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Curbchek debuted at #11 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases list and has been listed in the top ten best sellers in Amazon's true crime best seller list, reaching #1. Additionally Curbchek was awarded a Bronze medal in the 2013 Readers Favorite International book awards contest. Curbchek is the story of a damaged cop, Zach Fortier. Fortier worked in the police department for theCurbchek debuted at #11 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases list and has been listed in the top ten best sellers in Amazon's true crime best seller list, reaching #1. Additionally Curbchek was awarded a Bronze medal in the 2013 Readers Favorite International book awards contest. 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....

Title : Curbchek
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ISBN : 9780615816128
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Number of Pages : 231 Pages
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Curbchek Reviews

  • Autumn
    2019-05-16 06:14

    Review posted on From the TBR Pile on Nov. 16th, 2011Curbchek doesn't really flow like a novel, it's more like a anthology of vignettes. It's labeled as fiction, but it reads like a non-fiction account of a ride along with a cop on the streets. Some of the stories are more developed than others, some are more interesting, some are better written, some made me roll my eyes at the arrogance. You might be sensing that this wasn't my favorite book. It wasn't necessarily, because of the choppy style. Even with down and dirty, true crime I like it to read like a novel, not hopping from one story to another. However, I do see a lot of potential here. If you know a police officer that works on the street, you know they are full of stories. Mr. Fortier obviously has some stories that could work in great to any fictional crime novel.My advice (take it or leave it) step back, take some creative writing classes, go to some writer workshops, learn how to write crime fiction. Make a fictional character to build your novel around like Connelly's Harry Bosch or Kellerman's Milo Sturgis. There's enough fodder there to create a series.

  • Grampy
    2019-05-21 06:35

    This book was reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite.“CurbChek” by retired Police Officer Zach Fortier is a gritty, behind the scenes look at the day to day existence of a city patrol officer on night shift. This is fiction only in the sense that the geographic areas in which he worked are not identified, and names are changed to protect the innocent… as well as the guilty. Officer Fortier relates some incredibly appalling situations in which he played a significant role and some loathsome situations where the good guys didn’t always win. Perhaps of greatest importance, his stories instilled in me a greater sense of respect for the men and women who put their lives, their marriages, and their personal relationships on the chopping block to serve and protect the innocent from becoming victims of those who would do them harm. Sadly, he also exposes the ugly underbelly of office politics hindering good, honest police officers from doing their jobs while under the direction of the egocentric wannabe “brass”. In that regard, the street cop faces the same brown-nosing, butt-kissing, back-stabbing, “good old boy” system and nepotism faced by most of the actual working class in this country, and perhaps other countries as well.Zach Fortier has published four books in this same vein, but it would be wrong to call them “a series”. I can’t speak to the other three – yet – but “CurbChek” is flawlessly written and utterly fascinating. It is one of those rare books where, when you check the page number you are on, you are amazed at how far you’ve read since the last time you checked. These stories are nearly impossible to turn away from until you’ve read them all. Mr. Fortier has graphically and accurately portrayed night life in the inner city; a part of life nine-to-five suburbanites do not see, and may not believe. The author has presented an honest look at a slice of real life. You will do yourself a favor to read what he has written.

  • Celine
    2019-05-12 12:16

    When the author asked me to review Curbchek, I had no idea what to expect. It's completely out of my comfort zone. I had nothing to compare it to. And the reviews I read didn't make it any clearer for me at all. So for once, I started reading a book without any prejudices at all. And it turns out that is what saved the book. Had I expected convoluted plot twists, I would have been disappointed. A psychological thriller about a cop wrestling with his job and personal life? I probably would have been disappointed. Massive action? Nope, that's not it either.So what is Curbchek? The only way I have of describing it is this: imagine a gruff fifty-something guy in a bar, talking about his life as a cop. He tells you about all of the things he came across while on the force over a beer.The stories are mostly one to three pages long, written in first person past tense, with a broad variety of subjects. There are drive-by shootings, robberies, gang wars, domestic abuse, murders galore... Our cop Zach has seen it all.Because I had no idea what to expect, and by not making wrong assumptions, I had fun while reading Curbchek. I had the feeling I was learning a bit about how being a cop works in the US. I learned what SWAT teams really do. I mean, we don't even have those guys over here. It was interesting.But I did miss an overarching plot. The stories weren't really going anywhere. The first and the last could have been swapped and no one would notice the difference. I like to have something to cheer me on through the last fifty pages, but it was just Zach and me, on our bar stools. The writing is simple, but does contain quite a bit of cussing. There are some pretty dark stories in here, that might not be for the faint of heart. If you want to spend an evening with Zach, try Curbchek. He has a lot of stories to share.

