Blade Runner meets Underworld 
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The Human Disguise

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.  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 enthralled. (June)


“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
, Bestselling author

"Newcomer 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

"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 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 

 "James O'Neal puts the ultimate twist on the modern crime tale."Paul Levine, Bestselling author



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We are pleased to hear that Kirkus Reviews announced their “Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2010” and THE DOUBLE HUMAN was listed as a selection.

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Jay Lake 
http://www.jlake.com One 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. 

Naked Authors   http://www.nakedauthors.com/  My favorite blog of all subjects.  You’ll see why. 
Weird Tales  http://www.weirdtales.net/   A classic since 1923.

John Scalzi  
http://www.scalzi.com/   Good science fiction author with an interesting blog. 

http://www.tor.com/  The biggest, finest and best science fiction publisher in history.  I’m proud to be on board.

Mystery Scene Magazine A great mamzine for lovers of crime fiction. Since these stories are basically detective novels this magazine is perfect.

Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame
http://www.empsfm.org/  The place for SF fans.  If you’re anywhere near Seattle you have to visit.

Brian Evenson A Brown professor and great writer .

Warren Hammond Author of the dark Kopp and E-x Kopp, detective novels set in another time and place.