a story like mine so they can learn about the threat that this nation faces.
GLENN: Hold on. I'm just checking right now. I'm just, Amazon, is it listed yet? Can I buy a copy on Amazon.com?
THOR: You can preorder it on Amazon.com. The book comes out July 1st.
GLENN: Here's why I'm doing it because I think the first edition of a book where the author was assassinated is going to be worth some money. You laugh. I'm not kidding. Do you remember the talk we had a year ago?
THOR: Glenn, it's been in the back of my mind ever since.
GLENN: Put it to the front of your mind, Brad. Put it to the front of your mind. Let me ask you this. Let me rephrase the question because I told you in that talk there are things that I am willing to say; there are things I am not willing to say. I quoted Immanuel Kant, that there are things that I believe that I shall never say but I shall never say the things I do not believe. Do you remember?
GLENN: Okay. That is a mantra of mine in today's world. You have to decide what you're willing to die for.
Now, what is the principle in this book? And I respect you if you say it's freedom of speech; I have the right, then I respect you but what is it in this book you are willing to die for?
THOR: Listen. I don't want to die for -- I definitely don't want to die for a book but at the end of the day if we keep backing off -- and that's what I said. We are experiencing Sharia inch by inch every time we cower and refuse to publish a book or something like that.
GLENN: I know.
THOR: We extend more ground to the Islamists, not to Islam. I have a lot of Muslim friends. I just got back from Afghanistan, spent my time with some of the most incredible people in the world who happen to be Muslim. The last thing I would want to do is offend them with something I'm doing. I don't think mainstream Muslims are going to find this book offensive.
GLENN: It's not the mainstream Muslims you are talking about.
THOR: It's the nut jobs, the Qur'animals as I like to call them. And you know what, let them be insulted. I do not care. My fellow countrymen need to know about the threat from these people.
GLENN: Okay. Brad, that is totally cool. I just want to say to you as your friend.
THOR: Nice knowing you, thanks, I got the message.
GLENN: No, no, no. No, listen. Again I go back to the conversation. You and I both know we are in the fight for our life. I think the title of the book The Last Patriot is so appropriate. I told you at the time there are people in the media that know, that are unwilling to say anything. I told you as soon as others will say the things that I'm willing to say, I'm done, man. I've done my service. But until that happens, I'm in. So I get it. I understand that you do the things and you take the risks. You take calculated risks and you tell the truth as you believe it but I just wanted to make sure, I wanted to make sure you didn't take this lightly, you hadn't forgotten that you don't take this lightly. I can't tell you, Brad. You don't know until you've lived it. Have you really, truly thought it through.
THOR: We're actually having a security meeting on Friday.
GLENN: That's not what I mean. I'm not talking about a security meeting. My wife and I got down on our knees and we prayed for over a week on this and we talked about it. Have you and your wife prayed about it, thought about it. I don't even know if you are a praying person.
THOR: No, we are. We are. We have and we've talked about it and we've thought about it. You know, it might come down to the fact that in this country if it does, I will be very disappointed that we have to go through a radical lifestyle change. I mean, look at Geert Wilders over in the Netherlands. His film hasn't even aired yet and people are burning the Dutch flag, burning the American flag and going nuts.
GLENN: Brad, wait until the film comes out. Do you remember the last filmmaker? He was stabbed in the chest with a list of people that they were going to kill next. And I know you don't cower and I know you have a right and it's a little thing called the freedom of speech. But wait until this guy's film comes out. What is it? In the next 30 days?
THOR: Maybe even shorter than that.
GLENN: When that happens, do you think what's happening in the Sudan right now with the protests yet again on the stupid cartoon are unrelated to that film?
THOR: Oh, they are completely related.
GLENN: They are completely related. They are setting it up again for more riots, more violence in Europe. Just, I just want to make sure that you, as your friend that you and your wife have decided what you're willing to die for.
THOR: We are --
GLENN: I've said that to my family members who are in the Service and have gone overseas and have lined up to join our military. Do you know what you are possibly going to die for? If they say yes, I'm in it, I've thought about it, I am all for ya.
THOR: We are prepared. We've had this discussion extensively.
GLENN: Okay. I recommend that you buy this book online now. Get the first edition. You don't want the second or third edition. You want the first edition. I've only read three chapters of it, Brad. I was up late last night but I had to call you first thing this morning and talk to you about it. God bless you, brother.
THOR: Thank you, Glenn.
GLENN: I can't wait to see how it ends. I mean the book. Thank you very much, Brad. I love you, man.
THOR: You, too. Bye-bye.