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Dogboy: Danger on Liberty Pier (Dogboy Adventures Book 2) Kindle Edition
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In this second adventure Bronson happens upon a murder being committed on Liberty Pier. He chases the perpetrator several blocks, but is unable to apprehend the killer. Bronson lives and works with a magician, Mr. Horum. In the course of the mystery, Bronson will use his Dogboy costume to go undercover. He will struggle to stay on good terms with his girlfriend reporter named Cindy and her computer savvy friends as well as his father’s old friend, Wylie Morgan. A murder, a suicide, a newspaper, a superhero, and a budding romance are elements of the plot. Bronson struggles with his ability to see into the future, his teen emotions, and his need to develop meaningful personal relationships.
There are plenty of twists and turns in the plot, and the action is pretty much non-stop in this novel of less than two hundred pages. Will Bronson find himself and solve the mystery? How will he go forward in future escapades protecting the city he loves?
Recommended for ages twelve and up, though some younger middle school students might enjoy the read. Equally appealing to both genders as there are strong male and female characters. This is not a classic superhero comic book story.
I was touched by the gentle romantic relationship between Dogboy and Cindy, which is appropriate for young adults. A sweet, young love blossoms in this work and the two of them respect, look out for, and support one another. The author refreshingly creates Cindy as a strong and intelligent young lady who is more than capable of taking care of herself and even stands to protect Dogboy. She is in no way the old-fashioned damsel-in-distress. Cindy is instead an aspiring journalist and will obviously grow to be a modern-age Lois Lane (as a hero herself) without the traditional girl-Friday element.
I loved the good-guy nature of Dogboy as a superhero. He gives everyone the benefit of the doubt and strives to always do the right thing, even though he’s suffered a pretty rough life and deserves better. The author’s got a great sense of humor. There are several funny one-liners, as well as humor that is built up over the course of the book. The humor makes the character Bronson even more adorable, humble, and precious. Most of that humor reflects the attitude of many young kids that everything is possible and that “I’m capable of doing anything”—something that gets lost as we all grow older. This reminder is something adults will also love and embrace.
This novella, Danger on Liberty Pier (177 pages) is shorter in comparison to the original novel, Den of Thieves (299 pages), however, I was able to read both in just a few hours. The cover, color, and texture of Danger on Liberty Pier is beautiful. The number 2 appears in the upper right corner of the cover. The entire look is reminiscent of Hardy Boys, and other young-adult mystery series. There is a grainy, scratchy look in the printing that adds to this feel. The deep red color made me think first of murder but after reading, I see romance, mystery, and promise for the future. Murder isn’t always the mystery, after all.
Den of Thieves was an excellent introduction to the very unique world of Dogboy. It is a superhero story that is sometimes dark and gritty. It is a fantastical adventure mystery that's somewhat grounded in the real world. It's a great blend that comes off feeling old school and modern all at once.
Book 2 brings you more of that world and expands on it. Questions will be answered. Other questions will surface. The relationships between the main characters will be further built upon. New relationships will be forged. Expectations for the next book will be raised. And so forth.
I think what the author really nails (in both books) is the pacing. There's never a lull in the story. And yet somehow it never feels like it's rushing you along. Sure, it helps that the characters are interesting and relateable too (even the minor ones). It's quite easy to pick up and read.
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Bronson Black reminds us that being a Hero means something and Bill Meeks does another wonderful job of weaving morality tales and timeless adventure into another highly entertaining read.