Author's Latest Thriller Eerily Similar to Recent Events

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With the release of his latest award-winning thriller, Texas author Mark Fadden, who's been called "the next Dan Brown," has written a novel that predicted the currency wars, the Federal Reserve's latest reaction to the mounting U.S. debt crisis, and even the recent Washington, D.C. Metro bomb scare.

The cover features clues to the conspiracy inside the book.

“I wrote the book to closely mirror current events in the real world and to offer a plausible explanation for why they are happening. But I never thought it would predict actual events.”

First it was the global economic meltdown. Then it was the ensuing currency wars that have plagued the international financial system. Now it’s the recent Washington D.C. Metro bomb scare. “It’s pretty strange that all these events from the book are coming true,” said Mark Fadden of his latest thriller, The Brink, a novel he wrote in 2006. “If someone finds a lost article of the U.S. Constitution, like there is in the book, then I’ll head to Vegas and try my luck at the craps tables.” Fadden’s book, which uses the current financial crisis as the foundation of a fast-paced suspense thriller, tells the story of a fugitive Texas Ranger who helps a woman running for her life, only to get sucked into a secret society’s plot for global financial Armageddon. “I wrote the book to closely mirror current events in the real world and to offer a plausible explanation for why they are happening,” said Fadden, 37. “But I never thought it would predict actual events.”

In the beginning of the book, the Bank of Japan (BOJ) is about to use what Fadden calls an “economic nuclear bomb” against the United States. But the BOJ is merely a pawn acting on behalf of a ruthless secret society that wants to bring the international financial system, and consequently the world, to its knees. The secret society featured in The Brink is known as the Bilderberg Group, a clandestine organization that allegedly exists. “The Bilderberg Group is an international cabal made up of royalty, politicians, international financiers, and media tycoons that supposedly runs the world behind closed doors. When I began researching them, I knew they were the ones that could pull of something this big.” While Fadden keeps tight lipped as to the intricacies of the book’s plot, he does mention that a large part of it revolves around yet another piece of the book that’s come true, the U.S. debt crisis. “A recent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report points out that the national debt is projected to be 62 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at the end of fiscal year 2010, and will only rise higher,” Fadden said. “To bring that number into perspective, national debt has only ever exceeded 50 percent of GDP one time in the history of this country. It was during World War II, and it decreased sharply after the war ended, as America began paying off its wartime debt. At nearly $14 trillion, the current U.S. debt load is enormous, and it’s only getting bigger. That adds up to a very dangerous financial position.” CBO Director Douglas W. Elmendorf backs up Fadden’s take on America’s dangerous debt level. In a recent blog, Elmendorf wrote, “in the United States, the ratio of federal debt to GDP is climbing into unfamiliar territory—and all else being equal, the higher the debt, the greater the risk of a crisis.”

With so many events in his book actually coming true, Fadden may seem like some kind of soothsayer, but he disagrees. “The fact that the events in the book are now coming true is a testament that, however this crisis pans out, it’s been a long time coming. Few people want to sit down and read a 100 page CBO report filled with esoteric terms and confusing graphs. I wanted to write an action packed thriller that uses those same theories and numbers to propel the story of two people being hunted from Mexico to Washington, D.C., so that readers could familiarize themselves with the very scary financial situation we all face.”

The Brink is Fadden’s third novel. His first novel, Five Days in Dallas, was published in 2003. It received critical acclaim and Fadden himself was even called a “masterful storyteller” by a Writer’s Digest reviewer. Fadden, who grew up in Houston and now lives in Colleyville, Texas, has appeared at numerous book signings in Texas and Louisiana, and will even be part of an event called “Books and Cooks” in January, where he and members of a cooking class make a dish featured in the book. Fadden, who has also been called “the next Dan Brown,” gives lectures about writing and marketing books to various community groups in the North Texas area. His event schedule and the first 22 pages of The Brink can be previewed at markfadden.com. Fadden’s blog about using social media to sell books is entitled, “Dispatches from the literary trenches.”

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