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Doctor Dead: A Percy & Quincey Adventure (The Percy & Quincey Adventures Book 1) by [Tork, Tyler]
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Length: 284 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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San Francisco, 1904: Thirteen-year-old Percival Drew expected to spend the summer doing little more than tinkering with those new-fangled gasoline-powered motorcars. But that was before an insane scientist took an unhealthy interest in his cousin Quincey's very rare blood type... Before people began vanishing from the streets, to reappear as the mad doctor's undead minions... Before the villain's infernal devices gave him the ability to strike at will, destroying all who opposed him!

With chaos descending on San Francisco, only two boys know the secret to defeating the undead doctor. But can they act in time?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1265 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Rampant Loon Media LLC (12 March 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00UO08J18
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable YA Urban Fantasy with Flaws 13 August 2015
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Zombies, vampires, werewolves and other undead creatures rarely entertain me (except Tom Cruise as a vampire which I thought hilarious and very entertaining), so I rarely read zombie or vampire stories. I've read Dracula of course, and that came in handy for reading Tyler Tork's YA novel, but no others that I recall. The reason I kept reading Tork's novel was the characters: I really liked Percy, his sister Cassie, and Mary. I would have liked more chapters in Quincey's point of view -- the title created the expectation for me that we'd get equal time from Percy and Quincey. I feel that I know Percy a lot better than Quincey who wasn't as developed.

The structure kind of puzzled me. Is it a YA thing to break up the narrative so that each section dealt with one "adventure" instead of one uninterrupted flow? The novel is essentially one story -- the evil Benoit abducts Quincey to use his blood to extend the lives of his "army" of zombies, but Percy helps Quincey escape and from then on, it's the two boys vs. Benoit until the end. Not sure it was really necessary to break up the narrative the way it was.

As I look at my notes, some quibbles, questions, and missed details catch my eye that I'll list:
-- inconsistent term for "vampire" in different languages without explanation of what language goes with which term. The German word is "vampir."
-- Chap. 6: Quincey has albinism? This detail I'd want to know at the beginning. It really makes him unique. How does he protect himself from the sun, for example? Does he need to? He does wear "smokey glasses." How does he feel about his condition?
-- When last female zombie awakened with "Miss Huber's vampire blood treatment -- I wanted to see this. How'd they get the vampire blood? Not clear.
-- Quincey "wanting to hide his vampire heritage" -- really? He has vampire heritage? Why? I wanted to know this much, much earlier. Not clear if it was there.
-- What is Mina and Lucy's plan for the potion and prominent people in chap. 17? Only to create scandal? Why? Seems like they'd be interested in doing more.
-- How did Percy et. al. find out that Benoit was building the time machine? Only because Benoit stole the notebook? How did they know what the notebook contained? Huber didn't know about machine.
-- "you dog, you!" This expression jarred me in chap. 22 and stopped my reading. I doubted strongly that it existed in the early 20th century and used in that way.
-- Leukoplast patches? Did they exist in the time in which novel is set?
-- At the end, I wanted to see Funston arrive to provide a true end to the boys' situation.
-- The prose had numerous instances of dropped words, inferred from the context thankfully, but it slowed my reading. I think overall it could have benefited from a careful line edit.

What I loved:
-- The connections to Stoker's Dracula. That was a lot of fun!
-- I kept thinking of the old TV show "The Wild, Wild West" as I read this story. I could see Percy and Quincey as Jim West and Artemis Gordon as teens.
-- The action sequences were well written and clear. Thank you.
-- As I said earlier, the characters. The female characters were real people and interesting as well as the male characters. The changing POVs didn't bother me (except wanting more from Quincey's POV), but I wondered at the end what the story would have been if told only from Percy's point of view.

I know Tyler Tork but he didn't send me a free copy of his book in exchange for a review. I bought the book from Amazon and he doesn't know (as I write this) that I've chosen to write a review. Would I read another Percy & Quincey adventure? Yeah!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This new author is a HIT! 5 July 2015
By Byph - Published on
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Tyler Tork has created a highly colorful and rich story. As I read, I was reminded pleasantly of the writings of Sir Arthur Conon Doyle. The dialogue, description, and people of 1904 San Fransisco were so well written that one would think Tyler Tork grew up in that era (perhaps the time machine is not as fictional as one might think). This book has done something rare for me, it left me not knowing what would come next. I frequently thought, "Wow, I didn't see that coming." Tyler has a wonderful imagination and I am only sad that the book ended and I now have to wait for the sequel. Thankfully, I did buy an extra copy as a loaner, so I can reread the book while I share this new series with my family and friends. Check out his short stories and his website, there is more enjoyment to be had while we wait for him to publish the next Percy & Quincey Adventure.
4.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary and unique 15 April 2017
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This story is a unique combination of things not usually put together. Zombies, but not the usual zombies--these are created by a mad scientist. So you could call it a zombie origin story. Then throw in two teenage boys--not ordinary boys of course--one has the skills and temperament of a young Sherlock plus some kind of mysterious inherited power that makes him immune to vampires. Yes, there are vampires, but they're a bit different, too.

Now I can take or leave zombies and vampires, but I LOVE time machines and time travel, especially the way they are used here--unpredictable, frustrating, and humorous.

Tyler Tork has taken this odd mix of SF/F elements and woven two excellent stories: a mystery/adventure and a coming-of-age love story.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid read 26 March 2016
By LJ - Published on
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A page turner. Fantastical and sciency at the same time. Makes one look forward to the release of the next episode.
5.0 out of 5 stars You should read this. 15 April 2017
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This was a great read that left both me and my son wanting a sequel. The characters were engaging and the various settings were easily believed to be actual places that I might have seen before. Great book.