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Publisher's Summary

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 12-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.
©2007 James Todd Cochrane (P)2013 James Todd Cochrane
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5 out of 5 stars
By Striker on 05-07-18

Good YA Book

This was a pretty good Young Adult/Children's book that I enjoyed despite it's obviously younger target audience. I think that pretty much anyone could enjoy it, but it will be great for kids. This might be a perfect pick for a long car ride or trip with kids.

The narrator did a good job with the book. I gave only 4 stars, but it was more like 4.5. There were just a few times where I thought he came off a little flat. Otherwise, he was a great narrator.

I requested and received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Trisha on 02-28-17

Summer at Grandpa's

Like many kids would be, Max is upset about being sent to his grandpa's house for summer. But things begin to change his life while he is still on the bus to go to his house.

This book captivated me from the beginning. It was fast paced and full of wonder. Max and his new friend Cindy learn that magic and other worlds aren't just a thing of science fiction. They get to learn what is wrong with the town Grandpa lives in and why the harassment from the town started on the bus for Max.

Don't start this book late in the afternoon. Otherwise, you'll end up like me, riveted to my spot wanting to know what happens to Max and Cindy and not seeking out the bed when you have work in the morning. This book was awesome.

An audio book is only as good as its narrator and he was amazing. His voiced lured me into the story in a way that made me not want to leave it.


This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge.

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