Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Review: THE AGE ATOMIC by Adam Christopher

The Age AtomicFrom the back of the book:
The sequel to Empire State – the superhero-noir fantasy thriller set in the other New York.

The Empire State is dying. The Fissure connecting the pocket universe to New York has vanished, plunging the city into a deep freeze and the populace are demanding a return to Prohibition and rationing as energy supplies dwindle.

Meanwhile, in 1954 New York, the political dynamic has changed and Nimrod finds his department subsumed by a new group, Atoms For Peace, led by the mysterious Evelyn McHale.

As Rad uncovers a new threat to his city, Atoms For Peace prepare their army for a transdimensional invasion. Their goal: total conquest – or destruction – of the Empire State.
My Review:
The sci-fi pulp feel of THE AGE ATOMIC along with the engaging and unique characters make this a really fun book to read. While different to THE EMPIRE STATE, THE AGE ATOMIC continues some of the themes prevalent throughout its predecessor while maintaining its own identity. I like it when sequels are distinct works in their own right and author Adam Christopher certainly achieves that here.

The impending threat of invasion by a sinister robotic army constructed in the basement of the Atoms For Peace headquarters lead by the villainous Evelyn McHale (a delicately crafted mix of the supernatural and superhero) looms over the Empire State, who, in-turn forge their own army of half humans in response.

The King of 125th street, a charismatic character with flare and a furious temper - his method in madness defined throughout the course of proceedings, Harlem may be frozen but hell is hot, he has the power of the fissure to create his army of robots. It's these robot 'gangs', misfits and part people on the streets that lead Rad (private investigator of the hardboiled tradition) and Special Agent Jennifer Jones, in search of her missing naval brother and on the trail of those responsible for creating a robot army to the King's doorstep and ultimately to the fissure itself.
 
Action abounds and a villain’s quest is articulated; the rationale and conceptual plot elements fleshed out with each chapter and verse, culminating in an explosive ending that closes the age atomic while preparing readers for more stories in this well-defined and immense world.

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