Afghanistan
Credit: Courtesy Brad Thor

Thor embedded with a Black Ops unit while researching 'The Apostle' and got the rare opportunity to experience Afghan village life. Though the experience was, at times, frightening and fraught throughout, he was pleasantly surprised by what he found.

"The Afghans I met were some of the nicest and most honorable people I've ever encountered," says Thor. "There is a code called Pashtunwali so if someone invites you into their village, every last man will fight to protect your life. I was impressed by that."

Thor says he was also impressed by the food: "Best fried chicken I've had in my life."