12 October 2013

CAESAR THE WAR DOG WINS HIGH PRAISE IN US & AUSTRALIA

Caesar TWD, Op Blue Dragon, Cover, Lo ResOn its release in the US on October 1, Caesar the War Dog received a rave review on the influential American children’s book website Smart Books for Smart Kids, which describes the first novel in the series as ‘The Heartwarming Story of an Unlikely Hero’.

‘You’ll venture on a journey of admiration, despair, sadness, hope and joy,’ says SBFSK. ‘It’s impossible not to love this dog!’ The reviewer even confessed, ‘I cried at the end of this moving book.’

Meanwhile, the October 2013 issue of Australian Book Review has given a big tick to the second book in the series, Caesar the War Dog: Operation Blue Dragon.  Describing the book as ‘meticulously researched and plotted,’ ABR says that it ‘soars into thrilling boys’ own adventure territory.’ This second book will be released in the US next January.

Meanwhile Caesar fans, Stephen Dando-Collins is hard at work on book number 3 in the series, which Random House will now publish Down Under next July. And, he has just agreed with the publishers to write Caesar book number FOUR in the series, for January 2015 release.

 

SIR HENRY PARKES, THE AUSTRALIAN COLOSSUS IMPORTANT AND LONG OVERDUE

Sir Henry Parkes, the Australian Colossus, jpgNoted UK-based Australian judge, QC, human rights lawyer and author Geoffrey Robertson has described Stephen Dando-Collins’ next book on Australian history, the biography Sir Henry Parkes, the Australian Colossus as ‘An important, long overdue warts and all biography of Australia’s most formidable politician.’

The book is due for release in Australia and New Zealand by Random House on November 1. The Governor of New South Wales, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir, who has written a foreword to the book, will officially launch it in Sydney for Stephen in November.

 

RISE OF AN EMPIRE TIES IN WITH MOVIE RELEASE

Stephen Dando-Collins’ next book on classical history, Rise of an Empire, will be published in the US next March by Turner Publishing, to tie in with the release of the next movie in the 300 franchise, 300, Rise of the Empire.

Stephen’s book will tell the true story of Themistocles, the Athenian politician who led the Greek resistance to the invasion of Greece by the Persian forces of King Xerxes.

The trailer to the 2014 movie, which is based on a graphic novel, has already attracted many millions of views on YouTube.

 

TANK BOYS SET TO POWER INTO BOOKSTORES IN FEBRUARY

Tank Boys cover, jpgBased around the true story of the first ever tank-versus-tank battle, Stephen Dando-Collins has written a powerful book for children and young adults that sees Frankie and Taz, two youngsters from the Allied side, and Richard, a youth in the crew of the German tank ‘Mephisto’, come face to face on the battlefield. What follows will astonish and grip you.

‘Mephisto’ was a massive A7V tank, with a crew of 18, most of whom had to stand up! Captured by Australian troops on the Somme in 1918, ‘Mephisto” is today in Australia’s Queensland Museum in Brisbane – the only surviving German tank from World War One. Next year, coinciding with the release of Tank Boys, ‘Mephisto’ will tour throughout Australia.

24 June 2013

CAESAR THE WAR DOG IS HEADING FOR THE BIG SCREEN

Canine hero Caesar is set to become a movie star!

With Caesar the War Dog, Operation Blue Dragon out in August, and author Stephen Dando-Collins working on the third in the series of Caesar adventures for publication next year, he’s received the good news from his New York literary agent that Hollywood producers have signed on to put the first book in the series on the big screen.

Inner Primary Entertainment (IPE) of Los Angeles have plans to make the Caesar the War Dog movie plus a documentary, video games, and special Caesar apps.

But movies take a long time to make, so keep enjoying Caesar’s adventures on the page as you wait for him to take to the screen.

In the next book, Caesar the War Dog, Operation Blue Dragon, Caesar has to save one of the most important people in the world, the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Don’t wait until August to try to get a copy. Order it now from your favourite bookseller or online retailer.

 

Caesar the War Dog: Operation Blue Dragon

On the back of the huge success of the first Caesar the War Dog book, Stephen Dando-Collins was asked by publishers Random House to write more books in a series of adventures featuring Caesar, his handler Ben Fulton and his family, and Ben’s best friend Sergeant Charlie Grover VC.

The second book in the series is Caesar the War the Dog: Operation Blue Dragon. In this book, once again Caesar, Ben and Charlie team up, this time to save the life of one of the most important people in the world when he’s taken hostage – someone they’ve all come to know well.

