Shadow of a Dead Star
Book One of the Wonderland Cycle
Seattle, 2078. The future hasn’t been kind to the spirit of humanity; commercial obsession and technological fetishism rules the day, religion and belief has died screaming in the fires of war, and what remains is moral decrepitude. Life in the future is hard on the soul.
As an agent of the Industrial Security Bureau, Thomas Walken knows that better than anyone. His job is to keep the worst kind of black-market technology out of the hands of citizens, technology born out of the shadowy nation nicknamed Wonderland. But the kind of fantasies that come out of that place aren’t for the good people of the world. Wonderland technology is like black magic made real.
Walken’s newest assignment starts out simply: intercept a smuggled shipment of Princess Dolls, little girls turned into sex toys, and bring them into custody. But when the girls are hijacked from federal custody and Walken gives chase, he finds a trail of bodies in their wake. Before he’s through, Walken will find himself confronted revelations that will answer every question that the troubled lawman has ever had about himself and the world he lives in – but his mind and soul may not survive it.
A dark, brooding piece of future noir, SHADOW OF A DEAD STAR will take you down the rabbit hole on a ride you won’t soon forget.
Readers and Critics Say…
“Shadow of a Dead Star by Michael Shean is grungy, slightly nihilistic, fabulously enigmatic cyberpunk at its best, painted in the hues fashioned by Philip K. Dick.” – A. F. Stewart, author
“‘Shadow of a Dead Star’ is a superbly woven tale that will keep you guessing right to the bitter, brilliant end.” — Kate Monroe, Kate’s Quills
“It’s a dark, dirty future. And it makes for superb reading.” — William Vitka, author
“In short, I was blown away.” – Matthew Boyd, author of the Z.N.A. series
“If you’re looking for something exciting, something dark and fantastic, look no further than this book. Strap yourself in tight. You’re in for quite a ride.” – Jessica Torres, Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile
Book Two of the Wonderland Cycle
Two years have passed since Agent Thomas Walken and Bobbi January found themselves at the heart of a conspiracy of unimaginable greed and cruelty. The Genefex Corporation remains shrouded in mystery, and Bobbi faces a life of unanswered questions and mounting disillusionment to look forward to. But when she receives a mysterious message from one of Walken’s former comrades, she is drawn back onto the trail. Now, Bobbi will find herself newly equipped to discover the truth – about Walken, about Genefex and the Yathi race – and the key to unlocking those secrets rests in the hands of a cyborg terrorist known only as Redeye.
But the road to truth will be a dangerous one, from the glamour of Seattle’s ultramodern core to the sprawling wastelands of the Old City and beyond. Alongside a band of lethal comrades, Bobbi will face death and worse amidst urban rot, abandoned subway tunnels, and ultimately the nightmarish halls of the Yathi themselves in a race to stave off what may prove to be the death of humanity itself. Drenched in blood and neon, Redeye is a tale of humanity on the edge of a new and terrible reality.
Readers and Critics Say…
“Shean has created an complex futuristic world which, thanks to his excellent writing skills, is readily imaginable to the reader.” – THE SELF-TAUGHT COOK
“After Shean’s detour with the excellent futuristic police procedural “Bone Wires”, Michael Shean returns to his Wonderland storyline with a bang.” – Author Matthew Graybosch
“As dark, gritty, and gory as the first, this book is full of action, and twists that keep you guessing.” – WiLoveBooks
In the wasteland of commercial culture that is future America, police are operated not by government but by private companies. In Seattle, that role is filled by Civil Protection, and Daniel Gray is a detective in Homicide Solutions. What used to be considered an important – even glamorous – department for public police is very different for the corporate species, and Gray finds himself stuck in a dead end job.
That is, until the Spine Thief arrives.
When a serial killer begins harvesting the spinal tissue of corporate employees all over the city, Detective Gray finds himself plunged into the first truly major case of his career. Caught in a dangerous mix of murder, betrayal and conflicting corporate interest, Gray will find himself not only matching wits with a diabolical murderer but grappling with his growing doubt toward his employers in the dawning months of the American tricentennial. A thrilling mystery set in the same world as the Wonderland Cycle, Bone Wires is a grim trip into the streets of the empty future.
Readers and Critics Say…
“A challenging and superior sci-fi noir mystery.” – Alexander Gianturco (aka The Mittani), internet personality
“Deeply layered and very thoroughly thought out – on all levels – SHADOW OF A DEAD STAR is a heady mix of noir, cyberpunk, and elements of prophetic scifi that takes you on the kind of journey you’ll not want to end.” — Tony Healey, author
“Clever and gritty – another triumph.” – Kate Monroe, author and publisher
“What Shean does in his novels is to defy the expectations of traditional science-fiction and demonstrates a preparedness to explore different forms of genre from noir to detective fiction.” – Ian Caithness