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May 20, 2016

Blog Tour: Argos by Phillip W. Simpson – Guest Post and Giveaway

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Argos by Phillip W. Simpson

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We are so excited to have Phillip back on the blog where he discusses the World Building in Argos!

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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.

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Argos by Phillip W. Simpson
Release Date: May 10, 2016
Publisher: Month9Books

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The World of Argos

The world of Argos is firmly rooted in the ancient Greek world. It is based on what we know from surviving texts like Homer’s Odyssey and the work of archaeologists. The Trojan war was around 3200 year B.P (before present) or 1200 B.C and this is the time of Argos.

I trained as an ancient historian and archaeologist so I already had a fairly good idea of what this time period looked like. Of course that didn’t mean I couldn’t take creative license (I did). I adhered to a lot of the supposed facts of Odysseus’ life and what it was like on Ithaka in those days. But I tried not to let them restrict me too much. I was, after all, making up the entire story of Argos’ life.

I still had to do considerable research. One of my beta readers is a history buff and had actually been to Ithaka (I haven’t) and she pulled me up on a few details. Some of them I considered important, others not so. Essentially, we don’t know exactly what it was like on Ithaka 3200 years ago. We can have an educated guess based on archaeological evidence and surviving texts but it is still that – a guess. The ancient Greeks were illiterate and so accounts of what it was like back then survive only in the oral record. Historians like Homer were writing about this period at least 200 years later. Some of the terrain I made up to suit the story but for the most part, most of the world building was based on accepted facts.

There was a scene for instance, involving an animal that we are all familiar with (no, not a dog). I wasn’t sure if the ancient Greeks were though so of course I had to do considerable research to make sure it would work on the pages. There’s nothing that throws a reader out of a story more than sloppy research. Whenever I encounter something obvious, my initial reaction is WTF and then often I will stop reading the book altogether.

So, for those familiar with ancient Greek myths, the world of Argos will be a familiar sight. One with a few oddities or perhaps something unusual—but for the most part an old friend.

 

About Phillip W. Simpson

Phillip W Simpson

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 both his undergraduate degree in Ancient History and Archaeology and his Masters (Hons) degree in Archaeology 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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