Did you know that there was a fictional book published seven years ago that painted a scenario in which the U.S. would release five of the most dangerous Guantanamo Bay detainees?
None other than Brad Thor, the best-selling author who recently wrote a thought-provoking article for TheBlaze on the Bowe Bergdahl trade, predicted just such a situation in his 2007 thriller, “The First Commandment.”
Because people have asked – yes, in my novel The First Commandment, page 1 = the president trading 5 Gitmo detainees: pic.twitter.com/901oElGtHw
— Brad Thor (@BradThor) June 4, 2014
In “The First Commandment,” Thor writes of a conspiracy in which five of the most high-value prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay are secretly released and set free. Six months later, Scot Harvath, the fictional counter-terrorism expert who serves as the protagonist in a Brad Thor series by the same name, has to reckon with the astounding and inexplicable truth that the U.S. government secretly released the detainees — a release tied to terrorist attacks he is investigating (despite the fictional president’s directive to stay out of it).
Blaze Books reached out to Brad Thor — who incidentally in terms of national security bona fides was tapped to serve in the Department of Homeland Security’s Analytical Red Cell unit — for comment on the eerie coincidence. Thor stated:
“I see my job as beating the headlines…[writing faction novels] where you can’t tell where the truth drops off and fiction begins.”
Naturally, reactions to Thor’s tweet were priceless:
— suzanna rosanna dana (@suzanrosanadana) June 4, 2014
@BradThor Since everything you write comes true, can your next book be about a return to the Constitution and me winning the lottery?
— SusyCat (@HarvTheCat) June 4, 2014
@BradThor So, it was your idea. I'm surprised Susan Rice didn't give you credit! (c;)
— DaveConlon (@DaveCC1109) June 4, 2014
@BradThor Maybe you should write about a more Reaganesque POTUS. Would be a boring read, but Americans would be safe!!
— Mrs Bossypants (@Jo_Beatrice) June 4, 2014