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King of Doubt

front-cover-final In a small town on the west coast of Scotland, five-year-old Peter Gibb trades his soul to the devil in a futile attempt to win the approval of classmates, teachers and parents. Follow the story of Peter's humorous but desperate struggle to find a way out of the dungeons of doubt. An insightful tale of lost and found, King of Doubt grips you with tension as it warms you with heart. Anyone who has ever struggled with self doubt –and who among us hasn't?–will see themselves in these pages. This moving story, one man's journey from doubt to wonder, will fill you with hope and promise. The story rivets your attention right to the final word, while the beauty of the language still sings long after the reading.


         What others are saying about King of Doubt:

King of Doubt is a testament to the power of memoir to illuminate the past, redeem its shadows, and find wisdom and strength in life’s mysteries. Beautifully written, suspenseful, and brave, Peter Gibb’s saga of self-discovery will brace you with its honesty and enrich you with its heart.  Buy this book! 

Mark Matousek, Author of The Boy He Left Behind


King of Doubt is a story of adventuresome times, of intimate relationships, of inner determination. I was drawn in emotionally, riveted to every chapter.  This book is beautifully written, a work of art, about growing up male, about taking on the world, about loving and not giving up on life. A tour de force!

Susan Krieger, Stanford University, author of Come,Let Me Guide You: A Life Shared with a Guide Dog and Things No Longer There: A Memoir of Losing Sight and Finding Vision.


Peter Gibb has experienced well but at a cost. His memoir takes the reader through the vicissitudes of a full life from a treacherous beginning in Scotland, through an undergraduate degree at Brown, to military service, and beyond. King of Doubt, a memoir of confession and triumph, deserves every reader’s attention. The story sweeps forward with compelling intensity, in language that is detailed, humorous, and graceful. Here is a man who’s taken the road less traveled and savored it fully.

Kent Nelson, author “The Spirit Bird” winner of Drew Heinz prize for literature


King of Doubt is courageously written, an inspiring tribute to the human spirit. Highly recommended.”

Brad Knickerbocker, The Christian Science Monitor

"The book was incredible. Peter Gibb is so transparent, honest and forthcoming. I felt as though I was right with him every step of the way as he looked back upon his life and put the pieces together. What a gentle, caring man. Wow. And I’m so glad he put the ‘Discussion Questions' at the end! I can’t imagine anyone not responding positively to this amazing book."
           S.H. Reader Review
           Feeling Doubtful? Meet the King of Doubt! Book review by Marcia                                     Fine, Hidden Ones—A Veil of Memories Most of us feel doubt in our teen years, all those insecurities wrestling with our minds to                  court indecision, anger, frustration and that indescribable longing for love and success.                    Peter Gibb's book, King of Doubt explores what happens when becoming an adult doesn't                leave those conflicts behind. We meet Peter at the age of five in Scotland when he has won a            race which he doesn't think he deserves. The doubt envelops him and takes up residence for            many years. A memoir that breathes life into descriptions, taps into raw emotions and creates                                experiences that seem real, is a worthwhile story to follow. In our age of sharing a collection            of memories is significant because the writer focuses on particular incidents that impacted              him. I was rooting for Peter from the beginning in his efforts to escape the malaise that                    blanketed him for much of his life, until, of course, he found answers. His descriptions of the "rat factory" in the psychology lab during college, his military                          service, an exploration of East Berlin during the Cold War, and the loves in his life                              reminded me of sitting with a favorite uncle who tells great stories. They were all real to me.            I can't reveal some of the wild, sometimes humorous events that led him on his path;                        however, I looked forward to my reading time daily with a most entertaining friend. Who should read this book? Anyone who has been challenged with depression,                                    contemplated suicide (who hasn't?), spent time in confusion questioning their motives and              relished a bit of parental anger while plowing though life looking for love and                                      companionship. This is not a journal. It's a well-written memoir that takes you on an                        exploration of one person's life and how he turned out. I loved the book so much I wanted                to call the author to find out how he was doing. From the pleasant photo on the back I can                tell he's doing fine. Peter was much more likable than he thought. King of Doubt is a triumph! Marcia Fine, Hidden Ones—A Veil of Memories
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