Shadow of a Dead Star, by Michael SheanBy Michael Shean

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, it is Thomas Walken’s duty to keep the city of Seattle free of black-market technology. But when a trio of living sex-dolls he has recently intercepted are stolen from custody, Walken finds himself seeking a great deal more than just contraband; he will be forced to use his skills and preternatural instincts to try and keep his career, his freedom, and his life.

As questions mount and the list of living suspects begin to shrink with alarming speed, Walken must hurry to find the truth – but finding it will challenge his understanding not only of the world in which he lives, but of a world which may exist beyond it for which he cannot be prepared.

A dark and brooding tale, Shadow of a Dead Star follows one man’s plunge through depravity, vice, and ultimately existential conflict in a technologically-obsessed world of the near future.

Vital Stats

  • Theme: Bio-Punk / Cyberpunk / Dark Sci-Fi
  • Type: Curiosity Quills Press Novel
  • Length: 345 Pages
  • Pub. Date: December 1, 2011
  • ISBN: 978-1-62007-000-0 (ebook)
  • ISBN: 978-1-62007-001-7 (paperback)

Web Reviews

“I strongly recommend the book to anyone, whether you like SciFi, thriller, cyber punk or anything else. This is a really good story and I can’t wait for the sequels.”
~Adrien Sebbane @ Amazon  (Star VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar Vote)
“I strongly recommend the book to anyone, whether you like SciFi, thriller, cyber punk or anything else. This is a really good story and I can’t wait for the sequels.”
~Adrien Sebbane @ Amazon  (Star VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar Vote)
“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 @ Amazon  (Star VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar Vote)
“Absolutely amazing, epic and one of the best books I have ever read. — Shadow of a Dead Star is a must read for anyone who is looking for a book that will stay with them for a long time in coming. “
~Holly Polk @ Full Moon Bites  (Star VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar Vote)
“That said, I enjoyed Shadow of a dead star very much and would recomend it to anyone who wants the future we keep being promised but never arrive at.”
~COMMJAM @ TheBookFamily
“This was a great read! From the very beginning of the book I felt truly connected to the main character and found myself rooting him on through the rough experiences he had to face. At times I was lost in the sic-fi world, but that’s only because my imagination has not been stretched to envision such high tech artillery and of weapons of destruction in other books. All in alll, I enjoyed reading this book and the ending left me wanting more!”
~Twenty Pearls @ Amazon (Star VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar Vote)
“Great read. In this gritty, fast, future-noir Book, Shean creates a world that is at once, vaguely familiar…and frightening. Enough familiarity to relate to, enough technology out-of-control to make the reader think.”
~Teresa @ Goodreads (Star VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar Vote)
“I picked up Shadow of a Dead Star with the thought of leafing through a good read at my leisure. Oh no! This story had me from the first page and would not let me go! I HAD to keep reading.”
~Cliff Romine @ Amazon (Star VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar Vote)
“In this thrilling and captivating novel, Michael Shean creates a dystopic and post-apocalyptic vision of the world where libertarianism has been taken to the extreme, where biological implants are the norm and society is dominated by the idea of consumerism and commercialisation. It’s a world we all know and have seen before but the messages that Shean brings across in this novel haunt us.”
~Ian Caithness @ Goodreads (Star VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar Vote)
“This book paints a pretty darn realistic future of government and corporate control of everything. The authors insight to the future is very believable and very well done. This book was a joy to read, and it keeps the reader entertained. You quickly find out that this conspiracy goes much deeper then “the dolls” and makes this novel impossible to put down. The ending was great, and I did not see it coming. Go buy this book!”
~Tarrin Lupo @ Goodreads (Star VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar Vote)
“Science fiction is a genre I enjoy watching at the cinema but it’s not usually a genre that I’d read. Luckily for me, Shadow of a Dead Star reads more like a gritty noir that just happens to feature cool technology and sci-fi ideas. It’s testament to Shean’s skill that everything seems completely plausible – and that I stayed up way too late to finish it, deciding I couldn’t possibly put it down and pick it up the following day. It’s an engaging read, full of complex characters, and bursting with invention. Whether you like sci fi, noir or cyberpunk, I’d highly recommend it.”
~Icy Sedgwick @ Goodreads (Star VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar Vote)
“This enthrallingly dark and at times brually violent vision of the future captured my imagination. It’s difficult to place this book in any single genre. Is it a detective story, a dystopian future story, “cyberpunk…?” Well, yes–and that sweep across genres is a big part of what makes it so enjoyable.”
