Book review – Dwayne Hickenbottom & the War Boots of Doxville

Wherever danger lurks, wherever evil threatens to destroy humanity, wherever something really nasty and icky is happening, there’s Dwayne Hickenbottom, saviour of Doxxville… running the other way, or at least, trying to. Dwayne is a cog. A very small cog in very large machine. Not a very important machine, but a machine none the less. The great stationary supplying machine of the 20th century. He likes coffee, tidy work areas and untangled paperclips. It might not be much of a life, but it’s his, and he’s pretty darn proud of it. But when he finds himself in the far off world of Doxxville and deemed it’s saviour by Nigel, the keeper of the War Boots, his life is about to finally get interesting. Now Dwayne must face lovesick skeletons, invisible spies, giant pythons and fast food employees to free Doxxville from the evil Ashtofsky in this humorous, yet exciting adventure.

This is the blurb for Grant Perkins first book and it should tell you the kind of ride your in for.

Within the first couple of pages of this book I had already snorted and burst out laughing on the train.  This is embarrassing for me, annoying to my fellow passengers, but it does bode well for any form of entertainment that can produce such results.

The hero of the story, Dwayne Hickenbottom, is anything but.  He’s not even a very nice person. In fact the only reason that he is in the story at all is that he stumbled into the spell that was meant to summon the real hero to wear the all powerful War Boots.  This essentially sets the tone of the book.  As Dwayne struggles to come to terms with his new hero status he is aided by Nigel who seems to resemble a large flying bogey with a mask, a zombie called Dave and a nemesis who turns out to be the nephew of the devil.

Every time I picked up this book I found myself smilng in anticipation of the laughter I was about to perpetrate on the world but also genuinely eager to see how the plot would develop.  There are definte traces of  Douglas Adams and (although he’ll protest this) Terry Pratchett in Grant’s writing style but it is more by way of influence rather than something derivative.  The world is original and the characters have a real life to them.

Grant has self published this book and tryig to market a self published book is no mean feat.  The book does suffer slightly from the lack of a publisher only in that it could use a more rigorous edit.  Despite that, this did not encroach on my enjoyment of the book at all and it deserves all the exposure it can get.

I wasn’t sure what age this book was aimed at when I got it and I’m still not a hundred percent sure as there are some fairly ‘juicy’ bits in there.  However one of the reviewers on Amazon who thoroughly enjoyed it was happy enough to give it to his 10 year old.

You can check out and buy more of Perkins work at http://thegrantperkins.blogspot.com It is also available from www.amazon.com for the Americans and www.lulu.com for the English

Right, while you do that I’m off to get into the sequel – Dwayne Hickenbottom and the Journey to the Centre of the Birth….I’m smiling already

GS Reviewer: Monts

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