Alpha Showdown 2018 Round 12: Charles Cornick vs. Adam Hauptman


VBC: Home of Alpha ShowdownUpdate: This round is now closed. Adam Hauptman fought hard and won with 56% of the vote. He will advance in the 2018 Alpha Showdown. 

We’re now in the quarter final rounds in our quest to crown the year’s Biggest Book Badass in the paranormal world. (Check out the bracket here.)

The remaining Alphas have been all battle tested and come out victorious. Today’s competitors both faced some tough competition from Karen Marie Moning’s heroes in their previous round. Charles Cornick from the Alpha and Omega series edged out Barrons with 54% of the vote. Adam Hauptman from the Mercy Thompson series defeated Ryodan with an impressive 74%.

Patricia Briggs fans are either going to love this match up or hate it. To those in the latter category, I can only say at least it’s not Adam and Mercy. (Though at this point there’s still a chance that could happen in the finals.)

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Charles Cornick vs. Adam Hauptman

Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs // VBCCharles Cornick
You know him from: Alpha and Omega series by Patricia Briggs
First appeared in: Moon Called (Mercy Thompson #1)
Supernatural Status: the only born werewolf

Championed by Melanie from Hot Listens and Books of My Heart
Find her at @mlsimmons on Twitter

Charles was first introduced to us as the Marrok’s assassin in Moon Called. (For those not familiar with the series, the Marrok is the leader of all werewolves in North America. He is also the oldest known werewolf and Charles’ father). It isn’t until he gets his own story in the novella Alpha and Omega that we really get to see another side to Charles, besides the assassin that he shows the world.

Charles is quite the badass. He is the one who is sent out kill misbehaving and rogue werewolves. He is one of the most powerful werewolves in the world, with only his father and maybe his half-brother Samuel that could match him. He can even dominate over another alpha, and Charles doesn’t even need a pack to draw on. He can also shift from human to wolf and vice versa faster than anyone else, including the Marrok. He also has the ability to shift back into human with his clothes, which is a nice trick.

With Anna, Charles’ mate and omega werewolf, at his side, Charles becomes even more than just the pack assassin. She brings out the softer side of him. We see that he is more than just a killer, something that she has to remind him all the time.

Brother Wolf is Charles’ other half. Unlike most werewolves, his wolf is almost like another personality. Anna is able to tell which one is more in charge, no matter the physical shape, based on the behavior. Brother Wolf helps protect Charles from his darker self.

Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs // VBCAdam Hauptman
You know him from: The Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs
First appeared in: Moon Called
Supernatural Status: Werewolf, Alpha of the Columbia Basin Pack

Championed by Jessie H. aka Rose Red from Goldilox and the Three Weres
Find her at @BookishJessi on Twitter and Instagram.

As we all know, not all werewolf Alphas are created equal and Adam Hauptman is way above the others. So, what makes Adam so different?

No one can deny that as an Alpha werewolf, Adam is as strong as they get. He is one of the most powerful Alphas in the world, second only to the Marrok and his sons. He’s fought off vampires, fae, demons, and even gods. He doesn’t shy away from a fight no matter how bad the odds are. And not only will he wipe the floor with you, he will be one step ahead of you the whole time he’s beating you into the mats in the most efficient way possible.

“Adam understood the end game all right, but to him, the people mattered more than the game.”

He controls a large pack of half-tamed, dangerous werewolves and helps guard the Tri-Cities with the sheer power of his will alone. The man is not only intelligent and strong; he’s extremely loyal, and aggressively protective when it comes to his own. He’s the kind of Alpha that takes care of everyone in his charge, plus those he hasn’t even sworn to protect. Plus, the man can rock a suit!

While Adam is fiercely protective of his mate, he also knows who she is and what she’s capable of. He loves Mercy just the way she is.

“I like her just the way she is, Bran.” And he meant it, greasy overalls, broken fingernails, and all.”

He is supportive and lets her fight her own fights and I can’t think of anything that is sexier than that. But the moment Mercy needs help, he’s right there to rescue her or defend her.

“Mercy is a tough, smart woman. She can defend herself— I do not have to protect her. She is not weak or dependent or needy. She doesn’t need the pack. She doesn’t need me.”

I shot to my feet. “That’s not true,” I said hotly.

He tilted his head a little, his eyes meeting mine. His eyes softened. “I misspoke,” he said in a steady voice. “She doesn’t need me to make sure she has enough food or a place to live— that is my privilege, but she doesn’t need me to do that. She doesn’t need me to keep her safe or to make her a whole person. She doesn’t need me to do anything except love her. Which I do.”