  • Kevin Hammond
    2019-05-13 06:23

    I had to read this one in less than a day, and im sure that meant I did virtually nothing else on a Sunday, and it was absolutely worth it. I was fascinated by the fact this is true to life stuff and if anyone were to tell me they thought it wasn't true I would need to believe that you just cant make up stuff like this.most of all, what makes this a great read, is that you are getting to know the guy behind the tale. You get to find out the very human thoughts and emotions behind everything that happened. you get to share in the laughs and the very clear low points. it comes across as very personal and there is a feeling that, as you go through the difficulties of life on the streets, and at the workplace, you become increasingly more attached to it as you read on.aside from the story which is often funny, sometimes sad, has a few gross moments and is even harrowing at some points, it is the layout that really impressed me. if you do take a chance on reading this im sure you will see what I mean. you get a series of short stories, recollections or even anecdotes, and each one has an emotion or point to be made. then you come to the end of that particular event and go ahead to the next one which is a new chapter. it is a chance to reflect on what you just read, how it has affected the author and how you were affected by reading it and knowing this stuff is a word, the story is impressive; impressive largely because the author didn't end up in the nuthouse.

  • George Gutowski
    2019-05-18 10:19

    Zach Fortier knows how to grab you with intense narrative that can only be based on screwed up real experiences. After reading about twenty pages or so I bought the other two books he has writen. Money well spent. Gritty and tragically funny at times, Zach recounts how those on the wrong side of the tracks exist despite themselves and especially despite a supposedly liberal society that provides for all but then doesn't.Written as several stories with only the common character of Zach Fortier police officer. The message I took away is that there is always another side to most situations. Second message is that there sure are a lot of people making bad choices. Sometimes its cops.Not sure why this is not the basis of a TV show or maybe movie but it should be. Maybe Zach is working on it and just didn't tell anyone yet.Anyway if you like it noir and gritty this should be on the read list. When they say you cannot make up this stuff they were talking about books that Zack writes.

  • Sandy Wolters
    2019-05-11 12:19

    Whew! Amazing read. This is one of those books that took me a long time to get through. Mainly because I would read a chapter and then read it out loud to my husband who enjoyed the book as much as I did.Each chapter is a specific incident that happened to Mr. Fortier while serving as a police officer. If you're looking for a book to read that will keep you mesmerized, and yet not bog you down because you just don't have time to get through the whole thing at once, this is the perfect book for you. Each chapter has a conclusion to that specific story Mr. Fortier is telling.If you are a fan of the TV show Southland, this is a must read. I now know the true meaning behind the word gritty.I would like to personally thank Mr. Fortier for his service as a police officer. I've always had a huge respect for policemen and policewomen, but after reading this, I just can't imagine how their lives are affected by protecting all of us.

  • Stephanie
    2019-05-19 04:12

    Having enjoyed Fortier's third book (not reading these in order) I went back and found his first book on Amazon for free as well. Unfortunately, this book isn't nearly as well written as Curbchek-Reload : Curbchek's Darker Meaner Cousin. Thankfully it appears he got an editor (or a better one) between then and now.The stories in this book are much less graphic, but Fortier does a great job telling about life as a cop. I enjoyed that he focused on his coworkers more in this book than in Reload. He talks a lot about relationships in the police department and the politics of being a cop.It's a good read, and again, a very easy one. It would make a great airplane or long car ride read.

  • Catherine Estrada
    2019-04-21 09:35

    When I received this book for review, I was given fair warning that it’s not based on fiction, and may not be quite what I was expecting. I have a deep and hidden love for crime stories though, so I was willing to give it a shot, and I’m glad I did. While Curbchek doesn’t flow in the manner of a fictional story, the stories related in the book are interesting, funny, astounding, and wrenching at different times, and I am very glad I had the opportunity to review this book. Zach’s story is not only interesting and absorbing, it’s also an unexpected snapshot into the way law enforcement works, and with the variety of experiences presented, I couldn’t help but finish this one in one sitting. Fans of crime dramas and crime stories should definitely give this one a shot.

