Lisa De Pasquale

During a time when national security and the inner-workings of the government seem to be stranger than fiction, I’m not surprised that the thriller book genre is gaining popularity. One reason might be that these works of fiction (with lots and lots of background research) provide readers with the answers we don’t get in real-life.

Out tomorrow is the new thriller, The Widow’s Strike, from New York Times bestselling author Brad Taylor. The Widow’s Strike is the fourth in his Pike Logan series. Others include One Rough Man, All Necessary Force, and Enemy of Mine.The latest focuses on the Taskforce’s mission to stop a terrorist outfit called the Black Widows, a group of female suicide bombers, who intend to release a virus that will cause a global epidemic. Publisher’s Weekly wrote, “The high violence level and authentic military action put Taylor, a retired Delta Force officer, solidly in the ranks of such authors as Brad Thor and Vince Flynn.”

Taylor was commissioned into the U.S. Army after graduating from the University of Texas. He spent over 20 years in the Army, serving in numerous Special Forces and Infantry positions. His last assignment before retiring was as Assistant Professor of Military Science at The Charleston, South Carolina.

Taylor’s The Widow’s Strike is the perfect book for summer reading. It’s fast-paced, authentic and thrilling.

The De Pasquale's Dozen asks political figures and free market-minded writers and entertainers to take a break from politics and talk about their pop culture obsessions.

1. What one thing would you do as President "just because you could"?

I’d make it a rule that if you don’t pay into the system, you get no say on how the tax money’s spent. We’re on a tipping point of having the majority of the electorate voting for money instead of principle, which causes the politicians to promise more money and ignore principles. I suppose that’s actually outside the power of the President, though. I think I’d sign an executive order requiring all federal employees to use callsigns while conducting official business. I’d be Maverick because, well, I’m the damn President. The first person to aggravate me would be anointed Flounder.

2. Tell me about your favorite teacher and how he or she influenced your life.

Lisa De Pasquale

Lisa De Pasquale is is a writer in Alexandria, VA. Miss De Pasquale was previously the director of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where she oversaw all aspects of the conference from June 2006 to April 2011. Prior to CPAC, she was the program director of the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute. In 2010, she was named a “Rising Star” by Campaigns & Elections magazine in their annual list of top political leaders under 35. She has written articles for and Townhall Magazine, Human Events, The Daily Caller, Washingtonian, the St. Augustine Record, The Washington Times, The Houston Chronicle, and the Tallahassee Democrat. Originally from Florida, Miss De Pasquale received a B.A. from Flagler College in St. Augustine.

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