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The day Max steps off the bus he is marked with an evil curse and immediately becomes the target of evil men and creatures with designs on ruling the universe. Not only does this curse cause...

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Overview

A war has been waging for centuries; a magical and technological battle between good and evil. This conflict will affect life everywhere, but not everyone is aware it exists. When twelve-year old Max Rigdon is sent to stay with his grandfather for the summer, he unwillingly enters the fight.

The day Max steps off the bus he is marked with an evil curse and immediately becomes the target of evil men and creatures with designs on ruling the universe. Not only does this curse cause Max physical pain but it allows his enemies to track and find him. He soon learns that the reason for this unwanted attention is because his grandfather is the keeper of a gateway; a powerful machine that makes travel to hundreds of strange unknown worlds possible. The enemy will do anything to gain possession of this power in their quest to control all worlds.

With the help of his friend Cindy and others, Max must quickly learn the necessary skills to survive if he is to avoid the deadly trap that has been planned for him and his grandfather. A trap that has been decades in the making with Max as the missing piece. If successful it will change life as we know it.

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Like many kids, Max thinks his mandatory summer vacation will be boring. He's terribly wrong. Max Rigdon, a strong-willed 12-year-old, was sent to spend the summer with his "crazy" grandfather. Max is angry because his departure will mean losing the starting pitcher position on the baseball team. He's sure he's about to have a terrible summer. He's almost right, although events at Grandpa's house transpire quite differently than he imagined. Some dark scenes set the stage early: As Max walks from the bus stop to Grandpa's house, the neighbors chant menacingly at him. Later that night, on his first night away from home, Max has a disturbing nightmare that is something of a premonition. "These things can't be real. There has to be a logical explanation for all of this," his new friend Cindy tells him. The explanation, it turns out, is that Max's grandfather is a gatekeeper, traveling to and from other dimensions, fighting evil and trying to keep it away from this world. But some nasty elements have slipped in, and it's up to Max, Cindy and Grandpa to right the world and prevent the destruction of life as we know it. While it's apparent that Grandpa, Max and company are on the right side of the fight, there's no mention of a higher power or godlike figure; the wars in the various worlds Max visits are being fought over basic concepts such as freedom. By steering clear of religious overtones and mixing a little magic with technology, Max's story is likely to appeal to many young readers while it avoids offending some of their parents' sensibilities. Max isn't fully developed in this first installment in the Gatekeeper series, although he does grow from a somewhat dubious, unwilling participant to an eager protector of the human race. Rather than describing his characters' thoughts and feelings at length and including great detail in scenes and settings, Cochrane's writing emphasizes action, which, along with the more fantastical elements, may appeal to reluctant readers. A fast-paced fantasy for preteens who are ready for something meatier than the average chapter book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979720208
  • Publisher: Dark Moon Publishing Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/4/2007
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 0.69 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

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  • Posted February 15, 2013

    This is such a great book for any age.Fun ,clean and keeps your

    This is such a great book for any age.Fun ,clean and keeps your attention all the way to the end.I will be reading more of his work!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2014

    I received this book from the author for an honest review. I wi

    I received this book from the author for an honest review.

    I will not repeat what many others have said regarding content, instead I will speak to the global aspects of what I consider makes this an excellent read for young and old alike.

    The book is a great story for middle grades students. It kept my interest throughout. I loved the descriptions and the characters. The nightshades that hiss when they speak were very reminiscent of the Harry Potter movies and it made them seem more realistic to me, but that is where the similarity stops. This is not another Harry Potter novel.

    The good versus the bad never gets old and especially when it is this well written. The adventures include traveling to different worlds and meeting people who teach you magic, like being able move things and make yourself invisible. The characters and their worlds are described in ways that allowed me to picture them clearly and yet were not over described in such a way as to bore me details. I like this fact, as I want a story to park my imagination, not draw me the entire picture.

    Both the main characters are charming and realistic. The fact that this book has two strong lead characters, one male and one female, makes it a story that will appeal to both boys and girls and pre-teens and teens alike will enjoy the story. I liked that Max was described as reluctant to visit his grandfather, which is very true of many boys in the middle grades. They want to be out doing, not spending time with “old folks.” Cindy is a girl who does not really fit into the town and does not really know why. She makes a great Watson to Max’s Sherlock. The compliment each other very well.