  • JenniferJ
    2019-05-16 07:30

    This was interesting and also a bit disturbing at times. There were a few moments I was happy I had not just eaten because I may have upchucked but other moments where Zach's adventures had me laughing out loud like when he finds a crossdresser acting out in a canyon.The book is raw in your face accounts of Zach's military and police life and it is NOT for the faint of heart. It's not all pretty and wrapped up in a bow. This is real life drama and parts of it well...I just had to stop and take a breather.I really liked how Zach divided the different "episodes" up into small chapters instead of running it all together. I was better able to enjoy the substance of each one better and plus it gave me a better "stopping" point on the more disturbing ones so I could reflect and regroup.

  • L.T. Fawkes
    2019-04-24 09:30

    The gripping life of a cop told in a series of episodes. All the frustration, excitement, politics, triumphs and tragedies a big city cop has to deal with over the life of his career, told in compelling and well-written fashion. Highly recommend.

  • Tammy
    2019-04-25 12:18

    I received a review copy of Curbchek from the author, and was immediately struck by the intriguing cover. Curbchek describes the gritty, day-to-day working life of a cop on the city streets, and that cop’s name is Zach Fortier, just like the author. Now, I’ve actually read quite a few books where the author decides to give the main character their own name, and to be honest, I’ve never really understood why writers do this. Nonetheless, I started reading, knowing that Fortier based his book on his personal experiences as a police officer.The book is a series of short chapters, each focusing on a different street incident that takes place in an unnamed city. Some of these stories are fairly banal and even humorous, but most are truly horrific and sometimes shocking. Fortier definitely has a gift for lurid description, and he and his trash-talking fellow cops come across as authentic, if disturbing. But while the crimes themselves are hard to stomach, I found the most disturbing part of Curbchek was the “character” of Zach Fortier. I honestly don’t know how much of the book is autobiographical, but if this is the real Fortier, I don't think I want to meet him. In the Preface, he actually describes himself as “damaged,” and he’s not wrong. Fortier was in the military police before coming over to the civilian side, and his training instilled in him a loathing for authority of any kind. When he started working the streets, he realized he could finally make his own decisions, and many of those decisions come across as downright reckless.We’ve all heard about police brutality, and seen it in action on TV, but most of us probably don’t think much about it on a daily basis. So when I started reading Curbchek I was not prepared for Fortier’s casual descriptions of the treatment of some of the perpetrators. Although I acknowledge that police work is dangerous and officers have to be alert and ready for violence at all times, I felt a lot of the bad treatment of criminals went above and beyond what was necessary to keep them in check. Instead of cheering on the cops for protecting society, I was horrified by what I interpreted as sadistic cops who take out their aggressions on the job.Most perplexing to me is how many people really loved this book. I checked the reviews for Curbchek on Amazon and Goodreads before I started writing this review, just to see if I was on the same page as other readers, and I found that I am not. Curbchek is getting glowing five-star reviews from most people, which is great for Fortier, but confuses the heck out of me. I have to conclude that those who have read and reviewed this book are reacting to its shock value, and not the fact that it is a poorly constructed “novel.” If Fortier had actually created a fictional character and a story arc that provided the reader with a beginning, middle and end, it would have been much more successful. Even throwing out the idea of a novel and calling it “non-fiction” would have made it better. In any case, when I evaluate a book there is one thing that has to be present in order for me to give it any kind of “thumbs up.” If the characters, even the bad guys, do not have any redeeming human qualities, the story just doesn’t work.I’ll leave you with this definition of “curbchek” from the introduction, which sums up very nicely how I felt after finishing the book:“Curbchek: Placing an unconscious or immobile individual’s head against a curb with their mouth open, then stomping on or kicking them in the head.”Mission accomplished.Thank you to the author for supplying a review copy.This review originally appeared on Books, Bones & Buffy

