In the world of espionage and terrorism, nothing is ever quite what you expect.
It's always worse.
Beck Casey, the college-professor-turned-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.
"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
About the Author
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-wisethan he is dealing with financial matters.