Doc Wilde and The Frogs of Doom

Doc Wilde and The Frogs of Doom

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ISBN-13: 9780989443302
Publisher: Outlaw Moon Books
Publication date: 06/07/2013
Pages: 194
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Tim Byrd lives with his adventurous son, a treacherous cat, and a hapless dog in Decatur, Georgia. He is often barefoot, prone to irony, and interested in everything. He has been a soldier, game designer, independent filmmaker, and outdoor guide. He knows how to tie a tie, but doesn't care to.

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Doc Wilde and the Frogs of Doom 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Fans of American/Michigan 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 group. Doc 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 theory. Capturing 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 rescue. The 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 direction. DOC WILDE AND THE FROGS OF DOOM offers non-stop excitement, terrific special effects, and tons of science/geek 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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Grandpa Pat informs her son Dr. Spartacus Wilde his nonagenarian father vanished after giving a talk at a forum at Harvard. The widower accompanied by his twelve year old son Brian, his ten year old daughter, associate Phineas Bartlett and driver Declan mac Coul plan to search for the missing Wilde. However, before they can begin, they are attacked by mutant frogs in their family abode in the Empire State Building.------------ Next stop for the intrepid warriors is Harvard, which soon leads them to Hidalgo in South America. From there they enter the jungle heading to a remote region with mutant frogs of all sorts attacking them until they reach a cave whose opening is shaped like the mouth of a giant frog. Inside they continue the quest learning that the dark God Frogon, who destroyed his universe, is seeking entrance to this one to destroy it too. As Mac is turned into a Man-frog, the Wildes battle saber-tooth frogs and other species of mutated frog while Frogon begins the ritual to enter the Wilde universe.------------ DOC WILDE AND THE FROGS OF DOOM is a fun pulp adventure that pays homage to Doc Savage while targeting the tweener crowd. The story line is fast and lighthearted as the heroes battle mutant fogs. With literary quotes ranging from Seuss to Lovecraft and beyond, Tim Byrd avoids dumbing down his novel. Young readers will relish the escapades of the Wilde family and friends as they struggle to save the world one croak at a time.-------- Harriet Klausner
Airship27 More than 1 year ago
Sometimes the twist and turns of fate can make you sit back and ponder those magical things we call coincidence. Early yesterday morning, via the internet, I learned that one of our finest fantasy, science fiction writers had died; Philip Jose Farmer. Amongst his many popular works, Farmer had invented a strange heroes mythology wherein he surmised not only were all the great literary heroes of the late nineteenth and twentieth century based on real people but that they were also related in one fashion or another. This was called his Wold Newton Mythology. In this fanciful theory, Farmer postulated that there had actually been a 1930s globe trotting adventurer who was the basis for the pulp hero, Doc Savage. Farmer also suggested this man was related to the jungle lord we call Tarzan. Amongst his elaborate genealogy of heroes, Farmer several times replaced the name Savage with Wilde, again to indicate historical personages and their fictional disguises. So why bring this all up now? Simply because on the day I learned of Farmer's passing, this book arrived on my doorstep; DOC WILDE AND THE FROGS OF DOOM by Tim Byrd. In his action-packed story, Byrd tells us this Doc Savage figure not only existed, but that he went on to marry and have a son and grandchildren. The son is one Doctor Spartacus Wilde, a golden hued chip off the old block. Like his dad, now ninety-nine but still fit as an Olympian athlete, he is a famous scientist, inventor and world traveler. He is also a widower raising two fantastic kids, Brian and Wren, both of whom have inherited the family adventuring genes. As the book opens, Doc and his children learn that Grandpa Wilde has disappeared at the same time they are attacked by a variety of bizarre, hybrid frogs. Surviving these bizarre assaults, Doc, Brian, Wren and Doc's aides, take up the search from the Empire State Building, where they interview Grandma Pat Wilde to the halls of Harvard. Oh, and the two aides I mentioned are a red-headed Irishman named Declan mac Coul and a natty, debonair lawyer named Phineas Bartlett. (Of course any self-respecting pulp fan will recognize them immediately.) The trail of the missing senior Doc leads our group to the South American jungles of Hidalgo, as yet another well known name from the Savage canon. The innocent fun of this book, which is a Young Reader's offering, is that it does not attempt to shy away from its origins and is a worthy pastiche for all Doc Savage enthusiasts. Byrd is having a grand time offering us a satisfying what-if adventure that rings true from start to finish and left me wanting more. All the trappings and clichés of the hero pulps are here, but presented in such a fresh and carefree manner, the reader will be swept away by the outlandish exploits performed by this one-of-a-kind family. The Wildes are old fashion heroes in the best sense of the word and their adventure is sure to thrill pulp fans, both old and new.
DarkRavenDH More than 1 year ago
Doc Wilde and the Frogs of Doom by Tim Byrd I will give a spoiler alert, although I don’t believe I have given away too much. But one man’s hint sometimes is another’s spoiler. It all started with the disappearance of Doc Wilde’s father, the only clues being a very strange frog artifact and a picture of the elder Wilde inside a frog-shaped natural rock formation. He stands in the mouth of the frog, which is a stalactite fanged cave. Doctor Spartacus Wilde is the son of Doctor Wilde and Pat Wilde who live in their headquarters on the 86th floor of the Empire State Building. The elder Wilde was an adventurer in the 30’s and 40’s. Retired, he still manages to get into scrapes from time to time. Doc Wilde is raising his two children, Brian, 12, and Wren, 10; his wife having died in undisclosed circumstances. Brian and Wren are no ordinary kids; they have been trained by Doc and are stronger, faster, and more intelligent than most adults. They are aided in their adventures by the very proper, fashionably dressed, Englishman Phineas Bartlett; the Wilde family majordomo at Lyonesse, their fortress of a home. Also an aide is Declan mac Clou, chauffeur, pilot, and ape like strongman. The adventure reads like a Doc Savage novel combined with an Indiana Jones movie, spiced with a good measure of HP Lovecraft! Like a Doc Savage novel there is danger, a hidden mastermind, exotic local, and over the top bad guys. Like an Indiana Jones movie, there is an unusual artifact, and an underground lair that is full of traps and difficult to negotiate. And from the world of HP Lovecraft, a Frog God and his unusual worshipers rise to threaten the entire world. The frogs begin to surface in New York; weird deformed amphibians such as might be spawned by nuclear radiation, but that show no signs of radiation. Some are the size of humans, and armed with claws and fangs and a dreadful sense of some dark purpose. From Lyonesse, where the first attack takes place, to the 86th floor of the Empire State Building, to the jungles of Hidalgo, Doc Wilde and crew fight these Frogs of Doom in a race to set the elder Doctor Wilde free, before the Frogs of Doom set something else, a horror beyond imagination, free upon this world… This book is fantastic! Written for a younger audience than usually read pulp fiction, it still manages to satisfy the requirements for total pulp experience! The interweaving of the various pulp worlds into one solid adventure marks Tim Byrd as a master wordsmith! The book gets five stars plus from the old Raven! Quoth the Raven…
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