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The Man Who Crossed Worlds (Miles Franco Book 1) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 809 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cheeky Minion (December 29, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 29, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006F028S6
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Chris Strange discovered at an early age that he was completely unsuited to life among normal human beings. After experimenting with several different career paths, he said to hell with it and went back to writing, his first love.

Chris is the author of Don't Be a Hero and the Miles Franco series of hard-boiled urban fantasy novels, beginning with The Man Who Crossed Worlds. He writes for the daydreamers, the losers, the cynics and the temporarily insane. His stories are full of restless energy and driven by a passion for the unorthodox. He loves writing characters on the fringe of society: the drifters, the knights errant, the down-and-out.

In his spare time, Chris is an unapologetic geek, spending far too long wrapped up in sci-fi books, watching old kaiju movies and playing video games. He lives in the far away land of New Zealand, and holds a BSc and a Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Science.

He doesn't plan on growing up any time soon.

Chris would love to hear from you! Contact him at: chrisstrangeauthor@gmail.com

Visit Chris at www.Chris-Strange.com

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Prof50000 on April 21, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I normally don't give 5-star ratings, but this is an extremely well-written book with great commercial potential. It's very reminiscent of Jim Butcher's work, in a good way - fast-paced urban fantasy, great main character, sarcastic humor. But the world-building is unique and original, and I found it fascinating. It's actually more polished than Butcher's first novel, and look how well that series has turned out.

A few small suggestions to the author, with respect to wording. Most of the metaphors are great, but maybe 5% are too literary - don't fall in love with a clever turn of phrase. Also, there are still a very few examples of British-type English which stand out, vs. the (extremely impressive) use of American vocabulary and style throughout by an author from New Zealand. And, most adult Americans (if we're going for an American style) don't swear as much as the people in this book; part of Butcher's wide audience appeal may be how he keeps it pretty "clean."

Looking forward to the next novel!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Grant McHerron on January 6, 2012
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A fast moving story of rival gangs, crooked cops, alternate worlds and a series of plot twists that happen just when you think you've figured it out. All of this portrayed from the gritty perspective of one poor guy who gets caught in the middle of it, admittedly after helping trigger a few of the plot twists himself.

The author says he's been influenced by the Dresden series and you can feel it in his works. I really enjoyed reading the book and recommend it to anyone who likes urban grunge fantasy, especially as the mechanics of the "strange stuff that happens" aren't just "make a wish" magic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pete Barber (Author) on April 2, 2013
Format: Paperback
When tunnels opened up between Earth and another dimension, a connection was made with a new race of people, the Vei. Trade was established and governments quickly moved to regulate traffic between the two worlds. Miles Franco is one of a small group of humans born with the gift of tunneling between the worlds. He operates on the fringes, smuggling Vei (human-like creatures) and Vei products to Earth from the other world, colloquially know as Heaven. The story follows Miles as he's reluctantly coopted by the police on Earth to prevent a gang war.

Part detective and part science fiction, I had a lot of fun reading The Man Who Crossed Worlds. I'm a long way from being a fan of noir. The breathless rush from one danger to the next strains my sense of disbelief. With that caveat in mind, I thought this story was well done and compelling.

Miles Franco delivers bucket-loads of smart-assed asides. He's imbued with an endearingly old-fashioned moral compass, and hampered by his inability to deal with beautiful women. Miles' innate desire to run toward trouble dogs him on every page.

Miles tunnels between the dimensions using circular artifacts, which he smears with a chemical manufactured on Earth by a dubious underground pharmacist. Large tunnels used to transport Vei or Humans take considerable mental energy. He spends the whole book exhausted. Smaller tunnels--pin-holes--allow him to pull on the chaotic nature of Heaven to change physical laws in Bluegate--a concept I enjoyed.

Heaven doesn't featured much, disappointing, because on the one occasion I visited, it was delightfully Dali-esque and the kind of place you'd want to go for your stag or hen night, or maybe Spring Break.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is one of the better Science fiction novels that I have read in a while. Too many of the books in this genre focus on the world while forgetting to make a distinctive story. Chris Strange never fell into that trap. He created a good, unique world while also making clever characters in a very interesting story. I will defiantly be reading more of his books in the future!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Kiehm on May 1, 2012
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I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

If you like The Dresden Files then you'll like The Man Who Crossed Worlds. Chris Strange's style of writing is similar to Jim Butcher's without being a totally copy.

To say that I enjoyed this book would be an understatement. I couldn't wait to click my Kindle button for the next "page"! It was heart-pounding action after heart-pounding action!

The plot was a constant surprise. I never knew which way Miles was heading. What was up was down. What was down was up. He defied the laws of gravity.

Tunneling was completely new to me and totally novel. It's a fascinating concept that intrigued me. I thought it was a very interesting device to introduce into a book.

The book has a satisfying end with enough of an opening for another in a series. I look forward to reading more about Miles' adventures.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. Toye on December 17, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I got this book for free from LT and am so glad that I did. The price doesn't affect my review, so believe me when I say that I truly enjoyed this book. Miles Franco made me laugh. I love that he never really took himself seriously even though he spends most of the book terrified. It was a little Urban Fantasy, a little Pulp, and a little Noir. Whatever it's catagory, it was well written and extremely entertaining. Other than making me laugh, two of the best things about this book were the world building and the twists that I didn't see coming (I usually spot plot twists from a mile away). I look forward to the next Miles Franco book.
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