New Thriller, Point of Presence, Exposes Internet’s Vulnerability to Insider Attacks

Award-winning Author Rick Clyne’s Network Security Background Gives Debut Novel the Realism and Urgency to Focus Attention on the Fragility of the IT Infrastructure.

Denver, CO (PRWEB) February 21, 2013 -- Award-winning Denver author and resident Rick Clyne has published Point of Presence, a thriller whose relevancy is amplified by the international cyber-terrorism and cyber-espionage attacks that make headlines on a daily basis. The fast-paced debut novel not only gives readers both a riveting story of deception, intrigue, and murder, but let’s them better understand the weaknesses and fragility of the Internet, which we have become dependent on as the indispensable foundation of our digital civilization.

“A decade of working in the network security industry opened my eyes,” says author Clyne. “Quite frankly, I found it alarming. Point of Presence was my chance to expose, in an entertaining way, the fragility of our IT infrastructure. There are an unlimited number of attack vectors that terrorists can exploit. I chose to focus on one that doesn’t get a lot of attention--attacks originating from inside the network infrastructure.”

A large part of the appeal of Point of Presence is its use of the outsider’s perspective. The novel’s protagonist and narrator Tom Corcoran, a former Wall Street commodities trader, wants only to find ex-flame Kelly Ulrich, whose mysterious disappearance comes in the wake of the disintegration of her marriage to an eccentric and egotistical network security guru. As Corcoran is pulled deeper into the violent and twisting plot, he is forced to understand the implications of a diabolical and deadly cyber-attack. The general reader journeys with Corcoran as he comes to terms with the magnitude of the threat--a threat that could destroy the U.S. economy and cost Corcoran, and his loved ones, their lives.

Point of Presence is available in ebook format from all major online retailers such as Amazon, the Apple iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo, Baker & Taylor, Gardners, and Copia. Point of Presence is published by Flat Third Press, LLC, based in Denver, Colorado. Visit to learn more and find direct links to the Point of Presence retail pages.

About Rick Clyne
Rick Clyne was inspired to write Point of Presence after working for almost a decade in the network security industry. He has an undergraduate degree from New Mexico Tech and a masters in history from the University of Colorado. He is the author of the award-winning nonfiction book Coal People: Life in Southern Colorado's Company Towns, 1890-1930, currently in its third printing and winner of the 2001/2002 Leroy R. Hafen award, which is given by History Colorado (formerly the Colorado Historical Society) to the best monograph published over a two-year period. Rick grew up on Long Island and lives in Denver, Colorado.

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