Once again, Caesar will be in the middle of a life-and-death adventure, involving heelos and Hercules, parachute drops, an attack on a terrorist base, and, of all things, a submarine! And once again, Ben Fulton’s children Josh and Maddie will play a vital role in finding the object of their father’s quest.

The good news is that Stephen has written Caesar the War Dog: Operation Blue Dragon, and delivered it to the publishers. The bad news is that you’ll have to wait until August for it to come out. But you can order your own copy now at any bookstore, or online.

As for book number three, there’s more good news and bad news. The good news is that it will be out in August next year, and it will be another dangerous and exciting mission taking Caesar, Ben and Charlie across the world. The bad news is that we can’t even tell you the title yet! (We know the title, but it’s classified Top Secret for now.)

There’s lots more really exciting news about Caesar coming. Check here again soon to find out more. Will you love it? Roger to that!

In his latest US book, TAKING HAWAII, award-winning Australian author Stephen Dando-Collins puts the blame for the armed overthrow of the Queen of Hawaii in 1893 – which led to Hawaii becoming a US territory and later a US state – primarily at the feet of an Australian from Tasmania, Henry Waterhouse.

Waterhouse, who was born in Hobart, Tasmania, and who was known as ‘the Tasmanian’ in Hawaii, was one of the 13 members of a rebel white committee which planned the queen’s overthrow. When it appeared the coup would fail, several rebel leaders lost their courage, and, says Dando-Collins, it was only when Waterhouse took the reins and drove the coup forward that the queen’s removal was achieved.

Dando-Collins, who was himself born in Tasmania, has spent seven years researching and writing TAKING HAWAII, and was given unprecedented access to Native Hawaiian sources during the research.

“Was Queen Liliuokalani wrong, or was she wronged?” Dando-Collins asks. US President Bill Clinton seemed to think it was the latter, for in 1993, a century after the event, he signed an official apology to the Hawaiian people for US complicity in the queen’s overthrow.

TAKING HAWAII is published by E-Reads of New York, and is available as both an e-book and paperback via leading online retailers including Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Not only has Caesar the War Dog quickly become a bestseller in Australia and New Zealand, wonderful reviews continue to roll in.

For example, in the latest (November) issue of ‘Reading Time’,  influential journal of the Children’s Book Council of Australia, a long, laudatory review ends, ‘Teachers and librarians should find “Caesar” a valuable teaching tool, and young readers, through an engrossing story, will have their horizons widened and their emotional lives deepened. This is a book for our times.’

Caesar the War Dog is not only selling up a storm, it is wowing the critics. Here are a few quotes:

‘I loved this book. It’s one of the best war stories I have read, and its Australian… Verdict: Fantastic!’ Herald-Sun, Melbourne

‘A fascinating account of these amazing dogs and their trainers, the story of Caesar will open a world unknown to many students.’ ReadPlus

‘Stephen has done a wonderful job!’ Deborah Abela, bestselling Australian children’s author

‘Action-packed and heartwarming’, Family Magazine

‘Will appeal to readers young and old’, Otago Daily Times, New Zealand

‘I loved this book, and shed a tear or two following Caesar’s adventures… Would make a great book for group reading, and suits everyone from 9 to 99′, Lamont Books review

‘A heart-warming adventure… Most of all it’s a story about a remarkable dog’, Magpies

Check out Stephen’s article ‘Sydney 1848′ in the latest issue of BBC History Magazine (September 2012), published in the UK, to read about the city all too familiar to Joe Windred of MISTAKEN IDENTITY fame.

Stephen has just returned home from 2 months in Europe, where he lectured on the Romans in Gaul and took photos for an exciting new book about Greek history due for release in the US, UK and elsewhere next August – more on that as publication (and release of the movie that the book is linked to) draws nearer.

Before he could go home, Stephen embarked on a tour of eastern Australia to launch MISTAKEN IDENTITY: The Trials of Joe Windred, and to promote his new children’s novel CAESAR THE WAR DOG.

Since its national launch in Orange, NSW, where Joe Windred was once mayor, by John Davis, the current Mayor of Orange, MISTAKEN IDENTITY has excited the attention of many in the media, especially Richard  Fidler, who had Stephen back on his ‘Conversations’ hour to talk all about the amazing Joe Windred, and Fran Kelly on ABC Radio National’s Breakfast program. Press reviews have mirrored the Gold Coast Bulletin, which described MISTAKEN IDENTITY: The Trials of Joe Windred as ‘remarkable’ and ‘moving’. Melbourne’s’ Herald Sun and Brisbane’s Courier Mail both listed it as the recommended biography in their Ten Books For Fathers Day.

