Friday, May 26, 2017

#BookReview - The Gullwing Odyssey by Antonio Simon, Jr.

Title:  The Gullwing Odyssey
Author:  Antonio Simon, Jr.
Genre:  Literary Fiction, Fantasy, Humor
Release Date:  November 11, 2013

About the Book:

A four-time award winning fantasy/comedy. Marco’s life as a messenger isn’t great, but the work is easy and he gets retirement pay in thirty years. Little does he know his life teeters on the cusp of change. 

When an unusual assignment sends him overseas, he finds himself stranded in foreign lands. With no way home and no hope of making his delivery, he sees sour prospects for attaining his modest retirement dreams, much less getting out of the whole mess alive. Even that wouldn’t be so bad if he weren’t constantly outrunning pirates, embroiled in international intrigue, and attacked by a hummingbird with an appetite for human brains – that’s just the start of his misadventures.

But lurking in the wings is a much greater threat than getting sacked from his job. The fate of an entire civilization may well rest upon his scrawny shoulders. In spite of himself and quite by accident, Marco may yet become the hero he strives not to be.

Buy Links: Amazon 
My Review:

Still chuckling and shaking my head, I just finished listening to the Audible version of The Gullwind Odyssey.  This was an outragously witty and humorous fantasy adventure that I absolutely loved... BECAUSE.  

The story starts out as Marco Gullwing, a messenger, is on his way to deliver a parcel to Queen Catherine Saint-Saenz Lucinda of Avignary.  He is mistaken as an emissary and through a series of laugh-out-loud misadventures that include being shot out of a cannon, nearly having his brains sucked out through his nose by a monstrous hummingbird, a romp through the woods with a strange blue lady, being saved by a knight known as Barclay of the New Resurrection Church of the Good Master who makes Marco read from the most holy Book of the Glorious Verb... and so much more.  There were absolutely no lulls in this story.  Marco went from one misadventure to the next, taking along the most fascinating and outrageous characters you can imagine.  There were dragons and wizards and magic and mayhem!  I loved it!

There were a lot of characters in this book, but all of them were masterfully created and unique.  I could visualize each and every one of them.  And the witty conversations between them had my cheeks hurting from smiling so hard.

"Attorney by day, writer by night", that's Antonio Simon, Jr.  If you listen to the Audible version of The Gullwing Odyssey, you'll get a bonus interview between the outstanding and utterly amazing narrator, Elliot Walsh, and the remarkably witty author, Antonio Simon, Jr.  You will also be able to listen to a hint of what lies ahead in Book Two of The Gullwing Odyssey.

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About the Author:
Antonio Simon, Jr. is an award-winning author of several books. His debut fantasy/comedy adventure novel, "The Gullwing Odyssey" was an instant hit in 2013. He has won the prestigious Royal Palm Literary Award; the Pacific Book Award; Indie Book of the Day; and the Reader's Favorite Five-Star seal.

Antonio’s interests are as varied as his literary repertoire. He is a local historian and has written "Miami Is Missing", which delves into the hidden history of the Magic City, with all its glitz and scandal. His public appearances on Miami’s history never fail to enlighten and entertain. He is also an avid tabletop gamer and the author of "R.A.G.E.: Roleplay Adventure Gaming Engine", a fun, innovative, and original roleplaying game system.

He holds a law degree from Saint Thomas University School of Law and two undergraduate degrees (Political Science and History) from the University of Miami. He lives in Miami, Florida.


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