Fiction Fest: Breaching Denver Acey’s ‘Quantum Breach’

The Quantum Breach WEB 2X3When Denver Acey writes about online security systems in his novel “The Quantum Breach,” he knows of what he writes. You see, Acey has worked in the online security industry for many years and has worked for a variety of entities, including several Fortune 500 companies and the U.S. government.

About the book:
Tanner Zane is an upstanding Mormon with a secret criminal past—extensive computer hacking. When kidnappers force him to breach a top-security government facility, Tanner engages in an intense game of intellectual cat-and-mouse with his captors. This thrilling tale will change the way you reveal information online!

“The Quantum Breach” will be released on June 10.


Tanner reached the outskirts of Phoenix just as the sun completed its descent over the White Tank Mountains. He called his parents’ home but hung up when the answering machine started. Tanner tried his dad’s cell number next, but it also went unanswered, something that frequently happened.

The Valley of the Sun had changed a lot since Tanner had grown up there. Old cow towns, like Gilbert and Chandler that he remembered from his youth, were now huge cities themselves. It seemed the city had doubled in size since he’d accepted a scholarship to the University of New Mexico almost twelve years ago.

Pulling into his parents’ neighborhood, Tanner recognized the familiar saguaros welcoming him back. Tanner never lived at this particular address because his parents had moved twice since he’d moved out. Nevertheless, visiting his mom and dad in Arizona still had the feeling of coming home.

Parking his 4Runner in the driveway, Tanner took a moment for an elongated stretch in the cool evening air before heading up to the porch. He rang the doorbell, but nobody answered. Usually Angie, the family’s cocker spaniel, barked anytime the doorbell chimed, but tonight her yapping was noticeably absent. Tanner checked the front door and found that it was unlocked. Something wasn’t right.

Letting himself in, Tanner shouted “I’m home.” All he heard in reply was a muffled cry. Looking toward the kitchen, Tanner stopped in astonishment. His mom and dad were blindfolded, gagged, and bound to dining room chairs. Shocked, Tanner quickly moved to help his restrained parents. He started to undo the ropes binding his mother’s hands to the chair but suddenly felt himself lurching backward as he was forcefully grabbed from behind.

Tanner tried to scream for help but couldn’t. A hand covered his entire mouth while a large and powerful arm compressed his carotid artery in a sleeper hold. Tanner vainly fought against the unseen assailant, but it was no use. The room went black.