CASEY SHENK

 
Full Name: Casey Shenk
Nationality: American
Organization: Intelligence Watch Group
Occupation Other - Intelligence Analyst

Creator: Matthew Frick
Time Span: 2010 - 2012
ABOUT THE SERIES

       Casey Shenk is an intelligence analyst.
       As the second book in the series begins, he does this work professionally. In the first book he is totally an amateur with an incredible insight who divulges his hunches and reasonings and murmurings on his personal blog during the evening as his days are filled paying the bills by filling vending machines around his town. Hardly glamorous work, he would admit, but it does provide an income and it is good, honest work which leaves him with considerable amount of time alone to let the various pieces of information he has gleamed from the web to whirl inside him insightful brain.
       This man in his mid-to-late 20's is a moderately good-looking person who is friendly enough to most people but still reclusive enough, or perhaps shy enough, to not especially seek out attention. He leaves that to his writings on his blog when he heads home to his apartment in the evening after a beer or two with a couple of close pals. Then he opens up with what the whirling information has produced. A man who is non-confrontational by nature, Shenk has enjoyed his life as it gets him out and about without too much stress and pressure. He has been doing it for five years as the first recorded adventure starts.
       His take on world events would have gone unnoticed without powerful search engines that routinely explore the Internet and latch onto key words in his musings and present his findings to real world explorers. Some of them are not very nice people like the ones who read his writings and decide that his continued existence is not in their interest so they send people to kill him. Luckily, some are like Susan Williams, one of the lead analysts for the Intelligence Watch Group (IWG), a "private analysis and forecasting corporation" with a client list that spanned governments and Fortune 500 companies, who also reads what he has to say and recognizes his brilliance.
       Shenk is no dashing-agent-in-waiting. He has never wanted to be, never considered the possibility, and when bullets start to fly and he realizes they are meant for him, he is even less interested in the possibility. But he is a very intuitive individual who enjoys putting together puzzles in his head and is good enough at it that he makes some people unhappy.

BOOKS

Number of Books:2
First Appearance:2010
Last Appearance:2012

1 Open Source Open Source
Written by Matthew Frick
Copyright: 2010

A vending machine servicer, Casey Shenk, has his own blog in which he presents his takes on the happenings around the world. One of his musings attracks the attention of a professional intelligence analyst and that of a group willing to kill to keep it quiet.

2 The Complicity Doctrine The Complicity Doctrine
Written by Matthew Frick
Copyright: 2012

Now working as an analyst with private company IWG, Casey Shenk puts together several strange happenings that point to someone in the US working to possibly aid terrorists. Whatever the real motive, that person or persons is willing to kill.

MY COMMENTS

       As a former intelligence analyst (35 years ago is really former), I was intrigued by the idea of a normal guy with keen insight being involved in figuring out global shenanigans. At least up until people tried to kill the main character. The problem I have with this series, though, is there is not enough of Casey Shenk. He is, IMHO, the main character but there should have been more of him.
       The author does do a fun job of throwing together several seemingly disparate events into a darn good conspiracy but he should have used Shenk more. It would have made the series better.

GRADE

My Grade: B

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