    I found it hard to believe that this was Mr. Cochrane’s debut novel. He did an excellent job out the gate and carried it through to the end. It is an excellent fantasy novel for young and old.

    The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is that I did not like it quiet as much as I did some others I have read and I cannot figure out how to do 4.5 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2014

    very interesting

    Cool in a weird way

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  • Posted November 27, 2013

    A book that my 12 year old grand daughter liked that can keep gr

    A book that my 12 year old grand daughter liked that can keep grandma up late to finish deserves 5 stars. What foo you write for your school assignment on what you did during your summer vacation when you can't tell anyone what you did and they wouldn't believe you if you did?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2013

    TOO WEIRD!

    This was too strange. Having a 12 year old kid needing to save the world from evil is too strange. Glad this was free or I'd feel robbed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    highly recommended

    Really enjoyed this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2013

    Good story but needs editor

    Very slow pace....written for seventh graders maybe?

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  • Posted April 26, 2013

    I received this book from the author for an honest review. And

    I received this book from the author for an honest review. And boy what a journey I just took!

    I have been reading YA books for quite some time and find that many have different stories but the same themes. This book was refreshingly different right from the start. The characters are well rounded and very interesting. The believability level ranks right up there with Harry Potter and you want to start looking for Max and his grandfather strolling down the road. The imagery of hopping into portals or gateways into different worlds is amazing and you really do feel like you are walking along side them. There are some twists and turns which keeps the book very entertaining even for us old folks. Of course it is a book of good vs. evil and it really is a battle to the end. I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves reading YA books no matter what age. Now I can't wait to read book 2!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    Good book

    Really good book. I will be looking for the next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    Young reader

    Poor character develpment. Predictable plot. Simplistic ideas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    Out of this world!

    I love a good read and this one was just out of this world - into several others.... can't wait to see what happens next on the other side of the gateway!

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  • Posted February 1, 2013

    really have enjoyed this one and recommend it to everyone, youth

    really have enjoyed this one and recommend it to everyone, youth as well as adults :)

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  • Posted July 3, 2012

    Reviewed by Jean Brickell for Readers Favorite "Max and th

    Reviewed by Jean Brickell for Readers Favorite

    "Max and the Gatekeeper" is an exciting book sure to appeal to the young adult fans of really good science fiction. When Max arrives in the town where his grandpa lives he discovers that there are a group of bullies and some strange people living there. Max and his friend Cindy discover the secret that Max's grandpa is involved in something which has information about a secret gateway to other worlds. Dark creatures want this information and it becomes clear that the other worlds have darker and more dangerous creatures. They end up in one of the other worlds chased by the dark creatures there. There are the good people and creatures that are on the side of Max and Cindy.

    Want a good science fiction book? "Max and the Gatekeeper" by James Todd Cochrane is a great piece of fantasy that will keep your attention throughout. There are bad guy bullies that get taken care of with a little bit of magic, as well as dangerous people that threaten Max and his new friend Cindy. Max is staying with his grandpa for the summer and he and Cindy discover that grandpa is involved in a form of magic and has a secret doorway called a 'gatekeeper' that can transfer people to other worlds that are inhabited by some good creatures and many really rotten ones that are quite dangerous. Cindy gets stuck in one of the very bad places and Max has to try hard to rescue her. Now things turn really dangerous!

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  • Posted July 3, 2012

    Reviewed by Alice D. for Readers Favorite Max Rigdon's father h

    Reviewed by Alice D. for Readers Favorite

    Max Rigdon's father has been killed and he has to spend the summer with his grandpa Joe who he thinks is crazy. Max is angry with his father for dying but he agrees to spend the summer with his grandfather so that his mother has an easier time financially now that she is back to work at a low paying job. Grandpa Joe's house is old and in bad shape, so Max and neighbor Cindy help him begin yard renovations. But there are strange people in black robes that stand outside Grandpa's gate and the neighborhood bullies led by Larry constantly threaten Max and Cindy. Grandpa Joe warns them to be careful as they are in danger living with him in this town. What on earth is going on? Each of the rooms in grandpa's house has a different theme and is filled with books, but the top story of Grandpa's house is off limits to Max and Cindy except when they go there with grandpa. Inside the third story room is a control panel which is a gateway into other worlds where friendly monster Ell and beautiful not quite human Yelka await them. But what else beyond the gateway awaits the two children and Max's grandfather?

