Orphan. Superhero. Thief. Dogboy, aka Bronson Black, is Colta City’s 13-year-old superhero. When his parents die in a car accident he’s left in the custody of his mysterious Uncle Randolph. Using his magic kit and a strange precognitive power he protects the city from Andrus and his Guild of Thieves. Along the way he befriends Cindy McNeil, a wannabe reporter with a secretOrphan. Superhero. Thief. Dogboy, aka Bronson Black, is Colta City’s 13-year-old superhero. When his parents die in a car accident he’s left in the custody of his mysterious Uncle Randolph. Using his magic kit and a strange precognitive power he protects the city from Andrus and his Guild of Thieves. Along the way he befriends Cindy McNeil, a wannabe reporter with a secret of her own, and Mr. Horum, his boss at The Old Curiosity Shop. When the guild captures Dogboy he must decide whether to join them or take them down once and for all as he embraces his destiny as one of the “good guys.”...
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den of thieves Reviews
This is a book targets to a Middle Grade and as I am far from those years I find it difficult to separate myself from whom I am now to a child of that age, so perhaps my appreciation of this work is different than the child who would read it. That being said, the tale is of an adventure for a young mind to grasp onto. As such the characters do not need to flesh out as much as they would for an adults mind, or an adults needs. Our hero, Bronson, is quickly confronted with great tragedy and immediately after finds that he has the superpowers that this genre serves. Yet that great tragedy should serve as a motivator, as a depth that needs to be explored and it is not well served. Whilst we follow the plot of our young hero, we see him add to his experiences and to those he knows and yet somewhat in an unrealistic way we find him meet others who would appear to have powers that will develop along the course of the series. In addition enemies of course abound and these types are presented to us so that we can see the comic book like quality of villains. Along with creating a city that allows for heroes and villains to thrive in. Here we have the classic tropes necessary to provide a mix for the young middle grade reader, and they might thoroughly enjoy the effort. As an adult there are issues of presentation that need to be addressed as Point of View skews on occasion so dramatically that the reader is not prepared for the shift. Should these continue to be overcome, an older reader will find the outing to their liking as always is the case, good will triumph over evil in the end.
ABR's full Dogboy: Den of Thieves audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.I’ve been thinking about this story a lot. On the one hand Dogboy: Den of Thieves Book 1 was well written and narrated though admittedly the narration was simplistic, but then again, I believe it was written for a younger audience (approximately 8-15 year olds) and they would find it to be just right for them. I also believe the production of this program was well done. I’m sure my boys would love to listen to The Dogboy Adventures and then use magic tricks to become the new superheros of the neighborhood. Truly, this story could inspire a great deal of fun for family and friends….hmmm, I’m going to have to figure out costumes now.On the other hand audiobooks bring the written word to life and this story had a few very dark scenes that might upset young children, i.e., 13 year old Bronson Black’s parents are killed and he must go to live with his very evil uncle Randolph who cares not a bit for him. Yes, I know this happens in real life but the issue is worth mentioning because the things that happen to Bronson would be frightening. If a parent of the very young listens with them then the point is likely moot.With that being said, overall it’s a sometimes serious, sometimes humorous story about a boy who takes up magic after the death of his parents and uses the magic to become “Dogboy” and save his community. There are quite a few twists along the way but this young superhero is able to work through them while uncovering the mystery of his magician father. I cried a little, I laughed a little, but most of all I did enjoy listening to this first book of I imagine many more to come.Bill Meeks has a good start on this new series and narrator Nathan Beatty does a fine job of bringing Dogboy’s adventures to life. I think the artwork for the cover shows the artist to be very talented and understanding of the story, and I like it.Audiobook provided for review by the author.
