Books by John Phythyon

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John R. Phythyon, Jr. wishes he were a superhero or a magician, but, since he has not yet been bitten by a radioactive spider or received his letter from Hogwarts, he writes adventure stories instead. He is the author of the Wolf Dasher series of fantasy-thriller mash-up novels, several modern fairy tales, and a series of comical memoirs about his childhood ("My True-Life Adventure" series). Prior to becoming a novelist, he was an award-winning game designer.

He lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife, their children, a dog, and a cat. It is rarely quiet, but it's often entertaining. His current projects include the next book in the Wolf Dasher series, world peace, and desperately wishing for the Cincinnati Bengals to win a Super Bowl in his lifetime.

Connect with John on his website, www.johnphythyon.com, where he blogs about his writing career and just about anything else on his mind. You can follow him on Twitter at @JohnRPhythyonJr, where he live-tweets SURVIVOR and Bengals games, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/johnrphythyonjr, where he links cool sci-fi/fantasy stuff and cute cat videos. Or email him at john at johnphythyon.com. He writes back.

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The Sword and the Sorcerer (The Usurpers Saga Book 1)
by John Phythyon
A murdered wizard. A magical sword. A destiny he must avoid. Calibot thought he’d escaped his domineering sorcerer father. Now a poet in the court of an influential duke, he finally has everything he ever wanted – comfort, approval, and the love of the perfect man. But when his father is murdered, Calibot’s idyllic life is...
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State of Grace (Wolf Dasher Book 1)
by John Phythyon
James Bond meets Game of Thrones ! His name is Wolf Dasher of Her Majesty’s Shadow Service. His friend and colleague was murdered in Alfar, the so-called “magical” land of elves. She left one clue to the identity of her killer – the name of Alfari Ambassador Silverleaf. But he couldn’t have done it; he was out of the country...
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Categories: All Fantasy
The Darkline Protocol (Wolf Dasher)
by John Phythyon
Magic and Thrills . . . for free! When Wolf Dasher is assigned to find out who is leaking sensitive information to Urland's mortal enemy, Phrygia, he doesn't count on the spy being an innocent victim . . . or that he is the prize in an elaborate double-cross. What begins as a simple reconnaissance mission ends in a harrowing chase...
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Categories: All Fantasy; All Mystery, Crime & Thrillers
A Contest of Succession (The Usurpers Saga)
by John Phythyon
Nine contestants. One crown. Destiny awaits. Garrick Tremaine was happy with a simple life as a soldier. But a mysterious dream has drawn him to Twin Falls, where the duke has died with no heir. A competition to claim the throne is open to anyone, but to win it, an aspirant must answer an incomprehensible riddle. Convinced it is...
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Categories: All Fantasy
Red Dragon Five (Wolf Dasher Book 2)
by John Phythyon
Armageddon in dragon form! A Top Secret project sabotaged. A missing agent who can transform into a fire-breathing dragon. A mysterious meeting between human communists and fundamentalist elves. It all adds up to a dangerous, unofficial mission behind enemy lines for Wolf Dasher of Her Majesty's Shadow Service to find Red Dragon Five...
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Secret Identity: My True-Life Adventure as a Superhero (True-Life Adventures)
by John Phythyon
Superheroic hijinks! What happens when an eight-year-old boy decides he wants to be a superhero like the ones he sees on TV? Hilarity! John Phythyon was not an ordinary kid. Growing up in De Pere, Wisconsin in the 1970's, he was obsessed with superheroes and adventure. And after reading Alvin Fernald, Superweasel by Clifford B....
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Categories: All Humor; Memoirs
Rocketed to Earth: My True-Life Adventure as a Space Alien (True-Life Adventures)
by John Phythyon
A long time ago on a planet near, near at hand . . . In 1977, a nine-year-old boy saw the most amazing movie ever. To a child already obsessed with superheroes and adventure, Star Wars was the penultimate cinematic achievement of all time. Not only did he desire to see it again and again and again, it changed the way he viewed the...
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Beauty & the Beast: A Modern Fairy Tale
by John Phythyon
Be careful what you wish for. . . . Rory Bellin dreams of a better life. As a senior at Lawrence High, she yearns to be taken seriously for her accomplishments - she's editor-in-chief of the school paper, president of three clubs, and on track to graduate with a 4.0 GPA and admission to Yale. But all anyone, even her mother, cares...
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Sleeping Beauty: : A Modern Fairy Tale
by John Phythyon
He wanted to save her. He got it all wrong. Carl is the only one left. All Beth's friends were sad when she fell into a coma two years ago at the age of fourteen. But life moved on, and so did they. Except Carl. He still comes to see her. He still visits two to three times a week, talking to her and hoping she will wake. Beth's...
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Little Red Riding Hoodie: A Modern Fairy Tale
by John Phythyon
Bullies. Friends. Boys. Shakespeare. Demonic Dogs. Evil Spirits. You know, Sixth Grade. Sixth grade is hard enough. When the school bully is on your case because you got the lead in the play instead of her, when the cutest boy in the whole class might actually like you but never makes a move, and when your dad is an alcoholic and you...
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Ghost of a Chance (Wolf Dasher Book 4)
by John Phythyon
