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