(Review) The Voyage of Odysseus, The Adventures of Odysseus Volume 5 by GLYN ILIFFE

Publication Date: March 11, 2016
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Genre: Greek Mythology
Pages: 538
Source: Free ebook copy from Glynn Iliffe
Rating: 5 stars for excellent---fabulous

Glyn Iliffe Website

Amazon, The Voyage of Odysseus, Volume 5
Amazon, The Oracles of Troy, Volume 4
Amazon, The Armour of Achilles, Volume 3
Amazon, The Gates of Troy, Volume 2
Amazon, King of Ithaca, Volume 1
Links for further reading:
Ancient History Encyclopedia
Greek Mythology

Circe Offering the Cup to Odysseus
The Voyage of Odysseus is the story of Odysseus and Eperitus's long voyage home after the Trojan War. During the journey home to Ithaca they encounter islands with strange creatures and humans inhabiting: Cicones, Lotus-Eaters, Cyclops, Laestrygonians, Sirens, and Circe. Some of these creatures tear apart and eat humans; and some want body and mind control of the men. At the beginning, there are twelve ships, but the peril at sea, dangers on the islands, and power struggles among the men leave few survivors. Meanwhile, Odysseus's wife is plagued with other suitors hoping for marriage, and his son becomes a man with out a father.
Eperitus is a loyal comrade in arms fighting alongside Odysseus. Epiritus's great love is Astynome.

My Thoughts:
The story of Odysseus, the Trojan War, and his journey home is known to readers of mythology. Glyn Iliffe retells through the use of vivid imagery, the emotions of the home sick men, the tired and haggard feelings of the battle weary men, mythical creatures who have no qualms about defeating and killing those who have already suffered, and the dream all humans have of just wanting to go home.
There are several reasons I have awarded 5 stars for excellent for The Voyage of Odysseus. 

  1. An emotional story. Feelings of homesickness, fear of the unknown, betrayal, destruction of those things in life most precious, a powerful love story, a battle fatigued body, and sacrifice. These descriptions pulled at my heart. I felt apart of the story, because I cared for the characters. Further, I can relate to some of the feelings they felt. 
  2. External and internal conflicts. The external conflicts are the war and monsters they fought. An external conflict is any opposition outside the body. The characters also struggled with internal battles: betrayal, sacrifice, and homesickness.
  3. The characters are sometimes aided by the gods, but they are flesh and blood humans. They wrestle with mythical creatures and bleed and die. They are kept close to the edge of super-human strength, yet Iliffe reminds me they are mere men and women, and thus vulnerable. 
  4. The primary goal is presented throughout the story. It is hoped for, yearned for, cried over: home. The comfort and joy of home. It is a goal all military men and women yearn for, live for, and die for. This is the "it factor" of The Voyage of Odysseus: the travel home and all that it takes to achieve. 
The Voyage of Odysseus is the 2nd book I've read in this series. 

Glyn Iliffe studied English and Classics at Reading University, where he developed a passion for the stories of ancient Greek Mythology. Well travelled, Glyn has visited nearly forty countries, trekked in the Himalayas, spent six weeks hitchhiking across North America and had his collarbone broken by a bull in Pamplona. He is married with two daughters and lives in Leicestershire. He is currently working on the concluding book in the series.