"Upon reading this superb thriller, the first thing that came to mind was the term "Gordian knot" -- the baffling knot of legend that could only be undone by the future master of Asia; Alexander the Great couldn't untie the damn thing so he cut it with his sword, which gave rise to the saying, "When in doubt, go to the blade, dude!"
Surely with that in mind, author Jeff Dennis gives us a most perplexing yet rewarding tale of spies, terrorists and sexy ladies that is guaranteed to keep the reader guessing to the final pages. This is the perfect receipt for readers who are tired of shelling over big bucks for society's fawned over thriller writers whose fumbling tales can be picked apart halfway through the novel. Not so with "To Touch Infinity." Sir Dennis gives us ample portions of danger, intrigue, romance, terror, and deception, most all of which is forked over by those fun-loving folks from the "religion of peace." Bottom line: here's a tale well worth every nickel and dime you're forking over, a sure-fire favorite for every Johnnie out there who's locking and loading in our nation's never-ending fight against Islamic terrorists!"
- Jedwin Smith . . . Two-time Pulitzer nominee and author of Fatal Treasure and Our Brother's Keeper -
Summer 2003, nearly two years after the 9/11 attacks, American paranoia is at an all-time high. Long out-of-work technical writer Rena Helmsworth takes a job in Southwest Florida, documenting a highly classified terrorist tracking communications network for the newly-created Department of Homeland Security. Her third week on the job, Rena is approached by a mysterious woman known only as Blue. Blue claims she works for a domestic terror cell known as Infinity, and demands that Rena turn over top-secret database access protocols and digital encryption schemes. Blue threatens to kill Rena if she doesn't deliver.
Terrified and not trusting the police or federal agencies, Rena hires private investigator Dean Treadwell to help her. As Rena and Treadwell negotiate the labyrinthine paths leading to Infinity, the body count rises and the threats against them mount. Their search reveals Infinity to be an al-Qaida terrorist cell operating out of the Gulf of Mexico, planning an assault on the United States that promises to make 9/11 seem like child's play. What Rena and the detective discover 80 miles off the coast of Florida is truly bizarre and life changing. And for Rena Helmsworth, their discovery is much more personal than she could ever have imagined.
Danger, intrigue, romance, terror . . . deception at every turn. You get it all when you enter the deadly lair of Infinity.
TO TOUCH INFINITY
Pub Date: July 2015
Format: Deluxe Trade Paperback, 494 pages
(also available in eBook formats ... Kindle, Nook, iPad)
TO TOUCH INFINITY is my tribute to the Florida-based thriller genre and the authors who have put Sunshine noir on the literary map. For decades I have enjoyed the South Florida crime novels of James W. Hall, Carl Hiaasen, John D. MacDonald, and Randy Wayne White. There is something darkly magical and engagingly sinister about crime in the Sunshine State. Hence the enduring popularity of these authors and their many imitators. I have spent a great deal of time in Southwest Florida where TO TOUCH INFINITY takes place. My parents lived their final years in the Fort Myers area, and I have wanted to write a novel set in that steamy locale for as long as I can remember.
This is a thriller in every sense of the word, and is as current as today's headlines. I spent 30 years working as a technical writer in the Atlanta IT market. I often wondered, what if I got a government contract to write documentation of a highly sensitive nature and was threatened by a criminal organization to turn over top secret information? How would I react? So this became my "what if?" scenario and initial inspiration for writing the story. And so the Rena Helmsworth character was born and I was off and running.