By John P. Lopez

When Dan Pastorini and I first began discussing writing his life story, I told him, “You don’t have to let me write the book. But you’d better damn well do a book before you leave this earth.”

I knew some of the details already. I knew there were multiple layers to his story and many things that were not known that needed to be told.

I knew there were a lot of people who could learn and understand more about themselves by reading Dan’s story.

Fortunately, since the book has been published this month, many people have written Dan and told him they feel better equipped to deal with family issues and personal demons like drug and alcohol problems because of Dan being so candid telling his story.

We have received nothing but 5-Star Reviews on every front. But some stand out more than others.

Like this one from “Tony D” on Amazon:

“I have not had a good year. I was diagnosed with cancer in April, and most of the rest of the year is a painful blur. Fortunately, a few good things did happen to me this year … a couple in particular stand out. God was kind enough to give me a break … a recent CAT scan showed no signs of cancer, and a month or so ago a friend of mine in Houston sent me a copy of this book. I have read many biographies/autobiographies of sports figures I have admired over the years, but I have never read one that was more honest and “from the heart” than this one. It’s basically a story of a very talented and lucky man who lived life, made his share of mistakes as we all do, and isn’t ashamed to come clean about it. This man bravely tells us what God only knew before. I laughed and cried, and laughed and cried some more, because the pure honesty made me. It was uplifting and restored my faith in the human spirit. We all get knocked down, make mistakes and have regrets, but if you just keep trying and do the right thing you will eventually rise above.  This book is not a “tell all” story … it’s a “success” story.  Thank you Mr. Pastorini !!!”

Dan told me of  the heartfelt responses and reviews Taking Flak has received:

“Just one story like that makes it worth it. To hear so many, I get overwhelmed.”

More reviews are available and Taking Flak can be purchased at