$1,400 of $24,000 goal

Raised by 23 people in 43 months
Francis ODonnell
on behalf of veronica odonnell


is a Three Volume series of Fantasy Adventures !  
It is a Monumental undertaking, told by me though the Eyes of Marco Polo !

NOTHING OF TRUE LONG TERM VALUE IS CREATED ALONE ! Think of Michelangelo without the Pope or Lorenzo de Medici ! Or what about Vincent Van Gogh without his Brother Theo ? 

" EVEN MARCO POLO MUST HAVE NEEDED HELP ONCE IN A WHILE ! "  These were the Words of a Man who at Great Risk to himself, helped smuggle us across a forbidden border.

Perhaps you have seen my PBS Emmy nominated documentary ? It chronicals a two year,  twenty five thousand mile journey along the Silkroad, as my colleague and I retraced Polo's entire route , without out flying for the first time in history !  Here are some links !

       Along with the film we published a book of the same name. It has truly been a twenty year labor of love. Don't be mistaken , there was no money in it , as we all know PBS is non - profit and they don't pay.  But, I am very proud of our film and book and what we have shared.

    HERE IS THE HOOK  of My New Series ... ! 

Legend has it that on his deathbed Marco's priest came to him and asked him to repent for all of his far flung lies. After spending 24 years in Asia, Marco returned home and wrote a book called " The Travels ". In it he describes all the riches and wonders of the east. This caused a great controversy and many did not believe him . It lead to him being called il'milione, essentially a liar ! His response to the priest was this: 

" I have not told you half of what I have seen or done! "

( 14 th. century copy of Polo's book )
THIS IS WHERE MY SERIES OF BOOKS PICK UP. Marco relates all of his “ Untold Adventures “ to the priest who acts as a scribe and writes them down, as well as becoming our narrator. The priest makes occasional appearances and is woven throughout the book, either confronting and chastising or admiring Marco's fantastical tales.

Here I use history as a hook to hang the story on , but I take whatever liberties as I see fit and draw on virtually all aspects of art , culture , science , geography , history , legend , myth , and religion from across the spectrum of world traditions, including , Animism, Shamanism, Magic , and even time travel. In a fever, Marco visits present day NYC during a “ Silkroad " Conference , where he learns the importance of his book, which he has not yet written ! Marco we find is the first person to “ Circumnavigate the Globe “ and is at the center of the Meso - American Mythology of Kul kul kan “ The Feathered Serpent “ said to be a bearded white skinned God who sailed off across the Atlantic Ocean to the east.

He meets contemporaries, such as Jalal al - Din Mevlana Rumi an Islamic mystic who is much older and becomes his mentor. Dante Alighirei, hearing of Marco and his travels goes to Venice from Florence , he has some ideas rolling around in his head about the afterlife. Marco tells Dante how he, with the help of a Wise hermit in the high Himalayas is taught to venture into the bowels of hell and save his father from a premature death. His father had been cursed by the Hindu goddess Kali.

Aside from interacting with Popes and meeting The Great Khan of Khans, Kublai, Ruler of the Yuan dynasty, he returns home to Venice, he then ventures to England, France and Spain. There Marco meets King Edward the II known as Longchamps, and his foe William Wallace, who we have come to know as " Braveheart " Afterwards he acts as an intermediary and deals with the Moors on behalf of the Spanish court.

 As they say this is just the “ Tip of the Iceberg “ ! The cast of characters includes but is not limited to Witches , Alchemists , a Unicorn , Vampires, and Headhunters. There is a race of Centaurs and Gods of all ilk all make an appearance, as well as Automatons, Ogres and the Abominable Snowman. Ghosts Armies haunt the desert wastes of the Gobi.

Marco encounters a Race of Giants and another of midgets. He enters the Garden of Eden and then a Land Lost in Time, where everything is Backwards … This too is just a short sample, of what will be included in this epic … although some of these things and themes may sound somewhat familiar, I have insured to give them a new twist !

The foundation I have built with and years of study has allowed me to imbue this project with an  authentic voice, one that only a Modern day Marco Polo could. Who better to relate the fantasy ?  I am sure with your help I can bring this project to fruition and a success ! 

 ( Marco Polo's , last will and Testament )

 By the nature of what I have already achieved , you can believe in me. Your donation is safe and will be put to good use.  It will help us reach our Goal together ... Because now you are my partner in this Venture ! Everyone Who Donates will have their name included , in the acknowledgement pages of this work !  

