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.
By Melinda, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I feel changed for experiencing this audio book. The narrator has a fantastic feel for the characters and really brings them to life. I enjoyed the story, the characters and the history. Can't wait to explore this area myself.
By Natalie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Gerald N. Lund once again, pulls the reader into a story where you feel as if you are actually standing side by side with the characters from his novel, The Undaunted. He has an ability to mix historical figures with fiction and captures the interest of the reader fight from the beginning. This story is about a group of Mormon saints called to travel across a barren, unsettled wilderness in order to serve as a buffer between civilization and lawlessness. The group will travel from Escalante, Utah to Montezuma Creek, Arizona and face many challenges along the way from encounters with hostile Indians, to making roads where it seemed impossible to do. This novel will give those who read it great details on this groups journey and tell of the courage and faith of those who were a part of the Expedition of, The-Hole-In-The-Rock.
By Anthony, Submitted on 2015-02-25
What an inspired novel from one of the great authors of our time. Gerald Lund has done it again with his skill for interweaving history and fiction into something that captivates and holds a reader's attention to the very end. This book is a must for anyone who enjoyed the Work and the Glory series or for anyone interested in reading about our pioneer ancestors.
By Joseph, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Lund spent 10 years researching the Hole in the Rock expedition to be able to write this book and it shows. The back story that he gives to his characters allows you to step into their shoes and be there with the pioneers as they make their incredible journey. I laughed and cried with them as I felt their pains and joys as I traveled with them on their journey.
By Roxanne, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I loved this book! I looked forward to reading each day on my lunch hour and missed it on the days that I didn't get to read.
I laughed. I cried. I connected in a way that I hadn't in some time. I would recommend this anyone! Will read it again!
By Rich, Submitted on 2015-02-25
As a history and church history book, I found this novel to be about 20% history and 80% insipid fiction. I read and enjoyed the Work and the Glory. If one wants to read about the Hole in the Rock journey, you need to plow through nearly 600 pages of pretty lame, G rated soap opera story line before you get there (not that I am lobbying for less purity). The romance created almost no suspense for me, I knew which girl he would get from their first meeting.
What put me off the most was Brother Lund's use of historical anachronisms, and making up entire discourses for general authority where he admits he had no historical basis for doing so.
I grew very tired of this book about half way through and continued to read it only because it was a Christmas gift. Having finished, I am looking forward to starting something much more fulfilling.
By Joyce, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I am a great fan of Gerlald Lund. This book was just as beautifully written as his others. I appreciated learning more about the Hole-in-the-Rock Pioneers, their hardships and their triumphs. Thank you Brother Lund for helping us to understand better, appreciate and love even more our pioneer ancestors.
By Jennifer , Submitted on 2015-02-25
I love all of his books and was so excited for this one to come out. I did not know anything about the Hole in the Rock until I read this book. Read it you will LOVE it!
By Katie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I absolutely LOVE The Undaunted. It is a fascinating storyline, and is told at such a unique angle. It is a first of its time because it follows the life of immigrants who left England and came to Utah years after the first pioneers. From start to finish, the book is full of surprises and suspense. Even with 800 pages, I just can't get enough!
By Tim, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I am incarnated by this book i just couldn't put it down and through this four weeks of reading it (and yes that is actual time) i am so exited to read more of these and this brothers writing and see were this spiritual task will take me
By Randy, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I have had the great opportunity to take several youth on many treks along the Hole-N-The-Rock trail. Although because of this I have studied the history of these valiant Saints in great detail - I have been enriched by the story the is woven in this book.
I lived in the region for many years and explored a great deal of this historic trail I was able to see it through the authors eyes. The author has the rugged journey and the faith required to complete it - nailed down tight.
You will enjoy reading this book. You will experience the journey. I also believe that after you read this book you will want to get in a 4-wheel Drive and see this fantastic trail for yourself.
My compliments to Brother Lund.
Randy C. Dalton
By Roberta, Submitted on 2015-02-25
800 pages seemed daunting but it is wonderfully written & most interesting. I read a few chapters at a time & enjoyed a little bit each day. A great story of hardship, triumph, struggles, and achievement. It is amazing what conditions people endured during those times & what things they overcame & accomplished. This story is helpful in putting the times & events into perspective so to better understand how it happened & the way the Lord refines his people & how he blesses them. Would love a road-trip to the Hole in the Rock to see where it all took place.
By Curtis, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This is the biggest book I've read and I really enjoyed it. I didn't want to put it down it was really a good story.
By Grant, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I've read Brother Lund's previous books (Work and the Glory series, Fire of the Covenant and Kingdom and the Crown series) so had a fair idea what to expect. Have not been disappointed (apart from not being able to catch up with what has happened to my old friends the Steed family since they arrived in Salt Lake) I always find these books draw me in and I feel like the main characters become personal friends; at the end there is a sense of loss as I part company with them.
One major difference in this case is that the previous books have all covered stories I have been quite familiar with. As an LDS from Australia, the key church history stories have been with me through Primary, Seminary and throughout my life.
The Hole in the rock expedition, on the other hand, I had never previously heard of. For church members away from a direct connection with the places and people who feature in this and similar stories, it probably gets absorbed into that time period when the church became established in Salt Lake, settlements were established in outlying areas and missionares sent throughout the world. Now I have an overwhelming desire to travel to Utah and explore some of the places described, see for myself some of these impossible locations they managed to negotiate. Hardy people indeed.
By charleen, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I am always amazed at such sacrifice and the intestinal fortitude it took for our pioneers to travel so far and go through so much. They had to have known something that stretched the length and breadth of their souls to endure so much and to have kept going. Unfortunately, it was a hard book for me to pick up at first because it reminded me of my daughter. This book came out not long after we lost a child. Our child was given a special award in school called "The Miss dauntless" award. She was known for never giving up too. Definatly a worthwhile read. Brother Lund, you've done it again.
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.
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 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.