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One Hell of a Ride

February 2009

“Newfoundland’s Craig Dobbin decided to invest in a helicopter to ferry himself to remote spots where he could fish for salmon. It was uneconomical, so he decided to look at leasing out the helicopter. One thing led to another (as it usually did for the daring entrepreneur) until he owned the largest helicopter in the world. In One Hell of a Ride, writer John Lawrence Reynolds tells Mr. Dobbin’s inspirational story, from buying companies with no apparent assets to be able to pay for them, to his life-saving lung transplant, to his love match with his younger wife.”

Globe and Mail, Feb 18, 2009
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One Hell of a Ride

December 2008

“Dobbin’s biographer opts for brevity, rather than exhaustiveness and trying to probe every aspect of his subject’s life… This approach works very well in conveying a solid sense of what Dobbin was like, and the resulting 258 pages makes for compelling, informative reading. …The end result is a dignified yet honest biography which avoids extremes like simplism and tell-all sensationalism, while offering genuine insight into Dobbin’s character.”

Press Display.com, Dec 20, 2008
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One Hell of a Ride

October 2008

“This is the tale of the mercurial, driven Newfoundlander who founded Canadian Helicopters Corporation and died in 2006 with a personal fortune of some $500-million. …This book has many virtues. It is well-written and refuses to ignore Dobbin’s eccentricities… ‘I could despise the man, love him, admire him and love him again, all within the course of one minute,’ a former executive told the author. Buy it.”

National Post, Oct 31, 2008
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One Hell of a Ride

October 2008

One Hell of a Ride is not another dry biography about another successful business person. On the contrary, it is a page turner due, in equal parts, to the writing and to the subject. Larger-than-life Newfoundlanders often seem to fall into two categories: fictional characters or politicians. Craig Dobbin had qualities of both. His 71 years… became the stuff of legend… and like the best politicians, Dobbin could inspire people to join him in making his dreams realities.”

Chronicle Herald, Oct 5, 2008
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One Hell of a Ride

September 2008

“This book could just as easily have been called “One Hell of a Read.” A biography of Craig Dobbin was bound to be good because the Newfoundland entrepreneur left such a rich trail of anecdotes. …Reynolds could have improved this book by providing more solid details, such as the price, valuation and depth requirement of the various deals Dobbin struck… but this is nitpicking compared with the superb job Reyolds does in stringing together anecdotes to make One Hell of a Ride soar. …Reynolds does a splendid job of inviting the reader along…”

National Post, Sep 26, 2008
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One Hell of a Ride

September 2008

“The book is a great balance between the human side of its subject and the hard-edged details of his business ventures… It confirms that all the clichés attached to Craig Dobbin over the years ‘one of a kind, larger than life’ really were true.”

Vertical Magazine, Sep 14, 2008
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One Hell of a Ride

August 2008

“Much of Reynolds research focused upon Dobbins shoot-the-works business style and his ability to charm virtually everyone he met. His determination to live life to the fullest, in the face of enormous challenges, pulled people towards him, Reynolds suggests. Once they began relating their adventures with Craig Dobbin, the stories never seemed to stop.”

Backbone Magazine, Aug 26, 2008
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One Hell of a Ride

August 2008

John Lawrence Reynolds: “‘Craig Dobbins are born, not made. There are very few people who would, as he did, over and over again toss the dice, as they say, to build his company.’ …But Reynolds says Dobbin was not simply a gambler, as the people he worked with believed he knew exactly what he was doing, and took risks because the payoff was significant.”

The Telegram, Aug 3, 2008
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