Contact: Robert Louis DeMayo
440 Orchard Lane, Sedona, AZ 86336
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, beginning a 3,000-mile journey to Maasailand, the place where his lurid visions originate.
On his travels he meets devoted new friends, encounters bitter enemies, and experiences hairraising 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 up with the dawn, The Light Behind Blue Circles captures some of Africa’s most iconic scenery.
Mr. DeMayo comments, “As a younger man I traveled Africa, and the landscape and people I encountered have 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 encountered and reflect a few of the mysterious tribal encounters that moved me.”
The cover of The Light Behind Blue Circles was created by Tom Fish, a former Walt Disney
Feature Animation animator. During his ten years at Disney, Tom worked on The Lion King, Pocahontas, Mulan, Lilo & Stitch, and Brother Bear. He currently resides in Sedona where his murals—both private and public—have drawn almost as much attention as his illustrations. For more of his work, visit www.paintedfairways.com.
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 next fifteen years he traveled to every corner of the globe, spending almost eight years abroad and experiencing approximately one hundred countries. He is a member of The Explorers Club and The Archaeological Institute of America. During his travels he worked extensively for the travel section of The Telegraph, out of Hudson, NH. 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. After, Robert worked for three years as a tour guide in Alaska during the summers and as a jeep guide in Sedona, Arizona, during the winter. He was general manager at A Day in the West, a Jeep tour company in Sedona before he decided to write full time.
He is the author of The Making of Theodore Roosevelt, a fictionalized account of Roosevelt’s acquaintance with wilderness living, and The Cave Where the Water Always Drips, an adventure tale set in modern and colonial times of the Southwest. Currently he resides in Sedona.