In a place where all the roads that run through infinite possibility come together, a place where nearly anyone or anything can be found, a sorcerer’s search for his master’s killer could undermine the very foundation of reality. . .

Zethus is a sorcerer—a self-described spiritual thug for hire. He makes his living in CrossTown, a place where the manyworld hypothesis of modern physics manifests itself, where possibilities and probabilities overlap. Caught up in a web of intrigue as he investigates the death of his master, Corvinus, and pursued by agents that want to erase all knowledge of Corvinus’s work, Zethus discovers that the key to his master’s murder lies in the last project he had pursued before his death. The roots of this project lie deep in the past, at the origin of CrossTown’s fractured reality. Once he understands the stakes, Zethus must make the dangerous journey to the cradle of history. The price he must pay to find the answers he seeks will threaten everything he holds dear—including his own humanity . . .


CrossTown is a fascinating mix of mystery, science fiction and mythology/folklore/ magic. Loren Cooper lets us travel with the flawed sorcerer Zethus as he searches for answers through layers of realities, all connected by a range of multi-level roads crossing within, above, and below the town of the title. At one point, we encounter the powerful and frightening Fae of Irish tradition; at another, a community of vampires and oher creatures of the night; at still another, a future world of high-tech weaponry–and more. The result is a wonderfully woven whole thanks to the storytelling, the pace, and the character of Zethus himself. Here’s hoping for more adventures in this fantastic and believable world.”—Wayne Ude, author of Maybe I Will Do Something: Seven Tales of Coyote

“In CrossTown, fantasy and folklore wake up in the bed of science fiction . . . and it works!”—Bruce Holland Rogers, author of Word Work: Surviving and Thriving as a Writer

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Loren W. Cooper

Publication Date: November 14, 2017

Genre/Imprint: Fiction, Xeno Books

$16.95 Tradepaper

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ISBN: 978-1-939096-02-9

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