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Posted by Lee A. Farruga on February 20, 2011 at 7:43 AM

“Two Dads, five siblings and goggles!” This is how the author, David H. Burton summarizes the first novel in his new series, Scourge: A Grim Doyle Adventure. The fun part of his summary is that the description is based on his real life situation. The author lives near Toronto,Ontario with his partner, their three adopted sons and one basset hound.

 

Grim's story begins with him describing his home life and complaining about his siblings. Pretty normal for a 10 year old. What is not normal is just about everything else, from the crazy mechanical contraptions that move and scurry about their house, to the strange “glasses” their Dads have all of the children wear. It all becomes even more strange when Grim decides to escape to the attic for some peace and quiet. When he takes off his glasses, Grim describes them as being more like “goggles”, to clean them from the excessive dust, he finds that they have been keeping him from seeing the unique treasures in the old chest that he once thought was empty. When some of these treasures transport him to a strange world, Grim knows his life will never be the same. He finds his way home only to discover that his siblings know his secret. Just as he is going to explain everything, his whole family is thrust back to this strange place in order to save their lives. Grim soon learns that he and his family are far from normal and more special than he could have ever imagined. Because of this, Grim and his sisters and brothers end up at an orphanage where they encounter mythical beasts, wild and wonderful machines, danger and worst of all, chores!

 

David H. Burton has done a fantastic job of keeping his main character and his family very real. They are people you know. People with issues and disabilities, but with lots of love and a strong family bond. His minor characters are a great blend of good, bad and everything in between. Many times he surprised me with who was which.

 

Scourge is the first in a series of Grim Doyle adventures. It is written for children aged 9 – 12. While this middle school group will love Grim's first adventure, I found it a wonderful story for any age. I myself, far from being in that age group, enjoyed the story immensely! I cannot wait for the next in the series. I highly recommend this book to people of all ages.

 

For more information on David H. Burtonand his books visit his website.

Go here to see a trailer of Scourge!

 

Now for something SPECIAL! This review includes a giveaway. As a treat to members of Steampunk Canada, David H. Burton is giving away a personalized, autographed ebook version of Scourge that has the name of the winner swapped in for one of the minor characters in the book. We have 5 of these to give away. Simply comment here, or on the Steampunk Canada Facebook page and 5 lucky people will be randomly chosen to win!

 

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28 Comments

Reply Rose
8:59 AM on February 20, 2011 
Sounds exciting! Would love a copy :)
Reply David H. Burton
9:44 AM on February 20, 2011 
Thanks so much for the wonderful review, Lee Ann! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!!
Reply Niko
10:15 AM on February 20, 2011 
Sounds like a great read, but I'm not so sure I'd want my name swapped in. I think I'd prefer to read it as written. :D
Reply David H. Burton
10:45 AM on February 20, 2011 
Niko says...
Sounds like a great read, but I'm not so sure I'd want my name swapped in. I think I'd prefer to read it as written. :D


I actually send you both versions. :)
Reply Lloyd Penney
11:18 AM on February 20, 2011 
This is called Tuckerization. Great fun! I was Tuckerized in the Robert J. Sawyer novel Illegal Alien, and Yvonne was Tuckerized in the Peter Morwood Star Trek novel Rules of Engagement. I'd like a chance at the David Burton book!
Reply M Butler Hallett
8:33 AM on February 21, 2011 
Would love to buy a copy. Where might I find it? This sounds very intriguing.

Best, mbh.
Reply M Butler Hallett
8:35 AM on February 21, 2011 
YIKES! Sorry! I tried commenting once while not signed in, and I didn't think that comment "took," so I signed in and commented again -- sorry! Not trying to stack my odds here. O steam-web-mistress, save me from myself!
Reply rob harvie
8:48 AM on February 21, 2011 
Been looking for a good way to get my three little girls (Audrey, Beatrix and Charlotte) into SP!
Reply Robert H. Harvie III
8:50 AM on February 21, 2011 
An easy thing to do! (Quoth the Spade-gardener (2, 5 or 7 - not sure; but a House of York sympathizer perhaps)) who "mistakenly" planted white rather than red roses.)

I wasn't logged in either....
Reply Runa Pigden
8:52 AM on February 21, 2011 
Even though it says the book is for children aged 9 to 12, I am quite certain that I, at 57, and all of my grandchildren (ages 16, 11, and 9) would love to read this book. If I don't win a copy, I will surely buy one.
Reply Cromwell
9:19 AM on February 21, 2011 
What an awesome sounding book. I love the idea of the "gay positive " nature of the book. There needs to be more authors stepping out and embracing the rainbow of families and peoples out there. Bravo David H Burton. I want to get a copy of your book and encourage it to be in the school system. Thanks for your courage.
Reply Majikku
9:34 AM on February 21, 2011 
That sounds like a very interesting story! I'm not usually a big reader but this really catches my attention as something I would love to read :)
Reply Edward TallGear
10:04 AM on February 21, 2011 
Very interestin. Having a new book for next month would be marvelous.
Reply Scot
10:30 AM on February 21, 2011 
Love it, sounds great, thanks for the review, and thanks for the give away. :)
Reply The Professor
12:30 PM on February 21, 2011 
Great fun - count me in!
Reply Lady Eleanor
12:31 PM on February 21, 2011 
Wonderful. I think we need more steampunk literature out there.
Reply Professor Richard R Belyk
12:56 PM on February 21, 2011 
looking forward to reading it!
Reply Nancy
1:04 PM on February 21, 2011 
What a lovely idea for a prize. Thanks for the contest, please count me in.
Reply ractenor
2:46 PM on February 21, 2011 
Can't wait to read the book!
Reply Stuart
3:45 PM on February 21, 2011 
other than the fact that it sounds like a really good read, I am so intrigued as to what an "autographed ebook version" can look like lol.