The Chosen One is missing. . . . A terrorist group plots genocide. Another defiles sacred shrines. And an ancient prophesy names Wolf Dasher the savior of elfkind. But Wolf has disappeared. No one knows if he is even alive. Is this just another day in war-torn Alfar or prelude to apocalypse? One thing is certain: Without Wolf Dasher...
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Categories: All Fantasy
Magic & Monsters: A Collection of Short Fantasy Fiction
by John Phythyon
Evil wears many faces. . . . A man’s wife returns from the dead to take revenge on him for betraying her. A princess makes a disturbing decision when she turns her suitor into a frog and then can’t undo it. A witch fights oppression from a bigoted king. Her grandmother’s heirloom may prove the perfect solution to a distraught...
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Domestic Disturbance: My True-Life Adventure in Sibling Rivalry (True-Life Adventures)
by John Phythyon
All's not quiet on the home front. Young children adore their parents. How they feel about their siblings is another matter. John Phythyon had an idyllic life until the day they brought him home. The arrival of a Little Brother turned his tranquil existence into a non-stop competition for their parents' attention, for control of the...
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Categories: All Humor; Memoirs
Naughty & Nice: My True-Life Adventure with Santa Claus (True-Life Adventures)
by John Phythyon
Holiday Hilarity! Every child adores Santa Claus. Every child dreams of catching Santa in front of their Christmas tree on Christmas Eve, watching him work his magic, and maybe even taking a ride in that famous sleigh. John Phythyon was not every child. While every kid dreams of meeting Kris Kringle, John was obsessed. Every year on...
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Passion Play
by John Phythyon
How far would you go to protect your beliefs? Juliette's way of life is in danger. Make that her very existence. She's a witch. She heals the sick. She makes crops grow. She helps people fall in love. But not if Charles III can help it. The prince is about to ascend the throne of Cotreur, and he's pledged his first act will be to...
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The Secret Thief: A Modern Fairy Tale
by John Phythyon
Secrets are dirty things. . . . Billy Johnson has a problem. He can’t keep a secret. He’s lost all his friends. No one trusts him. Everyone hates him, even his sister. But it’s not his fault. He’s haunted by a monster, who feeds on the private information Billy can’t keep hidden. He’s powerless against her and can’t stop...
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Animal House: My True-Life Adventure with Pets (True-Life Adventures)
by John Phythyon
Gone to the dogs (and cat) . . . Pets are the perfect playmate for children. They're also the cause of parental grey hair, especially when teamed with two boys looking for trouble. In his latest mini-memoir, John Phythyon takes a comical look back at childhood with three rambunctious Boxer dogs and one demonic cat. From one dog...
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Gridiron Glory: My True-Life Adventure with the Dallas Cowboys (True-Life Adventures)
by John Phythyon
Hut, hut, hike! It's not every ten-year-old who can direct his favorite team to the Super Bowl. Especially if a conniving Little Brother and the neighborhood bully stand in the way. In 1978, John Phythyon overcame these obstacles to get all the way to The Big Game. But the biggest threat to winning a championship was himself. In his...
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Swing and a Miss: My True-Life Adventure in Baseball (True-Life Adventures Book 4)
by John Phythyon
Put me in, Coach. . . . Baseball -- America's pastime. The most idyllic, traditional sport of them all. And the source of unending frustration for one boy. In his fourth mini-memoir, John Phythyon turns his satirical eye to the love-hate relationship he had with baseball in his youth. From the triumphs of dominating the neighborhood...
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Roses Are White (Wolf Dasher Book 3)
by John Phythyon
Death is a white rose. . . . His name is Dexter Rose. He is the world's greatest assassin. He has never failed on a mission. Now, he's about to match wits with Wolf Dasher of Her Majesty's Shadow Service. Rose plans three perfect murders. Wolf must stop him or see a government fall. But how do you find a man who uses magic to disguise...
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Categories: All Fantasy; All Mystery, Crime & Thrillers
Are We There Yet?: My True-Life Adventure on Road Trips (True-Life Adventures)
by John Phythyon
On the road to high adventure! The family vacation. In the 1970's, it was tradition to pack everyone into a station wagon and head off to see the sights, ending in some idyllic location, where all one's troubles could be forgotten. John's family vacations were never like that. The author of "Secret Identity: My True-Life Adventure...
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Twice in a Lifetime (Wolf Dasher Book 5)
by John Phythyon
Demon hunt! A demon trapped in an elf's body plots to destroy a nation. Wolf Dasher has a second chance to send it back to Hell. To do it, he'll need an ancient dagger locked in a dwarfish tomb and the help of an undead witch and a sadistic ogre, who want him dead. Outnumbered against malefic forces, Wolf finds a chance to kill a demon...
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Legend in my own Mind: The Incredible, True-Life Adventures of a Kid Growing up in the 1970's
by John Phythyon
Time capsule to adventure! Sneaking out after bedtime as a masked superhero. Catching Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. Chasing the family dog through the principal's house. There was no such thing as a "normal" day for young John Phythyon in the 1970's. Adventure was everywhere. No one could stop him from finding it, not even an...
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