Saturday, February 12, 2011

Lost Island Smugglers Review

This is the NEW cover!


Author: Max Elliot Anderson
Publisher: Port Yonder Press
July 2010
ISBN: 9781935600022
Genre: Inspirational/youth/boys
Reviewer - Laura V. Hilton - 2/13/11

Sam Cooper’s dad is moving again—this time down to Florida. Sam’s dad, a scientist, has to study the thousand islands to see if being habituated is destroying the ecosystem. Sam isn’t real thrilled about moving until he meets Tony and Tyler. Tony’s dad is really rich and he owns a marina and pays for all three boys to have scuba diving lessons. Plus he takes them out on a submarine.

After Sam gets his scuba diving license, Tony and Tyler want to go scuba diving in the ocean but Sam’s dad says no since no adults will be there. Sam sneaks out and goes with his friends. But then a storm blows up…and their boat breaks apart. Will the boys even survive? And if they do, how will their parents find them?

LOST ISLAND SMUGGLERS is book one in Mr. Anderson’s A Sam Cooper Adventure series. I was introduced to Mr. Anderson’s books back when my boys were reluctant readers and I completely credit him for teaching them that books can be fun. My son Michael still has every book Mr. Anderson ever wrote in his collection.

I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know eleven year old Sam. He is a fun character, and he wants to obey his parents, but he also longs for the freedom his new friends have.

If you have boys, especially boys that don’t like to read, then you won’t want to miss LOST ISLAND SMUGGLERS. It will be sure to be a favorite for your sons (and daughters). The action in this book is nonstop, drawing the reader in and keeping his attention all through the story. A yummy sounding dessert and directions for building a shelter are included at the end of the book. $12.95. 270 pages.

Friday, September 24, 2010

A Boy...A Book...A Flashlight...A True Story

A boy - A Flashlight - A book...A True Story
The reasons why people write are as varied as the number of writers. The following story sums up why I write for readers 8 and up, especially boys.

I received a message on Facebook from a mother who wanted me to know that her ten-year-old son had just written a review for my new book, Lost Island Smugglers. It was posted on Amazon, so I went there, took a look, and found the following:

5 out of 5 stars Peyton's Review

By Diane M. Graham "DMGRAHAM" - See all my reviews

This review is from: Lost Island Smugglers (Paperback)

This is the best book I've ever read in my life. My favorite parts are:

#1 The high speed chase when Sam, Tyler and Tony are chased by the men in large black coats.

#2 The deadly storm when the boat rips in two.

#3 When Sam, Tyler and Tony wash up on Lost Island.

#4 When Sam, Tyler and Tony take a ride in the submarine.

The pictures are awesome and give me a good view of the things in Lost Island Smugglers. I will tell all my friends about it.


I went back to Facebook and sent a note of appreciation to Peyton's mother, Diane, telling her that I had just started a new book for those 8 and up boy readers. I won't disclose the particulars here, but I told her that the name of my hero main character in the story was Logan. After reading the review above, I decided to change his name to Peyton.

Diane wrote back to tell me that she and Peyton had been using my book as a read aloud. They'd finished reading for the night, and the family went to bed. At 1 o'clock in the morning, Diane got up and found Peyton reading my book, under the covers, with a flashlight, because he couldn't wait to see how it would end.

I have a long history of producing films, TV commercials, and video programs. I'm telling you, you couldn't write a better script to help tell other parents, and young readers, that Lost Island Smugglers is a book that young readers find hard to put down. Kids tell me that reading one of my books, " like being in an exciting movie."

Thank you Peyton, and thank you Diane.

Amazon Link for Lost Island Smugglers

Monday, July 5, 2010

Artist - Illustrator Interview

Watch this blog for an interview with the artist - illustrator who painted the cover for Lost Island Smugglers, and drew the artwork for the interior of the book.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Just A Few More Weeks...NEW Book Release

In just a few more weeks, my newest book will be released!

Lost Island Smugglers is Book #1 in the Sam Cooper Adventure Series. This is an exciting story for readers 8 – 13 about three boys, Sam, Tony, & Tyler who go deep sea diving, face the most ferocious, tropical storm of their lives, and uncover an international drug smuggling ring.

Port Yonder Press is the publisher under the SharksFin imprint. The next two books planned for the series are Captain Jack’s Treasure and River Rampage.

Lost Island Smugglers is scheduled for release in August. Watch this blog for more information.

Max Elliot Anderson

"Sam Cooper Adventures are like good, family movies . . . as an ordinary kid finds himself in exciting and extra-ordinary adventures!" Bill Myers - Author

"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

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

New Tween Action-Adventure & Mystery To Be Published

Author Max Elliot Anderson is pleased to announce that his new tween action-adventure will be published in July-August, 2010, by Port Yonder Press.

Scheduled for a July-August, 2010 release,

Lost Island Smugglers
is the 10th book by Mr. Anderson. This is the first title in the: Sam CooperAdventure Series


Lost Island Smugglers

Author: Max Elliot Anderson

Audience: 8 – 12; especially boys

Words: 38000

Sam Cooper had only recently moved to Florida when he met Tony at his new church. Tony’s father owned a marina.

Sam, Tony, and Tyler took scuba lessons together. Tony got them in for free. After they completed the course, the boys decided to try out their new skills in the real world…the ocean. The only problem was, none of them had permission.

While Tony’s father was away on a buying trip, the boys took one of the rental sailboats out for their diving adventure. Everything went well until the biggest storm Tony had ever seen, blew up from out of nowhere. Their boat was smashed to splinters and the boys found themselves stranded on Lost Island.

But, if they thought the worst had happened, they were wrong. The boys discovered a secret hideout that was used by drug runners in high powered speedboats.

Sam and his friends had to find a way to stop them, but how? And, even if they could, what were they going to tell their parents when they got home?

Future post to this blog will update you on the progress of this new book, show cover artwork, and give details on where and when the book will be available.

Check back here for future developments.