Book review: True Strength

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True Strength is TV action star’s, Kevin Sorbo’s autobiography, which was published in 2011. In this book, Sorbo recounts his early life and career leading up to the medical setbacks that nearly killed him and would have ended his career. He tells of his climb to fame, his fall from Olympus and his slow and trying to get back to good health as he learned to cope with his new medical dilemmas.

Sorbo is most well-known for his star role as Hercules in the Hercules five-movie series released for television in 1994, followed by the Hercules: The Legendary Journeys TV show. These series were part of the first action shows released on television, turning action into a viable and popular TV genre. If that doesn’t ring any bells, you may have seen him in his role of Captain Dylan Hunt in Gene Rodenberry’s Andromeda which followed the end of Hercules. More recently he has been in films such as Meet The Spartans and God’s Not Dead.

The book is primarily centred on the events surrounding a series of strokes that Sorbo suffered during the Hercules era of his life. The strokes, caused by an extremely rare medical occurrence, nearly killed him and the complications they caused left him with impaired vision, loss of balance, tinnitus and migraines.

These complications made his formerly Herculean level of fitness impossible and left him a broken man. He didn’t let that stop him though.

He worked and struggled every day to regain his health and reclaim the life that the strokes had taken from him. The book tells of how he learned to cope with his illness and eventually came out of this adversity even stronger than before. Hercules may have died, but Sorbo was given new life.

The book brings you into the incredible life of Sorbo and sends the reader through a roller coaster of emotions, which follows the tracks laid out by Sorbo’s story. It is a tale of human triumph in the midst of overwhelming challenges that is truly inspiring. Sorbo is a man worthy of admiration.

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