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Haunted by terrifying nightmares and a mysterious prophecy, a young man embarks on a 3,000-mile trek through the African bush, where a mystical journey—and the spirit of a Maasai warrior—awaits.
Author Robert Louis DeMayo has released a coming-of-age novel about a young South African coming to terms with a life-altering tragedy that occurred a decade earlier. The Light Behind Blue Circles tells of this man’s 3,000-mile journey from South Africa to Kenya and chronicles an inner transformation that encompasses more than the hero’s own soul.
Even as a boy Peter was enchanted with the African bush he had been introduced to by his South African parents. On a camping trip with his father, a veterinarian, he meets Lekai, a young Maasai seer-to-be, who asks for their help in saving a dear friend. But the rescue mission turns to tragedy when an evil man crosses their path in the bush.
Ten years later, Peter remains plagued by the events of that tragic day. Estranged from his father, he tries to hide from his nightmares by working in the dangerous gold mines of South Africa. After narrowly surviving a cave-in, he decides to travel north, unknowingly beginning the long journey to Maasailand, the place where his lurid visions originate.
On his travels he meets devoted new friends, encounters bitter enemies, and experiences hair-raising adventures. He also embarks on a mystical journey into the very core of his existence, desperately trying to prove to himself that he can still make room in his heart for love. From Victoria Falls at night during a lunar rainbow to the great African savannah stampeding with wildebeest to the evocative Serengeti with Mt. Kilimanjaro rising with the dawn, The Light Behind Blue Circles captures some of Africa’s most iconic scenery.
But it’s not only about the scenery. This is a ghost story—it’s about that rumble in your stomach when adrenaline surges. It’s that feeling you get when you stand in the dark and hear an animal growling from only feet away, or sense there’s someone else in a gloomy room. Start reading, and you’ll never look at Africa the same again.
Mr. DeMayo comments, “As a younger man I traveled Africa, covering over 10,000 miles on overland journey, and the landscape and people I encountered left a deep imprint on my imagination. This story isn’t about me or my journey, but I wanted to revisit some of the locations I passed through and reflect a few of the mysterious tribal encounters that moved me.”
The cover of The Light Behind Blue Circles was created by Andrew Holman, using a cover by sacred sites expert Martin Gray. The interior images were drawn by Tom Fish, a former Walt Disney Feature Animation animator.