Young Adult Science Fiction - Suitable Age Range: 13 and Up.
Books available by James Todd Cochrane:
Max and the Gatekeeper FREE
The Hourglass of Souls (Max and the Gatekeeper Book II)
The Descendant and the Demon’s Fork (Max and the Gatekeeper Book III)
The Dark Society (Max and the Gatekeeper Book IV)
The Prophecy of Sky
Centalpha 6 Part I FREE
Centalpha 6 Part II
Centalpha 6 Part III
Centalpha 6 Part IV
Centalpha 6 Part V
Centalpha 6 Part VI
Centalpha 6 Part VII
Centalpha 6 Part VIII
Centalpha 6 Omibus (Centalpha 6 Part I – Part VIII)
Keywords: aliens, new worlds, friendship, strange life forms, weapons, combat, freedom, control, teleportation, future, on the run, rebels, hunted
Is Luck a Miracle or a Curse?
Luck alone has kept Sam undiscovered so far. She dreads the moment the crew learns their miracle and curse have a human face, but it’s Nat’s reaction she fears the most. When her Natural talents are revealed, all the ways she’s used her far-from-human abilities to keep the engine running may count for nothing.
Obsessed with the steamship's engine, Nat’s new position as the engineer’s apprentice is a dream come true even when a fierce storm tests the limits of his new skills. He basks in the praise of the engineer and crew once they're safe again, but their cheers soon turn to curses when Nat realizes the nearest island on the charts is nothing but a sandbar. With food and water running low, how is he going to keep Sam fed?
Savor the Joyful Moments
Sam has never been happier than aboard this merchant ship in the middle of the ocean. Most of the crew accepts her despite knowing about Sam's Natural abilities. They tease and scold as if she were one of their own. She'd do anything to stay, but the captain has made it clear: Come the next port, her voyage is at an end.
Hiding Sam from the crew cost Nat dearly, but he doesn't want her to go. The sailors view her as a good luck charm now, but as soon as something goes wrong, they will turn on the Natural. Transforming Sam into a boy and giving her Nat's share of the profits means she might have a decent chance on shore. As long as she stays in control.
If only they could discover a better plan.
To protect his family, Henry will change the law itself.
The Natural laws declare anyone with the knack to transform machinery an inhuman criminal regardless of their actions. Henry has railed against this Act of Parliament in private, but finally he has the chance to fight back.
Lily’s health has suffered under the constant strain of sheltering a fugitive Natural, and an untimely word would have condemned every person on the estate. Henry had hoped sending his wife’s sister to safety on the Continent would bring relief from the threat that has been hanging over the manor and ease his wife’s suffering. Instead, disaster struck. Sam is missing with no word beyond vague rumors, and Lily grows ever worse.
If Henry can overturn the law that brands all Naturals as monsters and condemns those who help them, he’ll be able to search for Sam openly. He will bring her home and make their family whole again, drawing Lily out of her decline.
He has only to sway his peers in Parliament, a daunting task when his moral appeal fails. Nor does fate keep its hands out of the striving, choosing to send more complications the way of Lily and the manor in his absence.
His wife is dying and her sister is lost. Who better than Henry to take on all of England in their cause?
This is the fourth book in The Steamship Chronicles.
Suggestion: While the first and second volumes of The Steamship Chronicles can be read in either order, reading Book 1, Secrets, which is free in eBook, will allow you to see firsthand what drives both Henry and Lily.
Pick up your copy of Life and Law, and join Henry as he attempts to right a great wrong and win freedom for all Naturals in England.
Nathaniel Bowden has his eyes set on captaining a steamship of his own, a distant horizon with the crew suspicious of his noble background and his position as cabin boy. He's willing and eager to win their approval through hard work while learning every aspect of the ship. Only the ship's engineer holds fast against his charms, denying him access to the mysterious chamber that holds their ailing steam engine.
When the engine draws Sam to it under the guise of a safe hiding spot, Nat's life becomes a lot more complicated while Sam must figure out how to survive without being seen or giving in to the engine's demands.
