Goodbye George & The Last Patriot

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Sad news yesterday with the passing of Mr. George Carlin. Many folks posted notices on their blogs proving just how much of an influence he was on a generation of people.

Thank you Sir for years of laughter. Your words and thoughts will live on for generations to come.

How would the world be changed and specifically the Islamic Religion, if lost chapters of the Quran were found that showed the Prophet Mohammad had renounced hatred and violence against those who did not practice his Religion?

What if Mohammad shared these revelations with his closest followers and within days was assassinated?

What would the reaction be if it were learned that the U.S. Minister to France, Thomas Jefferson uncovered these truths?

What if today, mounds of parchment and pages of Arabic text had been found and they seem to be some of the earliest writings of the Quran known to exist and these revelations were contained within those pages?

What happens when Scot Harvath, the hero of Brad Thor's collection of books, who was trying to leave the world of fighting terrorism for the US Government behind and find peace with his new love, becomes entangled in this plot just because he vacationed in the wrong city at the wrong time?

What would Muslim fanatics do to keep this information secret, knowing it could turn the tide against them around the world?

What would the US Government do to find these secrets and announce them to the world in the hope of defeating the fanatics?

If you enjoy heart-pounding adventure and a chase that encircles the globe, then "The Last Patriot" is the one book you want to pick up for your summer reading.

The writer Nelson Demille calls Scot Harvath the "perfect all American hero for the post September 11th world."

I was introduced to Brad Thor only a year ago and have already read his entire collection. I was privileged to receive an advanced readers copy of his newest adventure and was immediately transported into this incredible story. I did not put the book down until I reached the last page.

Using known facts, Thor crafts an incredibly believable tale.

Thomas Jefferson was deeply involved in trying to negotiate peace treaties with the Barbary Nations during his time as Minister to France and studied the Muslim religion, even owning a copy of the Quran (used by Congressman Keith Ellison when he was sworn into office).

That Muslims who are fanatical about taking over the world for their Religion, believe that Islam "was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Quran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman (Muslim) who should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise."

The story unfolds quickly and when I was done I actually had to research to find how much was fiction and how much fact.

I could tell more of the thriller, but then you would not have the pleasure of being swept up in the tale Mr. Thor weaves.

The book is out on July 1st...I suggest you buy a copy, find a comfortable place in your home or on the beach or by your pool, turn off your cell phone and enjoy.

This one is definitely worth your time.

Now stop by the Radio Happy Hour tonight at 9:00 pm Eastern as Doc, Dangerous and I speak with Mr. Thor about this book and how his life has changed since he wrote it.

Coming up this week on DR. BLOGSTEIN’S RADIO HAPPY HOUR:
(Live on Tuesday June 24th at 9PM ET and forever archived at BlogTalkRadio.)


Radio Jesus and Dangerous Lee welcome Radio Happy Hour favorite and New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor in what could end up being his last interview ever.

Ever since this winter, when word leaked out that Thor’s new thriller, The Last Patriot, included a storyline that describes a missing portion of the Quran, the writer has received numerous death threats.

We’ll find out why he’s gone through with the publication, what precaution he and his family are taking and whether he’s finished any more books in case he’s assassinated while on tour.

Also this week, actor Daren Kagasoff stops by to discuss his new show. ABC Family’s “Secret Life of the American Teenager” debuts on July 1st and co stars Molly Ringwald, Josie Bisset, and former RHH guest Francia Raisa.


All that, plus Vinny Bond drags his Big Leather Couch into the Radio Happy Hour Lounge to chat live with the listeners, Justin the Weatherman and we’ll take your calls at 646-652-4804.

Join us live every Tuesday night at 9PM ET. The Radio Happy Hour Lounge-a live chat room during show time-is a whole new reason to make sure you listen live! It’s the show within the show!

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This week
A pot of GRAVY
of course with meatballs and sausage...

I received some very sad news today
after I had completed this post.

I could not write about it this evening
but will be doing a very special post tomorrow.

31 Of Your Sparks

  1. Anonymous Says:
  2. Vince
    I hate to hear you have bad news...let me know if I can do anything....I can't do that w/o DAX and he ain't cooperating!!
    BTW---my latest post is one of my infamous story of my past BGWD

  3. Julie Says:
  4. So sad about George. I watched so many of his videos yesterday and probably will continue catching some more today.

  5. Ken Says:
  6. The Last Patriot sounds real good. At present I'm learning a little more from Scott McClellan of "What Happened" in the White House.

  7. Anndi Says:
  8. George Carlin influenced far more than one generation and thankfully, with the help of the immese legacy and impressive body of work he has left us with, he will continue to influence generations to come.

    Now why are you asking so many questions this early in the morning?

    Michael Crichton also uses a great deal of reality is his stories, enhancing the reader's experience.

    Is there a Thor book that's good to start with? Is this one it?