Meanwhile, CAESAR THE WAR DOG has been selling up a storm since its July release and attracting wonderful reviews. Readers young and old say they can’t put the book down! Just weeks into its release, a reprint had to rushed through. And we will soon have great news about the next book in the CAESAR THE WAR DOG series, as Caesar, Ben Fulton and Sergeant Charlie Grover VC head out on a another dangerous, life and death mission. More on that soon.

30 June 2012

Dando-Collins Australian Book Tour for Mistaken Identity and Caesar the War Dog

AUG 23:
Mistaken Identity: The Trials of Joe Windred

Hear the author of the bestselling Crack Hardy tell another amazing and inspiring tale about the extraordinary life of an ordinary Australian, a Windsor-born adventurer whose tight scrapes included suffering at the hands of the original ‘kangaroo court’ in California.
Time: Thurs, 23 Aug, 7.30 pm.
Venue: Windsor Library, Tebbutt Room, Windsor.
Tickets: Free event.
AUG 24:
Mistaken Identity: The Trials of Joe Windred

Hear the author of the bestselling Crack Hardy tell another amazing and inspiring tale about the extraordinary life of an ordinary Australian, a Bathurst resident whose adventures included suffering at the hands the original ‘kangaroo court’ in California.
Time: Fri, Aug 24, 12.30 pm.
Venue: Bathurst Museum, East Wing, Bathurst Courthouse, Bathurst.
Tickets: Free event. RSVP to 6332-4755.
AUG 24:
National Launch, Mistaken Identity: The Trials of Joe Windred
Time: Fri, Aug 24, 5.30 for 6.00 pm.

National launch by the Mayor of Orange of an amazing tale about the extraordinary life of an ordinary Australian, a Mayor of Orange whose adventures included suffering at the hands the original ‘kangaroo court’ in California. Hear the author of the bestselling Crack Hardy tell Joe Winded’s inspiring story of resilience and courage.
Venue: Orange Library, Byng Street, Orange.
Tickets: Free event. RSVP to Orange Library.
AUG 25:
Caesar the War Dog

In conversation with Jasmine Vidler of the Central West Writers Centre, hear the author of the just released Caesar the War Dog and Mistaken Identity: The Trials of Joe Windred, and the bestselling Crack Hardy talk about the changing face of book publishing.
Time: Sat, Aug 25, 11.00 am.
Venue: Orange Library, Byng Street, Orange
Tickets: Free event. RSVP to Orange Library.
AUG 25:
Mistaken Identity: The Trials of Joe Windred

Hear the author of the bestselling Crack Hardy tell another amazing and inspiring tale about the extraordinary life of an ordinary Australian, a Young gold digger whose adventures included suffering at the hands the original ‘kangaroo court’ in California. A Young Museum event.
Time: Sat, Aug 25, 7.30 pm.
Venue: Uniting Church Hall, cnr Cloete & Lynch Streets, Young.
Tickets: $10, including supper.

AUG 29:
Mistaken Identity: The Trials of Joe Windred

Hear the author of the bestselling Crack Hardy and the award-winning Pasteur’s Gambit, who has unearthed another amazing and inspiring tale about the extraordinary life of an ordinary Australian, a charasmatic adventurer caught up in the original ‘kangaroo court’ in California.
Time: Wed, Aug 29, 6.30 pm.
Venue: Embiggen Books, 197-203 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne.
Tickets: Free event. Phone 9662-2062.
Sept 21:
Caesar the War Dog and Mistaken Identity: The Trials of Joe Windred
Time: Fri Sept 21, 6.00 pm.
Venue: Fullers Books, St John St Launceston, Tasmania.
Tickets: Free event. RSVP to the store.

30 June 2012

Caesar the War Dog bounds into bookstores

Caesar the War Dog, the amazing new children’s novel by Stephen Dando-Collins, is released in Australia and New Zealand by Random House on July 2.

Based on the true stories of Australian Army dog Sarbi, which was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan, British service dog Endal, which became the most decorated dog in history, and the US Navy’s SEAL Team 6 dog Cairo, this exciting and moving adventure is set to grab the hearts of readers young and old around the world.

Caesar the War dog is also available as a braille and large print book through Read How You Want, and at school book fairs around Australia via Scholastic. The buzz for this book is enormous, with copies already flying off bookstore shelves prior to publication day.

Foreign editions are expected to soon follow, and, yes, the book is already being talked about in Hollywood!

Grab a copy while you can. Caesar is on the move.