Sunday, 29 June 2014

Interlude 005

Hang Wire – Adam Christopher

Published 2014

4 stars

Ted Hall is worried. He’s been sleepwalking, and his somnambulant travels appear to coincide with murders by the notorious Hang Wire Killer.

Meanwhile, the circus has come to town, but the Celtic dancers are taking their pagan act a little too seriously, the manager of the Olde Worlde Funfair has started talking to his vintage machines, and the new acrobat’s frequent absences are causing tension among the performers.

Out in the city there are other new arrivals – immortals searching for an ancient power – a primal evil which, if unopposed, could destroy the world!

This is my fourth Adam Christopher read and once again it’s something completely different. We’ve had sci-fi noir, superheroes and space horror. Now we have urban fantasy.

Mostly set in San Francisco, the story predominantly follows three characters; Ted, the blog writer who starts having issues with his memory and his sleep, Bob, who gives free dancing lessons to tourists who visit the beach (but hides a very big secret) and Joel, who has a very long, dark journey throughout the book.
Linking all three are the strange rumblings beneath the city, the circus that has come to visit San Francisco and the Hang Wire serial killer who stalks the streets at night.

At first it takes a little effort to keep track of all the characters as they don’t seem to be related to each other. It was also made difficult as a couple of characters seem to have been around for a lot longer than naturally possible. But as the book carries on secrets are revealed and we discover who the villains really are and which characters can be the heroes that can stop them.

One thing I found was that Ted starts to not be involved (although it does become obvious why this is a bit later on). As Ted’s role in the story fades, so Bob’s role in saving the city comes to the foreground. Once I finished the book I realised that this is Bob’s story and he a fantastic and conflicted character. His struggles are key to the city’s survival if only he can get over his past.

I felt some characters were undeveloped like the circus troupe while others (Alison) were a little unnecessary but overall Hang Wire contains a nice ensemble, a decent mystery plot and a finale I would like to see on the big screen.

Mr Christopher has exceeded my expectations again and I can’t stop looking forward to whatever he releases next.

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