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To the world at large Doc Wilde and his family are an amazing team of golden skinned adventurers born to daring escapades and globetrotting excitement Join them as they crisscross the Earth on a constant uest for new knowledge incredible 21st century thrills and good old fashioned adventureNow with adventurous Grandpa Wilde missing the Wildes confront the deepest mysteries of Dark Matter penetrate the tangled depths of uncharted jungles and come face to face with the likely end of the world in the clammy clutches of an ancient amphibian threat THE FROGS OF DOOMNow in deluxe illustrated editions Tim Byrd’s Doc Wilde novels recapture the magic of classic pulp cliffhangers for readers of all ages


10 thoughts on “Doc Wilde and The Frogs of Doom

  1. says:

    Lester Dent meets H P Lovecraft in this adventure yarn with a sizable dollop of Eoin Colfer thrown in in tone style and reading level and to a degree in essential conception although the Wildes unlike the Fowls are resolutely law abiding and ethical this book reminded me of Artemis Fowl Like the latter it's aimed primarily at pre teen readers and should prove eually popular with them Indeed my rating above is based on the author's skillful appeal to this audience; while I did like it and better than Colfer's series opener my rating based strictly on my own reaction would have been three stars it lacked the amount of texture and character development that it usually takes to earn four stars from me That wouldn't be a problem for most kids thoughDoc Wilde adventurer and scientific polymath is based on Lester Dent's Doc Savage character from the early modern adventure pulps I haven't read any of L Dent's work myself though this book whetted my interest in doing so Here the challenge he must confront is posed by an extraterrestrial amphibious Elder God from beyond our universe itching to break into our universe and wreak havoc and invested with all of the Lovecraftian trappings that Cthulhu Mythos fans like me will readily recognize and eat up with a spoon But Doc is accompanied in his adventures by his 12 and 10 year old kids Brian and Wren an element missing in Byrd's pulp fiction models but calculated to appeal to an audience of their peers Now even though these kids are mentally and physically trained better than most adults they're still kids; some readers will find it unrealistic that a parent would expose them to that degree of danger even granting that he's a male parent Mrs Wilde is dead years ago if she were alive I suspect she'd have enthusiastic objections and will feel that if he did he should be prosecuted by social services for reckless endangerment Those readers have a case but it misses the point this is essentially a child's fantasy a literary daydream of what they could do with that kind of training and a parent willing to let them use it And their identification with heroic kids who make a difference in the outcome of the situation as Brian and Wren do here isn't a bad thingThe short chapters that one reviewer complained of don't actually make for a choppy narrative because the story flows in a uick moving current; the chapter divisions just correspond to what in some works would be a skipped line to indicate a scene change and often emphasize an ominous or cliffhanger moment I wasn't bothered either by the occasional use of unconventional typescript for emphasis it wasn't overused and for me didn't interfere with readability Obviously the one sentence claim of a role for the book's Elder God figure in the supposed evolution of earthly life clashes with a creationist view as does Lovecraft's own passing mention in At the Mountains of Madness of the supposed role of his aliens in the origin of mankind; but in both places this isn't a major thrust of the story as a whole nor essential to the plot and so can simply be passed over After all if you can accept the idea that a child could be trained to see in the dark by echolocation though not as well as a bat can temporary suspension of disbelief for anything won't be a big problemAll of the members of the Wilde family are larger than life characters as tends to be the case in adventure fiction and they're delineated mostly in terms of what they can do without much attention to their interior life; but again that's a characteristic of the genre Byrd writes well giving you enough detail to bring the characters and scenes to life but not to interfere with a uick narrative pace; he keeps action scenes and physical jeopardies freuent so there's never a dull moment and the situations are genuinely demanding for the characters Wren's long crawl through a narrow subterranean tunnel in pitch darkness for instance isn't for the claustrophobic Despite the Lovecraftian theme he wisely eschews preaching cosmic despair confronted by a universe threatening ancient evil of great power and malevolence the Wildes don't sink into suicidal existential angst; they just set their jaws and kick some amphibian butt There are a number of other good touches here I liked the strong family bond among the Wildes their ecological concern their preference for not killing if they can avoid it and the positive portrayal of homeschooling; and I also appreciated the fact that Wren was an eual member of the team not excluded from adventuring because of her gender as was often the fate of females in the adventure fiction of the 19th and early 20th centuries Grandma's no slouch at akido either Byrd has just the right note of deadpan humor; and like Edgar Rice Burroughs he's adept at switching focus between separated characters to create cliff hanger situations The climax and denouement are well done But where the Wildes really won my heart was when I read Like Doc and the kids the grandparents Wilde liked only one thing than adventuring reading As a librarian and fellow reader I LIKE this family


  2. says:

