Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Brad Thor- "Black List"- Awesome,Intense, Scary, and Thought Provoking!
Brad Thor is makes his return to The G-ZONE today, we will be discussing his new novel “Black List”. Here is the link for the show and info on the novel:
ARE THEY WATCHING YOU?
#1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor set to unveil
startling secrets in his new thriller, BLACK LIST
On August 17, 1975, Senator Frank Church appeared on “Meet the Press” and
warned that American surveillance technology had grown so advanced, that if the
giant listening ears of the NSA were ever turned inward on the American people, the
United States would cross a line from which there was no return. According to the
extensive research that went into his new novel BLACK LIST, #1 New York Times
bestselling author BRAD THOR believes we are now crossing that line.
“We are entering an era of total surveillance. Every American’s ‘digital exhaust;’ all
their phone calls, text messages, emails, web searches, banking and credit card
transactions, online chats, tweets and social networking interactions are now
collected, analyzed and stored. Privacy, and any expectation thereof, is dead,” Thor
states. “I had to ask myself not only why, but what if…?”
BLACK LIST, Thor’s twelfth thriller, once again features Navy SEAL turned
counterterrorism operative, Scot Harvath. Reasserting his dominance of what is
quickly becoming known as “Faction,” Thor masterfully blurs the line between fact
and fiction to create an action‐packed, frighteningly realistic novel that looks at
what happens when Harvath is marked for death by his own government.
“My number one goal is to give readers an edge‐of‐their‐seat, white‐knuckle thrill
ride,” says Thor. “I love hearing how they just can’t put my books down. Secretly,
though, what I love the most is hearing how people read my novels with their
laptops open, only to be blown away by the extensive, real‐life secrets I reveal.”
Described as “Quite possibly the next coming of Robert Ludlum" by the Chicago
Tribune, lauded by Bookreporter.com as “The Master of Thrillers,” and hailed by
KKTX as “America’s favorite author,” Thor will embark on a 12‐city tour to support
his latest blockbuster.
High Praise for Brad Thor
“As current as tomorrow’s headlines.” – Dan Brown, #1 New York Times Bestselling
Author of The Da Vinci Code
“One of the best thriller writers in the business.” – The Ottawa Citizen
"Wow, this guy can write." – The Atlanta Journal‐Constitution
“For those who love thrillers, and those who take their politics seriously, there is no
one better than Brad Thor.” – Andrew Breitbart’s BigPeace.com
"[Brad Thor] is arguably the best thriller writer of our time." – Suspense Magazine
“Thor has mastered thriller storytelling with fast pacing and plots that are relevant
to American readers." – The Miami Herald
“Thor's work is particularly credible because he uses real enemies of America,
religious fanatics who want to destroy our way of life... [Thor] will remind you that
our enemies can be more clever, more patient, and more vicious than any think
tank’s rational projection of the future.” – Former Speaker of the House, Newt
Brad Thor has created “the perfect all‐American hero for the post‐September 11th
world.” – Nelson DeMille, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of The Gold Coast
About the Author
Brad Thor has served as a member of the Department of Homeland Security’s
Analytic Red Cell Program and is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of eleven
previous thrillers. He has appeared on Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CNN, CNN
Headline News, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS and GBTV as a National Security Expert to
discuss terrorism, as well as how closely his novels of international intrigue parallel
the real threats facing the world today. Visit him at BradThor.com.
About the Book
Release Date: July 24, 2012
Publisher: Emily Bestler Books/Atria Books
The reality is – you are being watched, and the volume of data being amassed by the government is so immense that the
National Security Agency has outgrown their headquarters and the electrical capacity of Fort Meade, Maryland.
As a result, the NSA has begun construction on a sprawling, $2 Billion facility, five times the size of the US Capitol
Building, in the desert outside Salt Lake City, Utah.
Known officially as the Community Comprehensive National Cyber-security Initiative Data Center, the Utah Data Center
or “Spy Center” as it is more commonly referenced, is completely self-contained, with its own massive electrical, water,
and sewage systems.
Among the ways this data is being collected:
• Radio Frequency Identification, or RFID tags are used to track everything from casino chips, livestock, and
bottles of shampoo at Wal-Mart, to pets and people.
• Smartphones and onboard vehicle navigation systems regularly spy on customers, providing pinpoint data not
only on where you are, but where you have been.
• A flaw in Apple iTune’s software has allowed police and intelligence agencies trapdoor access into user’s
computers for years.
• The NSA and Google are using the millions upon millions of Tweets, Facebook entries, E-Z Pass toll records,
Amazon purchases, cell phone data, GPS information, search engine queries and other digital breadcrumbs
generated each day to build the most sophisticated artificial intelligence system the world had ever seen.
Codenamed AQUAINT – Advanced QUestion Answering for INTelligence – the system is not only being taught to
think like a human being, it is being groomed to predict the way human beings think and even act.
• In a suburb outside Detroit, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is testing a new type of streetlight that
not only provides light, but also includes tiny, remote-controlled audio and video recorders allowing them to
listen in to conversations of anyone who walks or lives nearby. The streetlights also have the ability to x-ray
passersby to ascertain what they are carrying on their person.
Orwell’s 1984, Cruise’s Minority Report, and CBS’ hit drama Person of Interest all
share a secret that’s about to be revealed in #1 New York Times bestselling
author Brad Thor’s new thriller:
• DHS has outfitted unmarked vans throughout major American cities with large x-ray machines allowing them to
x-ray whatever and whomever they want - families in minivans, bakery trucks, school busses – without the
subjects’ knowledge or consent.
• Along with the FCC, DHS wants to outfit every cell phone in the United States with a special chip and “enhanced”
software that would allow the government to “locate” people anywhere at anytime in order to deliver “timely”
emergency messages and statements from the president during a national emergency.
• DHS is developing a device that can be secretly deployed at stadiums, airports, malls, and other public locations,
which was designed to “identify terrorist activity before it takes place.”
• Future Attribute Screening Technology – aka the “FAST” program, will scan the physiology of each person who
unknowingly passes by its sensors, recording, storing and analyzing their respiration, “electrodermal” activity,
and cardiovascular signature in an attempt to recognize “malintent” and alert authorities.
• The FBI is engaged in an all-encompassing, billion-dollar upgrade of its fingerprint database, known as the
“largest biometric database in the world,” which contains records for over a hundred million people. Instead of
just fingerprints and mug shots, though, the “Next Generation Identification” database or NGI will contain
searchable photos with face recognition technology, iris scans, fingerprints, palm prints, DNA, voice print
recordings, measures of gait, and detailed analysis of scars and tattoos
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