The Gemini Experiment (Hardcover)
Flame Tree Press, 9781787582293, 240pp.
Publication Date: May 30, 2019
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Tom Nolan has just learned he is going to die. The young father is terminally ill and coming to grips with his fate. One day a friend from Tom's past comes forward to recruit him for a privately funded, covert experiment. The goal of the experiment is to achieve immortality through the transfer of a living human's mind and memory to a highly realistic human android replica. In the early stages of the testing, he is told not to discuss it with anyone, including his wife and daughter. Tom's physical appearance is immaculately duplicated as a technically sophisticated robot. To initially test this prototype, the scientists transfer the mind and memory of another man's brain. Since the digitization of the consciousness is an invasive process that kills the original source, the scientists first test the procedure on a more "expendable" subject - a convict without any family who is dying in prison and volunteers for a "cancer treatment." If this initial test is successful, they intend to wipe the replica's memory clean and permanently replace it with Tom's mind and memory. While the test is successful, this alternate version of Tom escapes - killing a scientist and embarking on the ultimate form of identity theft. Impersonating Tom, the evil twin infiltrates his home, endangers his family and commits violent crimes in Tom's persona, forcing the real Tom to go on the run. When Russian spies discover the technological breakthrough to turn man into machine, they seek to steal the secrets for their own nefarious purposes. The stakes are raised and reach the highest levels of government. The President of the United States starts acting peculiar and Tom suspects he has become the victim of a devious swap by the Russians that could change the course of the world. It's up to Tom to save the day...before the ticking clock of his own mortality runs out. FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.
About the Author
Brian Pinkerton tells stories to frighten, amuse and intrigue. He is the author of novels and short stories in the thriller, horror, science fiction and mystery genres. His books include Abducted (a USA Today bestseller), Vengeance, Anatomy of Evil, Killer's Diary, Rough Cut, Bender, Killing the Boss and How I Started the Apocalypse (a trilogy). Select titles have also been released as audio books and in foreign languages. His short stories have appeared in PULP!, Chicago Blues, Zombie Zoology and The Horror Zine. Brian has been a guest author and panelist at the San Diego Comic Con, American Library Association annual conference, World Horror Convention and many other literary and genre events. His screenplays have finished in the top 100 of Project Greenlight and top two percent of the Nicholl Fellowship of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Three of the scripts have been compiled in a collection, Unreleased. Brian received his B.A. from the University of Iowa, where he took undergraduate classes of the Iowa Writers Workshop. He received his Master's Degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Brian lives in the Chicago area and invites you to visit him on Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter and at www.brianpinkerton.com. Brian is also a cartoonist and his web site includes his deranged cartoon series, The Ruts.