I first had the idea for “Human Intelligence” when I worked as a political journalist in Washington, DC, and covered the 9/11 Commission.
When the Pentagon was hit, I was across the street and I think the proximity to the attacks has given me and many others a special perspective of 9/11. I tried to convey some of the experiences from that day in this novel.
As a reporter, I covered Congress and the White House and I hope that my insider’s knowledge will give readers of “Human Intelligence” a realistic glimpse of how Washington works.
After a decade of work as a journalist, I quit my career to move to Thailand and write this book. Why? I simply didn’t want to wake up one day and regret not having at least tried to tell this story.
Aside from having spent time in Asia, I have also lived in Germany, France and Mexico. In 2014, I plan to move to yet another exotic country to make “Human Intelligence” a screenplay.
I sincerely hope that you will enjoy reading this book as much as I loved writing it.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I covered the 9/11 Commission as a reporter and that gave me the idea for "Human Intelligence." One of the findings of the commission was that we are lacking human intelligence in the fight against terrorism. We're great at listening on phone calls and reading emails but it's proven to be nearly impossible to infiltrate a group like al Qaeda. I asked myself how that could be changed and came up with this story.
What is your writing process?
My writing process was probably different from that of most people since I moved to Thailand specifically to write my novel. I wanted to find a beautiful place with a low cost of living. Every morning, I'd swim a couple of miles and create new problems for my protagonists that they needed to solve. Then I'd eat breakfast and write down what I had thought about ... or not. Thailand is a great place for procrastination.
A bus explodes near the Pentagon and triggers a massive search for the bomber. After a manhunt across four continents, a special CIA unit searching for the world’s most wanted terrorist discovers an imminent plot to bring nuclear carnage to the United States. But all is not as it seems to be as the unlikeliest of heroes must prevent the nuclear attack and risk his life to do so.