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The Human Disguise

The Human Disguise

James O'Neal

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The world has been shattered. Disease and war have ravaged the Earth. A resurgent Germany once again threatens Europe, and the United States is engaged in the Middle-East while New York sits, an empty, radioactive ruin. The city of Miami has become a virtual prison, home to the worst life has to offer.

Tom Wilner lives on the outskirts of this foresaken realm. He's what this future passes off as a police officer. With his family shattered, Wilner is just a pale version of the police hero he once was. When a chance encounter in a rundown roadhouse erupts in violence, Wilner is forced to step in.

His exploration into the violence of that evening leads him onto the path of two ancient warring races. They have been manipulating power and control on Earth for centuries, and are about to enter into a battle for ultimate supremacy. Unless Tom Wilner puts an end to their fury.



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The Human Disguise

ONE
MORE THAN TWENTY YEARS FROM NOW
From the end of the bar, Tom Wilner could look through the cavernous main room and pool hall and still see her dark hair as she leaned back in her chair. The boyfriend, Tiget...

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“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

“As soon as I began reading The Human Disguise I was immediately reminded--strongly--of Orwell's 1984. Jim's vision of a new future, in which ordinary life has taken a surreally dark turn, bears a more than superficial resemblance to Orwell's vision. Only in Disguise, Jim has thrown in two even more ominous wrinkles: Aliens already living amongst us, and the presence of a space ship from another solar system making its way towards earth.” —David Hagberg, USA Today bestselling author of Dance with the Dragon

“This near-future page-turner debut amalgamates apocalyptic science fiction, police procedural and thematic dashes of alien invasion and vampire mythos… [O'Neal's] self-assured, hard-edged writing style, solid characters and wildly entertaining thriller plot will keep readers enthralled.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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James O'Neal

JAMES O'NEAL has published articles on history and Florida. He is a career law-enforcement officer.

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