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Robert Louis DeMayo
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Robert Louis DeMayo is a Sedona based writer.
Robert Louis DeMayo is a Sedona based writer.

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NEW review for Pledge to the Wind, the Legend of Everett Ruess
"I had a blast reading this book! I've heard of Everett Ruess but didn't know very much about him. He was brought to life and felt like a real person, not just a legend. I've been to some of the places that he wandered in...but certainly not to the extent that he did and I felt like I was there with him. I kept flipping to pictures of his art work and loved reading his actual words in his letters. He was a fascinating character and although the mystery of what happened to him isn't solved, it felt like this is what could have happened."
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NEW review by Jill Mandell on August 29, 2015: 
Reverent and compassionate account of a seeker's adventures in the southwest.

"An artful exploration of interior and exterior. We join in Everett's soaring joy and his struggle to explain the source of his joy. Mr. DeMayo manages to describe the indescribable wonder of the southwest through the eyes of an artist in love with nature and wanderlust. DeMayo's fascinating account of Everett's life and the mystery surrounding his disappearance compels the reader forwards."
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NEW review for The Legend of Everett Ruess: "If you are a fan of mysteries and not at all bothered by endings that just seem to dangle in the air, then you will dig this book. In general, I am not a fan of books that take historical footnotes of a life and try to create an "I imagine it would have gone something like this.." story. Too often, self interest and authors caught up in the hero worship of their subject create a story that is so caught up in hyperbole, that I never finish the book. Not so with this one.

I think that DeMayo does a fine job of walking that tightrope of threading historical subject matter into a book of historical fiction without any fawning over his subject. I was drawn into this book from page one and appreciated the care taken by DeMayo to try not to insert himself into the story via unnecessary imagined dialogue while at the same time writing a story that was not dulled by a documentarian style of writing.

So much of what makes this book interesting to me is the imagery that is created by the author of the Arizona and Utah deserts which is the backdrop of a story about a young man trying to find himself and stay his own course. Really great imagery.

I'm glad that I got to learn about Everett Ruess. It's hard to believe that he was only 21 when he disappeared. It's a great story, though in the end, tragic.

It is a story about all of us: what we give up, what we yearn to do, how far off of our true courses we veer and what we ultimately achieve. My guess that Everett Ruess would like this book as well."

Thanks so much, Chris Fitzpatrick!
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The Legend of Everett Ruess - NEW Review: Getting to know Everett Ruess...by CJ Wilmer. Aug. 6, 2015

"The mystery of the life and death of Everett Ruess has intrigued everyone who has ever heard of him for more than 80 years. In Pledge to the Wind, Robert Louis DeMayo lifts the veil that has shrouded the young wanderer's life and disappearance and gives us a glimpse of what he may have experienced both in his travels and in his innermost thoughts.

DeMayo's account pulls in every available record of Ruess' life to create a story that is historically accurate but he then eloquently fills in the blank spaces - the cracks that nobody but Ruess really knows and that helped to establish the young artist as a Western legend. Because DeMayo is well-versed in the true-to-life accounts of Ruess' life and uses the young man's own words to weave his tale, he is able to take the reader farther than ever before. He helps the reader to understand not only what Ruess experienced on his incredible solo journeys around the Southwest but what he may have been feeling throughout. DeMayo even addresses the multiple theories that have been raised regarding the young man's disappearance at the ripe old age of 20 while allowing the reader to decide which of those fates may have befell Ruess.

For those that are familiar with Ruess' story, DeMayo's book feels like being let in on the secrets the young man may have held. But even for someone who has never heard of Everett Ruess, the brilliant and vivid descriptions of the Desert Southwest, the Sierras, and the Diné people and the memorable lead character DeMayo creates through his prose result in an exciting and emotional tale that keeps the pages turning.
The mystery of Everett Ruess - who he was and what happened to him - is still a mystery, but DeMayo's account gives us a better understanding of the possibilities surrounding Ruess' brilliant and tragic life than perhaps we have ever had before."
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NEW review for The Legend of Everett Ruess. Thanks Steve Donovan!

"I've always enjoyed Robert's detailed books on places less traveled by people more travelled. He's a great writer and I look forward to many more tales."
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Robert Louis DeMayo, author - books, eBooks and audio books, plus info on upcoming novels.
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Novels, eBooks and audio books by author, Robert Louis DeMayo.
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Pledge to the Wind, the Legend of Everett Ruess - NEW review
May 14, 2015 by Bettina Peyton
       "Robert DeMayo has created a compelling narrative that brings alive the sights and sounds of the southwest, and sheds light on what might have been the inner experience of this enigmatic and legendary young artist who sacrificed all in pursuit of nature's wild and fierce divinity."
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