Kiefer Sutherland: Living Dangerously by Christopher Heard

kieferReviewed by Tina Avon

Kiefer Sutherland is a mystery to me and I wanted to find out more about him and what makes him tick so when I heard about a Montreal based publishing house releasing a biography on Sutherland, I immediately wanted to read the book.

Kiefer Sutherland: Living Dangerously is exactly the type of book I was looking for. From the prologue where the author, Christopher Heard states that he never writes a book on someone he has never met, to the engaging, informative and respectful tone of the storyline, there was absolutely nothing I did not like about this book.

Heard first explains his own personal encounters with Sutherland – then segways into Sutherland’s youth and then basically discusses every movie Sutherland ever made. Some movies were covered in bigger detail of course, but I have to say that the author does a fine job of giving us a thorough overview of Sutherland’s professional life – intermingled with events that were also happening in his private life.

If there is one negative comment that I would make is that I was hoping for a little bit more “personal” stuff – but overall, this is a minor exception to a very well written biography.

The author really hits his stride when he talks about Sutherland and “24”. I loved the little “tidbits” he shares such as when Sutherland and his TV daughter had to tape a scene where a few feet from each other.

The author does a great job of showing us the many sides of Sutherland – he can be an absolute pro when it comes to his professional life – but can also be an absolute horror when it comes to his personal life. Heard balances this off very well – in the end, Sutherland is pretty much the way I thought he would be and thanks to this biography, I feel as though I know more than I use to.

I also liked that the author always uses a tone of respect when talking about any person in this story. He is balanced and respectful rather than negative, sarcastic or overly “fan” like – I also thought this added a touch of seriousness to the book. I hate reading biographies when they are written by authors who are so obviously “in awe” of their subject matter – this is not the case here.

If you want a down to earth, engaging and entertaining biography on Sutherland, this is the book for you!

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