When they flew Casey into the hospital at Nha Trang, the medics were sure he would die. That he didn't was only the first surprise. The second, and bigger one, was that Casey had been fighting for two thousand years, ever since that day on Golgotha when he thrust his lance into the side of the man on the cross. "Soldier, you are content with what you are. Then that you shall remain until we meet again." Thus does Casca's journey begin, a man who cannot die, does not age, and knows no skills but those of battle.
It was easy for Casca to go along with some of the basic premise behind the Nazi war machine. These men were soldiers, hard fighting men born of the same militaristic outlook that had sustained him since that fateful day at Calvary. Inevitably the high sounding ideals of the Third Reich revealed hidden horrors. In the background is always The Brotherhood. Discovering this hidden organization, and as the war begins going badly for the Nazis, Casca loses faith in the Fuhrer and other leaders. Finally, Casca has no choice but to visit the bunker in Berlin, a visit perhaps more important to the world than any other act he has ever committed.
In a state of near despair, Casca leaves behind the now dreaded gates of the Persian Empire, and makes his way back to the Northlands. He seeks the walls of Helsfjord and the gates of The Hold. It was there, years before, that the Roman knew his happiest moments. Soon afterward he is found living among a pack of wolves as half-man, half-beast. For those unfortunate enough to stumble upon The Hold, he has become known as the "Monster of the Mist," a primitive being who allows no man to escape his clutches alive. He is summoned back from his crazed state to face one of his most formidable foes, the would-be conqueror of all Europe, Attila the Hun.
Now Casca is in Sixteenth Century Mexico where enemies of the majestic Aztec King Montezuma are sacrificed to his bloodthirsty gods by the thousands. Traveling in the party of Spanish Conquistador, Hernan Cortes, Casca (as "Carlos Romano") returns to the savage land seeking revenge against the ritual priests who once ripped his very heart from his chest.
Now known as "Kasim The Spear," Casca is captured by fanatical Hashishi tribesmen. He is forced to commit murder after murder until the earth seems soaked with the blood of Hassan al Sabah's enemies. Living under a curse from the lips of the crucified Christ on the hill of Golgotha in centuries past, the eternal mercenary must endure the horror of thousands of deaths, until with his always growing skill at arms he can claim a life of his own. Forever a fighting man, surviving many seeming mortal wounds, condemned to outlive the ages, Casca waits for the one who cursed him to return.
Casca finds himself caught up in the ageless struggles of the desert tribes. With a hardcore group of international mercenaries, Casca assaults a fortress on a mountaintop high above the blistering Algerian desert. The mission is to rescue the son of a wealthy munitions dealer and his wife. Even Casca's "dirty dozen" might not be able to overcome two hundred of the toughest men the desert ever spawned.
Feudal Japan: A forbidden island, where honor is a warrior's prized possession, and his sword a swift and deadly instrument of pride and vengeance. Casca joins forces with the legendary samurai warrior Muramasa. Together they embark on an odyssey of bloody conquest...a journey that ends in the savage fury of samurai against samurai.
A slave of the savage Tartars, Casca is a champion in the blood sports that make his masters rich...a rare prize for those who wager on his skills...and a nightmare for those who face him in a fight where only one survives. Then Casca is stolen by a Mongol rebel, a young outcast among his own people. Only blood and power can quench the burning thirst of his ambition. With Casca at his side, he unites a people and cuts a bloody swath across Asia into Europe. Nations fall beneath an army horde that knows no mercy. And an empire rises from the slaughter.
Galley slave and gladiator, warrior and vagabond, Casca travels the world living by his wits and skills as a fighting man. Waiting, knowing he cannot die, he fears discovery. His travels take him north to the land of the Vikings. Then west to the Toltecs. In Mexico atop a storm shrouded pyramid, priests pepare to offer Casca in sacrifice. The knife plunges, but the man who cannot die rises from the altar. Reclaiming his still beating heart he proclaims himself the God of Death.
The Plains of Parthia were littered with the bodies of the dead and dying, as Casca, the man who could not die, moved away from the battle. Rome did not take desertion lightly, and while they couldn't kill The Eternal Mercenary, they could make his life a nightmare of pain and torture. His only escape lay in the Northlands beyond Germany, to lands filled with beautiful fjords and horrible bloodlust. Casca the Roman Citizen must become Casca the Barbarian.
The Cambodian Jungle is an easy place to die for most men, but not Casca Longinus. Cursed to live and fight as a soldier through millenia, the eternal mercenary finds himself deep in the misty heart of a jungle war. Endless miles of vermin-infested swamp become his stalking ground, while he in turn is hunted constantly by the Khmer Rouge. The stakes are high, but it is also a chance for Casca (Casey Romaine) to earn $200,000. It is a price he considers fair for what would be a suicide mission to any other man. To earn it he must parachute into a tropical hell, rescue a family of Chinese refugees, and bring them back to Taiwan...alive!
