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"A high-flying adventure of a novel, filled with ambitious ideas and a breathtaking conclusion." -- The Leighgendarium

In the SciFi/Fantasy spirit of Firefly, Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, Stargate, and Escape from New York...

Hotdog pilot Marcus Powell has been selected to test Taurus Enterprises' Crossline prototype craft and its newly developed warp thrusters, which, if succ
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Kindle Edition, 338 pages
Published by Crazy 8 Press (first published March 2013)
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Siobhan
Mar 16, 2019 rated it liked it
I love a good science-fiction read, and Russ Colchamiro’s Crossline appealed to me on numerous levels. Thus, I was more than willing to dive in with the hope of being wowed.

With Crossline, we have a science-fiction novel that includes more aspects than you would imagine. There’s a bit of space travel, there’s an alternate reality and an alternate dimension, there’s visions of the future, and plenty more. Through following different characters at different points in the timeline, we get to experi
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Jessica Belmont
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED THIS BOOK. Crossline is explosive, adventurous, and addicting. I stayed up late reading it. There’s fabulous dry humor which just adds to the uniqueness while keeping in line with scifi expectations.

Russ Colchamiro writing style is brilliant. The ccolorful cast of characters are unique and relatable. The novel is fast-paced, thrilling, entertaining…I can’t say enough positive things about this book!!

I highly recommend checking Crossline. It’s light, fun, and everything I hoped it would b
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Aishwarya
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
This is an amazing adventure story revolving around the boy who was chosen to test a new spacecraft.
The story has everything from a great storyline to witty dialogues, conflicts and realistic characters but that does not make the book slow and difficult to get around but instead the author has managed to keep it exciting and fun as its really fast paced. The thoughts conveyed through this book are quite deep and worth pondering over.
I would
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Mary Fan
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Crossline follows the adventures of hotshot pilot Marcus Powell, who's selected to test a new type of spacecraft and winds up in a parallel universe. Full of surprises and twists and turns of fate, this trippy sci-fi tale is a compelling adventure with complex yet relatable characters. And hey look! Not all of 'em are dudes! Not that there's anything wrong with dude-led stories; I just love it when sci-fi features strong female characters, and Crossline features several kickass ladies. It was a ...more
Lucinda
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A scintillating sci-fi full of remarkable imaginative vision and humorous clichés!


Once you have crossed the line can you ever go back?I myself am trapped in an extraordinary parallel universe; a mirror image of another world that’s linked through time and space. With flashes of brilliance {akin to Doctor Who}, Russ Colchamiro remains true to the typical science-fiction genre while adding a sprinkling of satirical humor. In parts I felt like I was experiencing an epic Star Wars novel being read
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Tom
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm generally not a sci-fi reader, but Colchamiro won me over a couple of years ago with his hilarious debut Finders Keepers.

Still, I was curious to see if could do it again.

He did.

Not as overtly comical as Finders Keepers, Crossline is a trippy space adventure about a space pilot getting forced through a wormhole and into a parallel universe. And once he gets there, all hell breaks loose.

Rest assured, Colchamiro fills the plot with action -- and yes, loads of humor.

But with Crossline he raises
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The Book Dragon
May 28, 2019 rated it liked it
In this unpredictable Sci-Fi by Russ Colchamiro, star pilot Marcus Powell is about to make history. He is testing out Taurus Corporation’s new warp thrusters, hopefully allowing him to travel through space at warp speed…Or which may simply blow up, destroying both the multibillion-dollar technology as well as pulverizing his body. But Powell is a risk taker. Leaving his wife and 5-year-old daughter back on Earth, Powell takes the leap, literally. Leaping through space, disobeying direct orders f ...more
Patricia Hamill
Crossline attempts to tackle the complexities of time, space, and alternate dimensions. Neither of the two Earths are our own, so the author takes liberties with both, imagining the what-ifs and throwing not one, but two dimension travelers into the mix.

The story starts off strong from a sci-fi perspective by launching us into space along with Powell, but for me, I didn’t really get engaged until we shift to Buddy’s story, and oh, what a story that is! It’s one of those cases where I develop a f
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Elena
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Joan
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exciting sci-fi story. Had me staying up late reading!! Recommended reading
Liliyana Shadowlyn
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads
“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster." - Friedrich Nietzsche

Parallel earth, mind-blowing technology, a powerful CEO, and civil war. Powell knew he would be the first to try out the warp engines as the world watched. What he didn't know is just how life changing that maiden flight would be. Buddy has hand selected Powell, and with everyone else at Taurus has everything invested in this first flight. But when things go sideways, no one except t
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Hywela
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it

This is a highly original and entertaining science fiction novel, When Marcus Powell takes Taurus Enterprises revolutionary space vehicle ‘Crossline’ on a test-flight, he just can’t resist pushing her a bit further than he probably should have, with astounding consequences.
I enjoyed the middle of the book rather more than the first and final parts, finding the change of P.O.V. in the finale a bit abrupt. I found I identified with Buddy, and found him a really interesting character.
The climax was
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Jaime
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised by Crossline. It's an adventurous tale of space ships and dimensional travel...of warring cultures and dopplegangers...of spirituality and technology...of the breadth of time and the power of the moment. I entered into this book expecting another comedic and trippy tale from Russ Colchamiro. What I got was much, much more.

I'm a big fan of Russ's first book, Finders Keepers, especially the wild mix of comedy and science fiction that reminded me (fon
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Sofia
May 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
No.
Ariel Hudnall
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first picked up Crossline, I was expecting a fun, fast-paced lark of a time-travel adventure story. What I was not expecting was 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 crafting this story must have taken just blows me away––and that doesn’t happen often.

