The Author, R.J. Myles, is somewhat a mystery. Apparently a pseudonym, ‘R.J. Myles’ is also the name of the main character in the last part of Mandala, Mandela. Myles appears to have lived in Oregon in the early 1970's, where he wrote the first draft of this book. The work was originally entitled "Mandella" utilizing the misspelling of the Peter, Paul and Mary song on their 1700 album of the same period. The original manuscript was written in long hand using spiral notebooks, some of which have the University of Oregon logo on their covers. Several other manuscripts from Myles are set to be published over the next few years. These books appear to have been written as he made his way across the county in the later half of the twentieth century.
Mandala Mandela is a Fictional story of murder and misperception that takes place in a rural area of Eastern Oregon in the summer of 1971. The first part of the book follows six teenagers looking for adventure as they set out on what will become the worst day of their lives. The second part of the book, tells the story of what really happened to the six youths, which is far more disturbing than the explanation that the townspeople were eager to accept But more than just a murder mystery, Mandala, Mandela sheds light on a changing culture in this isolated area of Oregon at that tumultuous time in our nation's history.