  • Kayleigh
    2019-04-23 09:35

    Curbchek is a behind the scenes, no holds barred look at life as a cop in America. Zack Fortier spent a portion of his life working as a cop both in the army and as part of the police department, and has a valuable position to tell some of the more dark, disturbing and occasionally bizarre stories that occur when you patrol the streets as a cop.The book takes the form of a loosely chronological patchwork of stand-alone stories and more in-depth chapters which deal with the lessons he learned while on the job. The mingling of internal and mostly philosophical narration with the anecdotal conversations, interactions and confrontations works well, creating a smooth story that was rich, chaotic, interesting and, at times, disheartening. I feel like I came out of the other side of this book with a much more comprehensive understanding of people, what makes them tick, what sets them off, and what leads them down certain paths. At no time does Zach Fortier portray himself as an expert, but the clarity of his insights helps makes certain jigsaw pieces in your own life turn and fit together. Zach makes an interesting character (not in the fictional sense). He admits early in the book that he is hardly a perfect or undamaged person, as he describes on page 10;"I knew that with my personality and various triggers, it was better for everyone concerned that I be something of an authority figure rather than be subject to authority figures without recourse."He openly discusses his troubled marriages, his (sometimes violent) confrontations with other cops, and his unorthodox (for his area) relationships with victims and culprits alike. And while he discusses his complete disdain for most of the internal politics and practices at the police station (some will infuriate, some will make you sick) and his opposite outlook on most issues, he never puts himself on a pedestal as the "perfect" or "ideal" model of what is right and good. One of the quotes that best represented this to me came towards the end of the book (page 173). Zach was explaining why he tries hard not to resort to violence, rather than immediately jumping at the suspect with a nightstick and a closed fist;"fighting wasn't a victory for me. I don't like how it makes me feel; I feel like a failure when I fight because it means that I misjudged the situation. I believe I should be able to think my way out of anything, and most times I did."Curbchek isn't your typical police memoir. While there is a sense of pride in helping others and not descending to a level of violence and racism which would have been better accepted by his colleagues, the main focus is on the inherent self-destruction or problem that most men (and women, although this isn't brought up specifically) who join the force suffer from. It blurs the line of "us and them", and paints a dark and nihilistic personal view of the current state of the American police services and the road it is heading down.I know how depressing I've just made this sound, but this is an incredibly well-written and well-thought out book, and there are funny or interesting cases sprinkled throughout. It was a real eye-opener, and I'd love to read an Australian equivalent of life in the force down here. I wonder how different or similar it'd be.A final caveat, there is frequent swearing within the book, and while I had no problem with it and I think it plays an important function in retelling these stories, it's something you should be aware of before going in.

  • Ralph
    2019-05-07 04:13

    For some people, becoming a policeman can be a calling, a response to idealism, a desire to serve others and to make the world a better place, while others accept the badge much as they would the tools of any other job; still others join the police for all the wrong reasons, and it would have been better for all involved had they instead become bus drivers or plumbers. In "Curbchek," former police officer and detective Zach Fortier takes the reader on an episodic trip through his years as a patrol officer, bringing a harsh light upon both the predators of society and those who are supposed to protect us from them. In a city purposely left vague, we are exposed to acts of bravery and depravity, meet men and women who work through a code of honor and ethics, and are introduced to criminals who are not so bad as society would paint them and police officers who would be in jail were it not for the shields they carry.All the many chapters are short and concise, laced with both insights and reactionary opinions, and when Fortier writes about something that roused his indignation at the time, his feelings are just as fresh as they were thirty years ago. However, distance does lend an understanding that was impossible at the time, so he is often able to analyze events and feelings with a detachment he could not achieve when he wore a uniform. The events are not chronological and appear quite random, though some people and events will be either recalled or foreshadowed at various times, but in that his presentation mirrors his experience as a patrol officer--he never knew how an assigned call would turn out, and one assignment had little impact on another. For the most part, Fortier tells the stories of damaged people, injured by life, by others or by themselves, and he himself is not exempted. Even those who join the police for all the right reasons and try to follow a higher path find themselves changed by the job. Other officers are damaged goods to begin with, but are successful because they can play the system, use office politics to slither their way into positions of authority. We meet sergeants who seek headlines and medals, lieutenants who are control freaks, and a chief of police who feels it is better to toady up to the city council than to protect the public. We also meet officers who will weep when forced to shoot someone, or who will rush into a burning building to save people they never met and who probably hate them anyway. The villains of the book (the ones out of uniform) range from hallucinating tweakers to tattooed gang-bangers to murderers to shoplifting parolees who don't want to be arrested in front of their kids.The writing in this book is not fine literature. There is a rawness about it that mirrors the subject matter, and a directness like a .357 aimed right between the eyes. The author does not try to soften the picture he reveals. He reveals villains and heroes (and some who are a bit of both) as flawed humans, complete with warts and all. In some true accounts of street policing, sometimes a reader is left wondering how much is real and how much is aggrandizing or glossing by the author; here, however, the raw, direct and often self-deprecatory prose leaves no room for doubt of the author's sincerity and brutal honesty.

