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The Gullwing Odyssey by [Simon Jr., Antonio]
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"The Gullwing Odyssey rests solidly on the shaking shoulders of a good laugh - and that's what sets it apart from ninety percent of fantasies on the market." -Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review. "Antonio Simon, Jr. has created one of the most hysterical, lighthearted fantasies that I've ever read and enjoyed... Solid PG entertainments... will delight most fantasy fans." -Shana Festa, The Bookie Monster. "A fantastically diverse blend of characters... rousing entertainment and laughs galore... you're in for a great reading experience." -Lex Allen, Readers' Favorite.

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2171 KB
  • Print Length: 315 pages
  • Publisher: Darkwater Syndicate, Inc. (11 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F8OVB8I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,047,200 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"The Gullwing Odyssey" is, in a word, charming.
It's an adventure story (complete with pirates - including one female ship captain who is not only pretty but also pretty ruthless); it's a fantasy (well, there are dragons and wizards); it's a love story; an espionage story (there is treachery afoot that could lead to the fall of an empire), and a coming-of-age novel all rolled into one.
And, as if that weren't quite enough, it's written with a light touch by an author who is not afraid of poking a little harmless fun at the genre(s) and some of the sillier conventions of modern society. That makes this novel all the better, at least in my opinion, because there is a great deal of truth in what Antonio Simon Jr. has to say about some of the things we take for granted and some of those things that we, often unconsciously, accept as truth despite the lack of any evidence that they are, in fact, true.
The story starts when Marco Gullwing, a humble messenger, is mistaken for someone else and gets sent on a journey that takes him from the court of an emperor to a dungeon to the arms of a princess (a very special princess) to a pirate ship to a jungle to an airship to... well, let's just say that Marco - who had once hoped for a quiet life and an easy retirement - winds up in the middle of an adventure that he could never have dreamed of even in his worst nightmares.
The characters in this novel are fascinating and many of them suffer from very human failings (even the ones that aren't human.) It may be that you will find, as I did, that some of them are more real, and far more believable, than many of those you will find in the pages of so-called "serious" novels.
I highly recommend this book, which I enjoyed immensely.
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So I sort of stalled out on this one around the holidays. It's hard for me to get into swords-and-sorcery kind of books, although I enjoy them. I just find myself wanting... more... and getting distracted. I'm still stuck about 2/3 of the way through, since I've got a goldfish memory and after a day away from it, couldn't remember what was happening in it to continue. My wife has already finished it, having teased me mercilessly for being unable to pick it up where I left off and I told her she should write the review, since she's a huge fantasy fan, and has more of a basis to compare it to. We both agreed that it's very strongly written and well presented, but for more in-depth notes, she sent me the below part to share.

"Very humorous classical fantasy featuring an endearingly befuddled main character and a somewhat surreal world with plenty of modern in-jokes. There were a few plot points that didn't make sense to me, and the last third of it seemed somewhat more derivative than the middle section- you'll see when you get there. There were some rough spots to the worldbuilding, that probably has more to do with the book not coming with a map to be able to get a thorough grasp of the local terrain to the reader. At times, the combination of fantasy/steampunk stylings was a bit jarring, since the fantasy worldbuilding was so immersive, that it startled me when mentions of a dirigible came through. My biggest pet peeve was that the maturity level of the plotting wasn't even- some of the character development was more maturely themed, genocide and romance, but it was paired with bottles that let out skull-shaped steam when you open them, and fights that are won by dropping your enemy's pants. A cross between Lord of the Rings and Alice in Wonderland.
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Mistaken for an emissary he is not, Marco Gullwing embarks on an adventure that changes his life. But all he wants to do is deliver his message/parcel. He runs across various characters in his travels that want to change him into something he is not, even hisself. This is a fanciful tale of self-discovery.

The story is full of wonderful, colorful, crazy characters and locations. Antonio did a great job bringing each character to life and letting them follow their own paths. Other than Marco, my other favorite characters were Barclay, Dria and Alexis. I loved the repartee between Marco and Barclay and the growing romantic relationship between Dria and Marco.

This story is full of tongue-in-cheek and play-on words. Some of it so subtle I would stop and think, Did the author just do that? And yup, he did. I laughed out loud in quite a few places. Two scenes that really stick with me are the innocent, little hummingbird that suddenly dive-bombs Marco and starts drilling into his nose to get to his brain. Makes me shudder and wipe my nose. Yuck! And the non-violent battle at the palace. Very ingenious. I chuckled a lot over that.

But for all the fun I had with this story, there were parts I didn’t like. He has a problem with redundancy. The same actions and words repeated over and over. Palms up, face furrowed flattening the brow. And as wacky as this story is, the cover could have been more dramatic. Also, for being a published vs indie title, there were too many proofreading errors.

I highly recommend this book for a light fanciful read and I give it my 4 feathers.
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