Devolution

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DEVOLUTION is book one in the Devolution Trilogy, a psychological spy thriller series. Book two, EVOLUTION, will be released in 2020 followed by REVELATION in 2021. More
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About John Casey

John Casey grew up in New Hampshire and graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1992. He earned an MA in International Affairs from Florida State University in 1994, then began his flying career as a tactical airlift and developmental test pilot. Casey left the cockpit in 2005 to work as an international affairs strategist and diplomat at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., embassies in Germany and Ethiopia, and at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, where he retired in 2015. Since then, he has focused on his writing. His work has appeared in numerous literary journals, magazines and online blogs. Raw Thoughts is Casey’s first book, and he is currently working on his upcoming novel, Devolution. He is passionate about racquetball and fitness, music, travel and nature, and the human spirit. His writing is inspired by the incredible spectrum of people, places and cultures he has experienced throughout his life.

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Reviews of Devolution by John Casey

Joyce Yarrow reviewed on Aug. 9, 2020

DEVOLUTION is that rare combustible blend that results when an author’s knowledge of human nature, poetic sensibilities and worldly experience combine to tell a compelling and explosive story. In this case, actual bombs are set to go off and the protagonist is tasked with saving thousands of live. To survive physically and emotionally while completing his mission, newly-recruited spy Michael Dolan must first form crucial, inter-dependent relationships that are based on trust that is not always earned. To compound things, Dolan’s worst enemy may be his obsession with keeping his mind detached, his emotions boxed in, and his heart protected from his painful past. Dolan’s strengths, which are tested to the limit, are his immense resourcefulness and his unwillingness to blindly obey orders. And then—surprisingly enough—there is his growing capacity to love.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. John Casey’s unrelenting realism and technical expertise take the reader behind the scenes in a way that few spy thrillers do. At times Michael Dolan reminded me of George Smiley in John le Carré’s “The Spy Who Came in from the Cold.”

This book is the first in a trilogy and I look forward to seeing more of Dolan as he continues to struggle with himself and those he works with to “do good things.
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)
Joyce Yarrow reviewed on Aug. 9, 2020
(no rating)
DEVOLUTION is that rare combustible blend that results when an author’s knowledge of human nature, poetic sensibilities and worldly experience combine to tell a compelling and explosive story. In this case, actual bombs are set to go off and the protagonist is tasked with saving thousands of live. To survive physically and emotionally while completing his mission, newly-recruited spy Michael Dolan must first form crucial, inter-dependent relationships that are based on trust that is not always earned. To compound things, Dolan’s worst enemy may be his obsession with keeping his mind detached, his emotions boxed in, and his heart protected from his painful past. Dolan’s strengths, which are tested to the limit, are his immense resourcefulness and his unwillingness to blindly obey orders. And then—surprisingly enough—there is his growing capacity to love.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. John Casey’s unrelenting realism and technical expertise take the reader behind the scenes in a way that few spy thrillers do. At times Michael Dolan reminded me of George Smiley in John le Carré’s “The Spy Who Came in from the Cold.”

This book is the first in a trilogy and I look forward to seeing more of Dolan as he continues to struggle with himself and those he works with to “do good things.”
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)
Joyce Yarrow reviewed on Aug. 9, 2020
(no rating)
DEVOLUTION is that rare combustible blend that results when an author’s knowledge of human nature, poetic sensibilities and worldly experience combine to tell a compelling and explosive story. In this case, actual bombs are set to go off and the protagonist is tasked with saving thousands of live. To survive physically and emotionally while completing his mission, newly-recruited spy Michael Dolan must first form crucial, inter-dependent relationships that are based on trust that is not always earned. To compound things, Dolan’s worst enemy may be his obsession with keeping his mind detached, his emotions boxed in, and his heart protected from his painful past. Dolan’s strengths, which are tested to the limit, are his immense resourcefulness and his unwillingness to blindly obey orders. And then—surprisingly enough—there is his growing capacity to love.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. John Casey’s unrelenting realism and technical expertise take the reader behind the scenes in a way that few spy thrillers do. At times Michael Dolan reminded me of George Smiley in John le Carré’s “The Spy Who Came in from the Cold.”

This book is the first in a trilogy and I look forward to seeing more of Dolan as he continues to struggle with himself and those he works with to “do good things.”
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)
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