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About the Author

Stephen Mateo is originally from Toronto, Canada. He began his career as an actor, over twenty years ago, studying in Los Angeles. Stephen's acting career has been grounded in television and theater, landing co- starring roles on various sitcoms, and appearing Off-Broadway in the hit The Crumple Zone both in New York and Los Angeles. It was soon after that, that he decided to take hold of his career and began writing. Stephen wanted to write material that meant something to him, in a very personal way. In hopes that the stories would resonate with others, and encourage them to think about their own lives. He likes to develop characters that people relate to, or at least, can emotionally invest them selves in. Stephen's first attempt at this was a full-length screenplay titled, Dear John. Two things inspired him to write Dear John. First, he wanted to tell a story of love, to show people that the experience of finding love is no different, no matter whom you are. The second was freedom-the freedom to make our own decisions. Then Stephen decided to tell the story of Journey. Journey is a story of the lengths one will go to in search for freedom: the simultaneous desire to find our own place in the world, and the guilt we feel over separating ourselves from our family. I want to say to anyone who is reading this book is, "never give up on your dreams". This book is living proof that dreams do come true, not only for me the Author, but also for Tomas Castellano, the main character in this story. And if it weren't for his courage . . . there would be no JOURNEY. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (June 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463410794
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463410797
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,741,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. Jones on July 31, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I purchased this book not expecting a lot from it - new writer, first book. How good could it be - I thought. Let me tell you that I was unequivocally, 100% wrong!! Once I started reading, the story reached out, tugged at my heartstrings & wouldn't let go until I finished it. What an amazing, wonderful story! It made me cry several times & if I can say that about a book, it is awesome indeed.

Based on the life of Stephen Mateo's father, we are led from his childhood in the Canary Islands to the present day in the U.S. & Canada. Something his family was never aware of until the night before his 50th Wedding Anniversary. His journey shows his courage, his fortitude & his love of family but those are just words.

Do yourself a favor & buy this book - you can't go wrong & you won't be sorry. I'm so glad I went on this Journey!
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Format: Paperback
I thought "Journey" was a great summer read and have recommended it to others. Stephen Mateo's father gave him the gift of a wonderful, heartfelt and nail-biting true story that Stephen rendered beautifully on the page. I was impressed with the way Stephen evoked the Canary Islands and a time and place that was so specific to his father's own journey. I didn't know as much as I thought I knew about Franco's rule, and this book did a great job of filling in the blanks. Too, the pace of the book was great as I read from chapter to chapter and marveled at the travails his father went through as he left his family for a new life. I am so glad I read the book and can't wait for the movie version to be produced. Bravo, Stephen!
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i'm so glad i finally got a chance to sit and absorb this very special book. as an immigrant myself, i was moved by the familiar themes: people searching to better their lives, freedom from political tyranny, a dream for a better future for one's children, estrangement from family members and finally, rejoicing upon reunions! even though the protagonist's experience was cultures and generations apart from mine, mateo's family journey was one that truly resonated to me on a personal level and i'm sure it will do the same to many others out there. this is a great read and one i highly recommend!
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I see the author quite often at the gym, but who knew he could tell a yarn? I bought the book because I like Stephen. I did not expect the story to take me on a literal journey. As I flew home from DC, I read the book, felt as if I were with the characters in the book. Of course, toward the end, I cried. I'd attribute that to the altitude, but turns out Stephen tells a story that made me laugh, gasp, want more and feel the motion of Journey.

Read the book. It's a tale of inspiration and passion.
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Utterly amazing! I couldn't put the book down, except to wipe some tears from my eyes in some parts. To realise that this book is based on a true story makes it that much more incredible and moving.

Stephen Mateo wrote this book about his father's secret past. Something that he has hidden from his children through the years, now that he is old and sick, he shares it with his son. The book moves from present day to the past very fluently.

It is truly surprising to think you know someone and then realise there is something much more to that person than you could have possible imagined.

I highly recommend it.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I am always up for a quick read, so when a friend gave me his friend's novel, "Journey" , I was happy to spend an afternoon in the sunshine with a simple expectation of learning something about Franco's Spain and a man who escaped. I wasn't prepared for such a well-told, emotional, tale. By the end, I was weeping. Based on a true story of the times in Spain, this novel is really gripping. And to think it is a true story is really unbelievable. This is a 5 star recommendation for sure!!
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Journey is a personal, compelling story. The father's story about life in Franco's Spain and his desperation to flee is in itself completely ensnaring. But what really moved me was how the author ended up connecting with his father more than he had ever thought possible as a result of the story being shared. If you have ever wondered about what you don't know about your parents, this book is for you!
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Journey is a phenomenal adventure about a boy and his escape from the tyranny of the Francisco Franco dictatorship of the Canary Islands in the 1940's. The story also dives into issues of family, friendship, romance, and immigration. What I loved the most about Journey was how incredibly visual the story was. While reading it, I was able to see the tale unfold, as if a movie was playing in my mind. It was an easy read, and once I started, I was not able to put it down from cover to cover, reading the book in its entirety in just over 3 ½ hours. I HIGHLY recommend Journey for anyone who loves a good adventure story. I really loved it!
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