Friday, July 13, 2012

Review: The Man Who Crossed Worlds by Chris Strange

Title: The Man Who Crossed Worlds (Miles Franco #1)
Author: Chris Strange
Format: Kindle Edition
Source: Making Connections ARR
Purchase: Amazon

Goodreads Synopsis:
Heart-pounding, stomach-kicking, and noir-drenched, The Man Who Crossed Worlds is urban fantasy with a twist of pulp and served in a dirty glass.

All freelance Tunneler Miles Franco wants is a bit of freedom and a couple of bucks to rub together. So when the cops haul him downtown for illegally smuggling the natives of another dimension to Earth, he'll take any chance he can get to stay out of the pen. And funnily enough, the cops have just the job for him.

A mysterious interdimensional drug-smuggler is staking his claim on Miles' city, and a drug war is about to kick off that will make the city look like the set of a post-apocalyptic horror movie. As a Tunneler, Miles knows all about interdimensional transport, and the cops need his help cutting off the drug lord's supply before it reaches Earth.

But it doesn't take long playing police lapdog before Miles realizes this ain't no ordinary drug he's dealing with. Snooping around in gang business is a dangerous job in a city where everyone's on the take and the gangsters play for keeps.

And there are a lot of ways a nosy Tunneler can disappear.

This story is an action packed thrill ride and I loved it from beginning to end. For such heavy content, the book is written with a great amount of humor. This is supplied mostly by Mr. Miles Franco, the main character. Miles is a Tunneler with a soft heart, a hard fist and a shit load of bad luck. The novel is written in 1st person from the point of view of Miles. I liked this very much because I felt I understood him more as a character. Also, being inside the mind of Miles is sometimes a trippy thing.

The writing style of Chris Strange is very fluid. Character story lines flow in bits and pieces that join together at just the right times. Like waves crashing on a shore, that is how the big ‘A-ha’ moments that come to Miles feel to the reader. The descriptions Strange can muster from his mind are simply beautiful and grotesque. He can describe the perfect woman or the perfect monster in the same paragraph and have the reader’s mind filled with tons of imagery.

The plot was flawless. I loved how exciting the story was to unfold. It made me fly through this book because I just could not wait to see what happened next. The whole concept was fresh and creative. I recommend this book highly.

5 STARS to "The Man Who Crossed Worlds" because it took me to Heaven.


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