March 8, 2004
The year 1968,
an era of napalm pouring from helicopters over jungle villages. Childhood dreams scarred, political upheaval, hippie communes,
bikers, drugs and sit-downs.
By 1969 burning
up his draft card, Rom Tom became an anti-war activist, and a homeless vagabond wanted by the FBI. Only after ingesting half
belladonna pod and two years later did the FBI catch up to him. Imprisoned, the author reveals his torturous stay in shocking
detail, and much of what readers' will find disturbing.
It was 1975,
and dues were paid when Rom Tom met his soul mate. A beautiful French- Canadian 16 year-old, named Owl. Love blossomed.
But their journey of gypsy bliss quickly turned into turmoil, with one incident after another. Ultimately, and tragically
leading to the loss of their children.
Roadwise is not just about events through time; it's also about one man's love for life, and his family. In a sense, a touching
love story. Readers heart will surely feel for this struggling family, who desperately tries to hang on.
did not experience the 60's, but reading about it was an eye opening experience, as readers will quickly find out. It's hard
to imagine one keeping track of a single year in life, but a lifetime of data? Comporting Roadwise is well written, with amazing
detail, and also a compelling story of inspiration.
The only drawback
this reviewer could find is sitting at the computer, although the digital web format is an impressive 3D effect, and beautiful
full color illustrations add depth to this amazing book. Still this reviewer prefers the old way, of curling up with
a good book.
For a flashback into the past and more, this is one book readers should not miss!