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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.
Young Marco accidently misrepresents himself due to no fault of his own. He is messenger to his sovereign with an important message but is side-tracked by a devious dragon who tells all Marco is the Emissary and this sends Marco on a journey of high seas, pirates, monsters, an insane knight, a great battle but most of all he learns to see life differently. Even when facing death, Marco's courtroom drama scene is a joy to behold and is quite possibly the funniest thing I've read in ages. Positively side-splitting.
The author indulges with witty dialogue, and flowery speech that perfectly matches the characters' makeup. Most of all it's the strange and wonderful characters Marco bumps into that makes this book so special and that's what grabbed me by the scruff of the neck and wouldn't let go till the last page.
This FIVE STAR fantasy adventure is a must read for all the family and is highly recommended.
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.
At first I was overwhelmed by the sheer number of characters, but rest assured each character is as vibrant as they are memorable. My only complaint is that there was very little in the way of description for Marco and Maldronigan. I was completely caught by surprise by the fact that the latter was a human character and not a dragon, which added to my confusion about his attraction to the dragon princess.
There are also a few inconsistencies in the story, though it may be a case that I simply misread. Didn’t Maldronigan head out with Alexis on his ship? I don’t remember Alexis being as flamboyant as he is later portrayed; this could be the case that the Alexis became real much later in the author’s writing process.
The first 21 chapters cover the first half of the book made of a total of 36 chapters. For me, it was very off putting to read chapters that were a couple of pages long and basically consisted of a single scene.
Bottom line, the world is vivid and imaginative and well worth the read.
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
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... Read morePublished on 28 Dec. 2013 by Nicolas Wilson
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