My Casca Journey

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December 5, 2020 at 5:12 am #3038
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Gerrykn
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My Casca Journey started in 1987 with Casca #2. While waiting for a plane at the USO on the way to my first overseas duty station in Korea in 1987, I picked up the book while I sat buried in an overstuffed chair that hundreds of other service members had likely sunk into as they passed through the airport over the years. I only had time for a couple chapters, but I was hooked and I wasn’t going on the plane without it. I ended up trading a book I just bought for it. I looked for more of the series for years, but it wasn’t like I could search EBAY for them back then. Basically my search consisted of searching USOs and book swaps during deployments. I eventually found #7 and #12 while deployed to Desert Storm in a book swap area. I checked back there frequently, but that was it. It wasn’t until I was stationed in Germany in 1999, that I decided to stop by the Stars and Stripes book store to kill some time. I saw that ruddy face with the scar out of the corner of my eye. It didn’t register with me at first, but something was nagging at me. Suddenly it clicked. I shot back to the book, and there it was #6 in reprint! I ordered the remainder using the order form out of the back of the books (yes, using paper, an envelope, and a stamp). Finally after 12 years and thousands of miles I had them all!! Later, I wondered if there would be more. That’s when I found out Barry was dead. It was a huge disappointment. Not long after, you can imagine my excitement when I found out someone named Dengelegi was taking up the series again. Well, at least until I read the books, which will be forever known as the Dengelegi Debacle (to me at least). I was so disappointed that I gave up and sold my hard won collection on Ebay for $300.00. I came to regret that decision. It was about this time that I started communicating with Tony Roberts after he commented on a review that I left on Amazon for, I think, The Liberator. In fact, most of this first part of my dissertation here is actually lifted from an email that I sent to Tony back in 2006 soon after my “regrets” set in. In this email, Tony encouraged me to get the original series again. It didn’t happen right away, but I kept that tucked away in the back of my mind for over 10 years. In the meantime, I have been collecting Tony’s Casca Novels. In 2017 I started collecting the original series again. I patiently search Ebay, and started buying them individually, and in lots. My conditions were that they had to be early editions, like my #2 was, and in good condition. They had to have the white covers with original art work, not the multi colored covers of the reprints. It took a while, but in late 2018, I completed the set. Earlier this year, I asked myself, I have all Tony’s and Barry’s books, now what? I decided that I will read both in “timeline” order. I started with Barry’s #1, and I’m hopping back and forth in timeline order between authors (No, I’m not including the books from those other two guys). I’m using Tony’s timeline on Casca.net. I am currently rereading Tony’s #47, The Viking. It is really interesting reading the books this way. So, my Casca journey still continues, just in a different order.

December 7, 2020 at 10:36 pm #3050
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Tony Roberts
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Great story, Gerry. My Casca journey started in 1986 when my late mother got me number 3 from a used book store in a market place in Bath. Took me 13 years to get all of Barry’s 22 books, and discovered Dengelegi’s number 23 literally straight afterwards.

When he was released from his contract after writing 2 books I tried for 2 years to find out who ran the series and finally by default ended up the new Casca author.

December 8, 2020 at 8:37 am #3051
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Gerrykn
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That’s pretty amazing Tony. Think about how one simple little act, like that of a Mother buying her son a book, can change his life forever. Look at you now, an accomplished author with three soon to be four series of your own. Did you ever think of what your life would be like right now if your mother bought you a different book on that day in 1986?

While for me, what if I didn’t pick up that book in the USO in 1987…. For one, I probably wouldn’t be communicating with Tony Roberts (you never know with fate though), but really, I would probably just have more space on my bookshelf.

December 9, 2020 at 5:14 pm #3052
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Tony Roberts
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Yes fate is really odd – all a series of quantum events that go up to make where we are today. If one had turned left instead of right, the whole life may have ended up differently.

February 4, 2021 at 1:47 am #3069
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JThomp612
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My own Casca journey began sometime around 1984- I think. Time is a mysterious thing and the past can become foggy. Regardless, I started with number one. My father read each installment when it came available and had most of them on the shelf. I had always an interest in the Roman Empire and Casca fit the bill. After reading the first one I was hooked.

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