Hotdog pilot Marcus Powell has been selected to test Taurus Enterprises' Crossline and its newly developed warp thrusters, which, if successful, will revolutionize space travel as we know it.
But during his psychedelic jaunt across the stars, Powell is forced into a parallel universe, where he finds himself at the center of a civil war he may have been destined for all along!
Teamed up with a gorgeous, trigger-happy redhead, a pot-smoking Shaman, a crafty pie maker, and a weary soldier who hates his guts, Powell must survive a cross-country rescue mission and his own trippy vision quests long enough for his wife and young daughter to outsmart Taurus' reclusive CEO, whose own secrets may prevent Powell from ever making it back to Earth.
From author Russ Colchamiro, Crossline is a hallucinogenic, action-packed romp across time, space, and dimension that asks the question: once you cross the line, can you ever really go back?
"A well crafted, fast-paced chase through the stratosphere." -Thomas O'Callaghan, Author of the John W. Driscoll series
"An unbelievably rich cacophony of characters, a deeply intricate plot, and some of the wittiest, realistic dialogue I've read in a long while. The sheer magnitude of this story just blows me away. -The Pankhearst Review
|Publisher:||Crazy 8 Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Russ lives in New York City with his wife and two children. He is now at work on the first of two Finders Keepers sequels.
For more on Crossline and Russ' other works, you can visit www.russcolchamiro.com, follow him on Twitter @AuthorDudeRuss, follow him on Goodreads, and 'like' his Facebook author page.
Russ encourages you to email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reminded Me Why I love Sci-Fi Seeing as it's a whole new year and everything, I decided to start 2014 off on a new note for myself. While I have always been a fan of science fiction and fantasy, I can honestly say that it's been a long time since I read something that is firmly planted in the realm of science fiction. When Russ Colchamiro asked if I would read and review Crossline, I almost turned him down, but something about this story intrigued me into agreeing. I am incredibly happy that I trusted my gut about it. In just a few short chapters, I was hooked. The tale in Crossline is simple, but complex. An oxymoron, I know, but it makes sense. At the heart of all the wormhole, space travel, and alternate reality complexities, is a simple tale of two men and their struggle to get home. Colchamiro takes his readers from world to world and even into the past to tell this story. Marcus Powell takes off in a ship in the modern time to test a new technology in space only to end up going through a wormhole and into a world that ends up being almost a fun-house mirror reflection of the world he left. Marcus finds himself stranded in a world that is at war with itself - but it's a strangely familiar world. But it seems as though this was where that space flight was meant to end up when prophets and prophecies proclaim he was destined to arrive. Meanwhile back on Earth, the man who sent Marcus on that flight has a mysterious past and an agenda all his own. These two brave men and their tales are a fascinating glimpse into the human psyche. What would you do if you found yourself stranded not just across a the world from your loved ones and people, but stranded on a whole different world? And the women in this story? They may not be the title characters, but their strength and resolve seem to be what pushes the men to do what they must to find their ways. Crossline takes the reader on a roller-coaster of hope, fear, wonder and joy, but at the end of the ride, you're more than willing to get right back on. Colchamiro has re-introduced me to my love of true sci-fi - the sci-fi of my childhood - of Star Trek, Star Wars, Firefly and all those other things people say can never happen, but I know just might.
Marcus Powell, aboard Crossline - a one man spacecraft, thrusts into space with the warp drives that could bring space travel to a new age. Powell understands what the maker of the warp drives talked him about nights before launch. When in outer space, to keep going. Marcus jumps an unexpected second time, and another. Six jumps later Marcus takes in the sight of Saturn. Powell is readying to return to Earth when he sees another ship mixed between Saturn's rings. A ship that looks identical to his. Secretively, they thought something was out here and if Powell saw it, he was to destroy it. Marcus isn't a man of killing without being attacked. When he is attacked and pursues the ship, what Marcus finds on the other side of the flash is...mind numbing. Keela is looking for her husband, missing two years now in a ship like Marcus's. A world at war and prophecy's. They want to get away from their war and find another habitable planet to live on in peace. There is a mix of American Indian heritage and believe here. It is the connection between the parallel worlds. Or helps keep things at our attention we might be missing. Yet there is a small bit of misunderstanding as the one relating the tiny bits of information is a little girl, and pronunciation is a little off. I really liked Powell's thoughts on Earth and life on page 8: The Earth was an elegant marble, cool and slick, glossed with a sheen of perfection. Continents set against the deep blue oceans. Immense white weather swirls. Never before did he truly consider just how magnificent the planet was. How the atmosphere around it had just the right mixture of gases to sustain life. How the Sun kept it warm. How the Moon influenced the tides. How stars inspired dreams. How our place in the Universe - our very origin - was still unknown to us. The worlds are parallel to each other. People aren't all that you think they are. There is a twist to it all. We have a few characters here. There is Marcus Powell, his wife and child. They are an interesting family. Not the combination you would expect, but that is life through and through. I really enjoyed his wife's spunk and the connection his daughter has. You have to read to understand. There is Dale Aranuke who works in charge at the space center. Dale is...a jerk for lack of a better word. But there are reasons why. Then we have Buddy Rheams Jr. Interesting fella here. He seems to be the one pulling all the strings for his desired end. Russ starts us right into space, quickly. This is great. Russ uses memories of the preparation period to explain things as we are going. I like this as we don't get bored with life before we get to the story. We get the back stories as we go. We do take a step back in time with Buddy Rheams Jr. to learn his motives. All is easy to follow as you read through, knowing when and where you are each step along the way. I knew going in what the book was about. I thought I'd enjoy it a but more. But, the story is calmer than what I usually read, and found it's not quite for me. Not that it's not well done, it is. But I needed more...fight. After reading Finders Keepers, I thought this book would have more humor in it than it did. It had funny spots, but I was expecting more. This book is a great read for those who travel space and alternate worlds. A science fiction fan through and through would enjoy it.