Ridin’ High, Livin’ Free by Ralph “Sonny” Barger

I enjoyed reading Sonny’s first two books. Sonny’s writing style is easy to follow and draws you in; the mark of a great story teller! I read his first book Hell’s Angel while sunning poolside on a cruise ship in Bermuda on my honeymoon in July of 2007. I couldn’t put the book down until I finished it which wasn’t hard. It makes for easy reading; you don’t need a master’s degree to follow Sonny’s tales of two wheeled adventure.

Hell’s Angel is Sonny’s first book and is the medium for Sonny to tell his own story and how the Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Club came to be. The story immediately drew me in and each chapter was like it’s own bite size nugget. A self contained mini story that gives you that feeling of “well I’ll just read one more chapter and then put the book down”. I would just keep reading one more chapter after another until I read them all.

I just finished reading Sonny’s second book Ridin’ High Livin’ Free. I found it to have similarites with Hell’s Angel in that it was easy to read, interesting and each chapter was it’s own little story… except in this case they really were self contained short stories. Ridin’ High is a collection of short biker tales of the 1%er flavor. If you’re not a big reader then I reccomend this book full of entertaining tales of biker shananagans and misadventure. I read two or three stories at a time while relaxing in the den, sometimes in front of a warm fire… a great way to unwind!

Both of these books as a set will make a great Christmas gift for the biker in your family. Buy them now from my Amazon bookstore and be ready for the holidays.

Also visit Big Daddy’s Idle Thoughts at: http://bigdaddynelson.blogspot.com/ for original biker short stories written by a real down to earth biker blogger from Arizona known as Big D!

Special thanks to Ed for loaning me this book.

8 Responses to “Ridin’ High, Livin’ Free by Ralph “Sonny” Barger”

  1. Your welcome…. but why are you reading a whole book on your honeymoon,couldn”t you think of ANYTHING else to do?

  2. Needed some rest.

  3. We own both of these books, and I have read them both. I enjoyed both of them immensely.

    Thanks for the plug on Big D’s stories!

  4. You’re welcome.

  5. Thanks for the shoutout. I really apprieciate it.
    I will finish the next chapter soon….
    I have a houseful of people living with us. They needed help to relocate to AZ.
    But an untamed three year old and hyperactive seven year old….Don’t make it easy to write.
    for those of you who decide to follow Road Captians advice go way back and read all the old storys . Big D

  6. No problem Big D, you know you should submit your storys to Motorbooks. They publish a slew of motorcycle titles.

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