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Book I, Gamadin: Word of Honor (Gamadin Book Series 1) [Kindle Edition]

Tom Kirkbride
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Book Description

Sixteen-year-olds Harlowe Pylott and Matt Riverstone ditched school to bodysurf the killer waves at the Wedge when their fun is interrupted by a yacht capsizing from a rogue wave. After rescuing the famous movie star, Simon Bolt, and the half-alien socialite, Leucadia Mars, from certain death, Fate, unbeknownst to the boys, has sent them on the greatest ride of their lives. Robobs and the undog are only the beginning. Dakadude killers and black beasts have swooped down from the heavens looking for the galaxy’s most powerful weapon: an ancientGamadin spaceship named Millawanda.
If the Daks cannot capture Millawanda, they will kill her while she isstill weak and unprotected . . . along with the Earth and anyone elsewho gets in their way.
If you think finding an ancient spaceship in the desert is cool, wait until youget a load of what Harlowe and his friends dig up . . .
And She still works!

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About the Author

Tom Kirkbride grew up on the beaches of southern California where the location of Book I, Word of Honor of his Gamadin sagas, begins. Tom was a lifeguard at La Jolla, California, in college and is an avid body surfer, skier, world traveler, and artist. All of the artwork on the book website is his own, including the cover design of this book. His Gamadin series evolved from his love of science fiction and the desire to write adventure stories for young adults. Today, tom lives in the San Diego area with his dogs Jack and Bear.

Product Details

  • File Size: 765 KB
  • Print Length: 446 pages
  • Publisher: Wigton Publishing; 1 edition (August 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003Y8XUVG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #977,637 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Part 1 in a battle to save Earth from the "Dakadudes"... November 24, 2009
What happens when two teenage bodysurfers are manipulated into saving the life of the daughter of an alien warrior? Harlowe and Riverstone, along with their buddy Wiz, find themselves in a desperate search for a immensely powerful spaceship hiding in the Utah desert for tens of centuries. If they can't find and restart Millawanda (the ship), Earth will be destroyed.

There's the story in a compact nutshell. The leaps of faith required here include the ability of an alien from across the galaxy to be able to have a viable offspring with a human partner (unlikely in the extreme... sorry, Leucadia Mars), Harlowe and Riverstone to continually battle or escape hardened alien warriors successfully (bodysurfing being an appropriate training regimen for this?), and the exaggerated cowardliness of actor Simon Bolt along with the shoot-to-kill mentality of our military.

Then there is the continuous sexism of the story and the banter between the characters (clothes always seem to be falling off Leucadia, women are referred to as "does", "Mrs. Mars" is a beautiful Amazon/Wonder Woman cross, and Leucadia continually needs rescuing).

See the pattern here?

Author Tom Kirkbride develops his heros as "surfer dude" types, focusing on the language, style, and mannerisms of the laid back Southern California "waves before school" mentality. They seem undereducated, unsophisticated, unruly, and undependable, yet the reader is asked to believe that they were specifically identified as the ones needed to save the Earth.

Mildly entertaining, but I kept wincing too often. The best character is the "dog", Mowgi, who is either playful as heck or transforms into a giant dragon that eats heads.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Word of Honor" September 24, 2008
Book 1, Gamadin: Word of Honor

I seldom take the time to read fiction these days but needed something to fill the time while traveling to Hawaii on vacation. I am certainly glad that I selected "Word of Honor". What a fun read. By the time the plane touched down in Maui, I was half finished and could not wait to get into my lounge chair so I could continue the adventure.

"Word of Honor" is the first of a series of books that in the "Harry Potter" tradition leave you clammering for more. The story contains a wonderful mixture of everyday real world happenings and imaginative science fiction fantasy. The "G" rated language makes it perfect for children of all ages, especially grown up ones like me.

When I finished reading this book, (in record time for me), I immediately contacted the author and asked when I would be able to read the next installment. I suspect that most people who read "Word of Honor" will feel the same way. It would not surprise me at all if, once it gains a little exposure, the series generates a cult-like following not seen since the early days of Harry Potter.

