This was an excellent read. At first, I thought it was going to be a Greek mythology retell…which it was, but not in the way I expected. It was more of a mash-up of multiple fairytales. I happen to really enjoy Greek mythology and fairytales, so this was a pleasant surprise. I found myself saying, “Peter Pan and the Lost Boys! So cool!” “Robinhood? Nice!” Rapunzel? Yes!” “The White Rabbit and Alice! Give me more!” Seriously, I couldn’t wait to be introduced to more and more characters. … – Amazon Review
Classic fairy tales collide with Greek mythology’s greatest adventure in this gritty retelling of Homer’s epic.
After a decade of wrongful imprisonment following his heroics in the Trojan War, King Otis Seehus must overcome a series of treacherous obstacles to return home to his wife and son.
Otis’s son, Mac, is nearing adulthood. Having never met his father, and despite rumors of Otis’s demise, Mac arranges for a ship and crew. Led by a wise, magical man named Jinni and a ragtag group of sailors who call themselves “Lost Boys,” the sheltered prince sets sail to find his long-lost father.
The result is a mash-up of fantastical proportions, filled with twists, turns, and nostalgia, as “once upon a time” provides the framework for reimagining one man’s journey to reunite with his family and reclaim his kingdom.
Odyssey Tale by Cody Schlegel is a thrilling mash up where classic fairy tales meets Greek mythology. It is every definition of an epic adventure, as the main character must overcome a slew of obstacles in order to reunite with his son and wife and return home. The author mixes motifs of good vs. evil, unattainable love, and the power of fate to create a unique take on Odyssey, a poem by Homer. The story also contains one of my favorite literary tropes – a ragtag group of people who have to put their differences aside and pool their talents together in order to accomplish a shared mission. In this case, it’s the Lost Boys, an ode to Peter Pan, that aid the protagonist on his mission. … -Amazon Review
About the Author
Cody Schlegel currently resides in east Tennessee with his wife and son. He was a finalist in the 2013 All-Sports Los Angeles Film Festival for a pilot he wrote (“The 100 Yard-War”) chronicling the storied rivalry between legendary football coaches Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler. In 2015, Schlegel set his sights on the literary world and released his debut novel, Junction. This crime-noir nail-biter was followed up in 2020 by Odyssey Tale. Schlegel’s sophomore novel places classic fairy tale characters against Greek mythology in this gritty retelling of Homer’s epic.