“Doc Wilde and the Frogs of Doom is an adventure yarn in the old tradition. It gets that reading is an intellectual activity, and that an adventure, to be really good, has to engage the reader’s brain. I loved this smart book!”
—Daniel Pinkwater, author of
The Neddiad and The Yggyssey
"Written in fast-paced, intelligent prose laced with humor and literary allusions ranging from Dante to Dr. Seuss, the story has all of the fun of old-fashioned pulp adventures. A tale 'terrifying and dark, of indescribable horrors and eldritch mysteries,' this is sure to be Wilde-ly popular, and readers will anxiously await future installments."
“Tim Byrd’s rollicking Doc Wilde and the Frogs of Doom is part Jonny Quest, part Doc Savage and all a massive hoot...it’s a balls-out adventure that, while light-hearted, never turns to self-referential mockery..."
—Alex Bledsoe, Guys Lit Wire
"It's a true delight...Tim Byrd has taken Doc Savage, added in a pinch of Robert E. Howard, a liberal dose of H.P. Lovecraft, and mixed it all together in a well done, enchanting pastiche of the pulps that will appeal to the adult audience as well as young adult readers. It is an over the top at times, rip roaring adventure that returns us to the days of yesteryear and leaves us wanting more. I hope to see more from Tim Byrd and Doc Wilde in the future."
—Barry Hunter, The Baryon Review
“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 fashioned heroes in the best sense of the word and their adventure is sure to thrill pulp fans, both old and new.”
—Ron Fortier, Pulp Fiction Reviews
"Doc Wilde and The Frogs of Doom is a pulp-pounding ribbiting croaker of a tale!"
—Will Murray, author of
Doc Savage: Skull Island
"The fun with this book starts with the front cover and does not stop until the very last page!...It was perfect. Fast paced, fun, entertaining...There was also a touching family quality to the whole thing that was priceless. It was one of those rare books that leaves you feeling really good once it is done."
—Mulluane, Old Bat's Belfry
"Move over, Doc Savage! Get out of the way, Indiana Jones! Make room, Artemis Fowl! There's a new adventure hero/family in town!"
—Janie Franz, MyShelf
"Tim Byrd writes with an infectious enthusiasm...This is a book for both boys and girls to enjoy. The book is clever and well written, the characters engaging, and young readers may accidentally learn something along the way..."
—Alex McGilvery, Armchair Interviews
“This is a book to be read under the covers, with a flashlight, way past bedtime. It is old-school entertainment and proud of it.”
—Quentin Dodd, author of
Beatnik Rutabagas from Beyond the Stars
"This is good, heady stuff. The writing flows beautifully, with occasional forays into laugh-out-loudness...The science is artfully articulated and seamlessly stitched into the fabric of the story. There are good guys and bad guys, car chases, cliffhangers, betrayals, action sequences to rival Indiana Jones, and an explosion of frogs that defies taxonomy..."
—Sean Melican, Ideomancer Speculative Fiction
"Doc Wilde and the Frogs of Doom is a great read for kids. Though some tout this as an adventure novel for boys, its appeal is certainly not restricted to them. Wren is definitely a very clever and capable little girl and just as courageous as her brother, Brian. This story will most certainly appeal to girls who are as enamored of narrow escapes, crazy gadgets, and unusual creatures."
—Janie Franz, MyShelf
"Doc and the kids take to the autogyro and head south. In the primordial rain forest, they’ll encounter powers so strong as to change a man into a, well, man-frog. They’ll deal with political intrigue and religious hysteria. The party will be forcefully separated, death will be threatened, danger will loom, unexpected (but completely logical) skills will reveal themselves to aid in the saving of the day, and things will seem darkest just before they go completely black. And they’ll eventually face down a god...But never fear: the Wildes are here."
—Ian Randal Strock, SF Scope
"I can't say that all girls will love this series, but I know quite a few who will. Meanwhile, I know for certain that boys, especially those who like Indiana Jones, Jonny Quest and adventure movies like National Treasure and The Mummy will love it!"
—Tracy Farnsworth, Roundtable Reviews
"Tim Byrd has come up with a perfect idea to showcase what pulp reading is all about...[his] writing never talks down to its young readers, and all his characters are well-defined...You just get caught up in the whole of it all: an evil mastermind, legions of frogmen, cool gadgets and a bit of Lovecraft lite..."
—Bruce Grossman, Bookgasm
"Daring adventure! Dastardly villains! Climactic cliffhangers!...Byrd updates the old movie serials genre, populates his story with an adventure-seeking family that brings to mind superhero versions of Steve Irwin and his children, and dusts the whole thing with Indiana Jones–style searches for magical artifacts. Oh, and he adds frogs, lots and lots of frogs..."
"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."
—Genre Go Round
"The action bounces breathlessly from crisis to crisis, with the Wilde family’s scientific gadgetry and arcane skills in constant demand...the book’s breakneck pacing and broad humor will appeal to middle-grade adventure fans."
—School Library Journal
"Doc Wilde and the Frogs of Doom doesn't really have one main character. It's the story of a family...The basic premise behind the book is very clever, and the quality of the writing is excellent."
author of Happy Kid!
"This book would be great for [those] who like adventure stories, especially if they’re very fond of Indiana Jones movies or shows about exploring far-flung locales. I also think that this book would be a hoot for reading aloud, it would certainly lend itself well to very animated story telling."
—Patricia Scott, BSC Reviews
"Action adventure is just the tip of the iceberg because this book is actually crammed full of interesting and, dare we say it, educational tidbits...Parents, don’t be surprised if you find yourselves enjoying this fun pulp fiction just as much as your kids."
—Sandy Amazeen, Monsters and Critics
"Doc Wilde and his family are heroes in the classic sense: smart, athletic, strong, well-traveled, and good-looking. The author presents these over-the-top characters with a bit of subtle humor..."
—Travis Jonker, 100 Scope Notes
"This book reminds me of the old fashioned adventure shows from the 1930's and 40's like Tarzan, Superman and Flash Gordon...I loved the relationship between Dr. Wilde and his kids. Concerned and caring, but also trusting them to be able to take care of themselves..."
—Stephanie A. Johnson, film producer