Location of “Collapse,” the third book in The Crossover Series


The third book in The Crossover Series, “Collapse,” has a location: the northern part of the Yucatan Peninsula. Time is about 1088 CE.

Location of "Collapse," the third book in The Crossover Series

Location of “Collapse,” the third book in The Crossover Series

Isla Cerritos is the location of a trading island administered by the rulers of Chichen Itza. It is the initial contact point between the characters of the Crossover series with the Maya people.

The Maya Civilization is in decline in this century, but it’s still going strong in the north of the Yucatan. Initial contact between the characters of “Collapse” and the Maya people will occur on what is now known as Isla Cerritos, a small island off the north coast of the Yucatan.

Isla Cerritos (a post-conquest name) was a trading center connected to Chichen Itza. Archaeological excavations reveal a largely artificial island with docks, storage buildings, and a pronounced seawall.

It should be interesting developing the setting given all the data/archaeological evidence presently available!

Not available is the name given to Isla Cerritos by the Maya people back in the 11th century. Any suggestions out there?


2 thoughts on “Location of “Collapse,” the third book in The Crossover Series

    1. Walt Socha Post author

      Hi Garbriel,

      Apologies for my late reply (and thanks for your patience!

      I just finished outlining the last couple of chapters. Should have the first draft done in by the end of the month. Then on to editing: several passes by myself, one with a developmental editor, and then with a couple of beta readers.

      I’m guessing that I will have it out by this summer (2019).

      I’m planning on a few newsletter reviews on books exploring historical trends: “Guns, Germs and Steel” by Jared Diamond and “Why Nations Fail” by by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson.

      Also a few articles on background reading/listening/watching on Maya history and culture.

      A quick watch: Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto. Kinda bloody. Some controversy. But I think it captures the stress that the Maya experienced during the later years of their civilization.

      best regards,


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