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Spoiler Alert: Our hero doesn’t make it out of this life alive; this true story of Dave Linane’s extraordinary life as a paralyzed man is celebrated with the party of a lifetime at his Viking Funeral with music, booze, and hilarious tall tales.

Viking Funeral Summary

Following Dave Linane’s unexpected death, his Viking Funeral is anchored between the present (2011) and a recent college radio interview featuring Dave. The music is an invocation and part of the braided story of memories of his family and friends, overlapped by Dave’s perspectives gleaned from the interview. Together they reveal his life’s greatest hits and misses from before and long after his paralyzing accident.

His friends and their mutual love for deep listening to music saved him early on. His ability to listen to people became a source of solace to everyone around him. Against pushback from the establishment, many starts, frustration, and unimaginable hurdles, he earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree to become the counselor to students with disabilities he himself desperately needed when he broke his neck playing football decades before at the same college.  

You’ll laugh as hard as you’ll cry and desperately want him to turn around, but in the end, understand why he can’t.  This is a true story of tenacity in creating an amazing life with nothing but heart and humor. Dave’s universe is full of kind people from every walk of life, shenanigans of a youthful spirit, car chases, and always great music. You’ll loathe the better-off-dead naysayers and hold your breath through slow and high-speed transportation issues. Honestly, you’re going to love him.

Based on the book

Viking Funeral
The Epic Failed Autobiography of David Linane
a Modern-day Viking Warrior Who Unexpectedly Woke Up Dead
by Mardi Linane