Sunday, April 5, 2015

Blog Tour Book Review: Escape Through the Wilderness by Gary Rodriguez

Pages: 254
Genre: Middle Grade 
Format: Paperback 
Sources: Pump Up Your Book 
My Rating: 3.5\5 

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.

My Thoughts:

I was really looking forward to loving this book but I didn't. The storyline was great. I have never read anything like the book and I like of connected to the plot. I was excited along with the idea of reading a middle grade book, but the book wasn't for me. The main character at first was pleasant. She was nice, sweet and caring. I also like that the author added that she had a accident in life and that's why Savannah limped. But after a while the book became to predicable. The cover was flawless and it deserves credit. The jokes the author tried to have I laughed a bit but then, I was kind of lost, on what he was trying to make the readers connect to. The climax brought the book back to life when they were all stuck together and needed each others help to survive by themselves. Over all I wanted to enjoy the book a little more but I'm not complaining much because the story was indeed nothing like what I have ever read.

The Author: 

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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