Today a new book by my good friend and New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor hits the book stores and man is it a good read. I was sent a draft last month and loved it. In fact I couldn’t put it down; there is a reason he is one of the best thriller writers in the business.
I got to meet Brad when he came to Afghanistan in the winter of 08 with some of some special guys who are friends. He is a great guy to chat up and his meticulous research paid off in a spell binding tale. Experienced Afghan hands will recognize the authenticity in the details he uses to paint the backdrop of this excellent work.
But I have to put in a quick word in defense of Baba G. Baba G a fictional character in the Apostle who is based on Baba T (bloggers who turn up as characters in a thriller invariably start to refer to themselves in the third person). But if he truly had Baba T like savvy and drank 11 beers in one night there is no way he would let Brad find all empties in his shit can. Baba G would spread them around like frigging Easter eggs so no one guy could get the evidence and put 2 and 2 together. But I can see how that worked out in the plot line and I’m telling you this reads true about operating outside the wire in Afghanistan. Free Range awards it 5 stars and cannot recommend it more highly.
4 Replies to “The Apostle”
12, I believe it was 12 empty bottles in the trashcan in your room. I mean, Baba G’s room.
Ah man! Books for me are like crack is to a crack addict. Dang it! You would have to tempt me with a good read like this when I have no time to read.
This book was an awesome read. I read it cover to cover in nearly one sitting. There are a suspicious number of Brad Thor novels around the Taj Guesthouse and I got hooked over the last year; this is the best one yet.
Those of you who know any of the real life persona’s will just howl in laughter. Too bad Brad didn’t meet any “real women” during his research trip or he’d have them doing more than cooking and waiting to be rescued. ::hands on hips::
i agree with aims.. that was an outstanding read.. been a long time since ive burned through a “novel” in 1 day.. –! Absolutely right on – on so many parts – Go Shangrila ! Go BabaG ! Great research and story telling Brad – BZ !
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