My new collaborative novel with William C. Rasmussen, INFINITY TWICE REMOVED, is now in hand. Delirium did a phenomenal job with the production (as always). These little hardcovers are just about the coolest thing ever. This is my third, in fact, following BLOOD WISH (2007) and IMMUN3 (2010).
Here’s the skinny:
While deployed in the Middle East in 1991 to fight in the Gulf War, U.S. Navy SEAL Malcolm Jeffers learns that his wife and young son have been brutally killed by the “Infinity Killer,” a serial killer preying on young children throughout the south. He returns home for their funerals…and to avenge their deaths.
Twenty years later, Jeffers discovers that someone has started killing children again in the same fashion as the infamous “Infinity Killer.” is it a copycat killer, or is it someone who got away with their life, but not their mind?
Jeffers doesn’t know, but for his own sense of personal closure, he’s determined to find out…
A peek behind the curtain: I’ve known Bill for years. He’s a great guy and an excellent writer. I was initially reluctant to pursue the idea of a collaboration. I’ve tried before with some gifted authors and failed miserably. But this one actually worked. Bill’s wife pitched him a story idea that sounded like fun. We broke the story into two halves and wrote independently. Bill handled the current timeline, which included most of the action and procedural stuff. (And knocked it out of the park.) I took the backstory, which I suppose really turned into a character study that allowed me to explore the whole nature vs. nurture debate. It may not be my usual fare, but it’s definitely some of my best writing. I think. It gave me a chance to step out of my comfort zone, anyway.
So there you have it. Check it out. I hope you enjoy the heck out of it!
Three powerful empires—the Anasazi, the Champa, the Maya—abandoned flourishing societies at the height of their prowess, leaving behind stunning primitive meccas shrouded by the mystery of their sudden disappearance. Three empires on three different continents from three distinct historical eras…and three clues that tie them all together.
Violent geothermal upheaval.
Evidence of cannibalism.
And the mutated remains unearthed from their ruins.
A team of scientists unlocks the secret and searches for proof in the most unstable geological region on the planet…at the bottom of the sea in the Pacific Ring of Fire. When a massive earthquake rocks Oceania, generating a tsunami that decimates the surrounding islands and sinks the research vessel, a rescue team is dispatched…only to find that the majority of the crew had been slaughtered prior to the ship’s foundering.
The survivors find themselves stranded in the middle of nowhere on an island that’s being ripped apart from the inside out, desperately trying to reach the lone settlement on the far side.
But they aren’t alone.
Something is hunting them from the jungle, something borne of the fire at the Earth’s core…the same something that caused the demise of the Anasazi, the Champa, and the Maya.
And their only hope for escape rests in the hands of a man who would sooner let them all die than share the island’s secrets.
Soon, my pretties, soon.