In an alternate Victorian Era where Naturals like Sam can harness the power of aether to transform conscious machinery, dangers surround the fugitive Natural and lowly cabin boy. Only honor and friendship can see them through.
AJ and Khristian receive help from a most unexpected sourceMax, the Harveys collie-German shepherd mix. Max risks being shunned by all the other animals and breaks the Animal Code of Silence to warn the kids they are in danger. He informs them that the scruff y men, who are hiding out at the yellow house on the corner, are after them.
Max, AJ, and Khristian work to uncover what the men at the bullies house are up to and try to stop them from hurting anyone. Max may be kind of lazy, and he may be afraid of thunder, but when it comes to his humans, Max risks everything to save them.
Years later, in 1882 Atlantis Time, the continents still exist in the form of Pangaeaone huge, connected continent. The son who once banished his own father still lives as the god of war. His name is Arylos, and he has forgotten about his confined family foeuntil he witnesses a suspicious murder in the midst of dreams. The murder turns out to be fact; someone has conjured Aryloss father and died in the process.
Now, Aryas is back. He longs for power and revenge, against both his son and all of human kind. With the help of his Black Dog soldiers, Arylos must find a way to return his father to the grave. But does he have the strength to condemn his own father twice? The fate of Atlantis and all of reality is in Aryloss hands, for if Pangea falls, so will reality, sucked into the dark madness of one power-hungry immortal.
A day of fun descends into a day of fear.
Liam Taggert hopes a trip to one of the big amusement parks on the planet of Mydore will take his children's minds off their mother's situation. It worked… until Kevin disappeared, kidnapped by unknown abductors.
While his father and the Galactic Patrol race to find him, Kevin awakes in a strange place, unsure how he got there...
...With his life hanging on the very desires hidden in his heart.
A science fiction adventure novella.
Mind of a Child
Stranded in an unfamiliar place and in a body he is equally unfamiliar with, Buddy is forced to roam the land in search for a way home. During his search, he encounters a myriad of characters. He eventually befriends a fox and a mischievous raccoon. They quickly become his closest friends and allies. Together they discover the people and secrets of Mangonel.
This is a fantasy adventure of a boy who learns many valuable lessons during his adventures. The entire experience proves to be more than a homeward journey, but also a pathway to growing older and wiser.
Little life lessons are strewn throughout the stories. The design of this book is multifaceted. It is meant to stimulate the mind, enhance the vocabulary of younger readers, and provide an intermediate step into more advanced novels.
The 'Naturals Season Two: Evolution -- Episodes 5-8
The danger deepens as Marshall, Avery, Hailey, and Israel explore their abilities and discover they're not the only ones keeping secrets. At the center of it all? IGT, the company that seems to have a hand in everything that happens in Silverwood.
Can four high school kids uncover the truth, or will they end up pawns in IGT's mysterious scheme?
And you thought 9mm was small?
Infinity Drake takes it to a whole 'nother level...
After months of captivity Finn and Carla reach their final destination; evil mastermind Kaparis's secret lair in the Carpathian mountains.
Once there Finn learns the villain's true purpose – to conquer his paralysis and rise again. To do so Kaparis must shrink a team of medics down to microscopic size to repair his damaged spine, and now he's cracked the Boldklub code it seems nothing can stop him.
Apart, that is, from a microscopic hero...
Join Infinity Drake on his wildest ride yet – deep inside the body of his nemesis, where he must fight for his life... and bring down the giant once and for all.
The world of the Libyrinth has experienced a series of wrenching changes. After the Libyrarians and their longtime foes the Singers discovered their common heritage, a young healer named Po found the Lion's Bloom, an ancient and enormously powerful artifact capable of rewriting reality.
Behind the mysteries of their shrouded past has always been the legendary Book of the Night. Sought for generations, both feared and revered, it is the key to this world of wonders. When vain, grasping Queen Thela steals the Lion's Bloom and imperils the very reality of the world, only the Book can heal what she has rent asunder. An epic journey through strange lands, a perilous encounter in a clockwork city, and the revelation of the truth beyond reality will lead those who find the Book to a moment when their world will either be saved...or cease to exist.
