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April 25, 2015

PLEDGE TO T HE WIND by Robert Louis DeMayo

  
5 STARS


PLEDGE TO THE WIND
The Legend of Everett Ruess 
by
Robert Louis DeMayo

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OVERVIEW
(FROM BACK OF BOOK)
Eighty years ago a young man disappeared in the Utah wilderness. A large manhunt followed, but all they turned up was his last camp and a couple burros.  Numerous historical books have been published that attempt to prove what happened to Everett, but his fate remains one of the biggest mysteries of the southwest.Pledge to the Wind, the Legend of Everett Ruess follows the adventures of Everett Ruess from his appearance in the southwest in 1931 when he was barely seventeen, until his disappearance in 1934, shortly before he turned 21. This historical fiction novel focuses more on how he lived from day to day, the adventures he experienced, and the language he used to express them. Upon reading it, Brian Ruess wrote, "In this work of fiction ... I saw Everett for the first time, as he might actually have been."

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Robert Louis DeMayoAbout the Author

Robert 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. Following this, Robert worked for three years as a tour guide in Alaska and the Yukon 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 four novels: The Making of Theodore Roosevelt, The Light Behind Blue Circles, The Wayward Traveler, and Pledge to the Wind, the Legend of Everett Ruess. He has also published a novella that takes place in Sedona, AZ entitled, The Cave Where the Water Always Drips. This adventure tale is set in modern and colonial times and combines many of the local legends. Many of his experiences while traveling were captured in Random Thoughts from the Road, a collection of poetry and prose. His novel, The Wayward Traveler, won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award. This memoir-based story follows, Louis, a young adventurer, who runs out of money while abroad and creates a list of Rules for Survival to get by. His most recent novel, Pledge to the Wind, the Legend of Everett Ruess, is a historical fiction account of the young man’s exploration of the southwest between 1931 and 1935. Currently he resides in Hollis, N.H. and Sedona, AZ, with his wife Diana and three daughters: Tavish Lee, Saydrin Scout, and Martika Louise.

REVIEW
Mr. DeMayo has done it again.  Another book that will draw the reader into the book so fast and entirely that you don't want to put it down.  This book was different from the other books of Mr. DeMayo.  This wasn't a personal journey but a journey of Everett Ruess. Mr. DeMayo writes of the travels and makes the reader feel that he is right along side going through every part of the journey. The author described everything with such detail that you could almost feel, smell, touch and know the characters as though they were your friends. It was almost as though the reader was taking the journey. An amazing journey of Everett Ruess that makes you want to know more of this man and  his life. This book inspired me to think of a more simple life with a new respect on nature.   Being so young as Everett Ruess has such a mature look at society and way it can take the life right out of you.  Mr. DeMayo  gives us both the country's beauty in a very simple and easy form.   The author makes you want to grab your knapsack and go on a journey to the wondrous beauty of the southwest in a fashion such as Mr. Ruess. A wonderful book of a young man with unadulterated eyes who stood up to live life on his terms and  no one elses.Even though this book is about Everett Ruess' journey which is different than Mr. DeMayo's other books, it's a new twist on life and the journey of a person trying to live his own life in his own way.  I would recommend this book along with Mr. DeMayo's other books.  You won't be sorry.

I was given a complimentary copy of PLEDGE TO THE WIND from the author, Robert Louis  DeMayo for my view of the book.

I would give this book 5 STARS.


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