Title: Touch of Nerves
Author: Dennis Hampton
Captain Ben Hawkins is finishing up a routine Army inspection at the Tupelo Chemical Research Facility when he discovers that several pounds of the nerve toxin VX-212 slated for destruction can’t be accounted for.
Soon an FBI team is on the trail of Mahmoud, who can’t forget his father’s fate in the Iraq-Iran war, and Saman, whose parents were on Iran Flight 655, shot down by the American cruiser, the USS Vincennes. Their hatred of the country they blame for their losses leads them to the United States for revenge.
Colonel Kashani, a senior Iranian intelligence officer, stumbles upon the plan and he understands the dangers of enraging the American dragon. His challenge is to stop a terrorist plot without being ensnared by the FBI. And when the FBI investigation reaches a dead end, Hawkins must decide whether to risk his career—and possible arrest—to stop the attack, even if it means working with a foreign agent.
D.C. Hampton’s debut novel, A Touch of Nerves, may be set on the battlefield of America’s “War on Terror,” but the book is a far cry from your typical action narrative. Inspired by his two sons who served in Iraq and the Persian Gulf during the Iraq War and his own time serving in the U.S. Army, Hampton brings depth and humanity to characters that might otherwise be painted in the two-dimensional “hero” or “villain” archetypes. With Hampton’s passion for history and global affairs, A Touch of Nerves brings a fresh perspective to the long history of tension between the United States and Iran.
Praise for Dennis Hampton’s Book:
“The story includes a wealth of details as Hampton weaves a complex plot. A conceivable threat and suspense-filled plot keep readers engaged until the end. Hampton eschews the genre’s typical plot holes and vague facts and (his) handle on international relations gives the terrorists credible motivations.” - Kirkus Review
“Highly Entertaining and Realistic! I really enjoyed reading this book as it grabs you from the very beginning and doesn't let go. The author clearly did a lot of research; the book's scenes are filled with vivid descriptions as it takes you to multiple locations all around the globe. What's more is the fact that the story itself is eerily realistic! I have been a military/suspense/fiction fanatic for quite some time now, and this book definitely tops my list. A must read, for sure.” – Amazon Reviewer
About the Author
D. C. Hampton, a clinical audiologist, has written about health care issues for more than 25 years, and more than 200,000 people read his articles regularly. He lives in Connecticut with his wife Linda. Both of his sons served in the U.S. military during the Iraq War, one on the aircraft carrier George Washington and the other with the 10th Mountain Division.