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. Detective Tom Wilner lives
on the outskirts of this forsaken realm. With his family slipping
away from him, Wilner is just a pale version of the war 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 to a terrifying truth: We are not
alone. There are other, ancient, warring races on the
planet. They have been manipulating power and control on Earth
for centuries, and are about to enter into a battle for ultimate
supremacy. Our world, their war. Unless Tom Wilner can
summon the courage he once had and stop them.
Publisher's Weekley (4/27/2009) review of The Human Disguise
(Starred Review) The Human Disguise James O'Neal. Tor, $15.95 (368p) ISBN 978-0-7653-2014-8 This
near-future page-turner debut amalgamates apocalyptic science fiction,
police procedural and thematic dashes of alien invasion and vampire
mythos. Fighting wars in Syria, Iraq and the Balkans, the U.S. is on
the precipice of anarchy. Manhattan is a radioactive wasteland,
sprawling plague quarantine zones are commonplace and lawlessness is
rampant. When Tom Wilner, a detective with Florida's underfunded
Unified Police Force, witnesses a bloody shootout at a roadhouse, he
becomes entangled in a vast conspiracy involving his estranged wife and
her crime lord lover, a terrorist plot to detonate a dirty bomb in
Florida and speculation about a race of godlike hominids and a looming
alien invasion. O'Neal provides the postapocalyptic genre with few
innovations, but his self-assured, hard-edged writing style, solid
characters and wildly entertaining thriller plot will keep readers
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, Bestselling author
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."
Hugo award-winning author of The Immortality Factor
"Aliens, a rotten future, civilization on the ropes...James
O’Neal writes like an old, twisted, wigged-out Hunter S. Thompson. Al
Gore, save us, please!" --Stephen Coonts, New York Times bestselling author of The Assassin
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
"James O'Neal puts the ultimate twist on the modern
crime tale."- Paul Levine, Bestselling author
Jim speaks at libraies and Friends of Libraries luncheon all year long. Check local listings for details.
Jay Lake http://www.jlake.comOne of the brightest, most interesting fantasy authors around
today. Pick up Mainspring and Escapement for some great reading.
Jeff VanderMeer http://www.jeffvandermeer.com/Ecstatic Days
is a snap shot of this insightful, intelligent and entertaining
writer. His Ambergris series is intense, mind-bending fun.
His anthology of Fantasy edited with his wife Ann (Fiction editor of Weird Tales Magazine) is a must read.
James O. Born http://www.jamesoborn.com/The alter ego of James O’Neal. James O. Born books are realistic police stories drawing on the
author’s real career in law enforcement.