Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Acclaimed Florida Author And Islamic Terrorism Consultant Tony Attanasio Releases New Novel, 'The Iranian Connection: Code Word Orchid'

The new novel details the actions of Iranian and Hezbollah operatives who hope to detonate a nuclear device in NYC. It also highlights events that lead to the creation of the Office of Homeland Security

Tony Attanasio has released his reality based suspense novel, “The Iranian Connection: Code Word Orchid”. The new novel is an internationally-flavored novel which relates the actions of Iranian and Hezbollah operatives who planned in great detail to detonate a nuclear device in New York City in order to weaken The United States’ support for Israel in post September 11 months, as well as greatly disrupt the US economy.  US Federal law enforcement assets work at odds with, and then in concert with, one another to foil the deadly explosion. The story develops characters on both sides of the plot and highlights the now infamous non-cooperation among law enforcement agencies in the United States that made the Office of Homeland Security a reality.

Tony Attanasio is an accomplished writer who writes from direct personal experience. Tony was seriously injured in a line-of-duty incident that ended his career with NYPD. He subsequently served ten years with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), where he served as an Intelligence specialist. During his tenure he served in Miami, Europe and New York City. Both in Miami, Florida, and Europe, he served as liaison with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and traveled to CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, where he presented a course on International Organized Crime. Tony is currently a member of the NYPD Shield - counter terrorism group

“I wrote this book, Attanasio stated, based on experiences while serving in the EU. I saw firsthand the zeal that was displayed by the Islamists and how the Palestinians were used as pawns in these violent radical endeavors. I also learned quickly just who our friends were.....And who were not...... A close family member (not injured) at a meeting in the Pentagon on 9/11/01, really woke me up pertaining to the threat of Global Jihad.”

Attanasio writes from real world experience. Tony has had a long career in investigating organized crime, money laundering, and radical Islam - obvious in this, his 3rd book. His previous two books have received national acclaim and five star reviews. Tony has consulted for Robert DiNiro in establishing authenticity for his film ‘Ronan’.

Tony is currently teaching at a major SE Florida college and is currently researching his next book, ‘The Silent Crescent’ (The focus is on women in Islam.)

Tony Attanasio is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at ‘The Iranian Connection: Code Word Orchid’ is available at Amazon in both print and Kindle editions and at Barnes and Noble. More information is available at his website at

About Tony Attanasio:

Tony Attanasio is a former U.S. Marine and a retired NYPD Detective. He served ten years with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. He served in Miami, New York and whileattached to the American Embassy in Miami and Rome, Italy, he served as DEA’s  CIA liaison and liaised with various intelligence agencies from Europe and the Middle East. Tony has been declared an expert in International drug trafficking and organized crime by the N.Y. State Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court in Miami and the German (Bavaria) Supreme Court.

Tony has a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice (Core concentration - counter terrorism strategies). In 1991, Tony attended the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

He has served as an Adjunct professor at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where he taught an undergraduate course in the discipline of terrorism. Currently Tony is teaching at Palm Beach State College, where he teaches courses in Forensic Accounting, Organized Crime Investigations, Arabic/Moslem Culture, The Psychology of a Suicide Bomber and a course that focuses on terrorist investigations and intelligence collection techniques.

In addition, Tony is a certified Florida Department of Law Enforcement Criminal Justice Instructor and has taught at the Connecticut State Police Academy in Meriden, Connecticut.

He also served as the organized crime advisor, to Robert DeNiro relative to his film Ronan. Tony has received numerous awards in the field of law enforcement and government, including seventeen awards for valor from NYPD, three awards from DEA for exceptional duty, an award from the BKA (Germany) and an award from the Republic of Italy.

In 1998, Tony received a commendation from the Governor of the Marianna Islands for the training of his investigators in the discipline of Forensic Science investigations. In 2004, Tony received the state of Florida’s prestigious “Davis Award.”

His first book, 'The Orchid Memorandum', was written with Howard Hellman was published in 2004. His second book, 'Kenny O - An Untold Story From The Annals Of NYPD', was published in August of 2012. He is currently conducting research for his fourth book, 'The Silent Crescent'.


Tony Attanasio