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

Title: Escape Through the Wilderness
Author: Gary Rodriguez
Genre: Teens/Children, Suspense, Adventure
Publisher: Tate Publishing
Pages: 254

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 Review

Escape Through the Wilderness is a pretty entertaining read! There was a great amount of suspense and adventure in it which I'm sure many teens would definitely enjoy, I know I did. Especially the character's, each and every one of them had such different personalities. They seemed like true insecure teens with many things on their minds.

There are 4 main character's in the story that I'm sure will appeal to every teen. There's Savannah or Savi, who seems tender and a bit timid at first but as the book progresses we see the real her who in fact is a smart and powerful leader. And Jade the pretty Asian girl who seems kind and confident and befriends Savannah quickly. Then the two remaining character's Rico and Conner, who at the beginning despise each other because Conner is a bully at least that's how he acts at the beginning and Rico is strong but likes to keep to himself.

Throughout the story I see them not only struggle to survive in the dangerous woods but also come to terms with themselves and work together. The scene's in which I see them sharing their insecurities and confiding in each other really called to me. I loved seeing them grow to care for and trust one another! Especially Conner he was such a jerk at the beginning to both Rico and Savi but I came to understand him just like they did and he changed for the better.

Apart from the character's I truly enjoyed the adventure part of the book, it kept me glued and made me nervous for all of them. Being in the wilderness with all kinds of wild animals stalking them was truly creepy and I was so scared for them because there were so many close calls but they all kept on pushing through together.

I would definitely recommend this to teens who love a great adventure and a suspenseful read!

I received this book in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 3.5 stars

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About 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 wroteOvercoming The Fear Of Public Speaking. And this past year, I wrote my first novel, Escape Through the Wilderness

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