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The King of the Coral Sea: The Untold Story of an Australian Legend

5 Star Review



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Editorial Book Review:

By Rick Stevens


In "The King of the Coral Sea," Robert Louis DeMayo crafts a gripping tale around the incredible true account of Michael Fomenko, a real-life Tarzan whose bold and courageous solo voyage across the Coral Sea stands as a monument to bravery and daring.


The narrative starts with Michael's difficult path, as he was denied entry into the Commonwealth Games at the tender age of twenty for political and economical reasons. When faced with such obstacles, Michael changes directions and dreams of achieving a goal that requires unfathomable perseverance. As Michael paddles a dugout canoe more than a thousand nautical kilometers from Cairns, Australia, to Dutch New Guinea, this incredible adventure is described by DeMayo with skill.


"The King of the Coral Sea" explores the extent of human bravery and tenacity. In addition to extreme physical obstacles, Michael must contend with storms, sharp coral reefs that are hidden beneath the waters, and saltwater crocodiles. But his adventure gets much more dangerous when he becomes the Australian government's target, taking an unexpected turn.


The style of DeMayo is fluid and vividly describes Michael's eighteen-month adventure on his own. The story presents readers to larger-than-life individuals and allows them to see the fortitude and resolve that got Michael through his lowest points. The narrative deftly illuminates Michael's intriguing and perilous upbringing, from his childhood escape from communist Russia to his foot travels across the Manchurian jungles.


"The King of the Coral Sea" gives depth to the story by delving into Michael's social and political struggles in addition to recounting an incredible experience. This unsung narrative of an Australian legend comes to life because to DeMayo's storytelling skill and painstaking research, making it a must-read for anybody looking for stories about perseverance, overcoming adversity, and the unbreakable spirit of the human soul.


About the Author

Robert Louis DeMayo



Robert Louis DeMayo is a native of Hollis, New Hampshire, U.S.A., but has lived in many corners of the planet. He traveled to nearly a hundred countries before he was thirty, crossing many of them overland.

He began writing at the age of twenty when he left his job as a biomedical engineer to explore the world. His extensive journaling during his travels inspired five of his novels and far-reaching work for the travel section of The Telegraph, out of Nashua, New Hampshire, as well as the Hollis Times. He is a member of The Explorers Club and chair of its Southwest Chapter.


His undying hunger for exploration led to a job marketing for Eos Study Tours, a company that serves as a travel office for non-profit organizations and offers dives to the Titanic and the Bismarck, Antarctic voyages, African safaris and archaeological tours throughout the world. For several years following that role, Robert worked as a tour guide in Alaska and the Yukon during the summer and as a jeep guide in Arizona during the winter. He was made general manager of the jeep tour company but eventually left the guiding world to write full-time.


Robert is the author of eight novels that have collectively won ten national awards. His printed books and eBooks are available on Amazon, KDP and Ingram. In addition, several of his stories are available as audiobooks on ACX. He resides in Sedona, Arizona, with his wife Diana and three daughters: Tavish Lee, Saydrin Scout, and Martika Louise.


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