Children of the Hydra’s Teeth are the ultimate special effect of the movie, Jason and the Argonauts, which appear in the climactic scene right before Jason and Medea escape from Colchis carrying the Golden Fleece. They look like something out of an Edgar Allen Poe tale. King Aeetes throws the teeth down on the ground of Colchis. Up spring warriors rising from their graves to avenge the people of Colchis. The Children of the Hydra’s Teeth are carrying swords, the battalion of the dead who cannot be killed because they are already dead.
Ultimately it shows off fears of the wild geography of the Colchis region. It is full of mountains and cliffs along the sea. From any cave, from any crevice can come an enemy or an unexpected creature. That is why something like the Children of the Hydra’s Teeth seem appropriate for the region.
There are no Children of the Hydra’s Teeth at the end of Medea’s Escape. But the sea, the cliffs, and the mountains through which the heroine must escape are equally compelling.

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Ray Harryhausen Special Effects: Jason finally reaches the climactic scene of the movie Jason and the Argonauts in a scene the resonates with the Cheops Books young adult thriller Medea’s Escape. Medea must make her choice to give away the Golden Fleece and follow Jason in the movie. Then Jason must fight the hydra-headed beast that looks like a dinosaur any day. He is almost captured but he frees himself. He is warned that King Aeetes is after him. He and Medea flee toward the Argo with the Argonauts.
In the novel Medea’s Escape, the heroine’s choice is a bit different. But we won’t spoil the plot or the ending in an original rendition of the myth. However the movie once again sets the place and time where the Greeks had wandered into a far off world with a different religion and different customs and did not know what to expect next. Harryhausen Special Effects make you really get into this mind frame.

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Medea’s Escape Countdown Deal: In the next special effects scene in the 1963 movie Jason and the Argonauts we have another illustration of what the ancient Greeks knew about the geography of their world. The Argonauts navigate the Hellespont on the way to the Black Sea, filmed in 1963 along the rocky southern coast of Italy. It is a narrow channel for sure. Rocks start cascading down the hillside into the water. The ship ahead of them sinks. But they decide to proceed anyway. A giant Poseidon appears and holds back the cascading rocks on the hillside so the Argo can slip through what the Greeks perceive to be a mysterious, unknown, dangerous region, too far away from where they live to venture.
The Cheops Books novel Medea’s Escape has more to do with the ancient Mother Goddess religion instead of all these male gods such as Poseidon, but still this movie gives you a good idea of the Bronze Age time period about 1500BC to 1250BC in which the Jason story took place long before the age of Pericles in classical Athens and even longer before the Hellenistic Period or the Romans themselves. The Bronze Age seems mysterious no matter when or how you study it or read about it.
The $.99 Amazon Countdown Deal for Medea’s Escape ends tomorrow so hurry and download a copy before it’s gone.

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Phineas the Blind Man and the Harpies: I emphasized the mastery with which Jason and the Argonauts, the 1963 family mythological film for all ages, pursues special effects. In fact, the whole movie is little more than a connected series of these special effects episodes. They don’t interfere with the plot of the pursuit of the Golden Fleece in any way nor do they interfere with the character presentation. On the contrary, they serve as examples to help illustrate Jason’s growing heroism and self-reliance.
In this episode Jason must defeat the Harpies who plague the seer Phineas the Blind Man to find out how to get to Colchis. The Argonauts trap the Harpies in a net and build a cage. Then they hold a feast with Phineas. He tells them to go through the clashing rocks in five days, then proceed northeast to Colchis. But now Jason and his Argonauts have no god to protect them. Hera can no longer help. He has already asked her the five allowed questions. Now he is on his own just like any hero, which of course builds up to the next special effects scene.
This movie serves as an excellent backdrop for the Cheops Books LLC novel Medea’s Escape. The plot isn’t the same, but the age level is, both rather YA or for all age levels. Both were also inspired by Apollonius of Rhodes who wrote the Argonautica instead of Euripides, which is the more popular version of the myth.

 

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More 1963 Special Effects: Talos is the name written on the statue found on the beach of the island where the Argonauts land. Hercules steals weapon from treasure trove and awakens the monster, Talos, who chases the crew back to the Argo. The Argonauts try to escape through two rocks that define a bay. But the monster reaches down and grabs the boat. They must all swim ashore. The giant Bronze Man follows them until Jason appeals to the figurehead who tells him to look to Talos’s ankles. In a scene that echoes Achilles’ heel, Jason attacks and defeats the monster so they can rebuild the Argo and get on their way to find the Golden Fleece at the end of the world in Colchis.
This special effects scene from the movie Jason and the Argonauts tells you what the Greeks thought of geography in their day. As soon as you sailed away from the islands in the Aegean you were in uncivilized, foreign, alien, barbarian territory where anything at all could happen. It was a place where evil lurked around every rock and boulder, and people in Greece would believe there were giant bronze men who could rise up against sailors and sink their boats. It was sort of like the people in the Middle Ages who though the Earth was flat and you would sail off it and fall into the abyss if you sailed far enough away from home. In ancient Greece only heroes and adventurers like Jason would even attempt such a feat. That is why it is the subject of 1963 Special Effects.

