Alpha Showdown 2018 Round 4: Ryodan vs. Adam Hauptman


VBC: Home of Alpha ShowdownUpdate: Round 4 of Alpha Showdown 2018 is now closed. With 74% of the vote, the winner is Adam Hauptman. He will advance in the bracket.

Welcome to the 2018 Alpha Showdown at Vampire Book Club where each year we crown the Biggest Book Badass in the paranormal world based on your votes. This is our eighth Showdown, but the competition is just as fierce as ever. Check out the bracket here.

Round 4 features a couple of Showdown veterans. Karen Marie Moning’s Ryodan was the 2013 Champion. Though Adam Hauptman from the Mercy Thompson series has never won, he’s making his fifth Showdown appearance. It should be a tight race between these two fan favorite Alphas!

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Ryodan vs. Adam Hauptman

You know him from: the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning
First appeared in Dreamfever
Supernatural Status: Trust me, you’re not ready for the truth

Championed by Annie from Under the Covers Book Blog
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Six feet four, two hundred and thirty-five pounds of lean, cut muscle, Ryodan may look urbane and professional in a business suit but he has a ruthless appetite for blood and sex and he indulges early and often. Easily capturing your attention with his dark hair and silver eyes, nobody knows exactly what he is. But being called “un-killable” is proof that he will always be the last one standing. His opponents might as well not show up. He is, after all, Barron’s second-in-command.

Make no mistake though. Ryodan is no Barrons 2.0. While he may try to act civilized by running Chester’s, he is the brains behind the Nine’s business empire. He is their voice, their alpha leader. Ryodan is also the only person who has survived a fight with Barrons.

“They don’t call him the master of manipulation for nothing. Barrons breaks heads. Ryodan turns them inside out. Barrons fucks you up. Ryodan makes you fuck yourself up. He pushes buttons and rearranges things to his own private, coolly sociopathic plan.”

Despite the many scars on his skin, he regrets nothing and fears no one. His power lies not just in his capable, lethal body but also in his ability to get under your skin and inside your mind. Nothing slips past this guy. “With Ryodan, you don’t even see it coming.”

Karen Marie Moning sums it up best: “Never been defeated. Never will be.”

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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81 Responses to “Alpha Showdown 2018 Round 4: Ryodan vs. Adam Hauptman”

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  5. Liz S says:

    Definitely Adam!

  6. Mary McElroy says:

    Absolutely, Adam Hauptman

  7. Emilye says:

    Adam is amazing. From the time that Mercy would dismantle that rusting VW on her lawn anytime Adam did anything to piss her off, and he would just keep being Adam… Super dreamy!

  8. GeenaK says:

    Have to vote for Adam.

  9. Alisa Harrison says:

    Adam all the way!

  10. wont says:

    Adam Hauptman

  11. Karin Anderson says:

    Adam. No question.

  12. Beth says:

    Gotta go with Adam!

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  14. Vanessa says:

    Definitely Adam.

  15. MC says:

    Adam !!!!!!!!!!!

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  17. Soniya says:

    Adam always!

  18. Sarah says:

    Adam definitely gets my vote!

  19. Bradley Mason says:

    Adam Hautman for the win.

  20. Btuite says:

    Adam ☆

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  24. Dawn Roberto says:

    Has to be Adam all the way

  25. Meggin says:

    Adam every time!!!

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  27. yosofine says:

    Adam Hauptman

  28. VickieBC says:

    Adam Hauptman!!

  29. Ruby says:

    Adam Hauptman

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