I was browsing in Barnes & Noble awhile ago and was captured by a bright red wrapped book. Sure enough, it was AD’s book, En Route: A Paramedic’s Stories of Life, Death, and Everything in Between. I’ll admit it: I’m a fan. Love his writing, his particularly jaundiced view on humanity and the ability to live vicariously through him in situations I will not be finding myself in anytime soon. In reality, would love to buy him a beer, just to pay him back for the entertainment he has provided (that said, if you’re ever in my neck of the woods…). So I almost felt obliged to pick up a copy. Consider this my donation into the “Keep AD in guns, ammo and beer fund”. And I’m glad I did. Here’s my review.
Kelly Grayson, otherwise known as AD by his adoring fans worldwide took a collection of his tales, polished them to a high-gloss sheen and wrapped a cover around it and out comes a book. It’s entertaining, comical, serious, sad and often sobering look at life as a paramedic. Squeamish of blood and guts? Probably not the best choice for you. Can’t handle rude and crude language? Look elsewhere (he is a scribe of the people folks). How about a story about a green as grass rookie medic getting urine on himself? Sit down and enjoy the read.
Odds are, if you’re reading the book you’re already a fan of his blog, A Day in the Life of an Ambulance Driver, so many of the stories come direct from the blog, so it is replete with a sense of deja’ vu as you read. While not a true narrative, it loosely traces his journey. Life, love, loss, a hefty dose of snark, he paints us a picture of his experiences on the “bolance” that draws you in.
I think there are better tales on his blog, but I’m a huge fan of easy, no battery portability and this is nearly as good. So if you’re an EMS junkie, AD groupie or just someone is search of a good tale from the seat of paramedic, there’s worse places to look for sure.