  • Olga
    2019-05-05 11:39

    We watch crime shows on TV and treat it as just fiction. There's often a clear divide between the bad guys and the good guys and although sometimes the writers of those TV shows show us that things aren't so black and white it's still TV, still fiction. This book isn't fiction. It's the real deal and it shows the ugliness on both sides of the law in no uncertain terms. We're all human, regardless of what we do for a living. I liked Forthier's no-nonsense style of writing devoid of embellishments or sugarcoating. Things are what they are and there's that. It's not all heavy though, there's humor and a pretty funny story mixed in with the episodes that are anything but. I could tell that despite everything he's been through the author hasn't lost his ability to laugh, even if it's the kind of laughter that's tinged with bitterness. The book is set up as a series of episodes telling about the cases Forthier worked as a police officer in his hometown after coming back from military duty. It's clear that he came to the force with certain preconceived notions about the job and the people he'd be working with and when reality intervened I think the adjustment was a difficult process that took time and left its own scars.The stories within each chapter are grouped based on common themes and this gives each episode more impact. The author talks about his experiences and his reasons for doing things a certain way as well as the challenges of the job, and it's clear why he didn't make many friends among other police officers and that the people he wasn't friends with back then aren't going to be won over by this book. The book is well-written with pacing, narrative, dialogue and voice working together and creating a satisfying reading experience. The only thing I wasn't particularly fond of was the formatting. As I've mentioned before the various episodes are grouped into chapters but there's nothing that separates these episodes. I think it would've been easier to differentiate one story from the other while still preserving the effect by allowing for a divider symbol or extra space between the paragraphs. The 1.5 spacing wasn't my favorite either because it made the book look like a manuscript, which, while easy to read, doesn't make the book look and feel as a finished product. If you're sensitive to graphic violence or rough language this book is not for you. Work life of a police officer is filled with crime, altercations and profanity, so that's what you get in Curbchek. However, if you want to see what a real cop has to say about his time on the job I believe that you'll enjoy this book. And may be next time you watch a cop show you'll think about what you see a little differently. Read more of my reviews at Bibliophile's Corner

  • Aimeekay
    2019-05-16 09:38

    "The reality is any good street cop, the guy you praise and pin medals on, is damaged, really damaged."This book is amazing, I mean really amazing. Fortier gives a glimpse inside a world that the average person doesn't really know or understand. Both the mental world of the cops who are out there on the street, and the world itself that they are patrolling. The world where "retaliation is a very real fear..." While this statement was directed towards people living with the day to day drama of gang warfare. It also seemed to apply to the police station as well. Since being a cop "'s also job like any other, with petty, in-house jealousies, grudges, cliques and office politics..."He also gets his point across without being preachy or condemning to the people that are living in the world he has chosen to help defend. He understands the thinking the people he interacts with on a daily basis, and this comes through in his retelling of his experiences. He also has a sense of humor. I found myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion. To be honest I didn't know if I would like this book at first. I'm not usually into crime novels, and before I evened opened the book I felt some trepidation about reading it, but I was determined to give it a fair shot. I thought that even if it wasn't my cup of tea that wouldn't stop it from being someone elses. I was very pleasantly surprised. I was also interested in whether or not Fortier would address the issue of some officers behaviour. All cops make the decision to put their lives on the line for people they don't even know, but some choose to use the power and authority they receive to an unfair advantage. Fortier wasn't afraid to address this subject either. He tells stories of the good cops he worked with as well as the bad. The picture he paints of the world he lived and worked in is vivid and compelling. Whether you are a huge crime/cop fan that devours every novel even remotely related to the subject, or you are only looking for a decent book to occupy a raining afternoon, you definitely want to pick up a copy of CurbChek. For better or for worse you will never look at that police officer who is patrolling your neighborhood the same way again. As for the rest of the people inhabiting it, to quote the author, remember: "There are day people, and there are night people, and there is a huge difference."In compliance with FTC guidelines, I'm disclosing that I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. (I may I recommend everybody should go check out all the awesome first read giveaways they have!)

