4 out of 4 stars
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Chasing Seyboro by 'Diesel' Dave Galloway is a non-fiction title that details a bike accident that nearly cost the author his life, his nerve-wracking road to recovery, and his struggles to push on with life.
On December 14, 2006, Dave, a passionate cyclist and member of the Seyboro Cyclist Bicycle Club, had a terrible accident while riding his bike. He had a head-on collision with a car, which catapulted him into a ditch about 150 feet from the point of impact. A chopper had to airlift him from the accident scene to the nearest hospital. Dave stayed in a coma for a month and endured over 25 surgical operations. When Dave asked the doctor if he could ever ride a bike again, he replied that Dave would be lucky to walk again. However, he wouldn't accept defeat. Dave continued to work tirelessly, with the support of his family and Seyboro friends, to get better. Most importantly, he was determined to ride a bike again.
This author's story is a testament that the kind of family and friends we are lucky to have plays a huge role in the hurdles we can surmount. Readers would appreciate how the author's family and friends continued to make sacrifices to ensure that he survived. I don't intend to play down the author's willingness to live or God's grace over his life; however, the love shown toward him by his friends from the Seyboro Cyclist Bicycle Club and family is exemplary. And I must say that I enjoyed that aspect of the book.
Dave's good sense of humor is evident throughout the book. I enjoyed how funny some of his narrations were. Considering how touching the narrations of the author's ordeal were, I was glad to find some comic relief therein. I also liked how the story followed a linear progression of events, as it made the book easy to understand. But what I enjoyed most about the book was that it contained pictures that made it even more relatable. The photos of his crushed bike, friends and family members, the fixators on his body, metal elbows, etc., would help readers appreciate the story better.
Furthermore, the message that this book intends to share is both inspiring and eye-opening. I learned to be courageous and forgiving. But above all, I learned to have some fun and do the things I love because life is unpredictable. I wasn't happy with some of the risky physical activities the author participated in after his discharge from the hospital and could only imagine his wife's frustration. However, she left a touching letter at the end of the book that melted my heart. The risks aside, I am sure we can all learn from Dave's resilient nature and thoughtfulness to volunteer to help others undergoing similar challenges.
In conclusion, I am glad to have read this book, and I happily rate it four out of four stars. I found nothing to dislike about the title and would highly recommend it to lovers of inspiring non-fiction books, especially those about survivors of near-fatal accidents. The book seems professionally edited, as I found only a few typos in it. This title is also the third installment in the series about Dave's life. While reading the other two would be worthwhile, it is not imperative to read them to enjoy this one.
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