One Hell Of A Ride!

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I have been doing a fair bit of reading during this Christmas break, and one of the most fascinating books I have read, ‘One Hell Of a Ride’ – How Craig Dobbin Built The World’s Largest Helicopter Company In the World” by John L. Reynolds.

This is the story of how Newfoundlander Craig L Dobbin, who came from a working class Irish beginnings in St. John’s Newfoundland, and rose to auspicious heights of success.  Now although these rags to riches stories are quite common, I guarantee you none of them has pulled the stunts this man has pulled.  It is entertaining, inspiring and jaw-dropping in places. 

Imagine being broke and wanting to buy another company.  When people told him he was broke, he replied ‘that’s your problem, make it happen’.   I remember reading this book and thinking the word ‘risk-taker’ is used alot, but this man’s picture should be next to the word in the dictionary.  When he was in risk of losing some of his planes to re-possession, he flew them around Newfoundland to avoid the people trying to take back the planes.

This is a great book.  I realize I too am a Newfoundlander and have met many of the people in the book, but I guarantee you will enjoy this book.    His friends included former U.S. President George Bush Senior who is interviewed for the book, as well as Canadian businessman Harry Steele.  One Hell of a Ride is One Hell of a Read!

Dar

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2 Responses to “One Hell Of A Ride!”

  1. DARLENE:

    Thanks for the glowing review – much appreciated! I wish the St. John’s Telegram had reviewed the book but they chose not to because, I suspect, the Dobbin family applied pressure here and there. That’s another story as fascinating in its own way as Craig Dobbin’s.

    JLR

  2. Thank you John. What a pleasure to hear from you. I really enjoyed the book and because I work for the Steele family I did get a chance to meet many of the people you mentioned in the book. Thanks again for reading, and any other recommended reading you may have, would love to hear about it. Great job, and congratulations.
    Darlene

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