Dien Bien Phu was to be France's most glorious victory in the Indo-China War. Eleven thousand courageous Legionnaires were flown into the valley, totally unaware that fifty thousand Viet Minh with heavy cannon were waiting in the hills above them. Though Intelligence Officer Nguyen Tich knew he would lead his Communist forces to victory, only the death of Carl Langers (Casca) could put his own soul to rest...permanently!
Viet Cong Commander Ho Van Tiuyen has a hit list, and Casca is on it. Using his supposedly invincible Ke' Sat Nhan assassins to spread death and terror among American ranks, Ho is certain he can take out any man at any time of his own choosing. Yet, Casey Romain (Casca) has powerful friends of his own, including a fierce tribe of Kamserai warriors and their unusual allies. Throughout his battles in the Asian jungles, the ancient warrior fights on under the curse of the Christ at Calvary, condemning Casca to outlive the ages as an eternal soldier.
Wandering the globe under a curse received from the dying Christ on Calvary, Casca Longinus fights onward, surviving and looking for the day when He promised to return, so the curse may end. Now, shipwrecked on a South Seas island inhabited by warrior tribes, Casca quickly proves himself fearless in combat. Then, when he unveils the devastating potential of a new and magical weapon, Casca is elevated from warrior to god.
Casca returns to the Middle East, but it is now the twentieth century, and he has signed on to fight a religious war. Outnumbered and poorly equipped, many of the recruits have never seen combat. Casca expects a slaughter. It won't be the first time he has seen his comrades turning the merciless desert sands red with their own blood.
When pirates sink the merchant ship he's traveling on, Casca becomes trapped within the wreckage and dragged to the bottom of the Atlantic, where his immortal curse continues to keep him alive even as he drowns. Years later, he is rescued by African fishermen who believe Casca to be their legendary god of the sea returning to liberate their village from the tyranny of a madman. Feeling indebted to the villagers for rescuing him, the Eternal Mercenary prepares to confront the insane despot.
Casca awoke from a drugged sleep and saw his spear thrust into the side of the man on the cross. His spear...lost when he was sent from Judea! It wasn't a vision--it was the beginning of a threat which would follow Casca through eternity, and cost him the use of his hand. As Doctor Goldman is soon to learn, it is just the beginning of an adventure which would take Casca behind the Great Wall of the Hidden Empire, China. He would rise to the position of War Lord, and heir to the throne, only to be buried alive at the whim of a frustrated royal concubine.
The Brotherhood of the Lamb concluded its sacred meeting and the Brothers dispersed to their separate nations and cities with but one identical message: "Casca lives, and is in Persia..." The Eternal Mercenary enters the gates of the Persian Empire to become commander of Shapur II's royal forces. One man will seek his downfall at all costs, Rasheed, advisor to the King and secret member of The Brotherhood. When he watches Casca's burning flesh turn to ash, he knows not even the seemingly immortal Roman can survive the all-consuming hunger of the sacred fire...or can he?!
Centuries later, awakened from frozen slumber by the touch of a beautiful young woman, Casca journeys from the Northern wasteland to the legendary Constantinople, and then on to the war-ravaged shores of North Africa. He must struggle with the agony of his eternal curse--all the while waging war against the razor sharp fanaticism of the bloodthirsty Brotherhood that hunts him.
Emerging in our modern world as "Casey Romain," he gathers the best-trained mercenaries available to topple the regime of Matthew Dzhombe, the crazed dictator of Kimshaka. Killing Dzhombe, who claims to be an immortal god, is only part of the problem. The tougher part is dealing with the treacheries of tribal politics and international intrigue. The West, the Chinese, and the Russians are all seeking the lion's share of Casca's conquest.
His long travels eventually land him across time in a Carribean paradise. There he joins the crew of the infamous Bluebeard. While aboard he must attempt to rescue the beautiful and mysterious Michelle LeBeau from those who would use her to build a pirate empire. Leading a pack of marooned cutthroats, and aided by the tough-talking, hard-loving Katie Parnell, Casca may succeed. First, he must survive the sadistic tortures of the mutinous pirate crew.
In this book, it is the turn of the century in colonial China, and Casca is a British soldier with a choice: a suicide mission, or the agony of death on the gallows. To avoid the rope, he must penetrate the heart of the mysterious land and bring back word of the impending revolution. Captured and tortured by a warlord, his true identity is revealed. They call him Cas-Ca Sho (Of Long Life)and proclaim him a count. Now he must lead an army of a million subjects into the slaughter of revolt against the British.
It was the last gasp of Europe's royal families. World War I began with the assassination of an obscure archduke. But before it ended, most of Europe would turn into a corpse-littered battleground. It was mankind's first modern war. Thousands would die in the hail of machine gun fire, by the burning agony of mustard gas, and on the blood-soaked steel of a bayonet.
In the bustling medieval port of Venice, Casca saves a boy's life, and becomes embroiled in an ancient blood feud. It seems that the eager young man, Marco, is desperately in love with a girl he cannot have...a Donatello. The powerful Donatello family would sooner kill the lowborn Marco than allow him into the family. But, that is something Casca will not allow to happen, even when he finds himself caught in the middle of a bloody, merciless war
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