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“The American Dream need not forever be deferred.” - JFK

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Reviewed By K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite

Slave to the Dream: Everyone’s Dream is a work of non-fiction written in the style of a memoir by author Gaylan D. Wright. Sometimes focusing on some tragic and/or surprising events that more sensitive readers may not wish to experience, this candid and honest account details the history of the author’s eighteen-year career with the Wyoming Highway Patrol. Discussing themes of the American Dream and the true measure of success in life, Wright takes us through the life of a trooper from training to tragedy and back again, with the idea that dreams are not always what they seem, for worse and for better.

Author Gaylan D. Wright has crafted an honest work that is sure to speak to its audience on many levels. Fans of the memoir style of non-fiction will love the anecdotal narrative tone and the emotional freedom with which the author writes, allowing us into his unique world to see and do what must be done from his perspective. The life of a state trooper is a difficult and interesting lens to explore and, though some of the experiences are harrowing and even unjust, the overall message is one of service and of making the world a better place for those around us. This pivotal theme keeps the tone up and the message inspiring throughout. Overall, Slave to the Dream: Everyone’s Dream is a fascinating perspective that is sure to satisfy fans of both police history and memoir stories with heart.

In an eventful eighteen years with the Wyoming Highway Patrol. From routine traffic stops to unthinkable tragedy, the highway patrol sees the best and worst of human nature. Wright examines the training process, the brotherhood of service, and the ups and downs of working as a state trooper. With candor, thoughtfulness, and humor, Wright illuminates the daily life of the thin blue line and provides insights about personal character, racial injustices, and the ways people can contribute to making the world a better place.

The writing is insightful with a reflective nature in the narrative and this unique style opens the story with a strong distinction between one who effectively leads and one who simply manages. Readers will find lessons in this book that will help them take control of their own lives, make decisions that positively impact others, and discover the intangible threads of our humanity that bind us together. The writing is simple and fluid and filled with insights. Gaylan D Wright makes social, political, and cultural commentaries, inviting readers to ponder on American reality and to be open to positive criticism. While this is supposed to be a personal story, the author uses it to uncover the broken parts in the American dream and shows readers the attitudes and values that can make the country a better place. Slave to the Dream: Everyone's Dream is a powerful testament of a patriot and an intelligently written story that shows the connection between personal life and nation-building. Gaylan D Wright made a difference in his career and, in this book, he teaches readers how to stand up.


Book Excerpt

And a review with my first, even with a comedy of editing errors. This publisher 
Slave to the Dream: Forever in Pursuit by Gaylan D Wright is a good read. It’s the kind of story that everyone talks about writing but few actually do. And it’s the type of book that makes you sit back and reflect on your own life, thinking about the choices you made and whether they were the right ones or not. The images scattered throughout the book provide focal points and help to draw the reader a little deeper into the story – personal photographs always add another dimension to a story. I thought this was very well written, clearly written from the heart. I enjoyed Slave to the Dream; it’s nice to come across true stories of triumph, sometimes against all the odds.


About the Author

Gaylan D. Wright

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Reviewed By Rabia Tanveer for Readers’ Favorite

Slave to the Dream: Everyone's Dream by Gaylan D. Wright is the story of a determined man as he shares his life’s story with readers and what it meant to be in his shoes. Everybody wants to live the American Dream, even if it is far-fetched or out of reach. Gaylan D. Wright was a proud member of the air force, but when the day came for his retirement, he accepted the change with open arms. Unlike other men, he was looking forward to living a simpler civilian life. What he thought would be a walk in the park turned out to be the adventure of a lifetime. He shares the sadness that comes with seeing the devastation of guns in his life; he also shares the happiness he found in the brotherhood he formed with the men he served with. He shares his life one day at a time with readers so that they can enjoy the ride along with him as he dreams on.

There is a lesson to be learned from this book. The way Gaylan D. Wright opens Slave to the Dream: Everyone's Dream and talks about guns being a normal part of his life was eye-opening. Gun control needs to be addressed more aggressively because it is being normalized; small children are exposed to firearms by their parents and their elder siblings from an early age, which is not good. That aside, it is hard to imagine that Gaylan D. Wright does not have a writing background. He has a very calming and soothing writing style. The narrative is smooth and flows beautifully and Gaylan shares sides of himself with readers that you wouldn’t really expect. I enjoyed reading his responses, the way he described scenes so vividly and gave me good imagery to have a full sensory experience. This is a really good and enjoyable book, especially for those who enjoy reading about real people.

Gaylan Wright served in the Air Force before joining the Wyoming Highway Patrol. This is a sequel to his first book, Slave to the Dream.

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