Fireside Tales of A Knight by David Kaemmerer
David Kaemmerer is a unique man – he has played paintball, been a medieval knight, a samurai, a sniper, a friend, a supporter, and so very much more! This book details his passion for adventure which has left him lying on the ground, lost in the darkest, coldest, and most isolated woods, to facing enemies that outnumber him 100 to 1!
He takes everything in stride with a sense of humor that will leave you laughing until the tears roll down your cheeks. Some might cringe at the injuries he has suffered but overall, this is one of those books that once you start you cannot stop listening to … I can guarantee you will miss something!
Kaemmerer tells his life story in this biographical fictional tale broken down into short stories that will leave you wanting more. His need to be in the middle of everything strategizing and helping is fun and endearing. He always stands ready to fight the good fight, support his friends, and those that might become his friends.
Although, I would not want to get on his bad side … he is downright evil (in a fun way). I cannot imagine what his wife goes through each time she gets a phone call or answers the door! Seems Kaemmerer has a knack for getting into trouble i.e. falling off horses/mules, getting thrown, nearly breaking bones, fighting with bottle rockets, and … the list goes on.
As a child, Kaemmerer did all the things the kids of today would never consider … fighting with bottle rockets, riding bikes without a helmet, going off in the woods without equipment, or a map. I can only imagine what he would have done on a skateboard!
Kaemmerer is vividly rich with details and communicates his passions clearly. He takes the time to develop each character fully and clearly. Given this is not my usual genre of book, I have to confess … Kaemmerer had me snagged from the beginning – I wish I knew this guy personally; he made the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) and paintball sound fun!
Nate Marble, the narrator, was perfect for this book. He became Kaemmerer; the words rolled off his tongue as if he himself were Kaemmerer. His tone and ease of narration were satisfying and smooth.
This is one of those rare finds! I have considered pointing out my favorite short story but they all are!
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Disclaimer: The audiobook was provided free of charge by the author, narrator, and/or publisher in exchange for a non-bias, honest review.