In Tales From The Bug Guy, Dr. German Roach chronicles his experiences of dealing with all sorts of people as a pest professional. 


The world is full of all kinds of people. Everyone has their own unique personality. While some are kind and logical, others are selfish and irrational. Dr. German Roach had to deal with all sorts of people during his long professional life. In his debut novel, Tales From The Bug Guy, he recounts his varied experiences. 

Dr. German Roach started working when he was only in his teens. After serving other people for quite some time, he decided to start his very own pest business in partnership with one of his colleagues. Through their relentless hard work, they were able to build a formidable business. Then came the dreaded COVID-19. As we all know, the pandemic resulted in drastic upheavals in the political and economic world. 

How did the pandemic affect Dr. German Roach’s life? What happened to his business? 

In Tales From The Bug Guy, Dr. German Roach not only provides answers to these questions but also chronicles his journey of starting and maintaining a great family-friendly business for years. 

Dr. German Roach is the pen name assumed by the author in his bid to protect the privacy of everyone around him. In addition to showcasing his dedication to the pest business, the name also suggests a wry sense of humor. The book showcases the reality of the corporate world in such a hilarious manner that you would not be able to stop yourself from laughing out loud at random moments. Yet, you would have to agree that Dr. German Roach has penned nothing but the truth. To put it in Dr. German Roach’s own words, you “can’t make this shit up.”

The first thing that came to my mind after completing the book is that the author has been unflinchingly honest. From the selfish aspirations of those in the upper echelons of a corporate company to the ungratefulness of some employees, the author bares it all. As he had experience working under others, he knew all about the irrational demands made by some supervisors. I could not help but feel stupefied when his supervisors called him back to work right after the birth of his son. He had pre-approved leaves yet he was pressurized. Things like this would demotivate any sane human being. Also, the way a senior person in his company joked about his partner being the most efficient yet least-paid service manager reminded me of many of the corporate offices out there. When Dr. German Roach started his own company, both he and his partner pledged that they would have a family-friendly atmosphere conducive to their employees’ growth. They provided wonderful perks including the opportunity to further one’s education. Both he and his partner went out of their way to help those dependent on them. However, there were a number of employees who did not value them. I was heartbroken when some of them betrayed the author and his partner at the most crucial time. As Dr. German Roach said, the ones you do the most for are usually the ones that betray you. 

The author also talks about the various customers and their pest problems in detail. I was flabbergasted by some of the stories of the residential complexes. From the daftness of managers and maintenance guys to the irrationality of homeowners and renters, Roach talks about it all. He also underscores the fact that how most things can be sorted by having an honest conversation and following the guidance of pest professionals. 

Many of us think that blue-collar workers are not worth their salt. Dr. German Roach clears the air about this. He proves that there are pest professionals who are college-educated and successful in life. After all, being a bug guy requires a fair amount of studying. 

Tales From The Bug Guy taught me a lot about pests of all kinds and the importance of cleanliness. The best thing is that Dr. German Roach does not use difficult scientific terms. By employing simple layman’s words, he makes his advice tenable for all. His thoughts on the pandemic and the political scenario might seem a tad extreme at first. However, if you think deeper, you will find that he has some valid points. After all, he does not simply air his opinions. He gives us some solid logical reasoning that will definitely make us rethink things. I loved how he used words like “scamdemic” and “plandemic” to describe the pandemic. 

Dr. German Roach talks about his wife and children at times. It is quite apparent that he loves his family and will do anything for them. His wife is super-supportive. She has always been there for him. I truly enjoyed reading about his bonds with his son and daughter. 

There is only one thing that I would like to mention. Some might take exception to Dr. German Roach’s views about certain ethnicities. Also, a few of his candid comments might not sit well with some, especially if you are close-minded. So, it is suggested that you read this book with an open mind. 

Overall, I enjoyed Dr. German Roach’s Tales From The Bug Guy. The easy-to-understand writing style made me feel like I am having a conversation with the author. I can’t believe that a person, who in his own words, had never read a complete book before, has written such an amazing book. I recommend this book to everyone who is thinking about starting a business or is already running a business. Anyone fascinated by the pest control industry should definitely give this book a try. 

Book Details

  • Title: Tales From The Bug Guy
  • Author: Dr. German Roach
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Theme: Humor, Buiness, Pests, Life
  • Publication Date: August 16, 2022
  • Number of Pages: 214
  • Minimum Audience Age: 13

Book Themes

(Note: 0=none, 1=a few, 2=considerable, 3=pronounced, 4=excessive)

  • Sexual themes: 1
  • Religious themes: 0
  • Violence, self-harm, etc.: 0
  • Crude language, expletives, swearing, etc.: 2
  • Other adult themes: 0


  • Content: 5
  • Writing Style: 5
  • Appeal to Target Audience: 5
  • Uniqueness: 5
  • Editing: 4
  • Other factors: 5
  • Overall: 4.8 out of 5

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  1. I always appreciate a physician who can laugh at himself and doesn’t need to add a thousand initials after his name. And I’m sure doctors must see the strangest things.