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The Double Human

The Double Human

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The explosive sequel to The Human Disguise, The Double Human is an-action packed police thriller set in post-apocalyptic Florida.

Tom Wilner is a cop. At least what passes for a cop in this shattered world. Plague and nuclear war have left most of the United States uninhabitable. Many have fled to safer zones, forcing what's left of the government

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The explosive sequel to The Human Disguise, The Double Human is an-action packed police thriller set in post-apocalyptic Florida.

Tom Wilner is a cop. At least what passes for a cop in this shattered world. Plague and nuclear war have left most of the United States uninhabitable. Many have fled to safer zones, forcing what's left of the government to wall off cities in an attempt to control mass migration. The city of Miami is just one of these contained prison states. But it's the outskirts of this forsaken realm that Tom Wilner calls home.

Amid this chaos, Wilner stumbles into the path of a wild and brutal adversary. Forced to go undercover in the most frightfully ravaged corners of the Miami Quarantine Zone, Wilner uncovers something he hasn't seen in decades...a serial killer. But this killer's path is not like any other; he has been active for nearly fifty years without any repercussions. People call him "the Vampire." Indeed, this serial killer is not human...and neither are his victims.

Editorial Reviews

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“James O'Neal presents a gritty, down-and-dirty vision of the near future with plenty of action and suspense that keeps the story moving from page one to the end.” —Ben Bova, Hugo award-winning author of The Immortality Factor on The Human Disguise

“One helluva story from one helluva writer! Only a cop like James O’Neal could create futuristic bad guys like those in The Human Disguise. And only O’Neal could weave them into such a slick, fast-paced story--one you’re convinced is the real world. This is a ride--and a writer--you’re long going to remember.” —W.E.B. Griffin, New York Times bestselling author of The Traffickers

“This near-future page-turner debut amalgamates apocalyptic science fiction, police procedural, and thematic dashes of alien invasion and vampire mythos. His self-assured, hard-edged writing style, solid charactesr and wildly entertaining thriller plot will keep readers enthralled.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

Publishers Weekly
This enticing sequel to 2009's The Human Disguise blends elements of post-apocalyptic science fiction and police procedural thrillers in a near-future Miami that has been turned into a lawless "Quarantine Zone" by numerous terrorist attacks, rapid climate change, and disease. While tracking down a serial killer nicknamed "the Vampire", intrepid detective Tom Wilner meets and becomes emotionally entangled with a philanthropic teacher who lives and works in the quarantined area. As their relationship grows, both become unknowing targets of the madman. Barely-explored subplots related to an approaching space ship and the godlike humanoids already living on earth will have readers anxiously awaiting the next installment of this audaciously entertaining SF series. (Jun.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765359780
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
06/04/2013
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,244,802
Product dimensions:
4.00(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

James O'Neal is also award winning crime novelist James O. Born. A native Floridian, career law enforcement officer and an acclaimed historian, each of his novels are based on some issue threatening society today. His first novel, The Human Disguise, predicted Florida's tax structure collapsing more than a year before it happened. He has researched near future issues with engineers, scientists, government officials, military strategists, gun manufacturers and biologists.

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The Double Human 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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TheBrutalTruth More than 1 year ago
The absolutely horrible and unsatisfying ending ruined this otherwise enjoyable read. The book jacket makes a assertion that is a bold faced lie, and it left me so disappointed that i am unsure whether i will continue to follow the tom wilner story.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Due to overseas intervention, anthrax deployment in malls, oil dictatorships and domestic political discord at home, the once United States is disintegrating. In this increasingly lawless society in which the central government is non-existent and New York City is a wasteland, terrorist anthrax attacks supplemented by radical climate changes have turned Miami into a deadly anarchistic "Quarantine Zone". Florida United Police Force detective Tom Wilner enters this dead zone in search of the serial killing "the Vampire", who is Undead. There he meets benevolent teacher Mari Saltis of Columbia who refuses to leave the Quarantined Zone as she feels the children need her. As their attraction flourishes within this dark area, the insane predator he chases after wants both of them dead. This is an entertaining futuristic science fiction-horror police procedural that requires leaving the plausibility at home. The story line is filled with action-packed subplots although some are left dangling (like that of the alien arrival) for a sequel. James O'Neal provides some of the back story as to what happened to Southern Florida and elsewhere as civilizations collapsed; thus this dystopian thriller can stand alone but is enhanced by first reading its predecessor The Human Disguise. Harriet Klausner