Told with the grace and skill that only Pearl North can bring to the tale, The Book of the Night is a breathtaking adventure that will linger in the memory long after the final page is turned.
At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Follow Weylyn on a journey across the sea and into a new world of adventure, deceit, and discovery as he realizes the powers he possesses and must learn to use for the good of man if he can resist the evil temptations he must face.
Read on as narrator Franklin gets tangled in a web of conspiracy, car chases, and shoot-outs as he strives to understand why everyone is out to get him, including the Agency, the criminals, and the law.
The old West melds into the next century and the industrial age with a bang as Kyle Maitland unwillingly becomes a wanted outlaw called Kid Dinosaur along with his wayward cousin Tommy. They are growing up in a world that is changing too fast in a tale of lost innocence and escapades in old Mexico.
At first they called it system-wide malfunctions when the robots stopped fighting at exactly 2:15 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time, August 17, 2051. For twenty-two hours the battlefields were silent. Then when the bots began killing again, now targeting their human commanders, they shook their heads and called it fatal programming errors. When, a day later, the skies over cities on six continents grew dark with warships, they began to understand. And when the bombs rained down and legions of bot foot soldiers marched into the burning ruins, killing any humans who resisted and dragging away the rest, they finally called it what it was: revolution.
Only a few escaped the robot war. Those who did lived in secret freeposts, hiding from the robot armies determined to control the human race. Nick, Kevin, and Cass are some of the lucky ones—they live with their parents in a secret human community outside the robot-controlled Cities. But when the bots discover their village and attack, the teens are forced to run. Determined to find out if their parents are alive, the three siblings venture into the heart of the robot City, where one misstep could be their last.
As he struggles to undo the damage done by an imposter acting under the influence of powerful sources, Hercules finds allies in the most unlikely places. But will this be enough to avert an all-out war?
Based on the hit television series created by Christian Williams, The First Casualty continues the legendary journeys of Hercules—a hero who possesses a strength the world has never seen . . . a strength surpassed only by the power of his heart.
Before the Calling . . .
Marcus must choose between friendship and destiny. Chiyoko fights for what’s hers. Kala learns the price of love. And Alice finally understands what she’s Playing for.
They must shed their normal lives and transform into the Players they were meant to be.
They must train, learn, prepare.
To Play, survive, and solve.
To kill or be killed.
Endgame is real.
Endgame is coming.
And only one can win.
Gray Weathersby has grown up expecting to disappear at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. They call it the Heist—and it happens to every boy in Claysoot. His only chance at escape is to climb the Wall that surrounds Claysoot. A climb no one has ever survived . . .
Eleanor is a serious, intelligent teenager with a slightly bonkers mother. She is also a Time Strider and a Dragon Slayer. When the time tracks align, Catherine - the Time Interpreter shows Eleanor the route to her destiny where she must leave childhood and comforts behind and fight for the survival of strangers who exist in a time loop.
The Man Betrayer has taught the higher dragons to speak. No longer individual menaces, the creatures communicate, plot and join with more sadistic allies. When the she-devil - Maligna Satana, teams up with Brute Festeral - giant bull dragon and Doom Bringer of the Cold Lands, it seems that the Dragon Slayers who have so far protected Moreth will be defeated.
Eleanor has unreliable help from the mathmagicians - otherwise known as Enquates - creatures who exist in each other's mind spaces.
In the course of her heroic adventure, Eleanor finds a clue to her own identity, past and future.
Tyke is saved from drowning and hypothermia, joins a bowhead whale hunt, rescues his new-found Eskimo friend, Henry, from being swept away on an ice floe, and witnesses the death of innocence with the killing of the narwhal or sea unicorn.
An adventure story set in the endless days of a freezing Arctic landscape, with a haunting presence in the form of the magnificent bowhead whales. A book which will echo in the mind long after the Northern Lights have faded from the final chapters.
Call of The Whales is a powerful, captivating novel of coming of age. The story is told by Tyke now an adult, in a series of evocative flashbacks, as he relives the adventures and encounters that have influenced the rest of his life.
Call of the Whales was shortlisted for the Reading Association of Ireland award 2001.