Powerful. Intelligent. Dominant. Respectful. Gorgeous. Adam is the whole package. When he talks, everyone else shuts up and listens. Ladies and gentleman, we clearly have a winner and his name is Adam Hauptman.


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77 Responses to “Alpha Showdown 2018 Round 12: Charles Cornick vs. Adam Hauptman”

  1. Claire says:

    First to comment…
    Adam’s pack of course!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    This was the toughest so far but I chose Adam.

  3. Teresa says:

    Love Adam!

  4. BC says:

    Characters that appear in the same series shouldn’t be put against each other. I get that there are two different series by the same author but there is crossover of characters between the two. It’s like asking which child you like best.

  5. MaggieD says:

    This was a hard one. I love them both. Adam is awesome and the perfect partner for Mercy…but I must admit I’ve fallen in love with Charles. so I’m voting for him.

  6. andrea2 says:

    Definitely Charles.

  7. Beth says:

    I had to go with my heart and vote for Adam. Tough choice!

  8. Mel says:

    Oh, come on! First Kate vs. Curran and now I have to pick between Charles and Adam? This year’s Alpha Showdown is evil. Evil I say.

    I’m really curious how this one will turn out. Adam may technically be the better Alpha, but Charles is so much more than just an Alpha and I couldn’t love him more. Charles Cornick gets my vote.

  9. Jill says:


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  11. Caro says:

    Just not right. Had to go with Charles.

  12. sarafina says:

    Adam is actually an Alpha. Charles could be, but right now he only cares about Anna. And children.

  13. Linda Townsend says:


  14. Athina says:

    Just by chance (coin) Adam…

  15. Bradley Mason says:

    I am going with Adam.

  16. Sue says:

    Tough choice, but I went with Adam.

  17. Pat says:

    Charles, no question!

  18. Pat says:

    Charles, without doubt!

  19. Brenda Rezk says:

    I’m going to have to go with Adam. He protects his pack. Charles does the hard jobs for the Marrok, but he isn’t a leader.

  20. Christina says:


  21. Dawn says:

    Hard to choose between.

  22. Shannon says:


  23. Lorie York says:

    The Author made it clear in her series that Charles is top dog period. Adam is under Charles and couldn’t defeat Charles in a battle. Charles.

  24. Deva says:

    This was unfair to Adam seeing as how high up Charles is in the food chain.


  25. wildchild1954 says:

    This was a tough round but my heart goes with Adam. Charles will follow his father’s orders at all costs while Adam will tear the world apart for Mercy. Gotta love a man who loves a woman that much!!!

  26. Lorena says:

    Adam bc he is the Alpha and bc Charles hate the job.

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  28. Shannon says:

    As much as I like Adam, I think Charles would win. He wouldn’t be happy about it though.

  29. Yvonne A says:


  30. Pam says:

    Love them both, but I think Charles would win.

  31. Priscilla Mellon says:


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  34. Gail k says:

    You should not have to choose between 2 main characters in these series. But I go with Charles .
    And I hate having to choose between Adam and Charles

  35. Nicole Newman says:

    It is sad when I have to make decisions like this one.

  36. Viki S. says:

    Went with Charles but who knows.

  37. Star says:

    Charles 🙂

  38. Kandy says:

    Charles, because of age and how many fights he has had to go through. I love Adam and think he is the best Alpha but Charles would win a fight.

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  41. JESSIE says:

    Charles would rule over Adam so Charles!

  42. snapdragon says:

    I have to go with my gut and I pick Adam. Though this was as bad as Kate vs. Curran.

  43. Emma Walden says:

    As everyone said before, this is a difficult choice. I want to say Adam but Charles is higher up, so I’m going with Charles.

  44. Amy says:

    Adam as he thinks of the pack and family first. He will win as it is for them and their survival. Charles still has to follow his father’s orders and that may influence how he fights. And if he believes in the order he is given

  45. Diane_D says:

    This is a really tough one! I love all the protagonists in the Mercy-verse, and Charles is a personal favorite. However, under the premise that we’re voting on who has the best of the whole Alpha package, not just who is likelier to win in a straight-up battle (which God forbid it could ever happen!), I decided that I’d have to go with Adam, the protective and respected leader. The wolves almost all simply FEAR Charles, for better and worse.

  46. Putter says:

    Adam is described here by his sponsor, Rose Red, as “SECOND only to the Marrok and his sons”, Charles being one of them. Voting for Charles

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