Jate Goldmet didn't apply for his job-he was dragooned into it. A peaceful man before being forced into the service of the Infinity Compound, he's survived several excursions into alternate universes where people-and sometimes t-people-have tried to kill or capture him. Jate's ability to accomplish his objectives and think on his feet when everything falls apart around him has come to the attention of his Modern Mian masters. They have promoted him to team leader and upped the stakes of personal accomplishment and survival. When beings in an alternate universe steal deadly microorganisms and acquire the potential of killing most or all of the inhabitants of entire continents, Jate and his team of portal adepts are tasked with recovering the containers and returning them to the Infinity Compound. Jate's task will be made all but impossible-and far more deadly-t only by those who don't want to give up their stolen weapons but by those in his own organization who want to see him fail.
Dennis E. Smirl has been an Air Force officer, a salesman for a Fortune 500 company, a school psychologist, a computer science instructor at several colleges and universities, and a business owner. Married to his college sweetheart for more than half a century, he has spent time in Mexico, Japan, and South Vietnam, but prefers to take family vacations in the USA and Canada. A writer for as long as he can remember-he attempted a first novel at age ten-his first taste of national publication was a race report written and published in 1965. A science fiction fan for almost the same length of time, Mr. Smirl joined the Science Fiction Book Club when member numbers were much shorter. Beyond his interest in Science Fiction, he has had a lifetime interest in horseback riding, auto racing (as a driver), golf, photography, computers and information processing, and mystery novels. He has written thirteen novels and more than seventy short stories and novellas.