Books : reviews

Christopher Hinz.
Spartan X.
Hinz. 2012

Stop it or lose all of humanity

When a shapeshifting alien disguised as an American astronaut reaches Earth with dire plans for civilization, a freespirited loner troubled by psychic visions is recruited by a secret agency to hunt down the creature, code named Spartan.

The visions plaguing Corbet Tomms leave him with a fear of intimacy and a penchant for meaningless sexual conquests. Aggie Rittenhouse, his no-nonsense FBI handler, challenges his playboy status and pushes him to confront the roots of his emotional solitude.

But the mismatched duo face far worse problems. As they close in on the murderous alien amid extraordinary danger, Corbet realizes that Spartan is at the heart of his most terrifying vision, one that portends global disaster.

Spartan must be found before it locates a hidden, long-lost spaceship and activates a freakish weapon that will forever alter what it means to be human.

Christopher Hinz.
Binary Storm.
Angry Robot. 2016

Near the end of the 21st century, Earth is in chaos from environmental devastation and a vicious undeclared war with the binaries, genetically engineered assassins. Composed of a single consciousness inhabiting two human bodies, binaries are ruled by an alpha breed, the Royal Caste.

Nick Smith, computer programmer and brilliant strategist, hooks up with Annabel Bakana, the savvy new director of E-Tech, an organization dedicated to limiting technological growth. Together both romantically and professionally, they secretly assemble a combat team to hunt and kill binaries.

But there’s a fly in the ointment: the mysterious team leader, Gillian. A tormented soul with an unseemly attraction to Annabel, his actions just might help the Royal Caste’s cause and draw the world closer to Armageddon.

Serving as both a stand-alone novel and prequel to the classic Liege-Killer, this is a futuristic tale of bold characters pushed to the brink in a dangerous world. Startling action, political intrigue and powerful themes that echo our contemporary era are fused into a plot brimming with twists and surprises.