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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.

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Paperback, 300 pages
Published May 10th 2016 by Month9Books
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Rachael
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Argos, faithful hound of the great hero Odysseus, is given center-stage in this unique retelling of mythological events. I have always been quite keen on Odysseus, and it was a lot of fun to have a completely different POV from which to view him BUT Argos is the star. I so appreciate the carefully crafted approach, with Argos looking back on his life telling the tale of his adventures to Cerberus. This traditional narrative technique echoes the style of Simpson's 'Minotaur' harkening back to the ...more
Rohan
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved this book, because I love dogs and Greek myths. Phillip W. Simpson does a good job of retelling the classic story of "The Odyssey" from Odysseus's dog's point of view back on Ithaca. The dog, whose name is Argos, is stuck on Ithaca waiting for his master to return from the Trojan war, asking the seagulls for news about his master, and eventually learning about all of Odysseus's exploits. While watching Telemachus, Odysseus's son, grow up, Argos helps him be strong while the su ...more
Jess Searcy
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it
I really liked this book. It even brought me to tears at one point. And my 8 year old son LOVED it! I read it to him aloud. Three stars only because it was very, very long. I was so ready to be done with it by the end. Great book for a Greek mythology lover or a way to introduce the story of Odysseus to a reluctant learner (maybe).
Shannon Forsyth
Dec 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Good book. 3.5 stars. A bit simplistic but it was a good story and a neat perspective.
Leo
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good, but didn't hook me into the book.
Ashley Ferguson
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This review and more can be found at The A P Book Club!

*I received an advanced copy of this book as a part of the blog tour in exchange for an honest review*

Phillip Simpson's Minotaur was such a fun, exciting, interesting take on the myth of the Labyrinth and the Minotaur that I knew I needed to get my hands on Argos as soon as I possibly could. I love retellings of classic stories and I love dogs, so this book had the makings of something excellent. Add in Simpson's engaging writing style, and
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Zachary Flye
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Protagonist:So this is a new one for me. I've never before read a book where the protagonist isn't human, or well isn't humanoid. This book holds the story of Argos, the beloved dog of Odysseus. Argos is unlike other dogs, he has a special awareness that other dogs don't. This awareness makes him feel very much like a typical human/humanoid narrator. He has complex thoughts and emotions, and is nearly loyal to a fault. I really loved the character of Argos, he has such a love for his fami
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Michelle (Scarborg)
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
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It’s been a long time since I last read a book from the perspective of an animal, and I honestly wasn’t sure how I would react. But when I read that this was the story of what happened in Ithica while Odysseus was off doing his thing during the time of the Iliad and the Odyssey, I just had to give it a go!

I remember I had to read varying versions of The Odyssey in school at least three times, and one question on just about every test was about Argos,
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Stefanie
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all dog-lovers
This book was provided by the publisher as an Early Review on Library Thing.

I finished this book some days ago, but was so filled up with emotions, that it didn't feel right to write the review right away. But even now, the emotions bubble up, when thinking about the book. Always a good sign.

"Argos" by Phillip W. Simpson, is a book about a loyal dog. Probably the most loyal dog ever, since he waited 20 years for his master, Odysseus, to return.
The book is written from Argos' point of view, whic
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As a huge lover of mythology in general, especially Greek mythology having studied it at university, I was extremely excited about reading Argos by Phillip W Simpson. It definitely did not disappoint! It was so refreshing to read a book that actually seems to care about keeping mythology "right," especially when it comes to Hades.

Simpson manages to take a well known myth and enhance it by giving us a different side of what we all know. Using the loyal dog, the
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Heposton
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book through the Library Thing Early Reviewers program. The book is the life story of a dog named Argos who is raised by Odysseus (of Greek mythology). Argos is tasked by Athena with the protection of Odysseus and his family and is granted magical powers throughout the book to help him with this task. The book is wee-written and has a good story. I was a little disappointed by the limited amount of Greek mythology that appeared in the book. Based on the title, I expecte ...more
Samuel
Aug 15, 2016 added it
Shelves: mythology, lt-er
Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review as part of LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program.

Argos tells the story of Odysseus' extremely loyal dog. Starting from his very earliest days, we are given an emotional, easy-to-read tale about one dog's love for his family.

While I did truly enjoy the story, I found that Argos's perspective felt a little too much like he was a person who happened to be in the body of a dog. Argos views the world in human terms, placing t
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Penelope Haines
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a delightful book. A retelling of Homer’s Odyssey from the point of view of the faithful hound, Argos.

One of the loveliest and most poignant stories in the Odyssey concerns the reuniting of Argos and Odysseus when the latter returns home from a 20-year absence at the siege of Troy. The old dog’s joy at being able to see his master one last time before he dies has always been a tear-jerker moment, and a story I loved to hear when I was a child.

Phillip Simpson builds his novel around Argos
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Emmyjo
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book has been fantastic. It is told through the life of a dog names Argos.
From pup to old age. Argos goes through hard times and such. He is fiercely loyal to his master and his family. Trials are set by the Gods to destroy Odysseus by any means. So when Odysseus is sent on a battle of Troy, he tells Argos that he must stay back to watch over his wife and son.
Through different trials for Argos some good some bad he stays loyal no matter what happens to him or how badly he is mistreated by o
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Recipe Fairy
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a thrilling, epic adventure! Immediately, I was drawn into this mythical tale of love, loyalty and endurance of a dog faithfully awaiting his master to return .Masterfully written, the emotions are strong and palpable, leaving me thinking about this book for days after I've finished it. The trials and pain that this poor dog has had to go through have left me having feelings for him that I've never quite felt for an animal in a book. With plenty of adventure and twists, some light-hearted ...more
CJ
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: dog lovers of all ages
Recommended to CJ by: publisher
Argos, Odysseus ever-faithful dog, tells the story of his life with Odysseus and his family. Significant events from the lives of Odysseus, Penelope, and Telemachus are readily identifiable as Argos describes his experience. The story is warm and engaging from the start. Just has his human, Odysseus, Argos leads an heroic life full of challenges. Dog-lovers will especially enjoy the tale and I expect will be petting their puppies throughout.
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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. He is cur ...more

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