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Posted by Rob Kiser on February 5, 2008 4:18 PM | Permalink
Killing Strangers by Rob Kiser is the best book I have read in a long time. Absolutely fascinating real adventure stories of his travels in the US and Peru. Easy to read as it is in the form of short episodes. None will disappoint. The section on is trip to Peru is blood curdling. You know he will get out alive as he obviously lived to tell about it.... but what a journey. The stories in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Tennessee, the Bahamas are equally good and funny too - laugh out loud funny. I look forward to more adventures but time to put the toys of youth away - we want more stories and his take on life in general. He had some hair raising adventures
Jim Sutton |
September 12, 2008 3:25 PM
I love your book Rob! I read every page of it. You are quite the traveled man in all your ventures. Of course last but not least, "I" am in the last story of your book.....what a fun ride. We sure had some good times, Rob! Kay
Kay Anderson |
November 21, 2008 12:39 AM
Killing Strangers by Rob Kiser is a fine read. It is an eclectic compilation of short stories covering many of â€śDr.â€? Kiserâ€™s travels and life experiences from this decade.
For context, one should understand Robâ€™s background. Born and raised in Mississippi, Rob currently lives in his compound in Colorado. Having been raised in the South may have influenced it, but without a doubt, Rob is a Rebel. Although he received a degree in Math, he is a sometimes consultant for ERP financial system implementations. His work takes him to many locales, sometimes remote, for extended periods of time and exposing him to a broad cross-section of middle-earth and its people.
Additionally, Rob is single, mostly by choice, but a choice he struggles with regularly and has led to many uncomfortable moments. Furthermore, Rob has a multiplicity of bad habits, beyond being unable to ethically celebrate Labor Day.
Rob is a collector of modes of transportation, including obscure military vehicles â€“ from his outlandish DUKW, a massive six-wheel-drive amphibious truck designed by GM during WWII for transporting troops and supplies over land and water, a post-WWII M37 Dodge troop carrier, to his three Weasels â€“ a WWII tracked vehicle built by Studebaker and carries up to 4 victims. Although most are not running or close to being street legal, they are handy in absorbing any of his meager excess funds. Whatever they canâ€™t accommodate, his Tahoe, Honda ATVâ€™s or XR dirt bike will sponge up. That he isnâ€™t dead or maimed from any of these is a miracle unto itself.
Rob also has a daughter that is the apple of his eye. He dotes on her incessantly, but knows not the first thing about raising a girl, and is ill-equipped to do so. They make a perfect pair.
Robâ€™s writing style is unique, with influences of Hunter S. Thompson to William Faulkner meandering throughout. He weaves a magical humor in his daring, sometimes surrealistic exploits.
Opening with â€śThe CRJ to Nowhereâ€? you get a sense of the frantic pace that envelopeâ€™s Robâ€™s existence. Robâ€™s use of â€śthe brainâ€? in the third party is very creative in â€śCoos Bay.â€? Believe me, you will be amused.
My current personal favorite is â€śThe Unsung Hobo.â€? A well documented adventure, that speaks of raw spirit and undercurrents of a minor death wish. You canâ€™t help but be sucked into the absurdity, and at the same time jealous that it is not you brave enough to actually do something so bold.
â€śThe Long Road to Jenniferâ€? (Jennifer is Robâ€™s daughter) may be the best titled story in this book. The title story, â€śKilling Strangersâ€?, is well placed in the book. You have good handle on Robâ€™s style by this point, and the story flows very well.
â€śA Trip to Peruâ€? is his most ambitious effort in this book. He tells us of his well planned â€śvacationâ€? that he has generously devoted 2 days of forethought prior to departing to a third-world country. Amazingly, it goes remarkably well and he is able to cram 6 weeks of experience in a 15 day period. You will be riveted by his close encounters in the mountains and in the jungle. Iâ€™m still unclear if he actually survived.
I found the brevity and succinctness of â€śThe Brown Toilet Paper Experimentâ€? very well crafted, with a crisp ending that makes you smile.
â€śMorrison Innâ€? completes the book. Rob places his raw emotions in the store window for all to see. It is good look inside Robâ€™ dichotomous existence. Having read it several years ago, I found it like visiting with an old friend.
In Killing Strangers, readers will find a diverse cast of characters, many skillfully drawn, others somewhat jagged. Rob's stories can make you squirm because they are based on his real life experiences, and you canâ€™t help but question his sanity and moral compass, but at the same time, jealous of his reckless abandonment toward life. There's something for most everyone in Killing Strangers and is a tremendous pleasure to read... Enjoy!
Tom Taylor |
December 19, 2008 4:09 PM