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June 2, 2014



Robert Louis DeMayo
The Wayward Traveler
  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Wayward Publishing (November 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983345392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983345398
The Wayward Traveler follows the adventures of Louis, a young American who, in 1985, is determined to travel the world. The story takes place in forty countries and spans ten years: from the deck of a felucca on the Nile to the scorched dunes of India’s Thar Desert to the powerful Beni River in the Amazon Basin. Louis feels disenchantment with his former life, and a yearning to understand the foreign lands he encounters on his travels. He’s broke most of the time and spends considerable effort trying to get by. Along the way he meets other travelers. He learns about love and compassion, and hate. He befriends a Thai monk and Hindu Sadhu Babas and learns about other ways of thought, and enlightenment. Along the way Louis develops a list of Rules to help him get by, and yet, there´s a restlessness to his travels. He continues to wander into new countries, and through it all his Rules save him. On a frozen ridge in the Atlas Mountains he comes up with his first rule, Embrace the Unknown, to combat the fear that had been building in him. In Israel he decides If You Can’t Get Out of Something, Get Into It when his survival depends on pushing his body beyond its limits. And when he’s under the spell of a mad salesman with three personalities he realizes how important it is to Choose Your Battles.
Have you ever thought about the meaning of life? If so or not, this book will give you an adventure about just that, finding the meaning of life, through the eyes of other cultures around the world. It is a persons struggle with religion and how it fits into his life. This is a true travel of life and its' adventures.  You travel along and find yourself feeling as though you are there smelling, tasting, and viewing all the different things of different cultures. I totally enjoyed this book.   I turned each page with anxiety to find out what Louis's adventures would be like next.   You are introduced to all kinds of people, in every walk of life.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in traveling and learning of the different aspects of life and it's inhabitants.

I received a complimentary copy of THE WAYWARD TRAVELER from the author, Robert Louis DeMayo for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 5 STARS. 


Robert Louis DeMayoRobert Louis DeMayo took up writing at the age of twenty when he left his job as a biomedical engineer to explore the world. Over the coming years he traveled to every corner of the globe, experiencing approximately one hundred countries. He is a member of The Explorers Club and The Archaeological Institute of America. During his travels he worked extensively for the travel section of The Telegraph, out of Hudson, NH.

For three years he worked as marketing director for Eos, a company that served as a travel office for six non-profit organizations and offered dives to the Titanic and the Bismarck, Antarctic voyages, African safaris and archaeological tours throughout the world. After, Robert worked for three years as a tour guide in Alaska during the summers and as a jeep guide in Sedona, Arizona, during the winter.

He was general manager at A Day in the West, a Jeep tour company in Sedona before he decided to write full time. He is the author of The Making of Theodore Roosevelt, a fictionalized account of Roosevelt´s acquaintance with wilderness living, The Light Behind Blue Circles, a mystery thriller set in Africa, and The Cave Where the Water Always Drips, an adventure tale set in modern and colonial times of the Southwest.

His next novel, The Wayward Traveler, is due out on December 1st. This novel follows the exploits of a young traveler who quickly runs out of money and comes up with a list of Rules for Survival to get by. This story is memoir with some fictional elements and covers a period from 1985 to 1994.

Currently he resides in Hollis, N.H. and Sedona, AZ, with his wife Diana and three daughters: Tavish Lee, Saydrin Scout, and Martika Louise.


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