The Terminal Man
by Philip H. Turner
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The Terminal Man by Philip H. Turnercategory : NOVELS

Immortality is the young man's game. Life seems to go on forever in an unbroken stream that ends in the far future certainly too far away to be of any concern. And then, one day, along comes the realization that the far future might not be all that far away after all.
   How should a rational, methodical man face up to that grim prospect? With resignation? With acceptance? With hope?
   Or should he choose to confront the possibility of impending extinction head on and take extraordinary steps to cram as much as possible into whatever time is left, knowing that no matter how much trouble it gets him into, he might not have to live long with the consequences?
   This is how one man dealt with his personal version of the problem of uncertainty, and his solution to it.
   Robert Helm opted for a wild ride which took him from England to Greece, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Italy. He moved among men worth millions, and even billions, and he staked his life for so many thousands of dollars that the numbers began to lose all meaning.

   Helm became involved in games, some with a deadly purpose, and international conspiracies, one of which was aimed at saving the world with an act of monumental destruction. His initial object was to raise enough money to enjoy himself in case the news from his doctor was grave; in a literal sense. He soon found that he had no guarantee of staying alive to spend his earnings; unless he got really creative.

Unabridged edition, 232 pages, 6" x 9" (152 x 229 mm),
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published by Farrago Books, 2011

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The Terminal Man by Philip H. TurnerHistory
Written in 1988/89; time setting: contemporary with writing; place setting: England, Greece and places in between; 107,000 words

Previous Editions
left : Unabridged edition, 268 pages, 6.1" x 8.8" (155 x 223 mm) 2-volume paperback/perfect binding, published by Farrago & Farrago, 1997

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Redefines tour de force' -
    Language Now

... amounts to a disgraceful slander on the good name of our nation ...
    Greek National Tourist Board

The definitive comic novel of the Eighties. Not to be missed. Pity it didn't appear in print until the end of the Nineties.
    Language + Literature

A classic study of the psychopathology of despair ...
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Book of the Year This year, next year, every year!
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This is the end -
    Jim Morrison

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