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The Man Who Crossed Worlds (Miles Franco #1)

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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 ca
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Kindle Edition, 280 pages
Published by Cheeky Minion (first published January 1st 2011)
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I am not a Harry Dresden fan. There, I said it. I don't know why, but Jim Butcher's series never captured my attention. Because of my lack of love for Harry, I thought I just didn't like male protagonists in urban fantasy novels. I know, it's quite the leap to make but I thought if I didn't like Harry, I wasn't going to like any others. Then, I read a few gr
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Think
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 trip ...more
Nicole
Got this book on special on Amazon and was pleasantly surprised by what appears to be the first book (or nearly so) of this author.

This book introduces us to Miles Franco, a jaded 30-something in a futuristic setting that, while not exactly post-apocalyptic, seems like it might be heading that way.

The story avoids many of the pitfalls that have caused me to throw down other noir/detective books in disgust. I don't want to spell these out - is there such a thing as anti-spoilers? - but definite
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Lori
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Pete
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 c ...more
Charlotte English
Dec 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
These days it seems like the title of Urban Fantasy can be given out to anything that so much as involves a city somewhere. This book is Urban with a capital U; you can practically smell the stench of Bluegate, a city that’s fallen a long, long way from grace. There’s nothing remotely pretty about this story.

Miles Franco is a Tunneler, which means he can do entertaining stuff with reality and pop off to another dimension anytime he feels like it. But that isn’t too rare a skill in Bluegate. What
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Susan Ashcraft
A few years before Miles Franco was born the Bores showed up. No one knows for sure what caused them or why they were there, but the governments soon found ways to use them. They've found a way to make "tunnels" to another dimension. The place they call Heaven is anything but. Filled with a race of creatures similar to humans but with a much different perception of reality, it is the perfect place to smuggle things from, but there's so much more to it. No one really knows the full depth of the t ...more
Gerold Whittaker
Dec 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, fantasy, ebook
I received this via the "eBook Giveaways discussion" on Goodreads.

Miles Franco is a "trained" tunneler, minding his own business, freelancing by smuggling illegal inhabitants to Earth from an alternate reality. Caught in the act, the cops offer a deal and he is forced - completely against his will - into a new job: police lapdog. He is to assist them track down the new drug on the streets. But Miles is a tunneler after all, so what could be easier than "dissappearing" once out of sight of the co
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Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Miles Franco is a Freelance Tunneler, who is down on his luck, when he's caught smuggling a Vei family to Earth. During his arrest, he's asked by the Bluegate Police Department to look into a new drug called Chroma in exchange for his current arrest charges being dropped. Miles decides to investigate without police backup which only leads to Miles getting into trouble. Miles heads home to find his landlord's daughter Tania waiting for him; she wants Miles to teach her how to Tunnel. She admits t ...more
Jan
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for free in exchange for providing an honest review.
Miles Franco is a tunneller, he is able to transport people from Heaven to Earth through tunnels he is able to create. He is in business for himself and sometimes he walks a fine line between what is legal and what is not. After one of his not so legal trips he is arrested and forced into a deal with the cops that he is not exactly eager to accept. But it's better than jail time.
We have Miles our tunneller, a thirteen year
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Jamee Pritchard
Dec 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-review
The Man Who Crossed Worlds is a page turner full of action and suspense. It’s both dark and gritty and exceptionally well written in both tone and style. The reader is on a dangerous journey with Miles Franco, a Tunneler from Bluegate, an individual who is able to travel between Earth and a world called Heaven. He’s unwillingly pulled into a police investigation that involves the most deadly gangs in the city and the threat of a brand new and mysterious drug that’s about to hit the streets.

Mr.
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Ryan Lawler
Apr 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the type of urban fantasy I like reading - loud characters packed full of personality for us to get to known, weird and wonderful magic for us to learn about, and pulpy action scenes for us to ogle at. The Man Who Crossed Worlds is a bold statement by author Chris Strange, a story that goes hard from the start, never backs down, and finishes with a bang.