The first half of the book gets off to a rather slow start, with some painful pun-ch lines.Damn it.Seriously, though. Get ready for a lot of dog jokes.Things definitely pick up in the second half, and lead up to a fight with the villain which, while entirely predictable, was at least fun to read. That seems to be the way things go, from the...one...three...four. Four! Superhero based books I've read over the past few years. The beginning is slow, because it has to establish the hero's back story, and the second half is much more interesting, because we finally get to see all the super powers in action.The plot was goofy, and I really think the book would have worked better in a visual medium - a graphic novel, or a cartoon.I loved the idea of the hero using a mix of super powers and plain show magic. You can't deny that Bronson knows how to put on a good show. And that's a good thing for a superhero who doesn't take himself too seriously - like, say, a kid dressing up in a dog mask.I had mixed feelings about the villain. On the one hand - Thieves' Guild.On the other hand...the entire Guild was so over the top and ridiculous. I guess I prefer a more dark and brooding selection of Thieves to the "freedom fighters" of the story. I don't mind politics being a driving force for thievery, but it just felt weird seeing it in action in a modern setting.That's just my personal preference, though.The ending chapters opened up a lot of potential for future stories, but I wish it had explained a bit more of why all these kids have super powers. And how does Cyndi know Axle - well, aside from their brief meeting when they were both held prisoner? Why did the villain handle the entire Dogboy situation the way he did? It really made no sense. What's the deal with Mayor Lane?Well, I suppose that's what sequels are for.
Dogboy is a series of young adult superhero novels, in the old "boy's own adventure" genre (a la Hardy Boys, Boxcar Children, etc.). Dogboy follows a young orphan called Bronson Black, who is sent to live with his lowlife uncle after the death of his parents. He soon discovers he now has precognitive superpowers, though just why, when, and how remain a mystery even to the end of this first novel. Hopefully this will be explored in later volumes. In his new home with his uncle in the city, Bronson learns parkour, gets a new girlfriend — the snarky, ambitious, and resourceful Cindy — and encounters lots of colorful thieves who belong to a revolutionary guilt wanting to take over the city, and eventually all of society along with it. Allured by their social justice flavored rhetoric, Dogboy must decide if he will save the world by becoming a thief, or by sticking up for the average joe, even if the average joe seems to always hate his guts. I honestly enjoyed this story for what it is (a children's book), but I thought it could have delivered a bit more in terms of mythology. However, I understand that it's only the first entry in the series, and the final two or three chapters did contain lots of tantalizing and surprising hints toward what might be coming. I'd like to keep reading Meeks' work to see just where Dogboy's mysterious origins lie, and how his family's secret backstory might shape his future in books to come.
This was a great middle grade read for boys. Really interesting story with plenty of twists and turns.The narrative switches between several characters, it helps make for a more well rounded tale. You really get to see what each person's motivations are throughout the book.There are several plot points that are lefts vague, no real explanation of the powers. Where do they come from? Why do only some people have them? What was the back story of Bronson and Cindy?I listened to the audiobook narrated by Nathan Beatty, who does a great job with the pace. I enjoyed his read most of the time, it was just the villains I had a problem with. It would have been more of a surprise twist if the voices had been different. It was too obvious for my liking.Overall this is a fascinating series and has great potential for tween boys and girls. Most of it comes from Bronson's POV but the parts with Cindy really mix in well. I cannot wait to see what happens next for these kids. There are loose ends still out there, but I am sure they will be tied in the next book.Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, ratings and opinions are my own.
"Dogboy is a 13 yr old Superhero; great story!"This was a great listen for almost all ages. I loved it and I think this book would have a wide audience range.. I could see this as a TV series. I like when Bronson first walked into Mr. Horum's magic shop. That was fun. I also liked when Francine tried to rob the magic shop as well. That was funny.I think my favorite scene was when Bronson's dad, after the car wreck told him to get out his wallet and Bronson saw his own picture that his dad kept of him, and told him to get the key out from behind the picture. Bronson was able to see what the key was for.Nathan Beatty is a really good narrator. I love every character he did. They were all very distinct including when he was 'being' the narrator. All the characters were very, very well done! And Bill Meeks is a terrific author. You can't go wrong with this book. I loved it!
Good story, but sometimes a bit disjointed. Basically how an ordinary boy learns to become extraordinary at a difficult time of life. Definitely recommend it.NB is and OK narrator but seems a bit flat, or maybe disengaged.The book was free, and the review honest.
These are short little episode type stories of a young boy who's a super hero.