When Jerry Parr was eight years old, he knew he wanted to be a Secret Service agent when he grew up. Little did this eight-year-old dreamer know that he would become the agent responsible for saving the life of President Ronald Reagan on March 30, 1981.
Jerry grew up surviving three fathers, and as a result he became his mother’s protector, sleeping with a knife under his pillow and vowing to give his life if necessary in order to save her.These early influences not only shaped Jerry to become the head agent in Ronald Reagan’s protective detail, but they prepared him for a life of rescuing others. Jerry describes his transition from the vigilant life of a Secret Service agent to one lived in service to others, saying, “It’s a strange twist that having spent my so-called prime years protecting political figures from death, I spend a lot of time now helping people to surrender to it. In spite of all the risks I took and all the near misses, I have lived a long life. God’s love has sustained me and sustains me still. It will carry me through my inevitable rendezvous with death.”
At times heart pounding, at times heart rending, this richly textured memoir of a Secret Service agent will move you first to the edge of your seat, then to the depths of your soul.
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I have always enjoyed secret service books. I was in 1st grade when the Reagan assassination attempt happened. This was a great listen and helped me better understand that day.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Great book - have already recommended to friends!
Who was your favorite character and why?
Jerry Parr - he was a dedicated agent - not many like him anymore!
Have you listened to any of Eric G. Dove’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
First book to listen to - he was really good. Would listen again.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
The USSS is very close to my heart - I laughed and I cried. It was a very moving story.Thank you
Any additional comments?
As a USSS employee, agent Parr was right on target. What a wonderful person.