  • Eric
    2019-05-17 11:30

    The crime genre is not one that I have ever read. When Zach Fortier asked me to review Curbchek, I decided it was time to give crime a try. Like the crime genre, not real crime... anyway I digress...From the first page of Curbchek, I was hooked. Each chapter was a story in and of itself that led through Zach's life as a cop. Usually I don't like reading books where there are lots of little stories within, but I have to admit, Zach won me over with Curbchek. I loved just about every single story in this book, and I found myself flying through the pages, needing more and more and more. I couldn't put it down! The stories were action packed and brutal. Beware if you don't have a strong stomach! This book gets intense, which was one of the things I loved about it. A lot of what I usually read doesn't cross a certain line when it comes to violence, but this book delivers it in all its reality. It was terrifying and intriguing.At first, I found it a little hard to get into Zach's writing style. Zach writes in a way that is very direct and to the point, with a lot of his thoughts out in the open. I'm not really sure how to describe it besides that. At first, the style sort of threw me off. I wasn't used to Zach's style of writing, but by a couple chapters in, Zach's writing really grew on me. I can honestly say I really enjoy his writing style now, and I look forward to more of it in Streetcreds, his second book.At times, Curbchek was sad, and at times it was a bit terrifying. I loved that Zach told the stories like they really happened. I would highlight my favorite ones, but there were too many to name. Some were long and some were short, but they all had some story that drew me in. I admit, I squirmed a bit when reading a few of the stories, and sometimes I felt a bit sad. I was surprised by a lot of what happened in the book. One story I would expect one thing, and it turned out completely different. I loved how realistic the book was, as I said before, and I never expected to enjoy something realistic as much as I did with Curbchek.Overall, I give Curbchek 4.5 stars! Though it took a few chapters to get used to the writing, I ended up loving it, and I look forward to more. If you are looking for a realistic, action packed, highly enjoyable book, then i recommend you check out Curbchek!

  • Lainy
    2019-04-26 04:19

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

  • Tammy
    2019-05-03 05:42

    I remember the author contacting me to read his book. He had me interested with the little bit that he had shared with me in the e-mail. I knew that the book was going to come in the mail at some point just didn't know when. Then I got the book in the mail. Loved the cover, loved the way his style of writing. He is a great author. He does not pussy foot around a subject. I found that extremely refreshing! This is not a book for everyone I must say. If you don't like the harsh reality of Mr. Fortier's work then you will not enjoy this book at all. To see what police officers have to face day to day was really eye opening for myself. I knew their job was not easy, I mean they have to face the lowest of the lows of society. See things that no one should ever have to see! It was a great book to read. I cannot give it enough accolades, I mean it was great!When I got the book it was right at the start of me making supper for the family. By the time I was done making supper and setting up the table I was a little more than half way through the book. During supper I wanted to pick up that book more than anything, but at lass I did not (don't want to make the hubby and kids mad!). I manged to read the book in 6 hours. Now that is saying something about the book. The book had me going through a bunch of emotions, there were times I was laughing, crying, cringing, mad, etc. I really cannot go with how different emotions I went through. There are some stories in there that I think about and wonder how everything worked out for those victims and those that were the criminal.This is an awesome book. I cannot say enough praises for this book. After I read it, and my husband was completely blown away that I read the book so fast, wanted to read it for himself. He read it in a couple of days (with work and sleep). He enjoyed the book also. He liked how the book had individual cases but at the all tied together and made the book interesting and brought the book together.I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone. Please remember if you are to read this book he does not skirt around the subjects he is real and he let's you see what it is all about.****I was given a book for my honest review****

  • Beth Bailey
    2019-05-09 09:35

    Although I love to read all kinds of books, usually this type of book isn't one that I would normally choose to read so I was pleasantly surprised that it was actually an excellant book to read and would highly recommend it to anyone to definately read. It was refreshingly honest and truthful of the "behind the scenes" day to day grind that really does go on daily/nightly on the streets and Zach doesn't hold anything back, he tells what really happens out there good and bad traits and behaviors by officers. We all know these things go on and happen, but rarely go we hear anyone from the force speak publically about it, and especially do not see it in writing or a book for the general public to read. We always hear about their "brotherly code of silence" which obviously Zach did not adhere to and did the job he was paid to do by our tax dollars and did it with integrity, honesty and fairness. I gave this book a five star rating which it without a doubt deserves and look forward to reading many more books by Zach. I like his style of writing, it is down to earth, holds your interest, and keeps you turning the pages to see what event he is going to share with us next. My father was a police officer when I was growing up and things were much different then that they are in todays world. Officers were your friend and generally cared, they would listen, most times send you on your way with a warning, and they were there to protect you and keep you safe, not to just harass, write the most tickets, or haul you to jail like it is in todays world. The brutality today does exist and appears to be "ignored" so I was impressed with Zachs honesty in putting these types of incidents in his book. They should be and need to be known and addressed. It seems in todays world it all comes down to money, how much money will this "stop" or "ticket/arrest" bring in. Its no wonder people do not have the respect for the law that they had 20 years is because they do not deserve it and Zach's book confirms this. Again, excellant reading material and written so well it is like you are actually at the scene with him. Definately a book to add to you "to read" shelf!

