Ballen applied the “Page 99 Test” to his new book, Terrorists in Love: The Real Lives of Islamic Radicals, and reported the following:
Page 99 of Terrorists in Love begins with the following sentence: “Malik waited for a sign from God but had no dreams.”Learn more about the book and author at the Terrorists in Love website.
Malik is a Taliban fighter, former commander of the religious police, and most importantly, seer to the leader of the Taliban, Mullah Omar. He is the Taliban Chief’s “Rasputin,” and he gives us the very first inside account of the elusive Taliban leader, whose fighters the U.S. has now fought against in Afghanistan for ten years. It is America’s longest war, and Terrorists in Love allows us to witness the secret war councils of the Taliban as never before.
After the initial American victory in Afghanistan at the end of 2001, Mullah Omar was devastated by the Taliban's defeat. Paralyzed by inaction, Mullah Omar could not decide what to do, waiting patiently for a "true night dream" from God. It was not until Malik recounted his dream, more than a year after the Taliban fled Afghanistan, which is chronicled starting at Page 99, that Mullah Omar decided to lead the fight against Americans inside Afghanistan.
Like the rest of the book, this scene reveals the hidden world of the Taliban. But Malik and Mullah Omar are not alone. We also witness firsthand the deepest secrets of other Taliban and Al Qaeda radicals, from Ahmad Al-Shayea, an Al Qaeda suicide bomber who survives his attack only to become fiercely pro-American, to Zeddy, who trained terrorists while being paid by America’s ally, the Pakistani Army, and Kamal, heir to the Jihadi throne and fortune. Mystical dreams and visions, the demonic figure of the United States, intense sexual repression, crumbling family and tribal structures, the book chronicles the intimate lives, loves, frustrations, and secrets of “Terrorists in Love.”