Author Gary Pryke’s Crime-fighting Duo Gets Unique Casting

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New illustrated fiction introduces young boy and his spider accomplice

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Batman and Robin. Han Solo and Chewbacca. Shaggy and Scooby- Doo. The quintessential duo has proven that a good adventure is made great with a friend in tow. Gary Pryke introduces the next duo to captivate pop culture with his debut book, “The Adventures of Spike & Johnny: Somewhere Close to Forty” (published by Trafford Publishing).

“The Adventures of Spike & Johnny” is an engaging tale depicting the exploits of 12-year-old Johnny Upanishad and his feisty yet lovable spider accomplice, Spike. Young readers will delight in this quickly-paced adventure, where Spike and Johnny stumble into a new world filled with discovery, danger, mystery and villains, both ominous and comical. Johnny, with his trusty mountain bike and Spike at his side, must follow his hunches and risk everything in the quest to save the life of one fair and innocent girl.

An excerpt:

“Johnny’s ride home was not exactly a direct route. His mind was plagued with fears concerning Jennifer and his missing mate. As he kept to the side streets, picking up speed, he deliberately headed toward Kits Point and silently vowed not to return home until Spike and Jennifer were out of danger. There was a slim possibility his good friend Frank could help him steer through this dilemma. As he sped past the tennis courts by the beach, he wondered if his parents would discover his absence. He congratulated himself on having the foresight to stuff his bed with pillows, pajamas and an old basketball to create the illusion of a twelve-year-old boy, fast asleep. As he approached Frankie’s house, the strong, cold salt air filled his lungs, reviving him with new energy and purpose.”

“The Adventures of Spike & Johnny” is illustrated by George Louie.

About the Author
Gary Pryke sets “The Adventures of Spike & Johnny” in the beautiful city of Vancouver, his hometown.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, Inc. author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit

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