Thursday, 19 January 2012

Review - Curb Chek by Zach Fortier

Curb Check by Zach FortierCurb Check by Zach Fortier by Zach Fortier

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Blurb from Goodreads

Curbchek chronicles the experiences of a Police Officer as he transitions from a new boot with challenging life experiences to a salty veteran who has been baptized into the dark side of reality by countless hours on the streets.

My Review

Zach Fortier takes us on a brutally honest journey through some of his time as a cop and military officer (mostly a cop) and the things and situations he came across. This book is definitely not for the faint hearted, there is a lot of cursing and bad language and the book is oozing testosterone.

We are invited in to graphic descriptions of events, how the officers behave around each other and to suspects and quite a bit of racism too. As an officer Zach was sometimes unlikeable for me because of his foul mouth and in your face way of handling some of the criminals (sometimes over the top force), however that is easy for me to say sitting safe behind a book and not having a huge 6 foot bear of a man trying to beat on me. I know this is a contradiction but as much as Zach was sometimes unlikeable I really loved how he stood up for what was right and more often in the interest of the people rather than scoring points or making targets.

It is a marmite book for me in that some bits of it I really liked and others I disliked and got under my skin. For example swearing doesn't often bother me but it was every other line so I thought that was a bit much and some of the scenes where so graphic and horrific but it also made it compelling reading.

The other big thing for me was there was no introduction of this is why I decided to become a cop or really any background, it just jumps right into scenes and situations. This may be a welcome change for some readers who get bored caught up in the introductions and it certainly jumps you straight into the action. Everything considered I did really enjoy it but the things that I didn't has to be recognized so it is a 3/5 for me and I would read this author again. If you like a read that is stripped of all the fluff and padding, graphic and straight to it then this is the book for you.

Available for only £0.77 on the kindle or on paperback for £6.85 on Amazon.co.uk

Thank you so much to Zach for introducing me to his work and giving me the chance to read Curb Check






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