Gamadin, Book 1: Word of Honor

Gamadin, Book 1: Word of Honor

by Tom Kirkbride

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Overview

Sixteen-year olds Harlowe Pylott and Matt Riverstone are bodysurfing the narliest waves of the new century when their fun is interrupted by a yacht capsizing off the Newport coast. After rescuing the famous movie star Simon Bolt and the half-alien socialite Leucadia Mars from certain death, Fate sends them on the greatest ride of their lives. Robobs and the undog are only the beginning! Dakadude killers have swooped down from the heavens looking for the galaxy's most powerful weapon: an ancient Gamadin spaceship named Millawanda.

If the Daks cannot capture Millawanda, they will kill her while she is still weak and unprotected . . . along with the Earth and anyone else who gets in their way.

If you think finding an ancient spaceship in the middle of the desert is cool, wait till you get a load of what Harlowe and his friends dig up . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781934572061
Publisher: Emerald Book Company
Publication date: 10/01/2008
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Tom Kirkbride grew up on the beaches of Southern California, where his Gamadin saga begins. All the artwork on his Web site, www.gamadin.com, is his, including the cover art of his books, Word of Honor and Mons. His Gamadin series evolved from his love of science fiction and the desire to write a thrill-packed, character-driven adventure for young adults.

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Gamadin, Book 1: Word of Honor 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When our book club first received Book 1, Gamadin: Word of Honor to review, many of us thought this would be another UFO story or off-world space tale, especially after reading the first chapter, which put us on the distant planet of Amerloi. But we realized that this was no ordinary adventure when we were transported to a very earthly Newport Beach, California. There we meet a couple of surfers, Harlowe Pylott and Matt Riverstone, taking on the waves of a closed beach. They come across a boating accident. Saving its passengers leads Harlowe to his half-alien, soon-to-be significant other, Leucadia Mars. He finds out that having a girlfriend like ¿Lu¿ has its consequences, like a promise that could cost all of them their lives. In no time, a series of events leads the boys in search of the galaxy¿s most powerful weapon: Millawanda, an ancient Gamadin spaceship. Discovering new words like ¿robobs,¿ ¿Dakadudes¿ and ¿undog¿ is only part of the charm of Word of Honor. The fast pace, strategy and battle sequences, and inter-relationships of the characters are well put together. ¿Flashback¿ passages are cleverly woven in throughout, providing clarity to the story and in many places, setting the stage for events to come. The two surfers are fresh, likable, irreverent, good-yet-¿bad boys¿ that you would want to go out with on a date, or just hang out with. They are cool, funny and forthright ¿ definitely hero material. Who would have guessed that two ordinary sixteen-year old boys would lead a resurrection of a once mighty, galactic police force? We especially enjoyed the portrayal of the two female lead characters, Leucadia and her mother, Sook, who are intelligent, independent and strong ¿ very good role models for our younger female readers. You¿ll find the common thread of love, loyalty and a sense of purpose over self running throughout the story, as the young characters begin their epic inter-galactic adventure. Even the junior characters of the story have their own special appeal, and a few of them even have the potential to steal the show. As a club, we found Word of Honor a heartwarming surprise of Southern California lifestyle humor and plot twists, full of imagination. You will find yourself drawn into the Gamadin saga with Book One. It is, we have found, quite a ride! You don¿t have to be a sci-fi aficionado to enjoy this adventure. The story and characters are engaging enough to capture both the young adult and the young-at-heart audience. All of us felt the same sense of regret once the story ended and we look forward with enthusiasm to Book Two!
Rose_Q More than 1 year ago
I was given a copy of Gamadin: Word of Honor by my sister, to read while on a business trip to Florida. I felt obliged to to take it along and knew she would ask for my opinion later, since the author is her boyfriend. Being a budget analyst and not really wanting to plod through something technical while on the plane (and expecting that), I was pleasantly surprised to find a well written, entertaining story, with characters that very quickly grow on you. I particularly enjoyed the General, and hope he shows up again in future novels of this series. This was a fun read, and I could see the story taking off in all kinds of directions. I highly recommend that you check this novel out. It was hard to set down, and you'll become a fan too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What do you think of when you see the initials H. P.? Well, after you've read Word of Honor, the first in the Gamadin series, an image of Harlow Pylott will instantly spring to life. While, you won't catch Harlow and his buddy's blanketing the skies aboard broomsticks, when the surfs up, you're bound to catch a glimpse of these adventuresome young men as they mount their surfboards to catch the biggest waves to hit the coastline of Southern California. Kirkbride has written a riveting tale, with characters who are well grounded here on earth. However, when you pick up this novel, expect the unexpected, and be prepared for an exciting ride into a new world with an intriguing cast characters you have never before encountered, but wish you had.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am an avid reader of all types of books. Depending on my mood it could be a good suspense murder mystery or a lighthearted comedy book.I must 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 and interesting to bond with quite a cast of characters.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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a fiction reader, but not usually sicence fiction. However, this book bridges todays 'reality' fiction with sicense fiction. The best parts for me is the varied characters (beautiful women, surfer dudes, freaks) and the incredible non-stop suspence. Suspence like Dean Koontz's Intensity. This is a page turner, I'm ready for Book 2 ASAP!
HBLibrarian More than 1 year ago