    I'm sorry about your sad news.

  9. RW Says:
  10. RIP to Gorge I really enjoy his comedy.

    That Ruby Tuesday looks delicious!

    Hey I check out the Bucket List very good movie, two thumbs up!

    I hate to hear of you getting bad news to Vin.

  11. CHARLENE: I understand and hope he does soon Will read

    JULIE: Yes it was sad news

    MICKEY-T: I really enjoy Thor's books

  12. ANNDI: Semantics my dear..but I get your point...more than a generation
    I love asking questions!
    Like many authors, his books follow a line. I went back and read from the beginning, so, in order of publication:
    Thor does refer back to incidents from other books, but not enough to ruin the flow.

    ROGER: Thanks on the Ruby was a good pot!
    Glad you enjoyed the movie.
    Thanks, we will talk about it tomorrow.

  13. Schmoop Says:
  14. Sorry Vin, but you do have delicious looking balls. Cheers!!

  15. I had the pleasure of seeing George Carlin live once. It was a great show.

    While he was a very funny comedian, his dialogues also gave a pretty strong commentary on our society today.

  16. MATT-MAN: I knew you loved me darling

    RWA: Never got to see him live, but you are spot on in your comment

  17. leelee Says:
  18. You are killing me with the food!



  19. Mimi Lenox Says:
  20. Vinny, Sorry about your sad news.

    And thank you for listing the Thor books in order for Anndi. I would like to start at the beginning as well. This sounds like a great interview tonight. I will definitely try to tune in.

  21. TopChamp Says:
  22. you ok?

    Shall we start the gravy argument again? Your cooking always sounds amazing.

  23. LEELEE: LOL..sure not trying to kill anyone....

    MIMI: TY my friend...I should have listed them after the review...I do like him a lot

    TOPCHAMP: Yes, thanks...LOL nope G-R-A-V-Y is Sicilian for tomato based concoction that goes over in "Today we are having pasta and gravy"

  24. Oh I don't like hearing you had sad news =(

  25. Tug Says:
  26. Sorry to hear you had bad news also... (hugs)

    That SAUCE looks nummers.

  27. Yumm Yumm you know if you post it you should invite us all over for some

    oh so sorry

  28. Kb Says:
  29. Brad Thor is a nice man too. I am a moderator on his reader's forum and he stops by and "plays" with us almost daily.
    I love his work and had to do some research too. It is scary how close fact and fiction are. Great Review, Vinnie!

  30. Unknown Says:
  31. RIP to George C...I was so shocked when I flipped on the news Monday...and sad.

    I enjoy Thor's writing. I think the first one I read (out of sequence, totally!) was State of the Union. I may be wrong, I don't remember now, but anyhoo--good stuff!

    Hate to see there is bad news...sending good vibes your way.

  32. STARRLIGHT: TY my friend

    TUG: Yes...same to you...HUGS
    Come to Memphis and try some

    KB: And he saw the review and liked it! YEA! I know YOU will be there tonight.

  33. MARCIA: Welcome to The Couch...guests here know all they need to do is get to Memphis and they will be fed!
    Thank you...stop by again

    MARGARET: I think many were shocked, though he had been ill. I do like him a great deal.
    Thank you for the vibes...more tomorrow.

  34. I love your gravy, ah, SAUCE post for Ruby Tuesday... Have we had this discussion before, whether it's called gravy or sauce? Happy Ruby Tuesday!:)

    I'm sorry you received bad news...I hope not too bad.

  35. TEACH: Mary...Always gravy in my home and I believe we have...
    Happy R.T.

  36. The Thor book sounds facinating for all the reasons you state. Knock em dead on the show...

  37. BUD: It is a great read...Thanks my friend...

  38. George Carlin was one of the best... I'm wondering if he ever found a place big enough for all his "stuff"... ;-)

    Don't know what the sad news is but you know where I am if you need anything.

  39. Travis Cody Says:
  40. Hey that's a great library graphic! I need a library just like that one, except I think I'd prefer a grouping of 4 nice leather chairs.

    Sorry to hear you have some sad news.

  41. Lu' Says:
  42. I'm sorry you received some upsetting news.

  43. DIXIE: He as and I bet he did

    TRAVIS: Thanks... I had a few, but I liked that one best

    LU': Thank you I appreciate it

  44. Liz Says:
  45. Am awaiting an email from my library on the Thor book. It's gotten good reviews (not that that always matters, of course!). I'm also enjoying this thriller, Death in Small Doses. It's got lots of action, political extremists and great clashes between the forces of good and evil. The author takes readers on a great journey.

  46. Moses Gunner Says:
  47. I strongly suggest ant one who enjoyed The Last Patriot to check out Epire of Lies. It's a great new spy thriller about a Christian looking for the last revelation of the Qur'an. You can Check out this review of it


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