To those who risk more the Greater the Reward. Just as it was for Marco traveling the Silk road more than 700 years ago !  

Gifts will be detailed in the donor section ! 

       When this trilogy is completed it will be my Opus Magnum, my legacy, and you can be part of it ! Many books have been written about Marco Polo and his adventures , But None like This ! Let us Explore and take - The Untold Adventure's  together !

       Thank You my friends , .... Francis ODonnell

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DEAR FRIENDS, I want to Thank you again & give an Update - Your overwhelming kindness has helped to facilitate a Great Achievement ! I have Completed 2 Volumes of my 6 Volume set of Fantasy Adventure Novels based on Marco Polo ... There is still a long way & a lot of hard work ahead. To those who have not contributed to the effort, know that those who do are not forgotten !... I am now editing & readying both books for publication. Plus looking for a publisher. Jeanine La Hara, Serafine Klarwein, Virginia Mallon, Richard Barnard, Alexandra Collard, James Hamilton, Deborah Wills Saneda, Karena Reiter, Shawn Mullin, Constance Torres, Tinne Loh, Susan McEachern, Chris Floersch, Karen Macagno, Liz Kidera, Robert Atwater, Anne Born, Patricia Hoover, RAMESH RAMANATHAN, Nick Hardesty, Dave Monk, Marguerite Garrick !!! You will all be rewarded accordingly ... xoxoxo - Love, Francis
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Friends, it has been some time since my last Plea. New friends please take a look & consider helping out. What is now a Two year effort continues. The bulk of the Writing on Volume one is complete, the whole Volume has been Read by Major Players in the Publishing Industry. One Publisher in fact who wants to take it to print believes that the 3.15.000 word manuscript is so Epic that it needs to be split and made into two books ! I believe this approach is correct, meaning my Trilogy will now become a Six Volume set someday. However, This means even more time & restructuring plus yet another edited. Whatever it takes to make it the best it can be! You help and assistance will not be forgotten and you will be fully credited in the book!
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The Letter Below is Just One of Many Hundreds received! They Have Been My True Reward for the Years of Hard Work & Struggle ! ... Dear Francis, - I just watched your documentary "In the footsteps of Marco Polo". I just wanted to say thank you for getting me excited about "life" again after being mired and suffocated in what seems like endless medical school. I traveled part of the road you were on in 2007 ... I traveled alone in China for two and a half months also without taking planes. Mostly traveled on local buses and trains. I started from Beijing, went to Xian, Xiahe- ... Obviously, my trip wasn't has extensive or hardcore as yours ... My goal in a lesser way than yours also had been to be in the footsteps of Marco Polo - he was my inspiration as well. I had read his biography in 2nd grade and being on the Silk road was my longest dream. I wanted it more than anything else. And for some reason ... Kashgar was always THE city I dreamed of visiting. When I was leaving Kashgar after my stay, I remember crying so hard because I had completed my dream ...Thank you again for the documentary and your courage to travel the way you did - Steve
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I Haven't Posted A Request In Months. Mostly Because it seems Unseemly to Beg - There are Truly so many Worthy Causes in the World - Then I Ask Who is More Deserving than Me - "No One is The Answer"... "Ask & You Shall Receive." The Good Book Says - I am Still Struggling Funding my Efforts for " The Untold Adventures Of Marco Polo" - Even as I Wrote "Marco Polo's Heretical Tales of the East" for Free ? The Dues one must Pay!
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Raised by 23 people in 43 months
Created April 2, 2015
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Jeanine La Hara
32 months ago

Hope this helps

Serafine Klarwein
32 months ago

I sent you a message via FB. Hope you got it. You may want to do this campaign with givebacks for donors a-la-kickstarter where at a certain level people would get an autographed pic, a copy of the book, a pic of their choice, a personal meeting etc. I´m sure a lot more people would fund if they felt they could receive some interest back. Also this site doesn´t allow paypal which makes quick donation difficult. Wishing you all the best, Seraf

Virginia Mallon
36 months ago

Good luck!

Alexandra Collard
41 months ago

Wish it could be more. Best wishes on this project.

James Hamilton
41 months ago

An excellent resource for the classroom, too! My students love the book as well as the adventurers!

Deborah Wills Saneda
41 months ago

I am proud to be able to contribute in a small way to your endeavor. I wish circumstances would allow me to do more for such an outstanding commitment to history, adventure, art, and literature.

Karena Reiter
41 months ago

Looking forward to seeing the work. Karena

Constance Torres
42 months ago

Keep on keepin on!

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