Inhuman Beings Mass Market Paperback – Dec 12 2012
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Jerry Jay Carroll's second novel, Inhuman Beings, is a cynical, hilarious blend of Raymond Chandler and Philip K. Dick. Former cop Goodwin Armstrong finds his detective agency getting mysteriously muscled out of business, and his only lead is a wacky dame who calls herself Princess Dulay. The princess has detected psychic vibrations indicating that aliens--in a ship the size of a bowling ball--have invaded Earth. It's no joke to Armstrong, as first his fleabag hotel mysteriously explodes, and then his contacts begin to disappear--or worse, start acting very unlike themselves. He can't trust anyone, or anything, as elevators plummet, security cameras swivel to watch his movements, and kamikaze seagulls plunge through skylights to attack him. Carroll's dialogue is witty, his hero engaging, and his story swift-paced. Altogether, Inhuman Beings is a satisfying science fiction adventure that proves to be just as entertaining as Carroll's first novel, the lighthearted fantasy Top Dog. --Blaise Selby --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
Former cop Goodwin Armstrong, 44, is a divorced San Francisco PI battling the forces of a chain franchise detective agency, Security Concerns, when psychic Ronda Rabin, aka Princess Dulay, hires him. She claims aliens have invaded the U.S. and are planning a hostile takeover. The rest of Carroll's second novel (after Top Dog) is a by-the-numbers run that uncovers the aliens among us in the San Francisco police chief and mayor and their missing wives. Mysterious communication failures, blackouts, a plunging elevator, a seagull attack and assorted arsons preceded by blue flashes bring Armstrong to reporter Gilmore Ford, who steps in to help when it appears the alien takeover is rapidly moving to the White House. Despite a few visually interesting scenes at a Renaissance Fair, and an exciting missile launching into the Atlanta headquarters of Security Concerns, Carroll's narrative loses energy long before its explosive conclusion. Moreover, too many echoes of cinematic/TV models?including Men in Black, Independence Day and The X-Files?drain the originality from this SF mystery/adventure.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Carroll manages to take many elements and genres and skillfully blends them into an entertaining plot. Driving his tale is some strong and well-developed characters. Carroll's narrative has the traditional feel of a quest, but with modern dressings. His real strength lies in his ability to create substantial, believable characters that a reader can sink his teeth into. The story elements are not anything new, but he plays them off each other in a clever and invigorating style. Grounding his characters in reality allows his to take the reader deeper into reality. He structures the tale so that it unfolds as memories from Armstrong, whom they are holding in a government type facility. This device allows him to create mystery and build suspense. The result is a fast and fulfilling read.
Jerry Jay Carroll is the reining master of recombinative fiction, a refreshing voice. He not only makes everything old new again, but knows how to plot, develop characters and heat things up.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I've read the other two books of Jerry Jay Carroll ("Top Dog", "Dog Eat Dog"), which were far superior. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2001 by Dr. Zoidberg
Jerry Jay Carroll was a new author to me; so I ordered Top Dog and Inhumam Beings at the same time. I'm glad I read Top Dog first. Read morePublished on Sept. 18 2000
the premise of 'inhuman beings' in this city is amusing-or was this a mislabled non-fiction book? i think i have seen some of these people around my neighborhood. Read morePublished on Dec 12 1998
I bought this book, despite the cliche storyline, because the cover made it sound like it was going to be humorous, tackling an overused plot with comdedy.It lied to me. Read morePublished on Nov. 20 1998
(Editor: I wrote an earlier review before I read your advisory. Here is another try.) The story line is rather basic, the ending a little too sweet. Read morePublished on Aug. 23 1998 by firstname.lastname@example.org