A male main character was genetically engineered, had gills in his throat, and was an executioner in a post-apocalyptic world. He was able to move long distances instantly through something called the bine toad.

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    Are you sure about the bine toad? That's such an unusual term I'm sure I would remember having read it, but I don't remember anything like that and Googling fails to find anything related. Commented Aug 15, 2017 at 11:32

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This is a long shot, but could the book be The Marked Man by Charles Ingrid (aka Rhondi A. Vilott Salsitz).

It's set in a world where technology used for genetic engineering has gone wrong and caused a plague that wiped out most humans and left the remainder genetic freaks. The protagonist is Thomas Blade, who does have gills and is an executioner.

Blade can travel long distances on the Ghost Road, so this vaguely matches your description, but there is no mention of a bine toad.

The book was published in 1989 so it's in your date range.

  • I meant bone road. Auto correct band fat fingers got me i was using my phone. Mr Rennie that is the book thnks for evryones help. Commented Aug 18, 2017 at 0:25
  • @DavidMyers: hmm, there is no bone road in this book though Blade does use finger bones to open the ghost road. Anyhow, if this is the book please will you click the tick symbol on the left to mark the answer as accepted. Commented Aug 18, 2017 at 3:16
  • You are correct mr. Rennie. You did answer my question. The book was marked man. Thanks. Commented Aug 20, 2017 at 8:54
  • Thank you very much for answering this, I've been looking for this book on and off for a few years. My local library has it, so now I can go read it!
    – Rince
    Commented Feb 5, 2019 at 1:26

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