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King of the Road: True Tales from a Legendary Ice Road Trucker [Kindle Edition]

Alex Debogorski

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Inside one of the world's most dangerous jobs with the star of History's top-rated reality show, Ice Road Truckers

The highest-rated reality show ever to hit the History channel, Ice Road Truckers follows the heart-pounding adventures of the tough-as-nails truckers who risk peril every day to deliver goods and supplies in Alaska and across Canada's frozen north. Alex shares tales of his adventures-and misadventures-in the north, and explain, in his own entertaining voice, how he got to where he is today-working class hero, bona-fide celebrity, and the improbable star of a smash-hit television show. Alex is a natural storyteller who knows how to spin tales about his colorful life growing up in the backwoods. Whether he's recounting tales about his hair-raising confrontations with bears, calculating the strength of newly formed ice, divulging the secrets of providing security in a bar room full of combative, drunken miners, or saving the life of another trucker, he keeps you wanting more.

  • The first inside look at industry legend and fan favorite Alex Debogorski, a devout Christian, father of 11 children, and the world's best known truck driver
  • Includes thrilling adventures and behind-the-scenes insights that you won't find on the show
  • Features sidebars that explain the facts about ice roads, from how they're made to when and why they splinter and break

King of the Road gives fans of Ice Road Truckers a deep look inside the life and times of the show's biggest rising star.

Klappentext

"Nighttime is when truckers get talkative. It's lonely out here. Guys get on the radio and start telling each other stories. They're like little kids in a bunkhouse after the adults have put out the lights. Everybody is keeping each other company. I'm one of the most devoted storytellers on the ice road, and I'll keep the other truckers entertained for hours. I used to think that I should write down my life story one day--because I've had so many scrapes and almost been killed so many times that I can't believe I'm still here. I'm sure the other truckers would enjoy hearing about some of my hair-raising adventures. There are so many stories that I hardly know where to begin. But I guess the best way is to just imagine that it's nighttime and we're rolling along on the ice road. The headlights are poking through the darkness. The heater is purring away. I've got a hot cup of coffee in my hand, and I'm going to start where all stories start--at the beginning."
 
If you ask Alex Debogorski how he made it from Alberta farm boy to star of Ice Road Truckers, he won't tell you a long story. He'll tell you dozens of wild, hair-raising tales that make you realize he's not lucky to be on TV--he's lucky to be alive.
 
Working-class hero and bona-fide celebrity, Alex takes you for a ride through his lifetime of adventures in King of the Road. He's been stabbed and burned, hit by a train, run over by a truck the size of a house; he's broken his nose eight times and almost frozen to death. Before a harrowing career driving across frozen lakes, Alex tried his hand at everything from club bouncer and taxi driver to coal miner and oil rigger.
 
When he wasn't working, young Alex was either trick driving one of a string of beat-up junkers or pulling off some outlandish prank with his buddies or chasing thirty bears at the town dump.
 
Alex tells the breathtaking story of his epic battle with a Ford Bronco whose driver seemed bent on turning him into a hood ornament and reveals how a guy he nearly drowned in a bathtub got his revenge. Alex could never leave behind a damsel in distress and tells the tale of how he helped a girl escape from the back of a speeding car--in true Hollywood style--without stopping. Before you think these are tall tales, Alex's friends and family drop in to give their own versions of some of his most outrageous stories.
 
Finally, Alex spins amazing yarns from his twenty-two years as an ice road trucker, both in Canada and Alaska. You'll find out how he saved a rookie driver who was trapped inside a wrecked truck as diesel fuel poured from its ruptured tank, how a road grader almost crushed him to death, and why he's still here to tell the tale. You'll never meet a trucker with more amazing stories to tell than Alex Debogorski, and you'll never find a book more packed with them than King of the Road.

Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 776 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 240 Seiten
  • Verlag: Wiley; Auflage: 1 (29. September 2010)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00DNL09MM
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Aktiviert
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #733.581 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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5.0 von 5 Sternen RICK "SHAQ" GOLDSTEIN SAYS: IMAGINE JOHN WAYNE DRIVING A TRUCK ON THE NORTHERN ICE!" 10. Dezember 2010
Von Rick Shaq Goldstein - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Though I have never watched an episode of Ice Road Truckers on the History Channel I have seen the commercials. I was always curious about it but never got around to watching an episode. When I saw this book at the store it caught my attention and I thought this character Alex Debogorski would be a fun guy to get to know. Needless to say before I even finished the book I started searching the History Channel as far as my Direct TV guide would go. I haven't found it yet, so it must be between seasons and reruns. By the time I finished this enjoyable, interesting, amusing, larger than life tale, I decided I will go to the video store and see if I can rent a season. Alex's story is that good! He's a rough and tumble Canadian "Red Neck" who never backed away from anything... whether it made sense to or not. His life story is a John Wayne movie on ice. The portion of Alex's life that describes his fame and stardom out of nowhere on Ice Road Truckers is a very small part of the book... and rightfully so... because his life leading up to it stands above and beyond his recent TV career.

