Matt's Novels

I, Crimsonstreak: Framed by his father, “reformed” supervillain Colonel Chaos, super-speedster Chris Fairborne, AKA Crimsonstreak, is sent to the Clermont Institution for the Criminally Insane. A hero surrounded by dastardly inmates and heartless guards, Chris struggles to keep his wits about him, until the arrival of some unexpected new “guests” at the facility provides him with a means for escape. Once out, though, he discovers that the world he knew is gone, replaced by a fascist, supposedly utopian state run by none other than Colonel Chaos himself.

With the heroes of the world locked away or fighting in a disorganized resistance, Crimsonstreak teams up with a snarky British butler and a teenage superhero-to-be. Together, the unlikely (and bickering) allies must take down Crimsonstreak’s dad and set the world right. Not easy when your only powers are super-speed and looking good in spandex. But hey, someone’s got to save the world.

I, Crimsonstreak is a first-person superhero novel brimming with parallel universes, stuffy British butlers, crafty supervillains, cloning, gadgets, and enough pop culture references to stun a Wookie.

Original publication info:

I, Crimsonstreak
Matt Adams
Superhero
Candlemark & Gleam, 2012
ISBN-13: 978-1936460267

Read the first two chapters here.

A new ebook edition is on the way soon!

II Crimsonstreak: Three years after the climactic battle at the Clermont Institution for the Criminally Insane, Chris Fairborne, a.k.a. Crimsonstreak, chases down escaped supervillains while working feverishly to reestablish world governments in the wake of collapse of the New World Common Wealth.

His father, Colonel Chaos, sits in front of a Heroic Legion tribunal to answer for crimes against humanity. His mother, Miss Lightspeed, doesn’t seem herself following her unlikely resurrection. To make matters worse, Crimsonstreak encounters a being of pure speed not even he can outrun.

Sounds like the perfect time for an alien invasion, an encounter with a group of snobbish space cops, and the mysterious return of a long-dead friend with an unbelievable secret.

War will strain friendships. A multiversal threat will test loyalties. And you will believe a man-bird can fly in II Crimsonstreak.

Original publication info:

II Crimsonstreak
by Matt Adams
Published by Candlemark & Gleam, October 2013
348 pages
eBook ISBN: 978-1-936460-52-6
ISBN: 978-1-936460-51-9

Read the first two chapters here.

A new ebook edition is coming soon!

III Crimsonstreak: Crimsonstreak doesn't feel much like himself; the guy's a little sluggish these days. And he has no idea how to put the pieces of the shattered multiverse back together again. It's going to take an all-powerful being, youthful versions of his parents, a hippie time traveler, a feared supervillain, and the usual cast of assorted Crimsonverse friends to fix the whole mess. (ready for submission)

The Franchise: Emma Davis is a crisper. Blessed with the ability to control fire and flame, she’s good to have around when you’ve got a pack of Lucky Strikes but no lighter. As the newest employee for OMNI (On-Call Misdeed Negation International), the rookie is going through the requisite growing pains: adjusting to late nights on patrol, dealing with unlicensed masked avengers, and trying to keep her wits among co-workers who can fly, morph, and chuck a Studebaker the length of a football field.

When someone starts killing the company’s founders—a group of legendary superhumans united by a decades-old tragedy—an old-school masked avenger believes a conspiracy is at work and recruits Emma to help him find the killer. As he works outside the law, Emma works inside OMNI to uncover a long-buried secret about the company’s origins, unleashing a blazing inferno not even her considerable powers can tame. (ready for submission)

Sheridan's Hammer: Stranded for ten years on a war-torn planet controlled by oppressive religious zealots, former intergalactic gladiator Sheridan has one goal: to get home. Now a low-paid media systems installer, Sheridan visits a customer with ties to a growing insurgency. Plunged into the middle of a vicious fight between the warring religious factions, he brushes aside his lifelong vow of neutrality, agreeing to lead a daring rescue mission guaranteed to end his ten-year exile, one way or another. (second revision)

The Exclusive: TV reporter Kent Carter knows Mayor Harrison Johnson is corrupt--he just can't prove it. Damning documents disappear, witnesses suddenly change their stories, and his talkative sources in the police department don't have anything to say. When a mysterious source steps forward with proof of corruption within Johnson's administration, Kent finally gets his exclusive. He just doesn't expect his lead story to unleash hell on Earth. (first draft complete)

Seven: Mired in baseball obscurity for two decades, a small-market pro baseball team welcomes a new addition known only as "Seven." The new player is a media sensation; a hit with fans and teammates alike. But mystery shrouds the player with no name and no hometown, threatening to derail a championship season and bring the sports world to its knees. (fourth revision)

Red Plague: A man materializes at a county fair in the Midwest before collapsing, spreading a deadly new strain of bubonic plague that begins sweeping across the world. As millions die, CDC specialist Anna Manning makes a startling discovery: the disease appears to have been genetically altered in the past. The revelation dredges up painful memories of the Cold War and forces Anna to travel back in time, the fate of humanity resting on her shoulders. (in progress)

17th Parallel: A burnout. That’s what they called Marshall Drew. Once a promising young quarterback, he let the temptations of the good life destroy his hall of fame prospects. When a talent scout comes to his hometown offering one last shot at gridiron glory, Marshall agrees, triggering events that offer football immortality at an unimaginable price. (second draft)