The Double Human
By James O'Neal
(Tor Books, Hardcover, 9780765320155, 336pp.)
Publication Date: June 8, 2010
Other Editions of This Title: Mass Market Paperback
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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. Bit 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.
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.
"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