by Phillip W. Simpson
Expected publication: May 10th 2016
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Loyalty has no limits.
Raised from a pup by Greek hero, Odysseus, Argos has come to learn the true meaning of love and loyalty. But when Odysseus leaves for the Trojan War, little does Argos know it will be 20 years before he sees his master again. With Odysseus gone his wife, Penelope, and son, Telemachus, are easy prey for neighboring kings and the Gods themselves.
But Argos was tasked to keep them safe until Odysseus returns and that is a promise he is determined to keep – whatever the cost. Told through his eyes, Argos recounts the story of his life – his pain, his joy, his triumphs and failures; his endurance in the face of hardships almost too great to believe.
Above all else, Argos strives to do what is right – and to remain loyal to his King when all others have given up hope. To live long enough to see his beloved master one more time.
This epic myth of love and loyalty proves that a dog really is man's best friend.
The Guest post:
I have asked Phillip to write about his Dream cast for the novel and here what he wrote;
Seraphina Reads – Guest Post
ARGOS by Phillip W. Simpson
I think it would be a great Disney movie but I’ve got no idea which director to use. I’d love to say J.J Abrams because I love his work but him doing Argos would be a little outrageous. It would probably have to be animated but film makers are capable of so much these days, it could easily be live action.
Argos: big strong dog with friendly face
This is a picture of an Australian cattle dog which didn’t exist three thousand years ago but he’s big, brown and he’s got a nice face.
Odysseus: Eric Bana. Loved him as Hector in Troy.
Eumaeas: Mark Johnson (a.k.a King Robert Baratheon). Somewhat of a fan of this actor.
Penelope: Charlize Theron. She has an ethereal beauty that is almost goddess-like. It’s why she gets cast in ‘ice queen’ roles I guess.
Telemachus: Kit Harrington (as a young man). I think Jon Snow is awesome.
About the author:
Phillip W. Simpson is the author of many novels, chapter books and other stories for children. His publishers include Macmillan, Penguin, Pearson, Cengage, Raintree and Oxford University Press. He received his undergraduate degree in Ancient History and Archaeology, his Masters (Hons) degree in Archaeology and his Masters (Hons) degree in Creative Writing from the University of Auckland. Before embarking on his writing career, he joined the army as an officer cadet, owned a comic shop and worked in recruitment in both the UK and Australia. His first young adult novel, Rapture (Rapture Trilogy #1), was shortlisted for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards for best Youth novel in 2012.
He is represented by Vicki Marsdon at Wordlink literary agency. When not writing, he works as a school teacher. Phillip lives and writes in Auckland, New Zealand with his wife Rose, their son, Jack and their two border terriers, Whiskey and Raffles. He loves fishing, reading, movies, football (soccer) and single malt Whiskeys.
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