Saturday, December 4, 2010

Book Review: Scourge (A Grim Doyle Adventure) by David H. Burton

Scourge (A Grim Doyle 
Adventure)Scourge (A Grim Doyle Adventure) by David H. Burton

Release: November 29, 2010
Ebook, Print will be available

My Review:
Why I read this:  The author contacted me, I read the blurb he sent and thought it sounded like I book I would enjoy (and one my son would enjoy as well).

How is the novel driven?:  I think it's hard to say, I would say primarily plot-driven, but the characters are important for the author to set up for this series as well.  But for the type of book it is, plot is most important.

My thoughts: I'm not a steampunk-person, I don't dislike it, but I haven't read many steampunk books (just Clockwork Angel and now Scourge).  That being said, I really enjoyed Scourge.  I think of it more as fantasy along the lines of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and Lord of the Rings.  It's a great middle grade children's fantasy that will fascinate older audiences as well.

I quickly liked the character of Grim, he's inquisitive, wants to get away from his siblings but has a wonderful side to him as well.  I also enjoyed meeting his other siblings and the friends and foes he meets in the other world they get taken to.  The characters are believable, fun and I hope to get to know them more in future books as well.  I think Mr. Burton did a good job developing the characters in this book but leaving enough to be discovered in future books.

Full of adventure and intrigue, this book is a great ride for the young and old alike.  It's hard to put down and enjoyable throughout.  I look forward to the next installment in the Grim Doyle Adventures to see how things continue to go for the six siblings in this new world they have been sucked into.

My Rating:  4.5/5.0

About the Book:

Two dads, five siblings, and goggles!

Grim Doyle has always known his life was not exactly "normal", and things get even more curious when he discovers a set of stones that sweep him and his
family to the fantasy, steampunk world of Verne - a place they had escaped from years ago. Now that they've returned, Grim and his siblings hide from the evil Lord Victor and his minions. And while learning about Jinns, Mystics, and the power of absinth they try to discover who is trying to kill them with the deadly Scourge.

Scourge is the first novel in the Grim Doyle Adventure series by author, David H. Burton. He can be found online at

The link to purchase:

Amazon Kindle release is available here:

Print version should be released in 2 weeks time.


How to obtain a personalized version of Scourge (from the author):

I am offering a personalized ebook version of Scourge at my site. With it comes an autographed dedication page as well as a fun feature where I alter the

name of one of the minor characters in the story with the name of the purchaser.

The link to purchase is here:


And of course, my site is at