Gerold Whittaker


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Smashwords book reviews by Gerold Whittaker

  • The Man Who Crossed Worlds (Miles Franco #1) on Dec. 18, 2011

    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 cops? Well for one, the cops are one step ahead of him.... At first, Miles has the attitude of: "Not my problem" and "I'm outa here" but once things start getting closer to home, his attitude changes and he makes it his problem. An excellent, well written story, written in the first-person, and full of funny cliches and expressions, suitably altered to suit the author's purpose. An example: "The smell was even stronger in here, thick enough to taste if I breathed through my mouth, and I found myself wishing for something nicer-smelling to put over my face. Sweaty gym socks, maybe." I enjoyed the various uses of "tunneling" Miles made use of throughout the book. At first, this was unexpected (from the title you expect inter-dimensional tunneling of course) but making use of a pinhole tunnel to put his hand through a door to reach the key inside was not!!! The story will keep you guessing until the very last page and I hope that a follow-on book will be written!