My name is Mark Jeffrey, and I'm the author of the Max Quick Series of books.
The first book, Max Quick 1: The Pocket and the Pendant will be published in hardcover by HarperCollins in 2011. It was released first as a podiobook (mp3 podcast audiobook), where it got 2.4 million downloads.
Listen to the Book Trailer for the 2011 HarperCollins release of 'Max Quick 1: The Pocket and the Pendant':
The second book, Max Quick 2: The Two Travelers, currently exists only as a podiobook. The third book, Max Quick 3: The Bane of the Bondsman is still being written.
This is a website I've set up for everything Max Quick-related. As more info becomes available (such as cover art, etc.) I'll be sure to post it here. In the meantime, here is the original cover art for the self-published versions of the first three books (these are no longer available -- had to take them off the merket when I did the Harper deal):
If you've read or listened to the books and enjoyed them, I would very much appreciate if you would 'Facebook LIKE' it:
UPDATE - July 5, 2010:
So what is going on with Max Quick 3: The Bane of the Bondsman? I get asked this a lot -- which is actually pretty great, of course. It means people out there care about the story.
Well, here's the thing: As of right now, I have about half of it written. But I had a huge amount of rewriting to do on Max Quick 1 once HarperCollins acquired it, and that sucked time away from completing MQ3. I am now back to working on it as I can, but I will very likely have to next spend a lot of time on MQ2 rewrites -- and MQ2 is a MUCH larger and more complex book than MQ1.
For those of you who have been patiently waiting: I am SO sorry things went this way. I know this if very annoying for you -- and I did sort of leave you hanging at the end of MQ2. Rest assured, I have the rest of this figured out in my head, I'm not going to pull a LOST on you all :) I very much want to write several more Max Quick books and I aim to have each get better and better.
The book deal is good for me, of course: MQ1 will now be a major hardcover release, and there is already interest in doing Max Quick films, etc.
But it also means that MQ3 is a ways further off. Even if I had it finished right now, I could not simply release it or do the podiobook version (and -- by the way -- HarperCollins graciously allowed me to keep both MQ1 and MQ2 podiobooks available for free). I would be obligated to hold on to it until HarperCollins decided whether they wanted to publish it or not. This is part of being a grown-up author now.
There is a mailing list to right you can sign up for and whenever MQ3 news is available, I will be certain to send it to you.
Thanks again for all your support though they years -- you all ROCK!!
Praise for “Max Quick Book One: The Pocket and the Pendant” :
• ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Award Finalist
• Co-Winner, 2005 Ulysses Award
• Yahoo! Podcasts: Top 100 Most Popular
“The next, best step for the Phillip Pullman/Harry Potter set!”
WHEN TIME mysteriously stops, young Max Quick must travel across America to find the source of this 'temporal disaster'... Along the way, he and his companions encounter ancient mysteries, quantum Books, and clues to the riddle of stopped Time. But the more Max learns, the more it seems that his own true identity is not what he once believed. Now he must race against a clock that can no longer tick, before the very world itself is altered forever...
“Jeffrey skillfully infuses the story with authentic historical context, and then thrusts this narrative into the future by introducing aliens, time travel and massive gems with the power to stop time and minds – a difficult task indeed, but one that he successfully accomplishes.”
“Driven – and driven well – by good old-fashioned sci-fi storytelling.” -- Kirkus Reviews
“…it doesn't take long before the characters drag you hurtling into an inextricable web of metaphyics, time-travel, paranormal powers and Sumerian mythos. The plot is riveting, and holds you tight while these crazy concepts fly at your face -- it's like Albert Einstein pounding data into your skull, and you like it so much you say "thank you sir, may I have another!" The Pocket is NOT what you expect, no matter WHAT you expect. Buy it. Read it. It's just that simple.”
New York Times Bestselling Author Scott Sigler (Infected, Ancestor, The Rookie, Earthcore)
“…few people have jammed as much imagination in a 212-page book as Mark Jeffrey has in ‘The Pocket and the Pendant’.”
Lawrence Bernabo, Amazon.com Top 10 Reviewer
“Even adults will be fascinated by the theories in this tale. Author Mark Jeffrey has done a masterful job of blending facts and theories together smoothly for an amazing story that readers will find utterly delightful. Very well done indeed!”
