Fire of the Prophet: A Beck Casey Thriller [NOOK Book]


In the world of espionage and terrorism, nothing is ever quite what you expect.

It’s always worse.

Beck Casey, the college-professor-cum-spy protagonist of the bestselling Final Epidemic, returns— now, to confront the very real ...
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Fire of the Prophet: A Beck Casey Thriller

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In the world of espionage and terrorism, nothing is ever quite what you expect.

It’s always worse.

Beck Casey, the college-professor-cum-spy protagonist of the bestselling Final Epidemic, returns— now, to confront the very real nightmare that that haunts every national-security expert today: nuclear terrorism in the American homeland.

Joining him in Fire Of The Prophet is a cast of faces both new and familiar:

• Jeffrey Connor, a rising star at the FBI’s Counter-Terror Division; a natural leader despite his youth, he's tasked to lead a desperate hunt for an elusive ""blue-eyed terrorist.""

• Katie Casey, Beck’s daughter and an ambitious D.C. lawyer; she is fiercely loyal, romantically —and unexpectedly— linked with Connor... and trapped both in a doomed city and in a hackles-raising relationship between father and lover.

• Fatíma Huntsman, the daughter of a Palestinian activist and an American woman, now radicalized as a terrorist and armed with a nuclear device in a mission against her fellow American citizens.

• Dennis Littrell, a self-described ""overly seasoned"" veteran news journalist, looking for professional redemption through one last story— a story that might save his nation and the world from a devastating global conflict... or could plunge it irrevocably into one.

In suspense-filled progression, Fire Of The Prophet builds from an opening set along the U.S.-Mexican border through the battlefields of the Middle East, and ultimately takes the reader to a looming Armageddon... in the capital of the United States.

“Hits you like a freight train, then drags you along for the ride. Earl Merkel’s latest is a master’s degree in terrific writing, strong characters, and just plain excitement. Don’t you dare miss it.”
—National bestselling author Shane Gericke, Torn Apart

“Earl Merkel’s new thriller, Fire Of The Prophet, is a frightening and extremely well-crafted narrative of today’s domestic-terror nightmare, from the specter of the ‘blue-eyed terrorist’ to the dark international conspiracies aimed at the heart of America in our world today...”
—Bob Hamer, author of The Last Undercover and former FBI undercover agent
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016470696
  • Publisher: Diversion Books
  • Publication date: 5/21/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Earl Merkel is the author of four suspense novels, including his latest: Fire Of The Prophet (Diversion, 2013).

A former newspaper journalist, columnist and talk-radio host, during his career Earl has dodged gunfire, teargas canisters, and verbal brickbats as a journalist (and on occasion as a private citizen, having somehow annoyed armed or vocal strangers). As the “more” on the nationally broadcast talk-radio program Money & More, Earl left the money-talk to the experts. He admits that he’s far more comfortable in other areas —talking with authors, arguing current events and even simply cracking-wise — than he is dealing with financial matters.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2013

    A Very Good Read

    Interesting story with complex characters. My only complaint is the author used so many agency initials it sometimes felt like alphabet soup.

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  • Posted September 12, 2013

    Fire of the Prophet: A Beck Casey Thriller By Earl Merkel A book

    Fire of the Prophet: A Beck Casey Thriller
    By Earl Merkel
    A book review by Ginger Dawn Harman

    Earl Markel's, Fire of the Prophet is unquestionably an extraordinary novel that is not only emotionally-grabbing but will also stand the test of time as a substantive fictional account of the Global War on Terror. Merkel writes with a seemingly journalistic approach that is well researched. He explores the world of power, misguided trust, espionage, and terrorism. Intense with suspense and full of action, this novel will be a favorite among avid suspense thriller readers.

    Throughout the book the transfer of power is more than evident as a theme. From the gripping escape by Fatíma Huntsman, struggles with al-Qaeda-affiliated factions like the Haqqani Network, Lashkar-e-Taiba, to the sequences of action by Beck Casey and Jeffrey Connor. I felt the author even toys with the reader by the emphasis of meticulously detailed scientific facts of nuclear weapons, firearms, and then combining it with military knowledge. Merkel also purposely switches the names of cities of Culpepper, Virginia and Frederick, Maryland for fictional value. Furthermore, the author uses the literary technique of wordplay with the character names of Justin Beaver, Garth Brooks, among others. This is also a classic journalistic and media approach much like today that provides the `Hollywood candy' while the real stories are often harder to decipher. Earl Merkel gives clues to this wit early on in the novel when Mason states to the President, "It is a chess match, and we find that any rational move we contemplate leaves us open to checkmate. We are forced to delay and definitive response, lest the knife turn in our own hand." However, the author later writes a scene where Beck Casey sat at a chess table which displayed no pieces, tying in to the earlier chess reference.

    With excellent character development, Earl Merkel creates distinctive and memorable characters that remain with you long after you finish the novel. In fact, this keeps the novel interesting and suspenseful. Additionally, the author makes great use of vivid sensory details which makes the plot very plausible. A great example is, "It was only then that they heard faint noises from down the hallway, the kind of sounds a person might make if her mouth had been tenderly stuffed with a balled-up kitchen sponge and secured with a double-wrapping of fiberglass-reinforced heavy-duty plastic shipping tape." Moreover, the added conflict between characters such as Fatíma and her husband, Beck Casey and Mahoud Farzaneh sets a mood of distrust and a false sense of security. "Panic is an ugly beast; in one person, it is a savage focus on the need of the "me" to escape, to survive." this is a great example of how the author articulates the tone.

    The book presents both sides of the global war on terror that is very relevant to our current events. There is an undertow of wry humor, but the main tone is serious, observant, and deeply intelligent. If you read closely you will note some personal hints to the author's past journalist days. After all, "There's no such thing as an `ex-journalist.' At best, we're all just in recovery." Earl Merkel`s ability to devise an intricate plot coupled with his understanding of relevant current events will leave the reader wanting more and anxiously waiting the sequel. I highly recommend Fire of the Prophet by Earl Merkel.

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    Posted June 7, 2013

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