Koos Verkaik published over 60 different titles, both novels and children's books, hundreds of comic scripts, made several records and has worked as a copywriter.
Suddenly, at the end of the twenty-first century, the world changes. The tycoons rule and name themselves kings. The times are rife with extravagance and decadence, extreme power and richness. The world is one big party. And there is chaos!
No one seems to wonder how this all came to be. No one seems to wonder what is actually happening. No one seems to care about anything anymore. Except for some odd outsiders. One of them is Oscar Man, the illegitimate son of tycoon Otto Man. Once he was a prince; then he became a pariah, a jester, with nothing to lose for himself and so much to win for the world…
In these turbulent times, the Second Renaissance, strange creatures come into power and try to subject every single human being to their will. They make the poor jester Oscar Man dance. But ultimately Oscar will manage to solve the biggest problems the world has ever faced!
The Middle Ages were a turbulent time for many countries, including England.
King Richard the Lionhearted, had left in the company of a large number of knights to take part in the Crusades, and now his brother, Prince
John, was ruling the country. It soon became obvious that this prince was out more to enrich himself than to rule the country in a good and fair way.
Angie is a young orphan girl who lives in the stables, looking after the horses of Lord Patrick Baltimore. When Prince John's army is about to seize all of the Baltimore horses as a tribute, Angie runs away with one very special colt named Silver. Soon she and Silver are befriended by a splendid black stallion named Saladin. No one knows his story, but all who meet him, agree he is a wonder horse. As Angie sets out to find Robin Hood, Saladin and Silver save her from the evil of Prince John and his men, time after time. The unlikely trio, inspire the Saxons to have faith and courage as they struggle to survive until the return of the rightful ruler, Richard the Lionhearted.
Alex goes on a journey with the Royal Clover Family.
In the Land of Fringe they will witness the coronation of Francis Fray the First.
How are the clumsy Cloverland giants supposed to behave in that big country, where everything is done so proper and according to the rules?
That won’t be easy…
And… what kind of present should they give to the new king?
Well… Ludo the wolpertinger is caught in a cage! Maybe Francis Fray would like to own a wolpertinger…
In this thrilling story we will find out how strong the friendship between Alex and the wolpertinger is!
Nothing is what it seems, in this new, exciting Koos Verkaik novel…
It starts with the finding of an old manuscript hidden in an old atlas of the Cape of Good Hope, around the year 1745.
“Allart Vroom climbed down from the ship, and we stood ready to catch him,” wrote Captain Adriaen Kalf. “His clothes, his flesh, his bones pulverized in our hands. He formed a small heap of powder at our feet. Please, believe me—it is not, like someone suggested, the contents of broken hourglasses.”
Jan Glas, an Amsterdam publicist, reads about a machine that could cause the end of the entire world! Of course, he wants to find out the truth about the remarkable manuscript!
A long journey takes him to England and the USA.
A peculiar man crosses his path - Wesley Dunn, Raso Preacher, Center of the Heavenly Vision, Franks Knight, Florida, USA.
This man says that the world will be destroyed by ‘the Machine of Colton’, which is also mentioned in the manuscript that Jan found! Only a few people will survive – the true followers of the odd Mr. Wesley Dunn, and the Raso way of life!
Murder, mystery and intrigue will keep the reader guessing as to what is going on. Is the world coming to an end, and if so, who will survive?
In Book Three of the series, Alex, Ludo the Wolpertinger and Shabby Chum return to the mysterious Downhills. This time they take along Princess Barbara, to help retrieve the magic book that is needed to free the magician Halo.
The adventure starts as soon as they enter the Downhills. All is not well! Ton-ton is serious trouble, the drought has almost dried up the river. The land under the red sun is burning up.
With the help of Ludo, things get moving in the right direction and Alex and his friends are once again flying across the Downhills. Little do they know, Rusty Iron the robber knight,and father to Princess Barbara is hot on their trail. He has enlisted the help of Uncle Balloon, a small mammoth that fills himself with air, then ties his trunk in a knot and flies. That is, as long as no one tells him a silly joke, and makes him laugh. Then his trunk unravels and he comes crashing down to the ground.
Follow along and found out if Barbara is really a princess, and if her, Alex, Ludo and Shabby Tabby Chum are able to save Halo.
Alex and his friends, Shabby Tabby Chum and Ludo the wolpertinger are on a mission to save the magician Halo. Halo is being held prisoner by Prince Ruff Rumble. The giant prince wants the magician to make gold for him. Halo's magic books are now unreadable after falling into the lake but he couldn't have made the gold even if his books hadn't gotten wet. The prince doesn't know that, and Alex's real mission is to find a magician that can help Halo and get him set free.
Excerpt: Halo put me under a spell that shrank me till I was just as little as Chum the old tomcat. And suddenly I was able to speak the language of the animals! On the back of the fat cat I traveled to an oak wood. On the way I met two friends, William Wing the miller and Alfred Axe the woodcutter. With their help I reached the tallest oak of the wood. It was there that I first met Ludo the wolpertinger. He had blue fur and a lanky figure. His feet were very, very big. When I asked the wolpertinger how we could reach the Downhills, he said:
“You have to believe in the Downhills. If you don't believe in them, then you will bump your head on the trunk of the oak tree. If you do believe in them, then you will walk straight through it, and you will be where you want to be.”
He was right! Chum and I believed in the Downhills, walked right into the oak, stepped right through the bark, and ended up in a tunnel. There we reached a mysterious land and saw a big, red sun in the sky.
The end of the nineteenth century—the rich have great interest in the occult; tables dance everywhere, and ghosts speak in many a darkened room.
Wolf can make or break reputations in the field of spiritism. A one-man inquisition, hunting for the truth, he makes the inexplicable explicable, or gives it the benefit of the doubt until he finally sees through the trick. When he discovers that certain phenomena seem to be real, his heart overflows with enthusiasm.
His name fits perfectly; like a wolf he follows every track leading to solving complex riddles. His wealth opens doors wide for him.
Then he decides to find out what happens when more than a dozen mediums concentrate on the same thing at the same time. Big troubles—Wolf seems to be the victim of the occult! He finds himself in a mesmerizing world where the intriguing story of the Nibelung Gold seems to be a fact.
Never trust a wolpertinger! For wolpertingers only give you troubles! Still, once, a long time ago, there was a boy who made friends with a wolpertinger. That was Alex, the boy from the Alps, who lived in the land of the giant king Clover and traveled through the Downhills – together with Ludo the wolpertinger. They had many wonder adventures, and this is how they met.