Author Christian I. Richards has released his riveting debut novel, The Order, the first installment in The Tales of Jericho series. Christian’s science fiction thriller is both an entertaining read and a powerful commentary on the role of systemic oppression in a society where only the ultra-rich can truly thrive.
The Order follows protagonist Jericho Morgan, an up-and-coming MMA fighter in his twenties who witnesses the murder of his mother by the sinister underground conglomerate known only as the Order. Jericho sets out on a quest to avenge her, teaming up along the way with an aging Scottish wanderer named Marcus Killihan, who has been battling the Order for years. Jericho’s tireless search for damning information on the organization puts him in the crosshairs of the Assassin, a notorious alien hunter/killer. If Jericho has to spend more than one lifetime to bring the Order to its knees, then so be it.
Fans of The Da Vinci Code and Alien Nation will love the complex political world and speculative elements in The Order. With non-stop action, corporate intrigue, and coming-of-age themes, The Order is a nuanced examination of authority in a divided world. Christian doesn’t shy away from tackling the darker side of society while also imbuing his memorable cast of characters with strength, ingenuity, and a fighting spirit.
Reviewers praise Christian’s expert worldbuilding and breakneck pacing. They describe The Order as “intense” and “a well-written page turner.” Although The Order abides by many conventions and tropes of the science fiction genre, Christian isn’t afraid to cross genres to add complexity and depth, making his work an appealing option for a broad range of readers.
The Order is available for purchase on Amazon.com or wherever books are sold. The sequels, Orion and Jericho, are currently in development.
Christian I. Richards grew up in San Francisco Bay before moving to the U.S. Virgin Islands. There, he explored his curious side by seeking out adventures like swimming with a 20-foot stingray and hanging out with Shel Silverstein for a day. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma and became a professional ballet dancer and choreographer. After searching for new creative outlets following an injury, he turned to writing. Christian can be found online at https://cirauthor.com/.