His parents escaped from Poland during the war, and their exploits included, among other things, helping Jews escape, and this of course helped define the man Alex became. His childhood in the frigid Northwest Territories of Canada in routine weather conditions of twenty to forty degrees below zero... along with a family that fixed things themselves... castrated animals... and didn't watch TV... led to a life full of stories expertly told to the reader as if you were sitting on a barstool next to Alex in some freezing wayward town. His teenage and young "adult" car adventures could fuel a movie by themselves. Everything from being hit by a train... to numerous run-ins with the law. The Six-foot-three two-hundred-fifty-pound fist-throwing story-telling-truck-driver-bouncer... takes you along on his riotous-religious-loving... and always hardworking life. Interspersed with these manly maneuvers is the love of his life his wife Louise and his family that eventually grows to I believe (It grows so fast it's hard to keep track of.) ten kids and many, many, grandchildren. Throughout the book there are quotes from family, friends, and working acquaintances that verify the hard to believe stories. His children are raised with the same beliefs in hard work. Amazingly the stories which never slow down... vary from bar brawls... to serious accidents... to Alex babysitting his kids, which he thinks is easy... and within twenty-four-hours of babysitting his house burns down! Then of course there was the high school graduation party which wound up with a death match with trucks running at each other... people being run over... people literally on fire... and at the end of that evening in addition to a now ubiquitous ambulance arrival... **FIFTY-ONE-GRADUATING STUDENTS HAD TO BE TREATED FOR SHOCK!**

I haven't even mentioned the unbelievable reality of what ice road trucking really is. It's so hard to believe and even fathom. First of all an average guy like me never even knew it existed... let alone the constant fear of driving giant trucks and enormously heavy equipment over frozen lakes that can be hundreds of feet deep. To hear an experienced now "infamous" ICE ROAD TRUCKER like Alex say the following will give you a small idea of what's in store for a potential reader: "ON A COLD WINTER NIGHT THE ICE NEVER STOPS TALKING. YOU'LL BE AMAZED AT THE SOUNDS YOU GET FROM A FROZEN LAKE. SOMETIMES IT RUMBLES LIKE THE STOMACH OF THE WORLD'S BIGGEST COW. THEN IT SQUEALS AND CHIRPS AND MOANS. WHEN THE ICE IS HAPPY IT CRACKS WHEN YOU DRIVE A BIG TRUCK ACROSS IT. IF THE LAKE IS CRACKING THE OLD-TIMERS SAYS IT'S "MAKING ICE." EVERY TIME IT CRACKS, IT'S A LITTLE STRONGER. MAYBE THE WATER IS SEEPING INTO THE CRACKS AND FREEZING AGAIN. WHATEVER THE REASON, ICE IS STRONGER AND THICKER WHEN YOU DRIVE BIG TRUCKS ON IT. SO WHEN I'M DRIVING IN A BAD SPOT I'LL SOMETIMES LEAVE THE WINDOW OPEN AND LISTEN FOR THE CRACKING. IT'S NOT JUST SO I CAN ENJOY THE SOUND OF THE ICE, EITHER-IT'S ALSO SO I CAN BAIL OUT THE WINDOW IF NECESSARY. AFTER ALL THESE YEARS I'M STILL NOT TOTALLY COMFORTABLE DRIVING A HEAVY TRUCK ON THE ICE. AND EVEN THOUGH THOSE CRACKING SOUNDS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE GOOD, IT'S STILL EERIE LISTENING TO THEM, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT'S YOUR FIRST RUN OF THE YEAR AND IT'S BEEN SOME TIME SINCE YOU HEARD THE ICE TALKING BACK."

"WITH THE WINDOW OPEN YOU CAN REALLY HEAR IT. LOUD CRACKS LIKE ARTILLERY. THE FIRST TIME THE ROOKIES HEAR IT, THEY THINK IT'S PRETTY TERRIFYING. **I'VE HEARD IT A MILLION TIMES, BUT IT STILL MAKES MY STOMACH FLINCH. I KNOW ALL THAT NOISE IS GOOD. IT MEANS THE LAKE IS MAKING ICE. BUT SOMETIMES YOU HEAR THAT CRACK GO OFF LIKE THUNDER UNDERNEATH THE TRUCK, AND YOU CAN'T HELP THINKING, **OH, BOY, THIS IS IT!**"

What a great, unique, book... and I haven't even mentioned the stories about Alex's **WILD-BROTHER-RICHIE**.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fun and Entertaining 31. Januar 2011
Von ARN1164 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
This was my first book on my Kindle, and i am so happy that i read it. I first heard Alex on a radio show promoting his book, I though he sounded interesting and fun. My wife and i stated watching the show and realized there was some depth to these guys. So I couldn't wait to read the book. I almost couldn't put it down. I laughed along the way. Alex is an inspirational man, a tough guy with a heart of gold.

The book is written as a collection of stories that Alex would entertain the other truckers, over the CB, with on late night runs
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Must Read. 1. Februar 2011
Von Lyla J. Bassam - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe|Verifizierter Kauf
Best I have read since " Marley & Me " !! would like to read more of Alex's true stories, is that possible Alex ? picked it up, found it hard to put down.!!!!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen King Of The Road:True Tales from a Legendary Ice Road Trucker. 7. Juli 2012
Von Jose Lopez - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Pretty good read,Only thing that bothers me is a comment or two that was made and There is no Index to look for something he mentioned for reference.It's no-holds Barred and gritty,I don't really care for the part of his Libertarian Streak regarding if someone should get married let it be which I find ironic since he's a Staunch Catholic,I do like his Conservative Views,his Family life and the way in General he's a Nice guy off and on the screen,and the stories are unbelievable.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen True Alex fashion 21. Januar 2013
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
In true Alex fashion, this book is exactly what you expect it to be. Alex tells his story about his life, growing up as a child, getting married, raising a family and becomming an ice road trucker. He mixes in several tales as only Alex can to keep you glued to your seat, waiting to read the next page. The book is very easy to read and you will find it very hard to put down as you sit next to Alex and listen to him tell his story.
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