October 22, 2010
Tough Guy by Bob Probert with Kirstie McLellan Day
That's how Tough Guy: My Life On The Edge by Bob Probert with Kirstie McLellan Day, starts out. And it only gets better.
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In that opening prologue Kirstie McLellan Day recreates Bob Probert's dying moments with such clarity it is as if you are right there on the boat too and it is happening all over again. The wide range of emotions I experienced while reading this passage was as amazing as any 12 pages I have ever read in any book. I was left bewildered and exhausted as she described the horrible and frantic moment. I was heartbroken for his wife. I was absolutely horrified at the thought of his children witnessing it all. I was angry with his friends who, try as they might, could do nothing. I found myself cheering with hope as another boater arrived to help save the life of one of my hockey heroes. But it was not meant to be. After just 12 pages I was left distraught and exhausted. I wanted to help so bad, knowing that I would have been every bit as helpless as everyone on that boat on that terrible day.
What I am trying to say is this book has one hell of an intro. And it only gets better.
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This book is riveting! If you were a Bob Probert fan like I was then you will love it and yes you will even be shocked a little by it. I must say Probie let it all hang out in this one. I probably would have held back on a couple of those escapades he was on like the romping in Vegas but I guess that was Bobby. He was wilder than I thought and if you read the book you will know what I am talking about. I still loved the way he played, his loyalty to his teamates, his courage on the ice but he had a problem with self control that he just had to fight with constantly. I found myself feeling sad for him because deep down, he was such a great person. I felt bad for his wife Dani and his kids because it was hard for them, no doubt. Still in my book the greatest and toughest "enforcer" ever in the NHL!
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