Max And The Gatekeeper

Max And The Gatekeeper

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by James Todd Cochrane, Todd, James Cochrane, K
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780979720208
Publisher:
Dark Moon Publishing Inc.
Publication date:
09/04/2007
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
0.69(w) x 9.21(h) x 6.14(d)
Age Range:
10 Years

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Max And The Gatekeeper 4.1 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very slow pace....written for seventh graders maybe?
greenup2save More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous 10 months ago
Kept me interested
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first book is great! It started a little slow at first and were a few typos, but It picked up rather well and kept me wanting more. Can't wait to read the rest!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great and it is very interesting although it took me four hours to read this is a good book for meecause im eleven. But this is no harry potter so it isnt that good it also isnt very detailed
Heart_Angel More than 1 year ago
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.
mat0 More than 1 year ago
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?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book!
HBurrows More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good book. I will be looking for the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
lunatikchik More than 1 year ago
really have enjoyed this one and recommend it to everyone, youth as well as adults :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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It was a good book i enjoyed it Andrew
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good story .
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Cool in a weird way
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yall niggs this is one hell of a book. ( : /) )