Robert Leon Davis
Monarch Books (2010)
Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views (08/2020)
“Running Scared” is the amazing story of Robert Leon Davis, a former officer on the New Orleans Police Force. Little by little, Robert yields to the callings of the shadier side of the police force and within four years finds himself on the wrong side of the law. Facing imprisonment, Robert escapes before he can be tried and becomes a fugitive for over twenty years. “Running Scared” takes readers on an unbelievable journey of survival, love and loss, betrayal and justice, and finally from faithlessness to belief. It’s a no-holds barred account of one man’s life that will shock and disturb you – right before it truly inspires you with the power of transformation.
The writing in “Running Scared” is phenomenal. While it is a captivating story that’s hard to top just by the nature of the subject matter, the author’s ability to tell this story is a gift in itself. Robert Leon Davis has a talent for storytelling – he is engaging and entertaining. So much so that I often felt like I was sitting in a room with him as he told his story to me directly. Robert is straightforward and direct. He doesn’t sugar-coat a single word and his openness and vulnerability is moving. It’s that ability to grab the reader that takes a good story and turns it into a great story, one you won’t soon forget. A word of warning: Don’t plan on doing anything else once you pick up this book – you will not be able to put it down!
I was on a roller-coaster of emotions from the very beginning. One moment I found myself applauding Robert for doing the right thing and resisting the dark side, and the next moment I was shaking my head thinking, “No, don’t go down that road!” When you think about the amount of time he spent on the run, you quickly realize his inner strength. He had Someone rooting for him all along – it just took him a while to realize it.
I highly recommend “Running Scared” by Robert Leon Davis. It’s a must-read passage that is a true testament of inspiration. Well done.