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The Hourglass of Souls (Max and the Gatekeeper Book II) [Kindle Edition]

James Todd Cochrane , Susan K. Szepanski , Beth Peluso
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Book Description

For decades Hudich, the leader of an evil army, had been held prisoner in a world called Pekel. Before releasing him last summer to save Max’s friend Cindy, Max’s grandfather neutralized Hudich’s magical powers with the aid of an advanced high-tech collar. Unfortunately, Hudich’s escape allowed him to relay a centuries-old secret to his followers that helps them find a powerful weapon.

With the aid of this new weapon, an ancient magical gateway, the enemy kidnaps Max’s mother and forces him to do their bidding by threatening to kill her. To keep his mother alive, Max will embark on another perilous adventure into new worlds with hidden dangers.

Convinced there is a spy among his friends, Max must decide who he can trust, if anyone, in his attempts to rescue his mother and destroy the enemy’s plans. His failure could free Hudich from the collar and leave innocent lives across the universe at the mercy of ruthless beings.

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  • File Size: 4690 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Moon Publishing Inc. (November 20, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003TO6B1Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,364 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A triumphant and worthy sequel! August 31, 2009
I have made it no secret that The Hourglass of Souls by James Todd, the sequel to Max and the Gatekeeper is one of my most anticipated books of the year. Now that I have had a chance to take this book for a spin, I am compelled to share my thoughts on it. The big question is, how does The Hourglass of Souls compare to Max and the Gatekeeper? To put it simply, not only is The Hourglass of Souls a worthy sequel to Max and the Gatekeeper. It actually surpasses it.

Now bear in mind that this is no small feat considering that Max and the Gatekeeper, like many first books, is not only a labor of love, but also a completely original and compelling story which introduces us to a whole new universe conjured from the fertile imagination of Cochrane. More often than not, sequels tend to lose the unique flavor that of the introductory tale in order to venture off in some strange, new unexplored territory. Although I must admit, that there were times when I had to wonder if the sequel hadn't lost some of the magic of the original book, the story kicked itself into overdrive in the second half of the book and delivers a riveting and very satisfying tale.

In The Hourglass of Souls, thirteen year old Max Rigdon's mother is kidnapped by the evil forces of Hudich who wants him to steal the key which will unlock the magic-dampening collar which was placed around Hudich's neck in Max and the Gatekeeper. To ensure that Max carries out Hudich's will, both Max and his mother are subjected to cruel torture. Max fears for his mother's life and is convinced that he must steal the key to Hudich's collar from his Grandpa and use it as a bargaining chip to save her.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Interplanetary War Becomes Hotter May 22, 2011
This book is the second book featuring Max Rigdon, his mother, grandfather, his best friend Cindy, and an assorted cast of others, including a number of enemies. In the first book, "Max and the Gatekeeper," we learn that Max's grandfather has been protecting a gateway between worlds from various beings that would use the gateway to conquer other planets. In this book, author Cochrane has raised the ante by revealing that the enemy has obtained their own gateway.

There are several obvious differences between the evil side and the good side. The evil side, led by a being called Hudich, wants to conquer the universe. The good side is interested in letting planets determine their own fate. The evil side also has a tendency to do things we generally think are undesirable, such as torture, murder and eating thinking creatures, all because they enjoy doing these things. Generally, it is reasonably easy to figure out on which side each character belongs.

Early in this story, enemy forces intent on getting a key to a collar on Hudich kidnap Max's mother and his uncle. The collar prevents Hudich from performing magic. Releasing Hudich would permit the forces of the enemy to expand their attacks on innocent planets. Alan, one of the leaders of the enemy forces, tells Max that he must find and turn over the key or his mother and uncle will be tortured in horrific ways. Max needs to free his mother, yet he also has significant respect for his grandfather. How can Max accomplish the one without losing the other?

While Max is going through his personal crisis, the enemy is on the move, preparing to launch an attack on an innocent world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Max to the rescue July 18, 2009
The adventures of Max continue from book one "Max and the Gatekeeper". In this rather confusing plot, Max has to prevent the evil Hudich and his followers from unleashing a deadly weapon and destroying other worlds in the whole domination scheme of things.

This time however, the bad guys have some added leverage after kidnapping Max's mother, and forcing him to do stuff that would not meet the approval of his grandfather and the rest of the good guys.

To make it worse, there's a spy in their midst, and something evil, scaly and hungry has taken the place of Max's Uncle Frank.

This new adventure takes Max, his friend Cindy and the others to strange worlds and into battle, and although a little more editing could have made it a little less complicated and quite a bit shorter, it remains an imaginative and action-packed story, suitable for ages 9 and up.

Amanda Richards, July 18, 2009
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4.0 out of 5 stars great sequel January 24, 2011
This is the great book for the series. Max is back at home with his mother and back in school when his mother gets kidnapped. Max most grow up fast and battle like an adult with his friends and family in the other worlds to save his mother. He also has some hard choices to make. This is the kind of action packed, roller coaster riding kind of book that I enjoy.

This sequel surpasses the original. The second book is alittle bit more grown up then the first but it is also even better then the first. With action, adventure, and curve ball surprises thrown at me here and there I was not able to put this book down. You get to see the characters grow up even more in this book also.

Thanks for giving me the chance to read both books. I would recommend them to anyone who is young at heart or just anyone who enjoys alot of action and adventure in a fast paced book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eleven year old recommended (and I enjoyed it too)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Son and I both enjoyed it...
Both my son (10 yrs) and I enjoyed this book. Good series so far and would recommend it to others.
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2.0 out of 5 stars As Dr I will say boredom!
A marketing tool. The book doesn't end! You are forced to continue. The first book was quite good, this one is repetitive and more for teenagers... And the end? No end! Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great sequel!
I love this series a lot. I got the first book free and immediately bought all the sequels, one after the other as I finished them. Good job! Read more
Published 16 months ago by soupisdangerous
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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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