The Whirlwind in the Thorn Tree by S.A. Hunt
WHEN ROSS BRIGHAM COMES HOME from Afghanistan, he reels at the news that his father Ed, a famous fantasy author, has died. After the huge funeral, Ross investigates his father's death, accompanied by two of his father's fans, ex-athlete film student Sawyer and Noreen, a girl with a broken home and a stunning destiny.
Together, they discover a passage that leads them to the desolate reaches of Destin, the outlaw-infested parallel world in Ed Brigham's gunslinger novels. After a devastating encounter with a strange black tornado, Ross is captured by a desperado and force-fed a hallucinogen that sends him on the vision quest of the Kingsmen, the warrior gunslinger caste of Destin.
There, he embarks on a quest to save his friends and prevent a secret war that's been raging since the beginning of time. Rebelling against the pact they made with the gods for immortality, the Muses have turned from inspiring art to inspiring atrocities -- and it's up to Ross, Sawyer, and Noreen to put a stop to it before every dimension in the multiverse goes up in flames.
Inspired by the wainscot and portal classics he grew up with, S. A. Hunt's The Whirlwind in the Thorn Tree is the visionary beginning of a series that will dive into the metaphysical center of what it means to create...and what it means to destroy. Join our protagonists as they go from modern-day Earth to the sands of an exotic parallel world, where a climactic battle will take place on the shores of consciousness...and challenge the rules of the written word itself.