CrosslineThe story starts quite simply: enter Marcus Powell, pilot of the new and highly anticipated Crossline s
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Paul Martin
Jan 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sitting down with Colchamiro’s Crossline I was expecting a rollicking Sci-Fi adventure. In reality Crossline is more than that. Yes, it is certainly, primarily a Science-Fiction novel. But, carefully blended into the mix are elements of spirituality, humor and even some tense, dark situations. Does it work? Yes, for the main part. There are a couple of ever so slight niggles I had, but we’ll get to those.

Crossline starts in the present day as we meet Marcus Powell, pilot of the most advanced spa
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Megan
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 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
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Justine
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hold onto your hats sci-fi lovers. Crossline is a fantastic epic, with many memorable characters. In fact, it's convinced me that my work-in-progress needs lots more. I now have Russ to thank for all the late nights that's going to generate.

The story starts when Marcus Powell sets out to fly Crossline, the most powerful, elegant, and sophisticated spacecraft known to man. The engines, based on the Hunsucker's relative isolation theory of quantum physics, propels him through space at seven times
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The
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full review at http://atg-reviews.com/books-and-comi...

I didn’t have the highest of expectations for Crossline when I first heard about it. A guy flying a new spaceship through a wormhole didn’t really pique my interest. Needless to say, not since I had negatively prejudged Erin Morgenstern’s Night Circus could I have been more wrong.

Colchamiro manages to keep his satire entertaining, while telling a very compelling story. His cast of characters, large for a 300 page book, are not only easy to l
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Karissa Laurel
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Crossline starts out with a literal bang (the launch of a nuclear powered space ship) and doesn’t let up. It’s pace begins with a sprint that sometimes slows to a fast walk, but never comes to a complete stop. I’ve read some of Russ’s stuff before, short stories mostly, so Crossline is really my first introduction to his long form prose. I was charmed by his stylistic choices—he often employs onomatopoeia like a comic book (for example: describing Marcus Powell’s frantic heartbeat propelled by t ...more
Hobart
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
★ ★ ★ 1/2 (rounded up)
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
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Marcus Powell is a test pilot -- not something you think about much anymore, but SF and adventure tales have started with them long enough to strike a classic chord. You're instantly put into a certain frame of mind -- and then when you see he's on the launching pad, well, it almost guarantees a good time. Since he hits space very early on in the book, you know things are going to get interesting right away.

Because t
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Joe
Feb 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am very happy with Russ and his work.
I have known most of the Crazy8 team for a while.
Russ Colchamiro was new for me. He is now on must read list.
What a good piece.

Take a moment and enjoy.

I mean spaceflights, deperate fights. And one cool kid.
Mutturaj
------Give away----
For the first time I am reading SCI-FI book, this is a fantastic story. Want to know more about the Crossline and Marcus Powell? read it for yourself.
Stephen Brayton
Plot

Marcus Powell. Astronaut. Testing the newest in warp spacecraft. Out beyond where his mission stated. Encounters another similar spacecraft. Follows into another dimension and end on an alternate Earth in the middle of skirmishes between two cultures. Wants and plans to go home. Meanwhile back on Powell’s Earth, another man has planned and schemed for decades...to go home.

So, a sci-fi with dimensional stories. There’s a bit of action, a bit of Indian lore, a bit of philosophy. A plot that tu
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Namrata Ganti
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crossline will introduce the reader to a world of space travel, wormholes and parallel universes. A well-written novel, it proves to be entertaining as well as interesting in concept and nature. The story revolves around the concept of adventurous time travel and warring communities.

How does a person deal with an alternate reality to his original one? How is one sure that the people they have left behind are still waiting for them? How do we deal with the existence of someone just like us, just
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Kevin
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I won this as a GoodReads Giveaway and I am very grateful to the author for the chance to read this story in exchange for an honest review. Unfortunately, I did not really enjoy this one and abandoned it relatively early, but I think that is more an issue of the book and reader not connecting since it seemed well written. I think the premise and the plot were good ideas and I expected to like this quite a bit, but I was turned off by the characters and and some scientific handwavium. My problem ...more
Mike McAdam
*I received this kindle book free in a goodreads giveaway*

I am glad I read this book. I love being introduced to new authors. I am not a huge sci-fi guy except when it comes to parallel universes (not sure why that particular subject fascinates me but it does) and I think this book qualifies as being in that category. I don't do spoilers so I won't talk about plot. There were things I liked and things I didn't. There were a couple of different story lines and I found one far more interesting tha
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Steve Bender
A scifi military/thriller. I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. Fun read, but too much fantasy for my taste. Goes through Amerindian vision quest type of stuff as well as alternate universes.
Melissa Hayden
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 h ...more
Matt
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-read
The concept was great. The characters were well written but this story didn't mesh with me. I could buy that this is scifi and supposed to be futuristic but what I had a hard time swallowing were all the vision stuff. I have lots of little complaints I won't mention. But to leave on a good note I was interested enough to read it quickly and when I was done I kept thinking about, and not in a bad way. If I could give another half star I would but considering the books I have rated a 3 it wouldn't ...more
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Russ Colchamiro is the author of the rollicking space opera, Crossline, the zany SF/F backpacking comedy series Finders Keepers, Genius de Milo, and Astropalooza, and is editor of the SF anthology Love, Murder & Mayhem, all with Crazy 8 Press.

Russ lives in New Jersey with his wife, two children, and crazy dog, Simon, who may in fact be an alien himself.

Russ has also contributed to several ot
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