The '49 Indian

The '49 Indian

by Craig Moody


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In the summer of 1983, twenty-year-old Dustin Thomas’s naive curiosity leads him into the shadows of Fort Lauderdale’s seedy underground, where his innocence is met with violent and traumatic consequences. Despite the dire start, the dreariness of the season is instantly transformed when a handsome and mysterious new next-door neighbor arrives, the tattooed, multi-talented, and youthfully exuberant Midwesterner, Gauge Paulson. Gauge possesses an inspired passion for restoring his late father’s classic 1949 Indian motorcycle, as well as a healthy penchant for the beautiful young women of the nearby South Florida beaches. Regardless of their differences, Gauge and Dustin kindle an unlikely companionship, spending nearly every waking hour together for the remainder of the summer.

After a series of dramatic and disturbing circumstances force the duo to flee the familiarity of home, they venture across the country on the back of the antique motorcycle, with only their friendship and a shared dream of relocating to the magnificent California shores of the Pacific Coast leading the way.

Faced with an onslaught of trials, tribulation, turmoil, and misfortune, Dustin and Gauge persevere, surrounded and guided by a connection that transcends their understanding. When an unexpected intruder invades the sanctuary of their world, the young men are confronted with an impossible fate, challenging them to embody the selfless sacrifice and impenetrable commitment needed for their journey’s end on the sands of the Pacific.

Intense and beautifully tragic, The ’49 Indian tells a timeless, universal coming-of-age love story, vividly capturing the fierce, uncompromising loyalty of a profound and mighty bond.​​​​

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998655840
Publisher: Vivid Imagery Publishing
Publication date: 11/13/2018
Pages: 222
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Craig Moody was born and raised in Pembroke Pines, Florida, a suburban community that edges the beautiful Florida Everglades. From an early age, Craig displayed an artistic passion and natural ability as a wordsmith. After several years of pursuing modeling and acting ambitions, Craig has finally returned to the core of his creative soul to heed what he believes is his life's true calling: writing. The result, his debut novel, The '49 Indian. Craig currently resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his boyfriend, Gable, and twenty-one-year-old cockatiel, Alley.

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Francis Shober Jr More than 1 year ago
This book left me changed, it was the most incredible piece of writing and I don't like reading novels. This has changed me in a way that's hard to describe, but it's all good and glad for the experience that I had reading this. I was so deeply immersed and felt like I was watching a movie of this in my mind as I read through it. It's was very powerful and moving beyond any truly proper description that I can muster.
Dale_Solstice More than 1 year ago
Wow, I loved their love. It seemed worth all they endured. For anyone who dreams about traveling with the person they love and knows about standing by them thru thick n thin, this story is the real deal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book immediately grabbed my attention from its tumultuous first chapter to the charming love that embues. There is beauty in the simplicity of a picnic, and various cherished moments. I recommend this loving journey as a gift.
Ab_Sherdave More than 1 year ago
Sparkling with vivid detail, this authentic love story stays with you long after the last page. A traumatic intro and finale with tremendous beauty throughout the journey. The selfishness of love itself reverberates and seems to save the main characters as they grapple with trauma, prejudice and family discord. I'm sure I'll want to read this again-returning to a dear friend, a book that has heart.
Mel_Vespertine More than 1 year ago
As soon as I got my hands on a copy of this book, I could not put it down for one second. This book transports you effortlessly into the storyline by the way it was beautifully written. Aside from its terrific eloquence, it also cultivates a lot of feelings for the characters. I can easily see this book turned into a movie. A must read!