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Zak Corbin: Master of Machines

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All young Zak Corbin wants is a robot -- in a time when nearly everyone has one. But there is great fear of the Corbin name. Doctor Elias Corbin was regarded as a famous builder of robots until he unleashed an attack on a military factory. Branded a madman and a traitor, Zak's uncle was sentenced to spend the rest of his days on Penitentiary Island.

When fifteen-year-old Z
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Paperback, 277 pages
Published August 23rd 2012 by Tony Russo
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Pamela Scott
Sep 21, 2012 Pamela Scott rated it really liked it
It was an entertaining read myy children and I love the adventure and comedy throughout the story line.
Dallas Bono
Sep 25, 2012 Dallas Bono rated it it was amazing
I finished Zak Corbin, Master of Machines this morning. This afternoon, I was tasked with taking several boxes of donations to Goodwill that my wife and I put together. Inside was a toaster oven, an old VCR, and a metal floor lamp. The first thought that came to my mind was “what is my wife thinking? We could build a perfectly good robot with this stuff!”

I really enjoyed this novel by Tony Russo. From the very beginning of the book I sensed that I was in the very capable hands of a master of th
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Jennifer
Sep 27, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
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I love finding new books that my kids will love, and sometimes you have to sift through quite a few before you find one that really captures your child's interests. This was one of those books that my eight year old daughter just loved and my twelve year old son as well. It left me with a little bit of a wait to get my hands on it! It was great to think that she was sleeping one night only to find her flashlight on, covers over her head, and too busy reading to notice that I had walked in. But, ...more
Arthur Davis
Nov 07, 2012 Arthur Davis rated it liked it
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Zak Corbin: Master of Machines was a fun read. Settings were described perfectly and I could easily envision the world that Zak and pals inhabit. The confusion of a young man navigating his first boy-girl relationship is layed out perfectly. The characters of the children are well developed, but I found the adults a little lacking. The story was very straight forward, and while exciting, I kept waiting for twists that didn't happen. Over all a good well paced read that kept me reading and enter ...more
David Ledeboer
Ah! A boy, his robot, and flying taxis – what’s not to love? The adventures of Zak Corbin: Master of Machines, by Tony Russo, begins fast and furiously with an epic robotic battle. Russo tosses a sprinkling of mystery into the battle, just enough to get us turning the pages to know more.
Under the devious guidance of his imprisoned uncle, the feared Dr. Elias Corbin, fifteen (and three-fourths) years old Zak Corbin and two good friends build a Corbin robot. When Zak’s robot, Pogo, mistakenly foll
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Lynn Ann
Oct 04, 2012 Lynn Ann rated it it was amazing
My 10 year old just finished this and he loved it! Full of action and he could not put it down. He said it was better that Harry Potter, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Percy Jackson. He can't wait for the next book!
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May 26, 2013 David Vinther rated it really liked it
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This was a Firstreads win, got it for my kids. My oldest daughter liked this book, and my younger daughter and I read it together. Considering it is geared more towards boys, it was still enjoyable for all three of us.
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Zakary Corbin loved robots, but most teenage boys do. Zak however, is the nephew of the world-famous robot-inventor, Dr. Elias Corbin, who is in jail for a reason his parents won't tell him. Zak finds out that his uncle was put in jail because he was a traitor and used his robots to destroy a factory. Zak knows that his uncle couldn't be a traitor and wouldn't build evil robots and he decides to find out the truth. Zak finds the plans to build one of his uncles robots called a "Guardian." Zak an ...more
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My middle-school son loved this book!!! The story began in futuristic 1940 with a misunderstood mad scientist, Doctor Corbin, to fifteen years later with his nephew, Zak Corbin wanting to discover everything he can about this uncle who is in prison for the robots he created. Zak's fascination with robots and his uncle's past bring him to create a banned robot, and Zak doesn't quite realize what he is getting himself into.

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A brilliant adventure for kids and adults alike.
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TONY RUSSO was born in Queens, New York. First published in Aboriginal Science Fiction magazine, Mr. Russo was a contributing author for West End Games, LLC, license holder of the official STAR WARS roleplaying game system. He appears in TALES FROM THE EMPIRE, published by Bantam Books. He took 2nd prize in the 2003 New Century Writer Awards for Novels judged by Ray Bradbury. ZAK CORBIN: MASTER OF ...more
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