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Hardcover Book Details
  • 12/2019
  • 9781951896249
  • 312 pages
  • $27.40
Paperback Book Details
  • 10/2019
  • 9781950437672
  • 312 pages
  • $22.30
Ebook Details
  • 12/2019
  • B082P51T76
  • 314 pages
  • $9.77
Audio Details
  • 07/2020
  • B08D4Q1XB1
  • 314 pages
  • $19.95
John Casey
Author
Devolution
John Casey, author

Michael Dolan is a stoic perfectionist and former Special Operations pilot working a staff job at The Pentagon when he is approached by the CIA with an improbably request, to help prevent impending terrorist attacks in Europe. As his deep-cover role in Operation EXCISE evolves, Dolan finds that of the demons he must prevail against, the most terrible are from within...

DEVOLUTION was nominated for the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award and is book one of The Devolution Trilogy, a psychological spy thriller series. EVOLUTION will be released in early 2021 followed by REVELATION.

Reviews
DIANE DONOVAN, Midwest Book Review

"Devolution is the first book in a spy thriller seriesby John Casey and tells of Michael Dolan, a staffer at the Pentagon who isapproached by the CIA to use his unique skills to stop a terrorist attack inEurope. Now an undercover agent, Dolan finds himself tasked not only with athreat to society, but a threat to his own carefully constructed psychologicalstate of mind.

As the story unfolds, this extra psychological inspectionkeeps Dolan's character believable and complex, inviting readers into the actionusing an emotional component designed to keep them engaged in the step-by-stepmoments of his experiences.

Committed to his mission, Dolan never gives up and alwaysdoes his best. That edict is challenged and changed by circumstances that keepreaders on edge and thoroughly involved.

Those seeking a seat-of-your pants thriller that avoids theusual formula character and writing in favor of something refreshinglydifferent will find Devolution a fine story that is riveting and hard to putdown."

Liz Gauffreau, Book Blogger

"I have been expanding my reading horizons from the literary fiction that I customarily read, which is how I came to read John Casey’s spy thriller DEVOLUTION. Prior to writing this review, I thought I should read up on the conventions of the spy thriller genre. I’m glad that I did because it provided the context I needed to fully appreciate the novel.

One of the prominent features of DEVOLUTION is the inner workings of the espionage game–and I use the word “game” purposely. The stakes are very high–taking out a terrorist cell bent on jihad–yet the egos of the various players can’t help but emerge to impose their own will–not to mention the internecine drama happening in the larger intelligence community. 

The technology of spying plays a role in the novel as well, with most of it focused on the protagonist’s iPhone. I found these details both interesting and believable, albeit a little scary when the thought of how this technology might be used to spy on the rest of us entered my mind. 

Casey uses setting very effectively, with the novel opening in a small, dimly lit office of the CIA, deep in the bowels of Langley. When we think of  “spooks,” that’s where they are, huddled in a dingy, soundproof room looking at “the spectral glow of the monitors” and talking in acronyms. 

This particular unit has failed at their current mission in Europe to take out a terrorist cell and is danger of being closed down. The head of the unit is not about to give up, and she recruits Michael Dolan, a former special operations pilot with a connection to one of the suspected terrorists, Shariff Lefebvre, to leave his staff job at the Pentagon and go to Paris.

Once in Paris, Dolan is to reestablish his friendship with Shariff and report back to his handler at Langley, all the while fighting his own demons from his previous time in Paris and being surveilled himself. 

At key points in the novel, there are shifts in point of view to the terrorists, which serves to intensify the horror of what they have planned and drive the action forward. The plot then takes several unexpected, character-driven turns, which I won’t reveal here.

I would highly recommend DEVOLUTION to readers who enjoy a good spy yarn with a flawed protagonist and intriguing secondary characters. They won’t be disappointed!"

News
11/21/2019
JOHN CASEY Special Guest on DAYTIME to discuss DEVOLUTION (WOAI 4, NBC)

John Casey appeared as a special guest on 'Daytime with Kimberly & Esteban" to discuss his debut novel, DEVOLUTION.  Daytime is a daily morning television show that airs in several large markets across Texas.

Formats
Hardcover Book Details
  • 12/2019
  • 9781951896249
  • 312 pages
  • $27.40
Paperback Book Details
  • 10/2019
  • 9781950437672
  • 312 pages
  • $22.30
Ebook Details
  • 12/2019
  • B082P51T76
  • 314 pages
  • $9.77
Audio Details
  • 07/2020
  • B08D4Q1XB1
  • 314 pages
  • $19.95

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