The Undaunted: The Miracle of the Hole-in-the-Rock Pioneers
But they had no other choice.
At the call of their prophet, they left well-established farms and businesses to strike out yet again into the untamed wilderness. A small band of men, women, and children formed the 1879 pioneer company.
Their mission: stand as a buffer between lawlessness and civilization.
Their road: only what they created themselves, blasting out a perilous trail over slick rock and through desolate cliffs.
Their hearts: UNDAUNTED.
When it comes to creating spellbinding historical fiction, nobody does it quite like Gerald N. Lund. In The Undaunted, he transports readers first to the coal mines of Yorkshire, then across the ocean and the plains to the territory of Utah, where, even in 1879, there is pioneering to be done.
A little-known and perhaps even less-appreciated chapter in the Church's history comes to life in this gripping story of a stalwart group of Saints called to create a settlement to serve as a buffer between the established communities of Utah and the lawless frontier of the Four Corners area. Their challenge will be enormous - but the biggest part of it just may be getting there in the first place.
Skillfully interweaving historical figures and events with fictional characters, Gerald Lund takes us through the Hole in the Rock and over miles of uncharted country that even today is impassable without all-terrain vehicles. His account of the adventure, romance, and sacrifices of these undaunted pioneers will resonate with readers who love a good story as well as those who want to better understand the incomparable legacy and unconquerable faith of those valiant Saints.
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By micah, Submitted on 2015-02-25
My wife and I read it together and we absolutely loved it. It seamed every minute we had together we found time for this book.
By NETTA, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Received my copy of Undaunted July 31st started reading it that night & couldn't put it down. I was born & raised in San Juan County Utah. I know many people whose descendants were in the Hole In the Rock expedition. I've read many of the books available on the subject. Gerald Lund will have you live the experience with his characters as he did with The Work & the Glory. I love the way he gives you the facts and explains the difference between the facts and his fiction. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn the truth about the Hole in the Rock pioneers in a very intriguing way with Gerald Lund the master story teller!
By Adam, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I may be a bit biased. I am a great great grandson of Platte D Lyman, who was one of the leaders of the San Juan Mission, and a great grandson of Hanson Bayles, who was a member of the first expedition, and Evelyn Lyman, who traveled the Hole in the Rock road in late 1880. I knew the story before I read the book, but upon hearing that Brother Lund's book had been published I couldn't keep myself from picking up a copy... couldn't keep myself from devouring it either.
Anyone who has read Gerald Lund's other work will know his style. He fits fictional characters into the narrative of history in a particularly effective way and The Undaunted is no exception to that formula. In this story, however, he also sets out to correct the sentiment of many historians and others familiar with the San Juan Mission who consider it to have been a failure at worst and a mistake at best. In truth, the Hole in the Rock pioneers were called of God to establish new settlements in an untamed, dangerous and lawless area. They accepted that call for what it was and clawed and fought their way through to magnify it. Though the Four Corners area has not blossomed into a major population center in the intervening 130 years the saints have remained firmly and fiercely entrenched. They now even have a temple to show for their dedication, tenacity and faith. Beyond even that, those few hundred courageous pioneers have inspired thousands upon thousands of descendants and admirers to face their own treacherous trails through life. Now Brother Lund has made their story available in a more personal way than ever before and I hope that it will be able to touch many, many thousands more.