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.
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
Antonio Simon, Jr. has created one of the most hysterical, lighthearted fantasies that I've ever read and enjoyed. Easily enjoyed by young adults as well as adults, this work is sure to please. Talking bipedal dragons, a comedic irreverence toward religion, and improbable red undergarments ensure that the read is light and doesn't take itself too seriously. Tonally, the sarcastic and goofy humor is sure to resonate with Douglas Adams fans. Though certain fantasy elements are standard, there are new twists which keep Gullwing fresh. The Gullwing Odyssey begins the story as the most unlikely hero possible, but comes into his own through a series of crazy, unrelenting events reminiscent of Job: a Comedy of Justice. Solid PG entertainments, various forms of magic, species, religion, and a bizarre cast of characters will delight most fantasy fans.
Wow! Fun-filled, fast-paced, riotously action-oriented, this is a remarkable piece of work from first-time author Antonio Simon Jr. His descriptions are beautiful and his ideas vast. Though at times I could have used a little more information, I wouldn't want it if it would spoil the jokes...and there are a lot of jokes. His notion of a fully-operational Dragon Empire, as in an empire run by and for dragons, not as a metaphor for China, is about as good as fantasy gets. I seriously wish Barnes and Noble would give us the option of 4.5 stars, as that would be my vote for The Gullwing Odyssey. Like a Russian judge in the old days, I want to leave a little room to give Mr. Simon the full five stars for his finale as there are more books promised in this series.