~Mike F. @ Amazon (Star VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar Vote)
“In short, I was blown away. Terrific, gripping story from beginning to end. Michael Shean does a truly amazing job at pulling you into the world he has created and keeping you there. The writing is descriptive and within the first few chapters I could almost see myself there, hearing the sounds and viewing the futuristic, yet still seedy environment. The characters are fully fleshed-out and shine with their own personality. I can’t wait to read more from this new author!”
~Matthew Boyd @ Goodreads (Star VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar Vote)
“[the writing style] reminded me of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series (or any other King novel). The long sentences with strange words fills the mind with obscurity. It’s like fingers directly massaging your brain tissue. I had to go back and reread things two or three times sometimes. I don’t often read books twice, but I’d consider reading Shadow of a Dead Star a few more times. And I am definitely going to read the novels that follow.”
~Melysah Bunting @ Goodreads (Star VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar Vote)
“Other reviewers have done a much better job of actually reviewing the book than I ever could so I’ll just go ahead and say that I loved it. It’s a little violent, a little sexy, the author fleshes out the characters well and the situations the protagonist finds himself in are believable within the universe he exists. Overall an excellent book.”
~M. Starbuck @ Amazon (Star VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar Vote)
“Shadow was not the book I expected, at least not in whole. What I thought I was getting into turned out to be something a little different. Not so different that I was turned away though. This isn’t Blade Runner. That’s what I thought it was going to be, or at least a lot like it. While it is set in the near future and there is a lot of technology present I may never see in my life time Shadow takes a few interesting turns that had me saying, “wait, what?” in a good way.”
~Del Pera @ Amazon (Star VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar Vote)
“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. The world inside the pages is screaming neon, ad driven, nanotech chic laid over top a seedy underbelly of dissipation. Shadow of a Dead Star is a fascinating book, and a definite recommend.”
~A.F. @ Goodreads (Star VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar Vote)
“Shadow of a Dead Star is a futuristic crime thriller that hits the ground running and never pauses for breath. It reminds you of Blade Runner and Shadowrun, but never comes off as derivative, having a unique and well rounded take on a genre.”
~Joshua Bumgarner @ Amazon (Star VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar Vote)
“If you’re a fan of detective stories, but feel like every single one is the same as the one before, welcome to your answer. I’m not sure whether to call Shadow of a Dead Star cyberpunk, tech noir, or a crime thriller. What I can say without a doubt, is that it’s wonderfully original! Ready to step out of that mundane pile of mass market crime novels? Grab a copy of Michael Shean’s book.”
~Jessica Torres @ Goodreads (Star VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar Vote)
“Michael Shean has a new life long fan. Anything with his name on it, I’m going to pick up a copy! His imagination ceases to have an end in Shadow of a Dead Star (Wonderland Cycle). It is cyperpunk with a noir twist that I thoroughly enjoyed.”
~Kim Karter
“Michael Shean’s ‘Shadow of a Dead Star’ is written with shades of Jim Thompson and Philip K. Dick, but it’s unlikely you’ve ever immersed yourself in anything else quite like it. And even while sharing some tonal similarities with those great authors, Shean’s work is not derivative.”
~William Vitka @ Goodreads (Star VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar Vote)
“This is a book that surprised me at every turn.”
~Janos “urufu” @ Amazon (Star VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar Vote)
“I thought this was going to be just a run of the mill detective story in a sci-fi setting. It totally wasn’t. This story blew me away. I could not put it down. Another reviewer mentioned that this was not the usual “crud on the shelves right now” and he was right. The story and concepts are completely outside of what you find from most sci-fi authors these days. The character of Walken is a well written example of a humanist trapped between three realities; the one he knows, the one he wishes it could be, and the one it really is. It’s that last reality that sets this book apart from others in the genre. This book grabbed me in chapter 1 and never let go until Michael Shean had taken me so far down the rabbit hole I saw where the worms eat. I highly recommend this book.”

~Bryan A. Crossland @ Amazon (Star VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar Vote)

“All in all, this is an excellent first novel that I describe as “hard-edged noir futuristic sci-fi romantic murder mystery conspiracy fiction” (with some quibbling over “romantic”). Read, and enjoy!”

~Kris @ Amazon (Star VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar Vote)