Watching this movie would be a good activity before reading the Cheops Books LLC  young adult mythological thriller novel called Medea’s Escape being offered this week on a Kindle Countdown Deal for only $.99 cents, a deal not to be repeated.

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The film Jason and the Argonauts premiered in 1963, before the great dividing line of 1965 after which movies started to change for the worse. In 1963 movies were often still made the way they were in the 1950’s with characters, action, and setting done in the old-fashioned way. It is a children’s movie at the same time it is a movie for adults. It is educational at the same time it is thrilling and full of action as you watch Jason, the Argo, his crew, and the Princess Medea from Colchis recover the Golden Fleece from the ends of the world and bring it back to Greece. You have the hints of special effects that were later to take over movies starting with Star Wars in 1975, but they are kept in their place and add to the action instead of taking over. The figurehead of the Argo is the Queen of the Gods, Hera. She opens her eyes and talks in a whispery voice to Jason. It is enough to make you think that Greek mythology is real.
There is more to come in part 2 of this movie review tomorrow night. Watching Jason and the Argonauts creates the perfect background for reading Medea’s Escape, the Christmas Kindle Countdown Special offered by Cheops Books LLC this week for only $.99.

 

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Reminder: Medea’s Escape On Kindle Countdown Deal Over Christmas:

The young adult mythological novel, Medea’s Escape, is now available during the Christmas holidays for onl $.99 on Amazon Kindle. It is the Cheops Books LLC Christmas special, which has never been offered before. Find out how the Princess Medea escapes from Colchis on the Black Sea with the Golden Fleece and her new love, Jason, from Greece all while you try out your new Christmas Kindle or other reading device.
This is not your usual evil Medea as presented by the Greek dramatist, Euripides, who later kills her children just to spite the faithless Jason. And Medea’s Escape does not present the faithless, philandering Jason. This version of the tale is based on the later Hellenistic version of the tale by Apollonius of Rhodes who wrote the Argonautica, which is also the basis for the one-time Harryhausen Hollywood movie from 1963. It is a happier tale with a happier ending full of mood, atmosphere, and setting — and certainly more young adult. Back in ancient times there was no one correct version of a myth. Writers made up their own. So I am following in this tradition two thousand five hundred years later.

 

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Medea’s Escape, the subject of the upcoming Countdown deal on Amazon, is a young adult story in a genre full of adult titles about the classical world. Cheops Books LLC began several years ago by publishing To Follow the Goddess, which recounts the Trojan War from the point of view of Helen. It has since published everything from the Minotaur about Minoan Crete to Book of the Dead, a modern supernatural about a duel with Egyptian spirits in the 1920’s. In the near future we will also be publishing two thrillers about the ancient Germans vs. the classical Romans, the Cherusci Plot and the Vesuvius Plot. So there is certainly more than one title available for your perusal. Start by buying Medea’s Escape for only $.99 starting tomorrow.

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Cheops Christmas Special: Countdown Deal for Medea’s Escape: Starting on Friday, December 23 and ending on Friday, December 30 you can download the young adult mythological thriller, Medea’s Escape, for only $.99 on Amazon Kindle. It is a special that runs through Christmas Day. But hurry! This offer won’t be repeated. Are you getting a new Kindle device for the holidays? Try it out.
Without Medea’s help, Jason had no mere mortal hope of getting the Fleece and bringing it home to his people. Medea would have to betray her family and her people to save Jason, this golden giant among men, whom she came to love. Together they would face the wrath of a people and take on the gods in Jason, My Love, for middle grades to young adult readers brought to you by Edward Ware Thrillers YA, an imprint of Cheops Books, LLC. Stories out of the past.
If you enjoyed this young adult mythological romantic suspense tale — which breaks ground in not following the most conventional story about Medea but tells its own thrilling romance — you might want to read Linda Cargill’s other adult novels about ancient Greece including To Follow the Goddess, The End of Days, and The Minotaur.

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Cheops Books Freebie of the Week: My Aunt, the Witch. Starting tonight at midnight and continuing through Wednesday you will be able to download My Aunt, the Witch for free on Amazon Kindle. This young adult supernatural thriller about the backwoods of Virginia Beach, Virginia in a small town named Pungo is the setting for the free teen thrills for the week. But hurry! This offer will not be repeated this year.
Adele’s father mysteriously disappeared two years before. Ever since then strange things have been happening around Pungo, a tiny town just on the outskirts of Virginia Beach. Even one of her best friends almost gets eaten by a shark. Is it a run of bad luck or what? She goes to visit her Aunt Esmeralda in the country. She finds her collecting snakes and doing a strange dance. Adele asks why. Her aunt tells her that she is a witch and is drawing upon special powers to help control the unruly things that happen in life. She suggests that Adele try it, too. But there are dark forces out there that can challenge even a witch when another one of her friends goes missing, too.

My Aunt, The Witch was originally published in German by Cora Verlag, Harper Collins Germany. It was her first published young adult thriller book ever. It is now brought to you by Edward Ware Thrillers YA, an imprint of Cheops Books, LLC. If you liked My Aunt, The Witch you will enjoy Linda Cargill’s other young adult thrillers such as Jasper, Black Lake, Dear Diary, Gold Hair, and Thorns.

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