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The Brad Thor novel that predicted the release of five of the most dangerous Gitmo detainees...seven years ago


An utterly prophetic Brad Thor novel where truth is proving stranger than fiction.

Former Guantanamo detainee is greeted by supporters in Qatar. Five Afghan detainees were released in exchange for the freedom from captivity of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. (Image source: Taliban via Long War Journal)

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."

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).

You can read more of the first chapter of the book about the release of the detainees here, and more about the book itself here.

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:

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