Monday, December 15, 2014

Blog Tour + Review: Escape Through The Wilderness by Gary Rodriguez

About ESCAPE THROUGH THE WILDERNESS: 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.

Release date: October 7, 2014
Publisher: Tate Publishing
Genre: YA/Teen Adventure
ISBN: 978-1-63268-201-7

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5-Stars Review
The best adventure book ever! It is story about survival and self-discovery. Four teens are stranded in wilderness and they must learn to overcome various hurdles in order to survive and reach to safety. Also they must avoid Vexel... a mysterious monster who lurks in the woods and killing everyone and everything that crosses its path. No one really knows what kind of animal it is but everyone knows that whoever crosses its path doesn't live to tell the tale.
In spite of all the dangers and setbacks they survive and in the process learn a lot about themselves and each other. They learn to help and forgive each other. Also to be thankful for what they have rather than dwelling on what they don't. All these things make them stronger and help them to live through their ordeal. It will be an adventure they will never forget. Nor would the readers...

About Gary Rodriguez: My name is Gary Rodriguez, and I live in California. I'm the president of LeaderMetrix Inc., a consulting company that specialises in senior-level executive coaching, organisational 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 organisation for a season. 

As a young man, I spent a tour of duty in the U.S. Army where I was recognised 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 valour) 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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