Before the Boys were Gamadin, before Fate changed their lives forever, before their discovery of an ancient starship, there was a Southern California city where they grew up. There is nothing particularly unusual or supernatural about the city. They went to school there, ate hamburgers, shakes, and pizza, went to the movies, played baseball, football, and surfed. It was where pretty, sun-tanned girls populated the nearby white sandy beaches, and sliding down the face of a wave was what life was all about. Traveling to distant stars was the farthest thing from their playful imaginations. So what turned these fun-loving boys into future Gamadin? How did they become defenders of the galaxy? Were they born to this future? How did seemly normal boys find the character, the courage, and the sense of right and wrong necessary to serve their ultimate purpose? To find the answers, and others, let us return to this place where their lives began . . .
a place called Lakewood . . .
About the Author
Tom Kirkbride grew up on the beaches of Southern California where the location of Book I, Gamadin: Word of Honor of his GAMADIN saga, begins. Tom was a lifeguard in college at La Jolla, California, and is an avid bodysurfer, skier, world traveler, and artist. All the artwork on the book website is his own, including the front covers of his books. His GAMADIN Book Series (which now includes Books 1 thru 6, 3 short stories, and a theatrical CD) evolved from his love of sci-fi adventure and the desire to write a thrill-packed, character-driven saga for young adults he wanted his kids to read. In 2012 the Renaissance Learning Center added the Gamadin Series to its Accelerated Reader Program for students across the country.
In 2013 Tom released the theatrical CD version of Book I. The 2-hour long adventure explodes with the Audio Comics Company of 16 professional actors and special effects. After hearing the first 30 seconds of the CD, you will understand why people are raving about this release. One librarian commented at a recent book event, "Why didn't they do this for Potter?" It's that good.
Tom continues his fast-paced adventure series with Book VI: Gamadin: The Wild Strain released November, 2017.
Today Tom lives in Northwesst with his wife, their dog Jack, 2 horses, Andy and Bailey, and far too many cats.