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FIRE OF THE PROPHET - A Beck Casey Thriller (by EARL MERKEL)

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Published on Oct 10, 2013

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

It's always worse.

This is the core theme of Fire Of The Prophet, a thriller set in an international medley of locales widely considered to be the most dangerous places in the world.

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: the specter of nuclear terrorism in the American homeland.

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

• Jeffrey Connor, a rising star at the FBI's Counter-Terror Division (CTD); a natural leader despite his youth, he is tasked to lead a desperate hunt for an elusive "blue-eyed terrorist" with the dreaded ability to blend seamlessly into the American culture, and who carries a horrific weapon of mass destruction. His hatred of the terrorist threat is matched only by his fiery revulsion of spies... both "theirs" and "ours."

• Katie Casey, Beck's daughter and an ambitious D.C. lawyer, shielded by Beck from knowledge of either his true profession or its omnipresent inherent perils; she is fiercely loyal, ferociously single-minded, 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 aimed 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 --itself, a realistically chilling portrayal of the violence that is routine in this human-smuggling trade, though in Fire Of The Prophet it culminates in a particularly startling manner-- through the battlefields of the Middle East, and ultimately takes the reader to a looming Armageddon... in the capital of the United States.

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