Above the Best

The Remarkable Life of Seeley E. Ralphs

Non-Fiction - Biography
160 Pages
Reviewed on 10/20/2019
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Author Biography

DM Coffman is also the author of the Whitney Award-nominated spy thriller "The Hainan Incident" based on the author's experiences while living in the People's Republic of China, and on the April 1, 2001 factual events of a U.S. top-secret spy plane colliding with a Chinese fighter jet mid-air over the South China Sea and having to land on Communist China's Hainan Island. DM lived in China for four years teaching with the U.S.-sponsored China Judicial Training Program at China's National Judges College, and at Peking University and South China University of Technology with Brigham Young University's China Teachers Program.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

Above the Best: The Remarkable Life of Seeley E. Ralphs by DM Coffman tells the inspiring story of Seeley Ralphs, an adventurous man who graduated from the California Highway Patrol Academy, a father who embraced a way of life that set him on a path to stand out in his sense of patriotism and his ability to not only try new things but to quickly excel in them. It is this spirit that set him on a variety of paths, becoming many things in his life: a motorcycle cop, an airplane and helicopter pilot, a traffic news reporter, an Army Officer, and many more. From farmer to miner to civil servant, and many things in between, Seeley E. Ralphs was active and rich with experience; a life that brought a lot of inspiration and contribution to his community and the country.

Here is the story of a man who dared and who succeeded, a story that will give readers one powerful lesson: never fear stepping beyond their comfort zones. One of the flyboys, he became an exemplary man in his courage, his focus, his sense of adventure, and his drive. DM Coffman begins the narrative by sharing the painful news: Seeley Ralphs’ days are numbered. He has metastasized melanoma. The reader is introduced to a great character. The author then shares tender and strong memories of his childhood with his father and follows his daring life until the moment he became a cancer fighter. Above the Best: The Remarkable Life of Seeley E. Ralphs is an inspiring biography and a story that will encourage readers to give everything when they love something. Told in beautiful prose and with well-reconstructed dialogues, this book will stir the hearts of readers.