David Matthews is the author of 2007 "New York Times" Editor's pick "Ace of Spades." His work has also appeared in "Salon, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, " and "The Autobiographer's Handbook: the 826 National Guide to Writing your Memoir." He lives in Manhattan, but can't wait to move back to Brooklyn.
Stefan Templeton has led the kind of life that s too wild, too
lucky, and simply too unbelievable to be true, but it is But while
his adventures are the heart of the book, it s the end that keeps
you reading, as Stefan struggles to find peace and finally
constancy in his life. Matthews recounts all of this with panache
and superb pacing to deliver a story so fantastic, it may as well
be a novel. The Daily Beast
The most compelling quality of "Kicking Ass and Saving Souls "isn t just that Templeton has been in extreme situations all over the world it s that when he puts his mind to it, virtually nothing is impossible. USA Character Approved Blog
Matthews creatively portrays Templeton s wanderlust personality the ebb and flow of Templeton s life on the go in "Kicking Ass and Saving Souls" makes for a compelling, page-turning experience. TheRoot.com
Matthews narrative reads like the stuff of fiction, the stock-in-trade of thrillers and James Bond movies; it's also an exhilarating narrative about redemption and the power of personal choice. Eat your heart out, James Bond. Kirkus
David Matthews s vision of the incredible life of his childhood friend is piercingly unadorned. Filled with humor, vivaciousness, calamity, and ever-present compassion, it s an unbelievable story equal parts Bruce Lee, Wilt Chamberlain, Pancho Villa, Robin Hood, and Jason Bourne. Matthews s wonderful new book is a rarity. There's a beating heart inside this page-turner. Alex Lemon, author of Happy: A Memoir
"Kicking Ass and Saving Souls" is an action-packed, edge-of-your-seat adventure. What gives the book soul is that beneath the fierce tiger is a man who wants to make a positive impact and redeem himself. After a hair-raising international roller coaster ride that's a ton of fun, Stefan finally grasps his true calling, channeling his innate thirst for danger and its rush of adrenaline into saving lives. Norman Ollestad, author of Crazy for the Storm: A Memoir of Survival"