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.
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
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-wise--than he is dealing with financial matters.