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One of the greatest compliments I get paid is when readers say they love to read my thrillers with their laptop open. They can’t believe how many things they discover in my stories that are actually true and keep hopping on the web to look them up. That’s what I love about writing ‘faction,” you get to keep people guessing where the facts end and the fiction begins.

The idea for HIDDEN ORDER was planted over a decade ago. When 9/11 happened, my wife and I got stranded on the east coast. We were supposed to be on our way to Greece for a vacation, but ending up on a tiny island just off the coast of Georgia. It was there that I learned about an organization more secretive than the CIA or even the National Security Agency.

I was encouraged to learn more by reading a very interesting book, which I reveal in HIDDEN ORDER, by having a character give a copy to my protagonist, Scot Harvath. Back in 2001, when I read this book, I couldn’t believe that so much of what I was learning about this secretive organization was true. Everything about it seemed ripped from the pages of a real-life thriller, right down to the fact that this organization was hiding in the shadows of Washington, D.C., pretending to be part of the United States government, and willing to go to incredible lengths to protect itself.

As time passed, I became more interested in learning everything I could about it. Finally, I decided I had to use it as a backdrop for one of my novels.

In writing HIDDEN ORDER, I set out with two goals. First and foremost, my job is as an entertainer. I wanted to give readers the ultimate toes-in-the-sand-book-in-the-hand beach read thriller. If I have done that, then I have fulfilled my primary objective. Also, though, I wanted people to finish this book smarter than when they started, and maybe even have a couple questions of their own about what they discovered on the pages inside. If I have done that, then I consider it icing on the cake.

It is my sincerest hope that you’ll enjoy HIDDEN ORDER and find it to be my most engrossing thriller yet.

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