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About the Author

Max Elliot Anderson grew up as a reluctant reader. After surveying the market, he sense the need for action-adventures and mysteries for readers 8 - 13, especially boys. Using his extensive experience in the production of motion pictures, videos, and television commercials, Mr. Anderson brings the same visual excitement and heart-pounding action to his stories. Each book has completely different characters, setting, and plot.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Comfort Publishing, LLC; 1 edition (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936695472
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936695478
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,086,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 action-adventure & mystery books for readers 8 and up are published, 10 more are under contract in 2013!

"Max Elliot Anderson brings a lifetime of dramatic film and video production to the pages of his action adventures and mysteries." Jerry B. Jenkins, Author

"Max's Adventures are like good, family movies . . . "
Bill Myers - Author

Max Elliot Anderson grew up as a struggling, reluctant reader. After surveying the market, he sensed the need for action-adventures and mysteries for readers 8 and up, especially boys.

Mr. Anderson was a producer of the nationally televised PBS special, Gospel at the Symphony that was nominated for an Emmy, and won a Grammy for the double album soundtrack. He won a best cinematographer award for the film, Pilgrim's Progress, which was the first feature film in which Liam Neeson had a staring role. He has produced, directed, or shot over 500 national television commercials for True Value Hardware Stores. Mr. Anderson owns The Market Place, a client-based video production company for medical and industrial clients. His productions have taken him all over the world including India, New Guinea, Europe, Canada, and across the United States.

Using his extensive experience in the production of motion pictures, videos, and television commercials, Mr. Anderson brings the same visual excitement and heart-pounding action to his stories. Each book has completely different characters, setting, and plot.

Several books are published, with an additional twenty-eight manuscripts completed. Young readers have reported that reading one of Mr. Anderson's books is like being in an exciting or scary movie.

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The author does a tremendous job keeping the reader in total suspense.
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Thanks to Mr. Anderson, my son went from being a very reluctant reader, but when he read the first book he was hooked, and has read every one of his books to date.
Lollipops
This is a book that will grab you and hold you until you read the last word.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By speak4languages on August 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
What do you do when you suspect your dad's job is in jeopardy? What can you do to help prevent terrorists from carrying a possible deadly mission?

Max Elliot Anderson's newly released When the Lights Go Out is an intriguing tale of captivating suspense designed especially for boys ages 8-12.

The main character, Peyton Aldrich, idolizes his father, who believes that after what happened on 9/11 , somebody has to help keep the country safe.

Peyton decides to train as a ranger just like his dad. He befriends two boys, Gill and Dave. Together they venture out to become rangers. Thus begins an adventure of a lifetime for the three boys.

The three boys overhear what they are sure is a terrorist plot to deliver secret weapons to the base where Aldrich's father works.

What will happen? Will Aldrich tell his dad about what he heard? Or will he take matters into his own hands?

Aldrich and his friends react just like typical teenagers; they decide to keep what they know a secret . They are convinced with their plan of action they will expose what the terrorists are planning to do.

As I read the book, I kept thinking about the safety of the three boys. Are they going to get killed? The author does a tremendous job keeping the reader in total suspense.

What resonates well with the story is the underlying message of how well Aldrich respects his father. In our world today, that is a lost art. Too many dads or even moms do not fulfill their responsibility to be involved in the life of their children; consequently children do not have a good role model that they can look up to.

Aldrich's respect and love for his dad is what compells him to try to take on the terrorists on his own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lollipops on August 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
Peyton Aldrich's father is an Army colonel, specializing in Army intelligence. His work is top-secret, so he can't even discuss it with his own family. Nevertheless, Peyton idolizes his father and someday wants to be a Ranger, just like his dad.

When Peyton was out wandering around, he met two other boys his age and they agree to pretend to be Rangers in training. Since Peyton knows a little about it, he becomes the leader. But then they overhear some top-secret plans--and they may be forced to go on high alert to save the base, and Peyton's dad's job.

WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT is the latest in Max Elliot Anderson's books for reluctant readers and it's just as exciting as the first. This particular book is commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9-1-1, when terrorists attacked America, killing thousands of people. Children need to remember this event, and remember that they can be instrumental in protecting America from this happening again.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book - and all of Mr. Anderson's books, as has my son. Thanks to Mr. Anderson, my son went from being a very reluctant reader, but when he read the first book he was hooked, and has read every one of his books to date. He still reads Mr. Anderson's books, even though he's now in college. (He also reads Ted Dekker, so that says something about the excitement level of these books!)
If you are looking for a book for your reluctant reader then WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT or any of Mr. Anderson's books will be excellent to pick up. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jo Ann Hakola on September 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
Peyton wants to be an Army Ranger, just like his Dad. After 9-11 he feels everyone needs to be alert and fight terrorism. He may get himself into big trouble because of this goal...

Comfort Publishing and the author sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you). Mr. Anderson specializes in writing books for boys who are reluctant readers (as he was earlier in life). He makes his books interesting, full of action and some danger, and there is always an underlying message in his words for the young ones who read them.

Peyton is new to the base, but it doesn't take him long to find a couple of new friends. He wants to practice to be a Ranger, and he talks them into working out on the course with him. It's good exercise and all is going well until they decide to go on a mission, like all Rangers do. That's when they find out that terrorists are planning to steal something from the secured Army base.

Peyton waits too long to tell his father and the boys suddenly find themselves on their own...

The story is busy, the boys have lessons to learn about the Rangers and life in general, and the reader will keep going to see what is going to happen next. Why not pick up a copy of this book for your young reader?

Happy reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sandra K. Stiles on November 23, 2012
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Peyton Aldrich is proud of his father. His father is an Army Ranger. He wants to grow up to be just like his dad. When his family moves to a new base Peyton makes two new friends named Dave and Gill. Peyton definitely has a lot of influence. He convinces his new friends that they need to train like the Army Rangers. They soon learn how difficult this is. Peyton pushes them to their limit on the workout course. Peyton decides that working out is not enough for them. They need to find a mission to complete just like the real Army Rangers do. What he and his friends don't count on is finding a mission that can cost his father his job or put the lives of many Americans in danger. He and his friends have uncovered a terrorist plot and their pretend game becomes a real life and death situation. This is a book that takes place right after the events of 9/11. You don't have to wait until another anniversary of that date rolls around. This is a book that will grab you and hold you until you read the last word.
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