The protagonist Miles Franco is a cynic and a loner, he has a jaded view of the world, and he just wants to be left alone. That doesnt
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Opal
Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book for an honest review. Read my review of The Man Who Crossed Worlds here or at The Akamai Reader.

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
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Heather Chandler
Feb 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It is the debut novel from the author and it lacks a small amount of World building, but the parts that you do see are well done. Mr. Strange says that he was influenced by "The Dresden File" books by Jim Butcher, and it shows. Miles Franco is a "tunneler", a person who can punch holes between realities and travel back and forth. He is enlisted, against his will, by the cops to stop a new drug from being introduced to our world. The story is full of twists and turns and I have ...more
Leesa
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received this book through LibraryThing's Member Giveaway in exchange for a review.

I enjoyed Strange's world building. It made for a unique urban fantasy. It was part noir, part dystopian.

Miles Franco is our protagonist with the ability to manipulate tunnels, which can be used to both travel to another world, Heaven, or distort our world's physics to work similar to how they work in Heaven.

Because of this gift, he's sought after by both the cops and the gangsters, but he works strictly freelan
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Liz
Dec 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Pantopicon
Oct 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I love the noir / pulp spirit of Miles Franco, and the interesting world that Strange has built for his story, but I felt the tropes were played out a bit. There is no subtlety here, just kind of tropic referentiality that almost mocks the genre, instead of mining it for atmosphere. I could have done with less of the dames with guns (or psychopathic tunnels) and more nuance, but I am willing to go for the long ride with this series, as I think Strange has a lot of talent -- I would just like to ...more
Meg
Aug 27, 2015 rated it liked it
I sorta, kinda liked this. Urban fantasy is not a genre I love, but I picked it up because it supposedly had "noir" cred. Maybe, maybe not. Sometimes the characters sounded like black & white gangster movies (she pointed a gat, he feared he would "eat lead", etc.) Sometimes they sounded British (petrol slicks, taking a handful of paracetamol). And sometimes just uneducated (ain't got none). The annoyance factor came very close to making me give up on this title. And yet. The story was compel ...more
Neil
Mar 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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!
A.B.R.
Dec 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This ebook is a fun read. It combines urban fantasy with the hardboiled private detective genre. Miles Franco is a somewhat immature, self-effacing tunneler, who manages to alienate almost everybody with a lip that is a target sign. Miles tells his own story in amusing manner, and the sinuous plot provides more than enough suspense to keep you clicking the page turn arrow.
John Angelidis
The only thing that stands out is the monumental idiocy of the protagonist, he has the survival instict of a 2 year old.
I'm surprised he doesn't stick his fingers in a power outlet or touch a burning flame.

Nicole Roberts
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Good concept , started kind of cheesy but definitely got better as the story progressed. It was a decent read and I would recommend it to some of my reader friends who prefer the supernatural/ sci-fi genre.
Vroom
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
It was okay. It read more like a student book than one that was ready for prime time. World building was weak. Hero was quite a bit misogynistic. He clearly tried to match the feel of, for example, Felix Castor but Chris Strange is no Carey
Lori S.
Mar 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
3 1/2 stars This one took a while to get through, but it's actually pretty decent urban fantasy.
Carrie
Nov 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I learned that sci-fi is not for me which is why I rated it 3 stars.
James
Apr 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Found this trending high in the free ebooks on amazon. I'm glad I picked it up, but I was late to work I stayed up too late to finish it.
Robert Marsh
Jan 07, 2012 is currently reading it
Got a reader's copy and am looking forward to the read. Just started.
Willow Webster
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great book. I enjoyed the book alot. Hope to see more books in this series one day!
Rene
I've always loved a good noir tale.

I'm starting to appreciate good urban fantasy.

This happens to be an excellent blend of both.
Darren
rated it really liked it
Jun 16, 2013
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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 daydr
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