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March 16, 2015



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Pump Up Your Book is pleased to bring you Gary Rodriguez’s ESCAPE THROUGH THE WILDERNESS virtual book tour March 2 – May 29!
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Title: Escape Through the Wilderness
 Author: Gary Rodriguez
Publisher: Tate Publishing
Pages: 254
Genre: Teens/Children
Format: Paperback/Kindle
Sixteen-year-old Savannah Evans walks with a slight limp thanks to a gymnastics’ accident that dashed her Olympic dreams, but didn’t stop her from attending an adventure camp in Idaho. At Camp Arrowhead, she quickly befriends Jade Chang and Rico Cruz, but Conner Swift taunts Savi because of her injury.
When the four are teamed together for an overnight white-water river rafting adventure, Savi refuses to get in the same raft with Conner. Unfortunately, the director will not reassign her.
A fun expedition down the river turns into a nightmare when their raft slams into a huge rock and their adult guide disappears down the river.
Without their guide and desperately trying to steer an out-of-control raft, they pass the “last chance” marker and enter the larger rapids. With Jade pinned between the raft and a rock, and Rico clinging to a lifeline, Savi must cut the raft free.
When the four drag themselves out of the river, they’re bruised, beaten, lost, and twenty-five miles from camp. Because of late-night campfire tales of Vexel, a vicious animal that roams the nearby woods, Savi and the others are terrified.
Savi becomes the unlikely leader who tries to guide the group back to Camp Arrowhead. Limited supplies, injuries, and the constant threat of Vexel—who Savi fears is stalking them, complicate the harrowing return trip.
Readers will enjoy dramatic survival scenes and the group working together, solving problems, and learning to overcome adversity.

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PUYB Meet the Author

My name is Gary Rodriguez, and I live in California. I’m the president of LeaderMetrix Inc., a consulting company that specializes in senior-level executive coaching, organizational development, and conflict resolution.
Previously, I worked for eighteen years in the radio business as an executive where I spent several years as one of the original managers of Infinity Broadcasting.
Following a successful radio career I became the president of a non-profit organization for a season.
Gary RodriguezAs a young man, I spent a tour of duty in the U.S. Army where I was recognized as the youngest Drill Instructor in the Army’s history at age 18 years. I was also awarded the Silver Star (the nation’s third highest award for valor) while serving in a combat zone.
Over the past few years, I’ve written three non-fiction books and then I decided to write a novel.
My first book, Purpose-Centered Public Speaking, was published in 2009 and was re-published this summer (2014). Then I wrote a companion workbook designed to help people implement the principles taught in my first book. Next, I wrote Overcoming The Fear Of Public Speaking. And this past year, I wrote my first novel, Escape Through The Wilderness.
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This is about a group of fighter and how they face danger.  The characters are set apart as each has their own qualities.   Each has their own story with their own struggles.  As time goes on they form a group to save each other.  The characters, Savi, Rico, Jade and Conner each bring their own special qualities to the group in courage, a kind heart or not letting the other get down on themselves.  As they learn from their mistakes they each become stronger in their own way. The themes of this journey are faith, friendship and the belief in oneself.  As they endure the hardships their faith waivers.  They become closer and they each change.
Their fights were very bloody and terrifying.  You wonder how long their faith will endure.

The book is written for probably 16 or 17 year olds, but the conversations are not at that age level.  A Much younger age level. There is  violence which fits in for the 16 age group but it feels more of a children's book. The way the characters act and speak don't mesh.
I felt it was a good book overall.  It was just the speaking and acting didn't go together for the book.  As the reader turned the pages, there was a lot to try to figure out.  Your imagination was going in all kinds of directions.

I was given a complimentary copy of ESCAPE THROUGH THE WILDERNESS from the author Gary Rodriguez and Pump Up Your Book for my view of the book.

I would give this book 4 STARS.



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