As a librarian, I am often approached by new, local authors touting the wonders of their new novel. In that light, I was a tad skeptical when I received Gamadin: Word of Honor. Skeptic, be gone! I loved this book! Tom Kirkbride brought surfer dudes and aliens together in a very entertaining and compelling read! I can¿t wait to follow the adventures of Harlowe Pylott and Matt Riverstone in space! (Although I must say that Mowgi was my favorite character ¿ loved the undog!) My only complaint is that I must wait until 2010 to continue the adventure.
hjjugovic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this book because I received the fourth in this series from the Early Reviewer's program, and I wanted to read the books in order. After finishing this one, I've decided to skip 2 and 3. I really did not enjoy the first book, and I'm not going to waste my time reading more in this series than I have to. The characters were flat, their behavior inexplicable, the plot nonsense, and the suspense nonexistant. I think this book is supposed to be young adult, but it's hard to say with the amount of violence and the sexual relationship between one of the teenage boys and the older half-alien girl. I wouldn't quibble about that if I felt the story had other redeeming qualities. The only chapters I enjoyed were the ones with the crashed spacecraft in the beginning, and those were clearly background information, unlikely to be visited again. I will read the 4th book to fulfill my Early Reviewer obligation, and then I'm done. Not recommended.
rhonda1111 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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. Fourth was good on its own but it would make a lot more sense right off.It starts on a old ruin of planet. Archelogists have discovered that thier really was a gamadin not just a fable. They are attacked and the people rescuing them only 1 got away Sook with a map to where the Gamadin ship has been for thousands of years. Right off you can see how the good guys are willing to die to protect others. Then you also see how people can kill for power and money.Sook landed in Rosewell and a drunk minor helps to rescue Sook. Thier are 4 teenagers who are going to see if they can help to the landing the one has first aid experience. Our Miltary just shoots anyone.Then you see the conquors of space know that gamadin are hiding its ship on Earth and they dont want to stop expanding and taking over planets and they know if the Gamadin rise again they could stop them.Its a wild ride through showing how the teenagers meet up with Sook. How they had to keep promises and try and get the ship off Earth to save our planet the aliens followed and left Earth. I would recommend reading the series. I am going to buy the next ones.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
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. Fourth was good on its own but it would make a lot more sense right off. It starts on a old ruin of planet. Archelogists have discovered that thier really was a gamadin not just a fable. They are attacked and the people rescuing them only 1 got away Sook with a map to where the Gamadin ship has been for thousands of years. Right off you can see how the good guys are willing to die to protect others. Then you also see how people can kill for power and money. Sook landed in Rosewell and a drunk minor helps to rescue Sook. Thier are 4 teenagers who are going to see if they can help to the landing the one has first aid experience. Our Miltary just shoots anyone. Then you see the conquors of space know that gamadin are hiding its ship on Earth and they dont want to stop expanding and taking over planets and they know if the Gamadin rise again they could stop them. Its a wild ride through showing how the teenagers meet up with Sook. How they had to keep promises and try and get the ship off Earth to save our planet the aliens followed and left Earth. I would recommend reading the series. I am going to buy the next ones
ONTHELAKE More than 1 year ago
SO MUCH TO READ AND EXPERIENCE SOME FOR FUN SOME FOR KNOWLEDGE Today I want to talk a little about the Gamadin series of books. Tom Kirkbride has truly come up with a series of books which appeal to young people and adults. This series was initially created for young people. However, it has experienced a warp in time and space, finding that people of all ages are attracted to Tom's style of writing. Most of all the story line is incredible. It takes place now and the characters may be considered the Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn and Becky Thatcher of our time. The series characters, well at least some of them, are surfers from the Southern California city of Lakewood. The adventures they experience are fun, exciting and mysterious. When sitting and reading the first book in the series I found myself as an observer experiencing the adventure with the characters. As the book progresses you can see it opening doors not only of adventure, but of thought provoking political intrigue. To appeal to such a mass audience is incredible. Book I is a must read. I say this with amazement because it is the only fiction book I have read in at least a couple of years. In following the growth of the readership I have found it has no boundaries of age, gender or profession. Tom also has created an entire new group of readers and writers. He is making reading fun again. Move over Dirk Pitt, Tom Sawyer, and Harry Potter. Two new dudes are in town, Harlowe Pyloff and Matt Riverstone. GAMADIN BOOK I, WORD OF HONOR IS A MUST READ. This reader can't wait to start Book II Gamadin Mon. A LINK TO PURCHASE GAMADIN BOOK I, FROM AMAZON CAN BE FOUND AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE
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BGR-Esq More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I've read in years. The author does an incredible job describing far off worlds in distant galaxies and the strange creatures that inhabit them, along with describing some more "down to earth" settings such as the California coast and the deserts of Nevada and Utah. The story follows a small group of high school buddies as they stumble upon trouble and ultimately are faced with saving the world from alien destruction. I don't typically read science fiction, but this book came highly recommended to me and I was not disappointed. I was hooked from the first chapter. Actually, the only disappointing thing about this book was when I was finished! I can't wait for Book 2, which is due out this fall! Pick up a copy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVED it! I couldn¿t put it down. That says a lot for the author as I am not a big fan of science fiction reading. This is an incredible, fast paced ride of heroic yet real characters interacting with unimaginable alien creations that endear themselves to us both in locations that we know so well and galactic scenes that the author so intricately creates in our mind¿s eye. Give this new author a try ¿ you won¿t be disappointed! I can¿t wait for the next book!!