The Adventures of Captain Antonio
By A. C. Allanby
Austin Macauley, 2016, paperback ISBN 978-1785543302, $11.95 / £6.99
e-book ISBN 978-1785543326, $4.99 / £3.50
hardback ISBN 978-1785543319, $21.95 / £12.99
From the opening paragraph I was drawn into the spirit of adventure that litters this wonderful book. Captain Antonio is washed ashore after a violent storm, and is befriended by a large celestial dog whom he names “Max”. Their adventures begin in earnest from there and I found the ideas and creativity within the book to be completely fresh and sui generis.
There is a strong theme of good vs. evil flowing through the book without taking away the elements of frivolity and gaiety.
The book is written with wisdom and insight and ‘loose ends’ are neatly tied up. My favorite characters are “Land” and “Sea” – the moment they walk on the scene, you have your ‘anchors’ of the story, and no doubt they will hold a key role in the rescue of the true Emperor and Empress and help return the kingdom to its original state of bliss!
This book will be enjoyed by both young readers, families who enjoy reading together, as well as an ‘older’ audience who still have the embers of adventure burning in their souls.