A Pyramid Lake Story

Below the Surface

Fiction - Adventure
257 Pages
Reviewed on 08/23/2022
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Author Biography

Ricardo L. Ogdon is a Paraguayan advertiser and author of A Pyramid Lake Story: Below the Surface, the first book in a trilogy he wrote while residing in Washoe County, Nevada. He was drawn by the beauty of nature in the area, inspiring him to research the Native American tribe that inhabited the region.

Mr. Ogdon has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and Advertising. He is also a graphic designer, photographer, web developer, founder of an advertising agency, an e-commerce shop owner, and a technology enthusiast.

When he is not invested in his many projects, he likes to take long walks through Central Park.

Now, a part-time writer, Mr. Ogdon, calls Manhattan home. You can visit him at www.piramidedorada.com

    Book Review

Reviewed by Tanja Jurkovic for Readers' Favorite

A Pyramid Lake Story: Beneath the Surface, written by Ricardo L. Ogdon, is an engaging tale of the supernatural, the mythical, and the real, imbued with exciting moments of revelation and love. Noah, Sam, Maia, and Ale have been friends since college, and their unlikely reunion for Noah’s birthday triggers an old prophecy that connects two dimensions, the otherworldly and the known reality we all live in. The group plans to celebrate at the iconic Pyramid Lake, a spiritual place surrounded by amazing nature and entwined with centuries of intriguing legends and history. Little did they know that this event would be a life-changing experience for everyone involved and that it would take them to places on a spiritual plain of existence that they never knew existed.

Richard L. Ogdon masterfully and with ease narrates the story of Pyramid Lake and describes the nature of the place so that it comes to life in readers’ minds in such a way that one could easily believe one to be there, transferred to this wonderful place where the spirit transcends the confines of the body itself. The characters are well portrayed in experiencing everything that is happening to them, no matter how strange it might seem, and the connection of friendship and love between them feels real and genuine.

The thoughts in the form of quotes at the beginning of each exciting chapter serve as a reminder to everyone reading, containing marvelous advice on how to live a life full of positivity, self-love, and love and appreciation for fellow man, which I loved. These truthful words perfectly rounded up this wholesome story of Pyramid Lake and the legends and myths that surround it. It is a very positive, almost spiritual experience and a beautiful read.

Pikasho Deka

A Pyramid Lake Story: Below the Surface is a fantasy adventure novel by Ricardo L. Ogdon. Centuries ago, Galilhai, the daughter of a shaman of the Paiute tribe, entered the spiritual world through the portal underneath Pyramid Lake. In this reality, she met the Goddess Pamahas and her brother, the Wolf God Esa, who revealed to her the oncoming danger to her tribe and the rest of humanity from the Dark Shadows. In the present time, a group of college students, including lovebirds Noah and Sam, inadvertently embroil themselves in events that have far-reaching consequences. Noah and Sam find themselves in Wono, a magical pyramid, where Pamahas and Esa seek their help in receiving the Destiny Dice, a powerful artifact from the Dark Shadows. Can Noah and Sam fulfill the prophesied destiny and save the spiritual and material worlds?

Author Ricardo L. Ogdon crafts an imaginative world full of powerful gods, mythical creatures, and unlikely heroes. A Pyramid Lake Story: Below the Surface is a wild ride with twists and turns that will have you turning the pages, wondering what's going to happen next. The plot moves at a brisk pace, and the characters have distinct personalities and story arcs that make them stand out from the rest. I found Ogdon's worldbuilding to be one of the most impressive aspects of the book. The other world is wondrously imaginative, and it leaves you in awe. If you love to read fantasy adventure sagas, A Pyramid Lake Story: Below the Surface is just the book for you.

Laura Imaz

A Pyramid Lake Story by Ricardo L. Ogdon tells the story of a diverse group of college friends who embark on an intrepid adventure through different dimensions. When Noah decided to celebrate his birthday with his friends on the coast of Pyramid Lake, no one could have prepared them for what was going to happen, from crossing a magical gate to The Other World to meeting godly creatures who will guide them in the dangerous task that they must complete. Not only will they have to retrieve the legendary Destiny Dice, but also deal with a menacing enemy, the Dark Shadows, who will try to stop them at any cost.

A Pyramid Lake Story offers the ideal chance to become engrossed in an engaging story while taking in the splendor of nature, thanks to its rich descriptions and stunning settings. Even if the pace isn't the fastest, it simply makes the magnificent setting of the plot easier to picture. The action is set in a variety of settings, which gives the reading flexibility. I enjoyed the different quotes that are presented at the start of each chapter since they were always relevant to what was happening in the narrative and provided an excellent opportunity for reflection. You can also learn a lot from Ricardo L. Ogdon's superb portrayal of the Paiute tribe's culture. The characters all have distinct personalities and are easy to identify with, but Sam, in particular, struck a chord with me. Despite being a teenager who has recently experienced a big loss, she continues to be a good friend and defend them wherever she can.