    Grandpa Wilde has disappeared and it's up to Doc Wilde and his two kids to track him down What does Grandpa's disappearance have to do with a mysterious photo of him beside a strange frog shaped cave?Doc Wilde is an adventure pulp in the vein of Doc Savage whom Grandpa Wilde is a dead ringer for If I was twenty years younger it would uite possibly be one of my favorite books How many YA books do you know of that feature dark matter the Cthulhu mythos and nanites all wrapped in a Doc Savage style adventure tale? My gripes with this book are minor and all involve the format The two page chapters were annoying as were the sound effects and word balloons inserted into the text


  3. says:

    Chapter 1Travis sits down to review the new middle grade adventure Doc Wilde and the Frogs of Doom He decides to incorporate the book's cliffhanger heavy style into the review when there is a knock at the door He gets up as the knocking becomes urgent When Travis opens the door he can’t believe what he seesChapter 2It is his old college roommate Greg Average height with dark hair Greg anxiously asks what books Travis has been reading lately Surprised but relieved Travis offers his friend a refreshment and begins to tell Greg about Doc Wild After a few seconds without warning Greg spits out his drink all over the living roomChapter 3“A secret civilization of mutated manfrogs?” Greg exclaims after apologizing for making a mess“Indeed” says Travis “They live in the jungles of South America in a tiny country called the Republic of Hildalgo They are after an object that in their evil hands could bring the world to its knees”Chapter 4“The object is a small carved emerald frog It holds the key to bringing their leader Frogon back from another dimension There’s just one problem One BIG problemChapter 5“The frog is in the possession of the world renowned adventurer Doc Wilde Along with his daughter Wren son Brian Phineas Bartlett attorney and Declan mac Coul driverpilot Doc is lured to Hidalgo to find his father who has been kidnapped It is there that the powers of the emerald frog reveal themselves taking over the body of Declan mac Coul and putting the fate of the world in danger”“Hold on” says Greg “I have a very important uestion to ask you”Chapter 6“Will kids like it?” asks Greg“Many will” Travis responds “It’s full of excitement gadgets and gross frogs Reluctant readers will likely approve of the short chapters and no nonsense plot pacing” Travis looks around and continues “But there’s one thing” Greg leans in and listens carefully to what comes nextChapter 7“Inspired by the Doc Savage pulp adventures from the '30s and '40s Doc Wilde and his family are heroes in the classic sense smart athletic strong well traveled and good looking The author aware of how impossible this is presents these over the top characters with a bit of subtle humor which every kid won’t pick up on This fact isn't likely to deter many howeverGreg takes this all in and gives the cover a thoughtful glance After a couple seconds of careful though he blurts out Don JohnsonChapter 8What? says a confused TravisDoc Wilde He kinda looks like Don Johnson on the cover A nice touch Anyway sound like this is an adventure that young readers will approve of Mind if I give it a read?Travis slowly puts out an open hand As soon as I review it


  4. says:

    I had to go well out of my way to find a copy of this puppy at an out of town library which I did because of my interest in Doc Savage on which the DocDad character is based This middle grade readers adventure story about an inventor's family going on an adventure to rescue the grandfather from Lovecraftian frog creatures is adorable There are lots of fun inventions and lots of caves aircraft adventures etc It's a great idea and plenty of fun and if the formatting doesn't bother you then you'll love it even than I did If you've got kids or nephews nieces etc who like adventure fiction archaeology science travel etc then this is definitely worth a try However from an adult perspective I found the formatting the only displeasing thing about it; there are a lot of call outs pull uotes speech bubbles and over 60 chapters in a 186 page book which broke me up every time I got into a reading flow I've read zillions of books for middle grade readers so while it's probably not as jarring to younger readers I'm pretty familiar with the general principles of the genre and I love middle grade books The formatting was supposed to be innovative and clever Maybe kids would like it but it made my copyeditor bells go DING DING DING constantly and I swear there were electric sparks shooting out of my ears at times In the copyediting trade we used to call these formatting tricks schoolgirling which is utterly inappropriate when it occurs in a physician's paper on a study of a new chemotherapy supportive care drug but really when used in children's adventure fiction it shouldn't bother the reader I mean it's for you know schoolgirls right? But I'm a geezer It didn't sour me on the book by any stretch but I had to struggle to get through itWhich is too bad because the story's fun and cute and entertaining and there's lots of fun scientific speculation in it So if you're not a crotchety old slowly decaying copyeditor from the big city with french roast pumping through his veins and a permanent scowl on his wrinkled face you'll probably enjoy it even than I did


  5. says:

