Monday, May 25, 2015

Escape Through The Wilderness

Title: Escape Through the Wilderness 

Author: Gary Rodriguez

Publisher: Tate Publishing

Genre: Teens/Children

Format: Paperback/Kindle
254 pages

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


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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Book Excerpt:

Suddenly, they heard a loud rustling of bushes and branches snapping downriver not far from where they had set up their makeshift camp.

“What was that?” Savi whispered anxiously. “It couldn’t be Vexel, could it?”

“Quiet.” Rico rebuked her with a hush. He raised the tip of his nearly finished spear. 

Again, they heard more noise in the woods. This time they knew it was getting closer.

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.  

As 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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 Contact Gary.

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