Detra Fitch / Huntress Reviews, Amazon.com Top 500 Reviewer
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Here's a video interview I did about the Max Quick Series:
Praise for Max Quick Book Two: The Two Travelers
Five quiet years have passed in Starland, California since the the time of the Pocket. But when a crazed old man shows up with a warning, Max, Casey, Ian and Sasha suddenly find themselves on the run. Max and Ian go through an Arch back to 1912, where a mysterious Machine is under construction that seems connected to Max’s unremembered secret. Meanwhile, Casey and Sasha follow the old man to the strange town of Arturo Gyp.
But there is more afoot than meets the eye: the enemies of Mr. E - the nefarious Archons - are abroad. And when Max is at last eye-to-eye with his secret, he realizes nothing will ever be the same again...
"As good as I thought the first book was, this book is even better. Many authors have that quality first book, then in their follow on, the quality declines as they grasp for plots to extend the story or start blathering on about their personal preferences for love, life, food choices, political beliefs and all other what not. Mark doesn't.
Instead, this story puts it's foot on the throttle in chapter one, then brings you on a careening, edge of the seat ride right till the very end. A brilliant job of giving you enough information to guess where you may be going, and then providing surprises that take you to places you never thought you'd go. Great answers to questions from book one - and by the end - you'll have plenty of new questions that will leave you waiting for book three!"
-- Goodreads.com Review
25 Sep 2007
Quite honestly, this book has put Mark Jeffrey near the top of my favorite authors of all time along with Stephenie Meyer, Chris Paolini, and the amazing Jo Rowling."
By: Saul Marquez
Two Words to describe the Two Travelers: Simply. Amazing. I've already read through the book, but I was equally excited when I learned that the podiobook was coming. I literally counted down to the days and the day it came it, the first thing I did was download these episodes. So far - based on the podiobook performance and the bit that has been released - I have never listened to a better audio book. Mark Jeffrey's skill in story telling doesn't just leave the reader listening, but it has the reader using all of his five senses to paint a vivid and amazing picture. The Two Travelers is a must-download for all of those podcast fans out there, and I'm eagerly awaiting the next episode! :D
When something is good then there will be a trickle-on affect as people spread the world, and Max Quick is no different. If you thought the first book was good, then you won't be disappointed because this puppy is already shaping up to be an exciting read/listen. This book is a must-subscribe, but if you aren't caught up then be sure to listen to the first book before you get to this one. And if you like it spread the news, buy a print copy, and if you are able to then donate.
OMG! We have waited SO LONG for another Max Quick book after The Pocket and the Pendent. I am so excited!!!!!! This is the only thing other than Potter that I like like this. Hooray!!!
-- Goodreads.com Review
MORE PRAISE FOR THE MAX QUICK SERIES:
"Mind-boggling creativity…The invented mythology that fuels the plot of this book, a blend of Sumerian, Egyptian, Greek, Roman and many others that I'm sure I missed, was absolute genius. Upon reaching the portion of the book where the backstory was told (think of Frodo arriving at Rivendell and everyone sharing their stories, particularly Gandalf), I became hooked.”
T Burger, Amazon.com Top 1000 Reviewer
Other Amazon.com Reviews:
“A powerful thrilling read that brings you back and forth through scientific theory, childhood, and the meaning of the universe.”
“I've read a good deal of fiction books in my time, but nothing quite like this one. The mixing of ideas from all genres was just brilliantly done.”
“Jeffrey manages to throw down novel idea after novel idea…”
“Mark Jeffrey's book (the first in a planned series), has enough twists and turns to keep you flipping the pages and enough satisfying surprises to elicit a sigh of satisfaction at the end.”
“…young Mr. Quick may give a certain spectacled boy with a lightning scar on his forehead a run for his money.”
“Next, best step for the Phillip Pullman/Harry Potter set!”
"The Tyranny of This Book Is Absolute!"
“A wonderful ride!”
“Mark Jeffrey is a word-wizard among wordsmiths.”
“…the most creative content anyone could have possibly shoved into those two hundred and some odd pages.”
And a few more random snappy snaps :)
Talking about MQ1 and 2 at Sundance a few years back ... that's Kara Swisher of the Wall St. Journal sitting next to me:
For a few weeks, 'Pocket' WAS the most popular ebook in the iTunes App Store (we've, er, slipped a little since then :)