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Final Epidemic: A Beck Casey Thriller, Book 1 | [Earl Merkel]

Final Epidemic: A Beck Casey Thriller, Book 1

An invisible killer has returned. The last time it raged, upward of 40 million died - in a matter of months. Now it is back, released to prey on an unsuspecting, unprotected world. The first case appears on a flawless spring morning, initially diagnosed as a common cold - perhaps a mild flu. Then the deaths begin. Beck Casey, an expert on biological warfare, is called back to his former CIA post to unravel the twisted case... and to discover if a vaccine exists. But Casey's potential allies to save the future are the worst enemies from his past.
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Publisher's Summary

This is how the world ends....

An invisible killer has returned. The last time it raged, upward of 40 million died - in a matter of months. Now it is back, released to prey on an unsuspecting, unprotected world.

The first case appears on a flawless spring morning, initially diagnosed as a common cold - perhaps a mild flu. Then the deaths begin. New York and Florida are quarantined. International travel is halted. A Japanese doomsday cult commits mass suicide, its final mission completed.

Beck Casey, an expert on biological warfare, is called back to his former CIA post to unravel the twisted case... and to discover if a vaccine exists. But Casey's potential allies to save the future are the worst enemies from his past. The Final Epidemic has begun.

©2002 Earl Merkel (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Cecilia Sauk Rapids, MN, United States 10-11-13
    Cecilia Sauk Rapids, MN, United States 10-11-13
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    If you could sum up Final Epidemic in three words, what would they be?

    Non-Stop Twists


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. The cause of the epidemic seemed easy to figure out but who released it was a complete surprise. With all of the twists, you never knew who was going to die next and in a thriller this is always a plus.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When they find Beck's daughter and friend and are able to save them.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine Albemarle, NC, United States 08-10-13
    Elaine Albemarle, NC, United States 08-10-13 Member Since 2010

    Totally addicted to Audible.

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    "Good Suspense - Holds Your Attention."

    This is not a new storyline but it is well written and has intriguing characters. I bought the Kindle book and got the audio book for $1.99. That is a great way to hear a new series by an author I had not read before. Beck Casey caught my attention and I am starting the next book. Narrator was good too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Suzie Adair LANCASTER, PA, US 08-18-14
    Suzie Adair LANCASTER, PA, US 08-18-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Terrible Book!"
    What disappointed you about Final Epidemic?

    Just horribly boring! I could not even stay interested long enough to get to the main story! I have never felt that way about a book!


    What was most disappointing about Earl Merkel’s story?

    The unnecessary background and chit chat that had nothing to do with the story so boring it put me to sleep!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I did not like his personality or the way he portrayed the characters. Maybe it was just the book or writing itself.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Final Epidemic?

    Just all the unnecessary endless descriptions of the characters thoughts that had nothing to do with the story so I could not finish the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Total waste of a credit and my money!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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