Feb 15, 2012

Book Review: Curbchek by Zach Fortier

Curbchek by Zach Fortier
Release Date: August 30, 2011
231 pages

Curbchek is the story of a damaged cop, Zach Fortier. Fortier worked in the police department for the city where he grew up. One foot in the world of the cops, courts and legal system. The other in the world of gangs, drugs, thugs and street violence. Where the laws and rules are made by the strongest, the schemers and the most brutal. Read about the transformation of Fortier from a green rookie to a damaged paranoid veteran seeing danger in every situation. Follow along as he walks this tight rope. Trying to make difference, breaking the laws he promised to enforce. This is a story of law and order uncensored.

This is definitely something one doesn't want to read if they don't like hearing about violence because what you read is reality. This is a book compiled of many different cases that the author, Zach Fortier, had to work on when he was in the force. Some of them made me cringe because of how violent people truly can be.

This was so different from anything I've ever read and not in a bad way. It wasn't so much a story but a book full of many different stories. 36 of them, to be exact. Each chapter was a different case or circumstance that Zach faced while being out on patrol in a city filled with violence, drugs and gangs. From watching the news you know there are horrible people out there and violence that someone couldn't possibly imagine, but it's definitely out there. Reading this is definite proof. Sometimes, it's not even from bad people just people pushed the wrong way or at wits end. It's amazing how anyone could be pushed to do such things. Makes you really think...

There is obviously violence and sometimes enough detail to make you wish you hadn't just imagined it. But think about it, these are things he and many other cops have seen and face every day. Even years afterward, I can imagine some of these haunt cops. There is language and name calling.

If you are looking for something totally new and totally different and don't have a weak stomach, this is something I would recommend checking out. Especially if you're looking to become a cop. It's definitely an eye opener and I think it could help.

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