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
The story was well written and fun. It's a good young adult fantasy story.
The only way I could tolerate this narrator was to listen at X1.5. He was slow and was horrible at acting the characters. (The voices was telling best thing he did and that's not saying much) He did the opposite of what the character was supposed to be doing/saying throughout the entire book. If the character was supposed to be quite the narrator is loud. If the character is supposed to be happy he does the character angry. I was thinking through the book that the narrator thought he wasn't getting paid enough for this job and so he was just going to do the worst job possible.
If this narrator is on the next book in the series I will probably pass on it.
The narration was well done. The story is one of those, that as an adult, it just didn't grab me. Not enough happens in the beginning. Not enough is explained up front. Then, suddenly everything is happening. There's no lead up to using magic. Just "boom" and we're expected to believe that kids can suddenly do this.
I do think that some of my students would like this book. It's just not for me.
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