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October 15, 2018 at 12:00 am #2736
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JDragon44
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Greetings from an American ex-pat living in SE Asia. I was initially introduced to Casca during the ’80 while in the Army in Korea, then I collected the paperback series while at Ft Lewis, WA. But when I heard that Barry Sadler has passed away, I thought that was end of that. But after rediscovering the series on Kindle, I can honestly say I was and still am thrilled. Thank you so much, Mr. Roberts, I have devoured all your Casca books. I know there has been some criticism, but not by me, I love ’em all, especially the continued-style in 25, 26 and 27, as well as the continuation of the story started in ‘The Sentinel’ (I’m halfway through ‘The Lombard’ right now). I can hardly wait for new books to come out. Congratulations on your 23rd Casca novel, and looking forward to Casca 50 next year.

October 15, 2018 at 8:52 am #2737
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Tony Roberts
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Thank you JDragon44, that’s very much appreciated. Glad you’re enjoying the Lombard – I thought it was one of my better recent stories. hope you continue to enjoy the series and I’m about 1/6th of the way through Casca 50.

July 28, 2020 at 2:49 am #2995
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grandmasterG
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Big Casca fan for years. How do I post some questions

August 1, 2020 at 8:49 am #2998
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Tony Roberts
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Just go ahead and ask and I’ll reply as best I can.

August 1, 2020 at 2:29 pm #2999
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grandmasterG
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Hi Tony. I’ve been a big Casca fan for years and have all the B. Sadler books. When I discovered someone was continuing the series I was a little apprehensive at first. That it wouldn’t be the same. But In spite of this I was more grateful that someone had continued the saga. I enjoy your books very much and enjoy the newsletters you send out as it offers some insite into the books. I have some questions and really only one criticism. I know it’s hard to please everyone more sword play less, etc. as you have said. But I definitely think we don’t need a damsel in distress In every book. I think even Washington was getting tired of Casca trying to save the girl. I mean we have the revolutionary war going on and a country to save. But at the same time I know you have to fill up the pages and make a story. So alls good. The other question: I haven’t read all your books yet but what ever happened to Goldman? I thought the idea of beginning a story in modern time and him telling an adventure was awesome. God of Death Is a perfect example. I have a couple more questions suggestions but will send later. Keep up the stories. Thanks Wayne

August 2, 2020 at 10:40 am #3000
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Tony Roberts
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Wayne, thanks for your questions. Well, the thing with a Casca story is that a lot of the readers seem to like a damsel in distress, but there are some of my tales that doesn’t have one; you’ll just have to read them all to find out which ones!

The other subject readers either like or don’t like is the Brotherhood of the Lamb. So these days I tend to do some with them in and some without. I suppose its a case of does the story give an opportunity for them or not?

Regarding Goldman, I’ve kind of ‘retired’ him. He’s still in the background and if you read Devil’s Horseman that’s where I begin to get Danny pushed to the forefront. Goldman was introduced by Sadler in the first novel, in Vietnam set in 1970 (which is now 50 years ago) and Goldman would have been not a young man then. If you read the prologues or beginnings of a few of my tales, you’ll see that Goldman is now no longer physically able to meet Casca. Sadly I’m going to have to call time on the good doctor shortly. We all have our shelf life span. Excepting Casca of course.

August 7, 2020 at 12:46 am #3005
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grandmasterG
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HI Tony thanks for the reply. Since there has always been a mystery over the centuries as to the Knights Templar’s and the holly grail I think it would be cool to see Casca somehow involved with these guys. Wouldn’t it be ironic that Casca became a knight templar responsible for protecting the holly grail? The irony. Or even cross paths with them. There have been many battles they have been involved with so no lack of sward play and intrigue Thanks.

August 7, 2020 at 8:36 am #3006
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Tony Roberts
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I think the Holy Grail is like many legends, such as Robin Hood or King Arthur etc etc, most of it is just that, legend, fanciful stories exaggerated into a good tale to tell over night-time fires to agog listeners. At the heart is some factual point, but probably nothing like people’s imagination.

The Knights Templar was an organised military entity strictly devoted to Christianity and protecting pilgrims and the Temple on the mount in Jerusalem, neither of which would appeal to the man sentenced to an eternity of suffering by Jesus.

For those reasons I would never entertain Casca becoming one of the Templars, nor write about King Arthur (I’ve had requests for that and Robin Hood), and I stood up to the business owner when he asked me to put Casca in the 1920s gangster culture. I argued that it would be like putting him in a modern day drugs cartel. To put Casca in any situation first one had to understand the character and what he would and would not do.

So, yes, thanks for your suggestion, but I doubt his character would willingly join a Christian military organisation.

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