Max and the Gatekeeper

Max and the Gatekeeper

by James Todd Cochrane

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BN ID: 2940045093439
Publisher: James Todd Cochrane
Publication date: 11/16/2012
Series: Max and the Gatekeeper , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 58,776
File size: 287 KB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

James Todd Cochrane was born in Fremont, California. He received his BA from Utah State University, where he majored in Business Information Systems with a minor in German. A writer since elementary school, he published his first novel, Max and the Gatekeeper, in 2007. The sequels, The Hourglass of Souls and The Descendant and the Demon’s Fork, followed He now lives in Madison, Wisconsin, where he writes part-time while working as a computer programmer. His first novel, Max and the Gatekeeper, is on the Accelerated Readers List and was a 2010-2011 Alaska Battle Book.

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Max And The Gatekeeper 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 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 More than 1 year 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!
drebbles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Max Rigdon is not happy that he has to spend the summer with his grandfather ¿ he¿d much rather stay home and play baseball with his friends. His spirits pick up a bit when he quickly makes friends with next door neighbor Cindy, but he is uneasy. A mysterious stranger threatened him during his bus ride to his grandfather¿s house and there are a lot of strange people hanging around his grandfather¿s house. The other kids in town also seem a bit odd. Before long Max¿s grandfather tells him what is going on and soon Max finds himself traveling to different worlds, learning magic, meeting magical creatures, and in a battle to save his family and friends as well as his own life.¿Max and the Gatekeeper¿ gets off to a fast start with Max being threatened by a stranger and never slows down. Author James Todd Cochrane does a wonderful job of blending the real world with the fantasy worlds in the novel and all are believable. Max is a good creation, a young boy who reluctantly leaves his mother and friends to visit the grandfather he barely knows and wondering how his father died. Cindy is also well done as a young girl who doesn¿t fit into her town but isn¿t quite sure why. The fantasy characters like Yelka and Marko are well done and Ell in particular is a character that readers will remember long after they have finished reading the book. The different worlds that Max and Cindy visit are well written and I could picture them almost as if I was watching a movie. There are plenty of exciting moments in the book particularly towards the end. While there is a nifty twist in the book, for the most part the characters are either purely good or purely evil and at least in this first book in the series Cochrane doesn¿t take any real chances and good easily (perhaps too easily at times) triumphs over evil.¿Max and the Gatekeeper¿ is a good fantasy novel for young (and old) adults.
jak1886 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mr. Cochrane¿s debut novel is quite excellent. It struck me as the type of novel that children, more likely boys than girls (but hey, it would have been something I would have loved when I was younger), would absolutely adore. The story captures the imagination. The ability to travel to different worlds and the use of magic definitely are wonderfully done. The characters are well written, the villains disreputable and the good guys loveable. The plot is absorbing and exciting. Everything about this book is great for children because it is easy to follow. If you read it to your children, you¿ll probably love it too!
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It was a good book i enjoyed it Andrew
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Very good story .
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