The Legend of Everett Ruess: Pledge to the Wind

The Legend of Everett Ruess: Pledge to the Wind

by Robert Louis DeMayo


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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."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781987008234
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 12/14/2014
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

About 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. During his travels he worked extensively for the travel section of The Telegraph, out of Hudson, NH, and the Hollis Times.

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 eventually became the general manager of the Sedona tour company before he decided to write full time.

He is the author of five novels: The Making of Theodore Roosevelt (a fictionalized account of Roosevelt´s first acquaintance with wilderness living), The Light Behind Blue Circles (a mystery thriller set in Africa), The Wayward Traveler (a memoir-based story following a young adventurer, who runs out of money while traveling abroad), Pledge to the Wind, the Legend of Everett Ruess (historical fiction account of the young man's life), and The Road to Sedona (the story of a young family that head up to Alaska to find work in the wake of 9/11). Collectively, these novels have won six national awards.

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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