The Gullwing Odyssey

Fiction - Humor/Comedy
310 Pages
Reviewed on 03/09/2014
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Reviewed by Lex Allen for Readers' Favorite

The Gullwing Odyssey by Antonio Simon begins with a case of mistaken identity that leads to a funny, tongue-in-cheek fantasy tale of epic proportions. Lead protagonist, Marco Gullwing, possesses a unique blend of talent, luck, and the blessings of the gods to get out of intensely dangerous situations that would have discombobulated, maimed, or killed lesser men during his mission to deliver a simple letter.

A fantastically diverse blend of characters, on both sides of the protagonist/antagonist fence, make for rousing entertainment and laughs galore. Mr. Simon's imaginative and humorously endowed mind is surpassed only by his superb talent in writing the English language. Parody, colloquialisms, and puns are only some of the weapons in his arsenal of wordsmith talents. His ability to create a convincing world that includes an entire kingdom of dragons with human emotions and morals, a notorious but somehow likeable pirate whose ship can fly, and a righteous giant of a knight whose religious fanaticism goes far beyond the pale are only the tip of the iceberg in the array of characters that appear in this delightful reading experience.

The Gullwing Odyssey is not, however, simply a rollicking good fantasy tale with unforgettable characters. It is also a story that illustrates examples of several human moral and immoral conditions. Within this tale, you’ll find illustrations of zealotry, subjective exploitation, religious extremism, as well as sacrifice, honor, loyalty, and love. The adventures of Marco Gullwing are sure to continue and I, for one, can hardly wait to get my hands on it. I highly recommend this book to young and young-at-heart readers of all ages; from nine to ninety-nine, you’re in for a great reading experience.