Black Hull (The Complete Novel)

Joseph A. Turkot
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Imagine a distant future where technology’s inexorable advance has
halted for all but the richest .1% of humanity. Indigents who still have
it fly spaceships that are hundreds of years old, and entreat the help
of robots that are relics of the past.

The wealthy, having achieved immortality through science, and
secured total power through purchase of all government seats, spread and
consume the last resources of the cosmos. The unlucky majority pursue
one goal: The generational commitment to buying a ticket into Utopia—the
virtual reality program that simulates what in antiquity was known as
heaven. Little do they question the mysterious origin and purpose of
their gloried destination.

For those who can’t afford to upload their consciousnesses into
Utopia, and leave their physical bodies forever behind, there are few
options but to live the life of an outlaw.

Eight hundred years in the past, Mick Compton is ripped away through
a wormhole into the dystopian future of the Messier 82 galaxy. In a
place where the only thing that matters is getting into paradise, he
wants only to get back home to his proper place and time, to his wife
and family, so that he can right the wrongs of his past. But Sera, a
battle-hardened smuggler with plans of her own for him, won’t make it so

And a darker agenda is at play in M82—the terrorist known as The
Force of Darkness has reached a terrifying conclusion: Humanity is a
virus, whose chance at equilibrium with its environment long ago failed.
The only solution is complete extermination of mankind. After decades
of surreptitious construction, FOD is nearly ready to detonate a quantum
black hole with the power to consume the entire spread of the human

Will Mick succumb to the draw of Utopia and forsake his desire to
return to a real family? Will FOD pull off the ultimate terrorist act
and destroy humanity once and for all? Find out in Black Hull.
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About the author

Author of four novels and many short stories, Joseph Turkot grew up and lives in New Jersey. He began writing and drawing at a young age. As a kid, he dreamed that he was A) Luke Skywalker, B) A hobbit, or C) Goku/Bruce Lee, depending upon what day it was. Today, he has crafted his own worlds, filled them with characters, and painted their stories. He writes in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, science fiction, horror, and fantasy. Subscribe to the mailing list, found on his blog for notification of new books.

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Joseph A. Turkot
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Dec 2, 2013
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Fiction / Science Fiction / Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic
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