Olympia 420: The Quest for Peace

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Herzog House Publishing, 2005 - Fiction - 246 pages
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SUPERANNO The first ancient Olympic epic novel ever written, Olympia 420 combines history and mythology for modern readers, young and old. With storylines highly relevant to today's world, Olympia 420 tells the story of Orion, a promising young athlete who revives the dormant Olympic Games in the hope that the Olympic Truce will bring lasting peace and save the Athenian democracy from the Spartans and their aggressive God. This First American Edition contains sixteen magical illustrations.
 

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This Book is not worth the read. I only put one star because I couldn't put negative 5...
This is the review that Dath's local Davis paper wrote about the book. They were trying to be nice
, unfortunately the book, just doesn't stand up. As she quotes Peanuts;
The Classic Peanuts comic strip in a recent Sunday paper featured Snoopy sitting on top of his doghouse, painfully pounding out a single sentence on his manual typewriter: “It was a dark and stormy night.”
“Good writing is hard work,” Snoopy confides to the reader in the last panel.
Obviously Dath needed ALOT more hard work! The illustrator's work was also very remedial at best.
Review: July 18, 2005 - edited
Elisabeth Sherwin -- gizmo@ dcn.davis.ca.us Columnist
J.B. Dath, 42, and his girlfriend, Jennifer Herzog, 36, are positioning themselves to reap the benefits of an action-adventure book franchise with the publication of “Olympia 420: The Quest for Peace.”
“Olympia 420” concerns the war between Spartans and Athenians in ancient Greece and an effort to revive the dormant Olympic Games. Dath and Herzog formed a publishing company, Herzog House Publishing, and have 3,000 copies of the book in hand. They are absolutely confident of the book’s success, having tested the waters at Book Expo in New York City earlier this summer where they secured an agent and promises of overseas book sales. In fact, the two said they could have sold “Olympia 420” as a screenplay but chose against the easy money of a short-term sale. “I initially wrote a screenplay and got offers but the deals weren’t right I want to maintain control,” said Dath. “I decided to go with the long-term decision and keep the characters and the properties intact,” he added. “And I wanted to brand myself as a writer. “We know what we have,” he added confidently. “It will be a major international best-seller.”
The two make quite a team. Herzog is a local artist who illustrated “Olympia 420.” She and Dath met at the Common Grounds coffeehouse in South Davis. He likes to write there and Herzog helped design the store and painted the murals. Dath is a native of Trinidad who is related to V.S. Naipaul by marriage. Dath was a professional soccer player before an injury ended his career. After giving up soccer, he decided to go to college in the United States. He graduated from Fresno State and then went to King Hall School of Law at UC Davis. Following that, he got his MBA from the Graduate School of Management at Davis. “But I wanted to write,” he said. “I just didn’t love practicing law.” Dath moved back to Davis from Sacramento and as he puts it: “My writing just took off.” “You don’t often find people with my combination of skills,” he said. Dath and Herzog have put their individual careers on hold and have invested time and energy in producing, designing and marketing the book in just the right way. “We’ve put a lot into it,” he said.
But the book itself is NOT going to rival C.S. Lewis or J.R.R. Tolkien or Dan Brown. That’s my opinion.
Dath had no problem explaining away my problems with his writing. I found his use of three adjectives where one would do to be offno problem explaining away my problems with his writing. I found his use of three adjectives where one would do to be off-putting. But Dath said that’s a style he chose deliberately to convey a wealth of information quickly. I also think the story’s slow opening pace will lose readers. But Dath said he had a foundation to set in the early chapters.
Well, maybe. His comments made me think of a cartoon I saw recently.
The Classic Peanuts comic strip in a recent Sunday paper featured Snoopy sitting on top of his doghouse, painfully pounding out a single sentence on his manual typewriter: “It was a dark and stormy night.”
“Good writing is hard work,” Snoopy confides to the reader in the last panel.
It sure is!
-- Reach Elisabeth Sherwin at gizmo@dcn.org
 

Great story.

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This is a great book. My son read it and also enjoyed it tremendously. Would be a great movie! Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
Champion of Elis
5
BloodRed and Shining Bronze
13
The Dream Lives
33
Wolves
51
Athens
71
Amazons
91
Coming into Place
107
The Hot Night After
141
Leather in the Face
151
The Plot Thickens
169
The Chariot Race
177
Besieged and Battered
189
A Pointed End
203
Pankration
223
All Hail
239

Let the Games Begin
125

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In 2001, shortly after beginning Olympia 420, Jonathan Dath met illustrator Jennifer Barrette. His writing flourished with her strong support, and soon their friendship sparked a relationship driven by more than creative passions. Through several years of very challenging but enjoyable work, the powerful chemistry between Jonathan and Jennifer has breathed full life into this timeless story. Thus, Olympia 420 is truly a labor of love.Jonathan Dath was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad. After an injury ended his National Team soccer career, in 1984 he came to the United States to attend Fresno State University. He finished first in his undergraduate class and then went on to earn Master of Business and Doctor of Jurisprudence degrees from University of California. Jonathan then practiced law for several years, but the day-to-day reality of a legal career proved less satisfying than he had hoped. So at the dawn of the new millennium he quite his law practice to pursue his passion for writing. He has never looked back, and it's paying off. Jonathan recently signed with famed New York literary agent Roslyn Targ, who represents rights of luminaries such as J.D. Salinger, F. Scott Fitzgerald as well as Simon & Schuster's international properties. Big Hollywood players have also come calling. Jennifer Barrette grew up in Northern California, where from very early she expressed herself through art. She has been a working artist for over ten years. Recently she began living her lifelong dream to illustrate books. Now every day her unforgettable images transport readers to fascinating worlds.

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