Ghost Rider

Within a ten-month period, Neil Peart lost both his 19-year-old daughter, Selena, and his wife, Jackie. Faced with overwhelming sadness and isolated from the world in his home on the lake, Peart was left without direction. This memoir tells of the sense of personal devastation that led him on a 55,000-mile journey by motorcycle across much of North America, down through Mexico to Belize, and back again.

Peart’s journey of self-exile and exploration chronicle his personal odyssey and include stories of reuniting with friends and family, grieving, and reminiscing. He recorded with dazzling artistry, the enormous range of his travel adventures, from the mountains to the seas, from the deserts to the Arctic ice, and the memorable people who contributed to his healing.

Ghost Rider is a brilliantly written, and ultimately triumphant narrative memoir from a gifted writer and the drummer and lyricist of the legendary rock band Rush.


Ghost Rider - Neil Peart Summary

Ghost Rider is the name of many antiheroes and superheroes appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Marvel had previously used the name for a Western character whose name was later changed to Phantom Rider. The first supernatural Ghost Rider is stunt motorcyclist Johnny Blaze, who, in order to save the life of his father, agreed to give his soul to "Satan" (later revealed to be an arch-demon named Mephisto). At night and when around evil, Blaze finds his flesh consumed by hellfire, causing his head to become a flaming skull. He rides a fiery motorcycle and wields blasts of hellfire from his body, usually from his skeletal hands. He eventually learns he has been bonded with the demon Zarathos. Blaze was featured in the Ghost Rider series from 1972 to 1983. The subsequent Ghost Rider series (1990–1998) featured Danny Ketch as a new Ghost Rider. After his sister was injured by ninja gangsters, Ketch came in contact with a motorcycle that had somehow been mystically enchanted to contain the essence of a Spirit of Vengeance. Blaze reappeared in this 1990s series as a supporting character, and it was later revealed that Danny and his sister were Johnny Blaze's long-lost siblings. In 2000s comics, Blaze briefly again became the Ghost Rider, succeeding Ketch. In 2013, Robbie Reyes became Ghost Rider as part of the Marvel NOW! initiative. In May 2011, Ghost Rider placed 90th on IGN's "Top 100 Comic Book Heroes" list. Nicolas Cage starred as the Johnny Blaze iteration of the character in the 2007 film Ghost Rider and its 2012 sequel, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Gabriel Luna played Robbie Reyes in the television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe...


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Ghost Rider - Neil Peart Book Reviews (127)

turbolarry52

On my wish list4 star

I have even more reason to read this. I knew Neil was Rush's lyricist, but reading the preview and some of his biography- how well read he was- it makes sense- There's a great deal of intelligence and creativity in those lyrics, and being well read certainly enriches one's vocabulary and the ability to write a song whose lyrics flow throughout their music. He wasn't known as the professor for nothing. He's drumming in heaven with Keith Moon and John Bonham. I look forward to reading his book, I feel that I'm going through a similar adventure in life. I may be on the same journey- without a motorcycle and with a different ending. RIP Neil Peart. 45

dust1989

Life changing5 star

This book changed my life, completely and utterly. The writing is great, the pacing is great, and the story is so heartbreakingly great.. This man went through the pits of hell and found himself on a motorcycle.. Riding for his life. It awoke a passion for travel I didn’t know I had, and Neil through this book and the rest of them, changed my perspective on everything. A must read for travelers, a must read for grievers, a must read for musicians.. RIP Neil Ellwood Peart. My mentor. :( 55

nsr0717

Depressing1 star

Sorry, am long term rider and thought it was different based on a recommendation. 15

Waterdog 559

Ghost Rider5 star

Now I can appreciate Neil Peart for being more than just a great writer of lyrical prose and musician, I can wholeheartedly appreciate his journey as a man seeking a new life after tragedy. I believe everyone goes through some level of these feelings in their life, but many don’t rebound from the horrible circumstances Neil endured because they just don’t have the will to try or can find the vehicle (literally his motorcycle) to move forward. He struggled on the healing road but persevered and found a new love of life. This inspirational book has made me self- examine my own life and realize how precious time is. I was always a huge fan of Rush and now I’m an even bigger fan of Neil, the author. Bravo, sir! 55

Cryptoman13

The most amazing thing I’ve ever read.5 star

From a young Rush fanatic, Neil Peart is my absolute idol, and nothing less. I’m personally going through some extremely trying times, and this book has gotten me through it more than anyone in my life could. Thank you Mr. Peart for publishing such an incredible tale, and you have helped me more than you could ever imagine. Please read this book, You will not regret it. 55

Texastiger

Good Book5 star

Peart is not only a gifted musician and songwriter but a very talented book writer also. Interesting story of part of his life that was both dark and adventurous. Good read. 55

RonS1985

Very Deep...Very Neil!5 star

Very sad, but I can relate having lost my mother in 1999, from a murder-suicide. I could feel Neil's pain every mile. I had heard about Neil's loss but did not know of his therapeutic travels. I could've easily joined him. Such a tragic loss, but I'm so happy Neil was able to find love, himself, and his sticks again. Great book, bad story. 55

Cyber_Grunt

Ghost Rider Rocks4 star

Great book, well written though I found all the letters to his friend highly boring. A good read otherwise. 45

StewDog1010

Unbelievably good5 star

Neil Peart is an exceptionally good writer and storyteller. If you've ever ridden a motorcycle, or been a vagabond, or dealt with great loss, or loved Rush, buy this book. It is very well written and can also double as a travel guide to some amazing places. I've been to some of these on a GS and they are just as amazing as Mr Peart describes them so elegantly. 55


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