Author Robert Veltidi recounts the stories of his family, and their love for fishing

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New Book is a Charming Collection of Fisherman’s Tales

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Few men love the great outdoors as much as author Robert Veltidi, it was an important part of his upbringing that helped shape him as a person, and eventually became his way of life. In his new book, “Life at the End of a Rod,” he shares this undying passion of the wilderness and his love for fishing with readers everywhere.

Veltidi tells a series of stories that depict his expansive outdoors experiences, and how his life and those of his loved ones intertwined with them like the lines of a fishing reel. “My Fishing Beginnings” introduces readers to the author when he was a boy learning under his father’s tutelage, and “The Home Pond” shows the huge role his grandparents played in his early childhood. He reminisces of the time he gained independence to fish by himself in “Huck Grows Up,” and the thrills of his first time fishing in the ocean aboard “The Norma K.” These stories chronicle his coming of age, and in “My Turn,” which was written after the passing of his father, Veltidi tells of the time the son becomes the leader, and mentor, and fulfills one of his father’s lifelong dreams. “Lake Ontario” introduces Veltidi’s son, Doug, who becomes a vital part of the saga as the family explore new fisheries and acquire larger fishing boats. In the tearjerker titled “Doug’s Turn,” things come to full circle when Veltidi is recovering from surgery and risks missing the first day of trout season, before his son comes to the rescue in a most thoughtful way, showing the unbreakable bond between father and son.

“Life at the End of a Rod” contains a varied and unique collection of real stories that will give readers a look into the author and his family. Veltidi’s work will appeal to those who appreciate the outdoors, and the sport of fishing, as well as casual readers, with its mixture of fisherman’s tales and touching family stories.    

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About the Author
Robert Veltidi is a former physical education teacher, wrestling and football coach, and athletic director who has had a love for the outdoors all of his life. Now retired and living on Greenwood Lake, he spends most of his time travelling and fishing with friends and family. Veltidi wrote his first story, “My Turn,” in 1987 after his father died of cancer. It was his way to ease the pain and put closure on the grieving process. Most of the other stories came from incidents that happened during his lifetime while fishing.

Life at the End of a Rod * by Robert Veltidi
A Fisherman’s Journey
Publication Date: October 24, 2012
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 177 pages; 978-1-4797-3027-8
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 177 pages; 978-1-4797-3028-5
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4797-3029-2

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