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Top Customer Reviews
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.
"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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Adventure with a great touch of humor. The main character, Marco Gullwing, accidentally gets drawn inside of a fantastic adventure. Read morePublished on 19 Dec. 2014 by Rogue Reviews
Marco, dreaming of his retirement from his job as a messenger many years hence, is sent on an assignment that leads him into a succession of scrapes and adventures, comprising the... Read morePublished on 6 Dec. 2014 by Sibyl Mory
Marco is in a pickle but finds a way to press forward on an adventure with dragons. When we see Marco accused of impersonating an international dignitary, the Hazaranthi emissary,... Read morePublished on 29 Oct. 2014 by Kelly Pinella
Marco Gullwing just wants to deliver his message but then mayhem ensues and he becomes involved with mysteries, dragons, intrigues in a real odyssey. Read morePublished on 26 Sept. 2014 by Dee Harrison
The Gullwing Odyssey (Gullwing, #1) by Antonio Simon Jr. is a monumental masterpiece of mirth and mayhem. I absolutely loved this book. Read morePublished on 17 May 2014 by tassy
Luckless Marco Gullwing has one job, deliver a package to the Queen of Avignary. Instead he’s caught in the middle of diplomatic mission to avoid war between dragons and humans,... Read morePublished on 11 May 2014 by A.Dalcourt
This adventure begins like many, with Marco's mistaken identity leading him into a fantastical odyssey. Read morePublished on 3 Dec. 2013 by Sophia Gampton