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Full Name: Beck Casey
Nationality: American
Organization: CIA
Occupation Other - Professor

Creator: Earl Merkel
Time Span: 2007 - 2015


       Beck Casey is a college professor.
       He is also an employee, on apparently a contract basis, of the CIA. He is not a trained agent qualified to go undercover to extract secrets or remove people. He is an academician with a particular set of specialties that makes his knowledge quite useful to the Agency. That does not, however and unfortunately for him, mean that life and the powers that be do not through him into situations where some actual training would have been good to have. Luckily for Casey, he is a very smart individual.
       By disciplines, Casey has a couple of PhD's to his name, entitling him to be called Doctor though he prefers things less formal. He is an expert in Sociology and History and came to the attention of the CIA while working on a Master's writing a thesis on the ramifications to world history of catastrophic plagues. While the book that he created never was published publicly, it was read by quite a few in the halls of government and opened the door to a career. It detailed in frighteningly accurate detail how governments would normally react to sudden and harsh conditions and how the people would then respond to those reactions, and vice versa.
       When we meet him, he has officially left that occupation to become a sort of travelling professor, invited to teach a semester at one university and then move on to another. It was while preparing for the start of yet another session of lectures that Casey is brought into the fold when another crisis arises that falls within his area of expertise.


Number of Books:3
First Appearance:2007
Last Appearance:2015

1 Final Epidemic Final Epidemic
Written by Earl Merkel
Copyright: 2002

"The first case appears in Miami, initially diagnosed as a common cold—perhaps a mild flu. Then patients start dying. Dr. Carol Mayer begins to suspect a strain she hasn’t seen before, one that has the potential to rapidly escalate to epidemic proportions. As more cases arise, the state of Florida is quarantined, followed by New York, where there is another lethal outbreak. International travel is halted.

At the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Dr. Beck Casey, a former CIA agent and expert on the horror that is biological warfare, is drafted for a secret mission. A Japanese doomsday cult has committed mass suicide after unleashing a devastating virus. Casey will need to work with his old enemies—the Russians—to find a cure before it’s too late for everyone, including his own daughter, who’s now trapped in the quarantined city of Miami . . ."
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2 Fire of the Prophet Fire of the Prophet
Written by Earl Merkel
Copyright: 2007

"Former CIA op Beck Casey had thought he was done with the world of espionage and could comfortably settle into academia. But his country needs him—again. Nuclear terrorism poses an imminent threat to the United States, and to deal with this national security nightmare, Casey’s going to need all the help he can get.

A rising star in the FBI’s Counter-Terror Division, Jeffrey Connor has been tasked to lead a desperate hunt for the elusive “blue-eyed terrorist.” He also happens to be in love with DC lawyer Katie Casey, Beck’s beloved daughter."
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3 Fallout Fallout
Written by Earl Merkel
Copyright: 2015

"When DC is leveled by a nuclear attack and the President is assassinated, former CIA op Beck Casey rises from the ashes to bring terrorists to justice . . .

“Washington . . . gone.”

Ominous words uttered on an Israeli submarine stationed in the Gulf of Oman moments before a torpedo destroys that vessel as well.

A nuclear strike has rendered the American capital a radioactive wasteland. But that’s just the beginning of a vast, coordinated terrorist attack. The President falls next. Lone wolf shootings erupt throughout the heartland. Computer viruses take down systems and disable grids across the country.

The stakes have never been higher, as former CIA agent Beck Casey joins forces with an international task force to neutralize a seemingly unstoppable enemy. They’ve got three days to save the world . . . or die trying."
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       I gladly announce that I am impressed with the plotting and the writing of these three adventures. They flow wonderfully and take the main character and the reader along with it. Best so far for me is the fact that Beck Casey is important to the storyline but does not control it. It is not a case of "look at me! I am saving the day" so much as "holy crap! I had better do something".
       I do have to warn the reader, though, that some very scary things happen in these books and the author makes it so real and so possible that sleeping afterwards can be problematic.


My Grade: B+


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