    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka Readingjunky for TeensReadToocomFans of AmericanMichigan Chillers are sure to enjoy Doc Wilde's adventures DOC WILDE AND THE FROGS OF DOOM is perfect for action loving readers in the middle grade age groupDoc Wilde teams up with son Brian and daughter Wren for a wild experience in the jungles of South America The action starts high on the side of a skyscraper when creepy crawly looking frogs plaster themselves to the window of the family offices Are these bloated monsters related to the disappearance of the kids' Grandfather? All they can hope to do is gather a specimen or two and use scientific research to test out their theoryCapturing one of the creatures puts first Brian and then his father in near death situations Using cool James Bond type special effects Brian dangles high over the streets of the city and attempts to pry the sticky icky frogs from the skyscraper window When things go heart stoppingly wrong and it seems almost guaranteed that Brian's life is over his father sweeps in to the rescueThe action doesn't stop there as the family packs their scientific bag of tricks and heads to the tiny mysterious South American country of Hidalgo Even using their vast research capabilities they are only able to discover the bare minimum about the place But all the information they have about their missing Grandfather points in that directionDOC WILDE AND THE FROGS OF DOOM offers non stop excitement terrific special effects and tons of sciencegeek information Just over 180 pages with 60 chapters perfect for short reading stints this book promises to be a hit with the younger tween set


  6. says:

    I bought this book for two reasons to support a local author and to give my child something fun to read I had no preconceived idea of the book or its plot or style Imagine my surprise when I read it AND LOVED IT It was everything I thought it would be and I grew up reading fantasy books like THE DARK IS RISING series by Susan Cooper I wanted my 10 year old daughter to have the same sort of experience To be completely immersed in the story and carried along by it She read it all in one day and only put it down to participste in reuired activities I on the other hand read it very slowly to enjoy it and to understand the nuances It stood up very well to both tests I am an avid reader but often find myself reading books and criticizing either a plot turn as predictable or character development as being lacking or worse yet sometimes the language usage or vocabulary is repetitive But in this case I cared about these characters Since my degree is in science and I have a doctorate I was pleased that an author could write such a plausible work of fiction about frogs as the enemy and include so much detail about the Wilde family's curious inventions Willing suspension of disbelief aside I fell for it all hook line and sinker Even gasped out loud at the two BIG plot twists My only complaint is that I wanted to find out what happens next in the series and that's what Doc prescribed right? Keep 'em wanting MORE


  7. says:

    I was impressed with the story of Doc Wilde and his kids Tim Byrd has an author's voice for high adventure that's for sure It felt like a book for pre teens but I think that adventure fans of all ages should enjoy itPulp adventure with a Lovecraftian menace as the main antagonist Brian and Wren are delightful as adventurers in training and are full of educational sidebits I found the literary uotes and the brief lessons in geography language history and science to be very enlightening A kid should enjoy those parts without even realizing that they are learning somethingThe only negative I would attach to the book is that I felt it ended rather abruptly It built to a climax rather nicely and the resolution of the main plot was just fine but it seemed that it wrapped up in a hurried manner Perhaps this is a pulp adventure trait; I've not read much in the genre It did answer uestions I had it just seemed to brush over them rather uickly It's not really a complaint since it did work but I did feel like I was slamming on brakes there at the end Maybe that was by design so I won't be too critical of thatVery nice work Mr Byrd I would be interested in seeing adventures of Brian Wren and Doc And I had to say that I very much enjoyed the banterrivalry between Declan and Bartlett Doc Wilde's hired help


  8. says:

    There is then just nonstop action and adventure in this story though it has those in spades it is also educational There are explanations for everything from nanotechnology to meditation techniues This book was written for the 10 age group and while I agree that some of the educational portions of the book I loved those by the way might be lost on younger kids I still kept having the same vision I kept seeing myself reading this book to my grandkids who are 5 and 6 years old Not them reading it themselves mind you but me reading it to them a few chapters at a time explaining things myself if needed They might not understand some of the technical aspects but it would not matter they would LOVE the story And possibly learn a few things along the way This book would be perfect for bedtime reading the chapters are short and there are plenty of cliffhanger chapter endings to keep them begging for just one chapterpleeeese You may find that you have a hard time putting it down yourselfFull Review Here Old Bat's Belfry


  9. says:

    Twelve year old Brian and his 10 year old sister Wren are just your average kids except for their martial arts and survival training Except that they live in a huge mansion on a high wooded hill with their father's amazing scientific workshop underneath it Doc Wilde their father is the world's greatest adventurer; he and the kids are always ready at a moment's notice to leave for another adventureYour grandfather has disappeared again Cool Wren flips down from her trapeze Brian grabs his backpack and they slide down the spiral slide to the basement This adventure takes them to the rain forest and some mysterious human sized frogs Brian Wren and Doc Wilde leap from one narrow escape to the next with amazing physical and mental skillsChapters are short with adventures on every page The frenetic action gives you no time for character development so don't expect it just enjoy the nonstop Superman style adventures Great for reluctant readers or any adventure lovers ages 8 13


  10. says:

    Doc Wilde and the Frogs of Doom is adventure fiction at it's finest Its completely changed how I want to write my next book I'd encourage any Men's Adventure genre fan to pick it up you'll enjoy the pace and action in the book while being able to read it to your younger kids as well as hand it off to your older kids to read on their own