Publication Order of Empire State Books
Publication Order of Spider Wars Books
|The Burning Dark||(2014)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Cold War||(2014)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Machine Awakes||(2015)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Dead Stars||(2017)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of Elementary Books
Publication Order of L.A. Trilogy Books
Publication Order of Dishonored Books
Publication Order of Standalone Novels
|Earth 2||(2012)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Seven Wonders||(2012)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Hang Wire||(2014)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Standard Hollywood Depravity||(2017)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas
Adam Christopher was born in Auckland, New Zealand on February 2, 1978 and was born with the name Adam Christopher McGechan. He moved, with his family, from his native New Zealand to North West England. While growing up in the 1980s, he listened to the Beatles and watched Doctor Who the Pertwee-era).
Adam Christopher has worked as an editor on nine issues of Time/Space Visualizer, the New Zealand Doctor Who Fan Club (which he did from 2003 until 2009). Christopher’s fiction has found its way in Dark Fiction Magazine, Hub, and Pantechnicon. He has written many novels, for the “L.A.” Trilogy, “Spider Wars” series, and the “Empire State” novels, and even some stand alone novels. Christoper has also written some tie-in novels for the television series “Elementary” and the video game series “Dishonored”, and he has also co-written “The Shield”, which is a comics series. While not writing, Adam likes to obsess over comics with superheros and The Cure, and drinking tea.
“The Burning Dark” is the first book from the “Spider Wars” series that is set in the far future. Decades after humans discovered the Spiders, the two sides have battled for intergalactic territory. The last job before his retirement for black ops Captain Abraham Idaho Cleveland is to help decommission the remote space station known as U-Star Coast City. He still has bad memories about the battle he took part in against a Mother Spider, a creature that was able to devour entire worlds. He was able to keep her from eating a certain planet, but it cost him quite a bit to do so, including his knee and several people lost their lives. Some of the crew members do not believe that he was able to take down the Mother Spider as it did not get reported by the media. His only friend is a medic named Izanami, someone who Ida confides in quite a bit. He uses his time, as he knows that he is just there on the ship for show, to listen into other crew members’s conversations. He is startled by something that comes through; it sounds like an ancient recording where a Russian woman talking about how she is burning and ship failure. In other parts of the ship, psi-marine Serra has been hearing her dead grandmother talking to her. There are also several malfunctions in the electrical system. A celebrity and space profiteer boards the ship for refueling and resting purposes before her and her crew go to another place. Eventually, the crew aboard the ship must found out what is causing all the strange things on the ship.
Fans of the novel liked the blend of haunted house thriller and science fiction elements; and the way Christopher brings to life the images in the novel, making it feel like it could have come from a movie. Once you get past the introduction, the rest is a fun ride that features a fun mystery. Most really enjoyed the setting of the novel, feeling that Christopher did a great job putting things together to make things real for them. Some felt that there really were moments in the novel that made goose bumps develop on their skin and chills go down their spine. Some felt that the novel was scary that they had to spend some nights with a light on.
Some did not like the way the introduction was put together, it felt clunky, and the ending, once all the cards are on the table, also felt a little anticlimactic. Some found the book to be filled with big words that are related to technology found within the novel that held things back for them. Some found that the novel features good ideas on the part of Adam Christopher, but that he did not execute them very well. Readers did not like the way the characters talk in the novel, feeling that it was the way they talk in bad Hollywood films.
“Machine Awakes” by Adam Christopher from the “Spider Wars” series, is the second installment of the series. The war being fought by the planet eating Spiders and the humans has not gone well as of late, for the humans anyway. Some events lead to some hardliners trying to push the war on a new path. After the death of the former Fleet Admiral, an investigator named Von Kodiak thinks that the members of the old guard are being killed off by the new. This theory is ruined due to the fact that the current Fleet Admiral is also killed. The lead suspect winds up being a war hero and psi-marine, who was decorated while in action and whose sister disappeared from training to later join his brother. The main suspect died months previous in battle. The more Kodiak looks into things, the more he is able to see a conspiracy that is quite large; it stretches from slums in Salt City to gas mines in Jupiter. The large mining corporation is hiding something and it is a large secret that, if revealed, will destroy the entire fleet, and militarized pilgrims called Morning Star is looking to uncover. All this vast conspiracy and tangled webs of deception, let us not forget about the enemy, which is coming for them.
Some fans of this novel enjoyed the way this novel does not have a whole lot to do with the events or characters of the first novel; giving, not just this book, but the entire universe as having a large feel to it- that there is actually a universe here with many different characters with many different stories to tell. Some liked that this help the novels in the series stand alone. Fans liked the characters in the story as Christopher did a good job making them seem very real to them.
Some readers felt that the novel has little detail so that very few scenes actually make sense, and that the plot does not make a whole lot of sense and they felt baffled while reading the novel. They did not like the way the author wrote things, it felt disjointed to them.
In 2010, Christopher won an award for Best Fan Publication for TSV from Sir Julius Vogel (a very high honor in New Zealand). His novel “Empire State” was named the best novel of 2012 by a magazine called SciFi Now.Book Series In Order » Authors » Adam Christopher