    "Max and The Gatekeeper: Book One" is a well-written and highly inventive young adult fantasy by author James Todd Cochrane. The characters, human and otherwise, are well-developed and add to the storyline. Allies stand by the main characters, supposed enemies become friends and some friends are actually traitors in this delightful story. The plot line remains true to the basic theme as Max, Cindy, and grandpa team up against forces that mean them harm. "Max and the Gatekeeper" will delight young adult readers everywhere.

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  • Posted July 3, 2012

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    Reviewed by Sylvia H. for Readers Favorite Poor Max. All he wan

    Reviewed by Sylvia H. for Readers Favorite

    Poor Max. All he wanted was to have a fun-filled summer, a summer of fun with his friends. Instead, Max’s mom sends him to spend the summer with his grandpa in a town where he has zero friends. Max gets thrown head first into an epic magical adventure. Much to his dismay, Max learns that he has been literally marked by a very powerful evil force out to destroy him and his grandpa. And in the town where Max’s grandpa lives, evil controls the majority of the town, and the evil forces of dark magic will do whatever it can to take over the magic Gate that Max’s grandpa controls. With the help of his grandpa, his new playmate Cindy, and his new magical friends, Max learns the powerful magic that will help save his life and the lives of all those he holds dear.

    "Max and the Gatekeeper" by James Cochrane is a fun-filled supernatural adventure that is filled with loads of magic. It is also a classic story of good vs. evil. I can say that each chapter of James Cochrane’s story was just as fun to read as the previous one. I really enjoyed how the author infused the majority of his characters with magical powers, and I liked how some of his characters had dark magical powers and were very evil. In addition, as I went ahead, I was eagerly turning the pages to find out what would happen to Max and his friends on their path to save the magic gateway. Fans of the supernatural will enjoy James Cochrane’s book and will find it to be an enchanting adventurous read.

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  • Posted January 22, 2009

    REVIEW BY MICHAELA SEFLER METAPHYSICAL POET http://msefler-inspiration.net author/poet

    Max and the Gatekeeper by James Todd Cochrane<BR/><BR/>Reviewed by Michaela Sefler http://msefler-inspiration.net<BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/>Max and the gatekeeper, is a beautifully written story, I was glued to the book as James Todd Cochrane unravels <BR/><BR/>with great imagination and insight , a young boy's adventure into a magical world through <BR/><BR/>a gateway in his grandfather¿s house, escaping to new worlds.<BR/><BR/>As Max and his friend discover the gateway, they begin to understand the mystery and danger before them, attempting to reconcile worlds <BR/><BR/>as they transverse through the gateway, to worlds beyond. Through Max our hero, James Todd Cochrane unravels a wonderful plot, touching upon vital aspects of <BR/><BR/>adolescent curiosity and interest through imaginative and educational constructs. I was<BR/><BR/>well entertained reading this book and would recommend it to the warrior within every teen. **** stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2008

    Awesome Book!

    This is a great fantasy book and I really enjoyed reading it. I look forward to the sequel. I don't have kids, but my nephews and nieces have bought it and they have loved it. As my one nephew said, 'It is awesome.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2008

    Can't put it down.

    'Max and the Gatekeeper' is a great book for all ages. It gets your attention right from the begining and holds it all through the book. Once I started I could not put it down. My whole family has read it and we all loved it, adutls and kids. I cannot wait for the second one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2007

    Great Fantasy!

    I thoroughly enjoyed Max and the Gatekeeper, it's a wonderful book. Once you start reading, you can't put it down. I'll be looking forward to additional adventures for Max!

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