Tuesday, December 5, 2017

On Rocks and Clouds by P. Wesley Lundburg

On Rocks and Clouds
by P. Wesley Lundburg

My rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Gaslamp Scriveners Press (October 5, 2016)
Publication Date: October 5, 2016
Genre: Fiction
Print Length: 92 pages
Available from: Amazon
 
An angry, determined young man.... a dangerous mountain trail....

Matt is a driven mountain biker seeking a greater thrill with every new sponsored ride, each filmed in video and posted online. He has no patience for inexperienced, wanna-be outdoor enthusiasts, and makes no attempt to veil his contempt. When a high-stakes solo ride takes him on the rugged trails of South America, he battles altitude sickness and unfamiliar terrain, and finds himself confronting his own arrogant ego and self-destructive nature.

 
 On Rocks and Clouds by P. Wesley Lundburg

On Rocks and CloudsWe stare in awe at those who participate in extreme sports. They seem to do the impossible right before our eyes, but what we don’t see is the training, the grueling hours spent pushing their bodies to the limit. Why do they do it? For each athlete, there is probably a different reason, but they will all agree, it is the thrill that lay at the heart of what they do.

Matt was a mountain biker driven by the next great thrill, the next chance he had to prove he was invincible. He took risks, broke rules, like a rebel’s rebel, he would push himself to the limits and beyond, alone. It was on one of those rides that it happened. “The Accident,” alone on a dangerous mountain at an oxygen-depriving altitude, one false move sent Matt careening down a rocky mountain, entangled in his twisted bike. It is there he took stock of his life, his relationships and the possibility he would die. It was there that he faced his own arrogance and hubris. It was there that he faced his humanity.

Wes Lundurg’s short, but intense tale, ON ROCKS AND CLOUDS is a brilliant tale of human weakness, delusions of personal grandeur and the life-changing event that brought a young man face to face with himself, his world and the fact that no man is an island. Mr. Lundburg’s story feels as if we were invited into the mind of Matt, and not required to like what we saw.

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