The Last Ride

This is one of the best books I have read in years. I couldn’t put it down. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a glimpse into the life and character of a true cowboy. PeeWee Mercer has always been the hero to many a little bull rider in Florida. Once you read his book you will see why so many of us consider him our hero. This is an excellent book written by a wonderful guy.
~Anonymous (Barnes and Noble)

The Last Ride by Patrick D. Smith

The Last Ride is hardbound, 27 photos, 183 pages. $18.00  

It is the true story of a young man’s life and the unfortunate turn it took.

This story takes the reader on a personal journey with former bull riding champion Glen “Pee Wee” Mercer, who on November 11, 1995, at the age of 25, suffered an accident while dismounting a bull at the Southeastern Circuit Final at Brighton, Florida. This resulted in a broken neck and severed spinal cord, thus changing his life forever. The Last Ride is the dramatic story of his life both before and after the accident.

Patrick Smith met Mercer following a speaking engagement for the Friends of the Library in Williston, where Mercer lived. The two struck up a bond of friendship. Mercer was unable to write but had a colorful life’s story to tell. Smith agreed to help Mercer share his story and so they collaborated on the book. The result seven months later was publication of The Last Ride.

Although this book covers Pee Wee’s rodeo career throughout Florida and many other parts of the United States, it is not just a book about rodeo. It is also the story of young love gone awry, of adventure, high humor, youthful exuberance during those years when people think they are indestructible, of hopes and dreams of the future and how those hopes and dreams are shattered forever in just one split second of time. It is Pee Wee’s story, but told with Smith’s masterful writing skill.

The Last Ride Rodeo Shot

This is also a heartfelt story of courage, of the determination to endure in a world few others can even imagine. Sometimes it is a very lonely world indeed, one peopled only with memories.

Smith said that “Working with Pee Wee on this book has been one of the most gratifying experiences of my lifetime. Sometimes the greatest gift you can receive in life is helping someone less fortunate than yourself. I will always remember with pleasure the road Pee Wee and I have traveled together.” Smith went on to describe Pee Wee as a “Profile in Courage.”

The Last Ride will grip the interest and emotions of all readers, young and old alike. It is much like taking a literary rafting trip down a turbulent mountain stream. You will become part of the action and will be there every step of the way.

I am certain you will enjoy this book. It deserves a place in the collection of all Patrick Smith fans.

The Last Ride is hardbound, 27 photos, 183 pages. $18.00

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We’ve taken some of Pee Wee’s own words to dramatize this scene.

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