Courage Holds Out One Second Longer
Than Fear in Brad Thor's Latest Thriller
An exclusive Authorlink AUDIO Interview with Brad Thor,
New York Times bestselling author of The Athena Project, a thriller
(Atria/Simon & Schuster November 2010)
December 2010 Authorlink Edition
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Brad Thor believes the thing one is most destined to do in life is also the thing one fears most. He follows a bit of wisdom from General George Patton–the most successful US field commander of any war–who once observed that courage must hold out one second longer than fear.
Perhaps that is what has enabled Thor to push the envelope in his literary career. He immerses each of his New York Times bestselling thrillers in issues that could be ripped from todays headlines. THE ATHENA PROJECT is no exception. This time around, he delves deep into the conspiracy theories and government cover-ups that continue to permeate our society.
In THE ATHENA PROJECT, the Denver International Airport is a hotbed of conspiracy. Not only is a foreign spy dead set on penetrating the mysterious secret the United States government has hidden beneath it, its also the target of an attack that will bring America to her knees and change the world forever.
The Athena Project is Brad Thors tenth thriller, the first to feature an all female special ops team. His previous nine novels focused on Navy SEAL turned covert counterterrorism operative, Scot Harvath.
Thors innovative plots and extensive knowledge of intelligence, special operations and terrorist communities got him noticed by the Department of Homeland Security. They invited him to participate in their Red Cell program, an elite group of writers and artists who are commissioned to dream-up and brainstorm terrorist scenarios for our government. What I developed there stays there that was the deal," Thor states. That said, the ideas I come up with for my novels are created in the same way that the scenarios for the Red Cell Program are.
To collect valuable research for his novels, Thor recently toured Afghanistan with a group of people who … well, he can't exactly say who they were. "Technically, these people don't exist, but they're big fans of my books," he says. "It was dangerous, very dangerous, but very exciting at the same time."
Thor was discovered on his honeymoon while travelling through Europe by train. It turned out that the fellow passenger he shared his lifelong dream of writing a novel with was a sales representative for his eventual publisher, Simon & Schuster.
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