Sunday, July 11, 2010

Political Pistachio Radio: Brad Thor's Thriller, and Mollie Gross' Confessions

Two guests join the Political Pistachio Radio Revolution tonight: New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor, and comedian/writer Mollie Gross.

During the first hour Brad Thor joins the program to discuss his latest book: Foreign Influence. . .

American Hero Scot Harvath Battles Muslim Terrorist Cells in U.S. Cities as American Political Correctness Goes Awry

(New York, NY) – A terrorist attempts to blow up an airliner over a major American city on Christmas Day; another seeks to devastate Times Square with a bomb he learned to make in Pakistan. Both fail. Will America be so lucky the next time?

Against the backdrop of these real-life events comes the newest thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor: Foreign Influence, the ninth book in the critically-acclaimed Scot Harvath series. Drawing from his sources inside the U.S military and intelligence communities, Thor creates a frighteningly realistic depiction of the dangers facing America today.

“In many ways, Scot Harvath’s experiences mirror the challenges the military and CIA are facing overseas right now ,” said Brad Thor. “Terrorist cells in the United States are a reality. Unfortunately, the government is afraid to offend the Muslim extremists who are unquestionably planning their next attacks in our cities,” he said.

A master of weaving current events into his gripping story lines, Thor takes readers on a surreal journey into the mind of America’s most dangerous enemies and asks them to think the unthinkable: A terrorist attack worse than 9/11. But in his most dangerous mission to date, Scot Harvath must battle not only America’s enemies, but also the excessively politically-correct culture that protects them.

Recruited as a field operative by a newly created Defense Department spy agency, Harvath has just returned from an assignment in Iraq before receiving orders to track down the perpetrators behind a deadly bus explosion in Rome that has killed dozens of American students.

Harvath is shocked to learn that the evidence points to a former colleague, a peddler of information known to the underground intelligence world simply as the Troll. But when the Troll contacts Harvath professing his innocence, the former Navy SEAL must choose between following his orders and following his instincts.

Meanwhile, a young woman is struck by a taxi cab in the early morning hours on Chicago’s near west side. Unable to get any results from the Chicago Police Department, the woman’s family hires John Vaughan, a cop who moonlights as a lawyer, to track down their daughter’s attacker. What first appears to Vaughan as a simple hit-and-run quickly turns into a life-or-death chase to stop a home-grown terrorist cell from launching its next attack.

The author most recently of the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Last Patriot, a book so honest in its portrait of the true nature of Islam that it was banned in Saudi Arabia, Thor is once more at his gritty, realistic best in exposing a culture more concerned about protecting terrorists’ rights than saving civilian lives. A masterful thriller, Foreign Influence is also a warning of what many experts believe is about to happen to America next.

Then, in the second hour, we will be joined by Mollie Gross to discuss her book: Confessions of a Military Wife.

From Mollie's site at

“I remember when I hit rock bottom. There I was with no make-up on, hadn’t showered, eating raw cookie dough out of the tube, hitting on the toothless bagger at the commissary, and ordering jewelry off the TV. And that was just my first day!”

The book, Confessions of a Military Wife, is an honest, witty, and often hilarious look at the life of the new generation military wife. Mollie learned the hard way to laugh instead of cry at what she could not control as a military spouse — and as she quickly discovered, nearly everything was out of her control! A standup comedienne, public speaker, and wife of a Marine Corps officer, Mollie explores everything about the “issued” spouse, from deployment and the stress of having a husband in a combat zone, to the realization that marriage changes when your husband returns home from war. Nothing is taboo or out-of-bounds in Confessions, including the “parties” military wives throw for themselves before hubby returns. (You’ll have to read the book to find out about those!)

More than one million American servicemen have deployed to war over the last few years, which means the lives and lifestyles of military wives are now front and center in the public’s curiosity. How do they live? What is their day-today life like? How do they interact? How do they deal with weeks and months of separation? The answers will surprise (and in some cases, shock) you. Confessions teaches all women, whether civilian or military, that they can learn to find the funny side of anything by embracing the situation and changing their perspective.

And now they can do so with humor and levity, and a little wisdom. Evocative and provocative, Confessions of a Military Wife is a can’t-putdown book that will leave you laughing and crying at the same time.

Mollie Gross is a former Marine Spouse, author, standup comedienne, and public speaker. She uses comedy and quick wit to encourage and inspire other military wives through the challenges of the military lifestyle. She lives with her husband Jon in Los Angeles.

Join us live to listen to the interviews of both guests, beginning at 7:00 pm Pacific. But if you miss it live, don't worry, you can catch the archive later as well! Listen at

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