Read this book... you will not be dissapointed.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magikman Review September 29, 2008
I am an avid reader of all types of books.Depending on my mood it could be a good suspense murder mystery or a light hearted comedy book.I admit I have not read many Sci-Fi books.
I was given Book I, Gamadin word of honor (By Tom Kirkbride) by a friend of mine.I really enjoyed it. It's an easy read which makes it fun to bond with quite a cast of characters.It put me in a good mood and was easy to escape into.That is what I look for in a book like this. I've heard this is a new author so I hope his sequel is as good as this one.That will be quite a task.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just plain fun to read! April 22, 2011
This Young Adult novel starts out with adventure and never looks back.

Our two California surfer dudes and their brainy side-kick never met a potential disaster they weren't willing to tackle. Teens Harlowe, Riverstone and Wiz have been best buds forever so where one goes the others follow. For good or bad, they take on all problems together. Even when it comes to finding out that they are destined to use the technology and dedication of the Gamadin to save Earth and other planets in the solar system from vicious alien invaders.

This book has characters you will gladly love or hate, but you won't allow for much middle ground here. Harlowe's girlfriend isn't exactly what you think she is. Then there is her pet, the ugliest dog you've ever seen, but cute at the same time, an 'undog'. Plus Leucadia's parents (super extravagantly rich Harry and Mrs. M), Simon (slightly older - early twenties - movie star/jerk) and his ex-Navy SEAL bodyguard Monday Platter. Combine these characters with an alien commander you would just love to squash flat and you have the central cast of one super exciting novel.

The sci-fi aspect of this book was very well thought out and makes sense within that fictional world. The descriptions paint vivid pictures of earth and aliens alike. The author does have quite a few continuity problems, but I'm thinking most readers are going to be so caught up in the story and the action that they won't notice. Part One is finished, now the journey continues in the second book, Book II, Gamadin:Mons. Let the adventure continue!

This book was provided to me for review purposes at no charge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
I read all four books in about 3 days. As soon as I finished, I re-read them again. They're that good. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mac
5.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable book
Saw the "Gamadin van" at a local eatery and looked up the web site. I read most anything, but love sci-fi and paranormal. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Stephen W. Hansen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Loved this book. Got a sample had to buy the book by the second chapter can't wait to read the second book
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars wow............. that...was...AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!
I cannot believe how fascinated i am with this book. i am a student of gggg school and absolutely love this book. this book is so cool!!!!!!!!!
Published on February 21, 2012 by Nicolas Merli
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Ride
I'll be completely honest, I did not think I would like this book at all. My parents picked the first three books up for me when they went to the Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas... Read more
Published on December 19, 2011 by Mazuto
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked on Gamadin
I am now on the third book in the series, Distant Suns. I have read the first 2. I look forward to keeping up with all of the characters. I have to know how they are doing. Read more
Published on October 24, 2011 by E. M. Riley
5.0 out of 5 stars great adventure
I liked this book a lot. It has adventure,heros, aliens. It makes more sense now that I have read the first and fourth book. Read more
Published on July 15, 2011 by rhonda
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read...
I found the book to be a great read. I found the first 4 chapters to be a bit slow, but the author grabbed my attention as soon as we got to Earth. Read more
Published on March 11, 2011 by KSAN_Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Gamadin: Word of Honor
I'm a little late writing this review. I finished this book and believe me I staid up late at the kitchen table reading it, I didn't review it. Read more
Published on February 20, 2011 by Michael Vance
5.0 out of 5 stars What a ride!
This is a great book for anyone wanting an exciting and enjoyable reading experience. The characters are interesting, the story is fascinating, and the story flows seamlessly. Read more
Published on August 24, 2010 by jst2
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More 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 this books. His GAMADIN Book Series (which now includes Books I thru IV, 2 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 V: Gamadin: Core which he hopes to complete sometime late 2014. "That's my biggest complaint," Tom hears constantly from his fans. "Where's Book V?"

When he is not at his computer writing his next GAMADIN installment, he is visiting classrooms across the country, engaging his young audiences in the fun of writing adventure novels. Today Tom lives in Cottage Grove, Oregon with his wife Nancy, 3 dogs, six cats and 4 horses.

Be sure and drop by Tom's website for the latest Gamadin Series Book Events!



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