  • Ashley Fontainne
    2019-04-24 09:21

    *Fair Warning*If you can't handle the gritty underbelly that seethes in our society and are the type that sees the world through "rose-colored glasses" then this book isn't for you.There, I warned you.First of all, I come from a long line of cops. My father was a L.A. Sheriff's Deputy for years and was actually a fresh recruit when the Watts Riots broke out in 1965. His father was a vice detective for LAPD during the 40's-50's. I have worked in and around the judicial system my entire adult life as well, so I feel quite confident in saying that this book was dead on accurate.It is a raw, honest, no-holds barred look at the daily life of those who protect and serve. You know, the people that risk their own lives each day to ensure that YOUR life is protected. The ones you cuss a blue streak when they are "serving" and catch you speeding, but the ones you scream "HELP ME" to when, God-forbid, you are in need of them for protection? CurbcheK is a glimpse inside the incredible toll that witnessing unimaginable tragedies each day has on the brave men and woman that clean up the messy crimes that society leaves each day. It also gives the reader the inside scoop on the inner squabbles of the force and the sometimes darkly humorous way that these officers release a little steam.At times, I laughed out loud at some of the crazier scenes (Chapter 18 is HYSTERICAL)while others made tears well in my eyes, not only for the victims but the sheer emotional pain that the writer obviously experienced while responding.Zach Fortier has written a novel that is a roller coaster ride of emotions and will make you feel like finding the nearest cop and thanking them for what they do to keep you safe and secure. (Hopefully, you will be thanking one of the GOOD ones...not one like Skidmark...see Chapter 14)If you really want to experience the TRUE streets, then get this book tonight!

  • Patrick Murphy
    2019-05-22 10:14

    Curb Chek is a stylized, realistic, engaging read that immediately hooks the reader. Although the book does not read like a novel, it still makes it an easy enjoyable read. Curb Chek is comprised of real life events/situations that have shaped the author into the person who he is today. Curb Chek tells of the real life struggles between doing what is right, and doing what others expect you to do, all while trying to maintain your sanity working for a department that doesn’t necessarily operate as efficiently as one would expect. In addition the book speaks of officer perception, and how they have to maintain a constant awareness in order to go home at the end of the night. Zach also explains why listening can be so crucial to police work. Curb Chek depicts the struggles we can all relate too, working with people who we sometimes just don’t get along with, and don’t pull their share of the work load. It also tells of the real life relationship between police and the people/citizens they are sworn to protect; and how at any moment, the roles can be changed and the situation can go from bad to worse. The book further helps to explain how police work differs substantially from the traditional ideas of the “good guys” Vs the “bad guys.” Zach does a great job telling his side of the story, and gives his honest opinion of the event, yet he allows the reader to understand where he was coming from and justifies why he responded the way he did. In addition he tells of how the “bad guys” may not really be all that bad, as they are sometimes made out to be. They are people like everyone else, just trying to get by. Overall Curb Chek is an enjoyable read packed with real life drama and situations, where the outcome is not always what you would expect.

  • Michele Collins
    2019-04-26 04:34

    Book Title: Curb ChekAuthor: Zach FortierPublisher: Self PublishedISBN: 9781466231979Reviewed by Michele Tater for The Couch Tater Review“The police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.” ~Robert PeelLife as cop--that is what the author wanted to write about, and I think he was successful. A cop’s job is not glamorous, and the crimes are not easily solved. Police sometimes have to stoop as low as the criminals they are trying to find to bring them to justice. Each chapter of this book is an on job situation that any cop could face and shows how that cop would react to that event. In some instances the good guys may have to take the law in their own hands and do things that are not “by the book.” They treat the criminal as the scum they appear to be to the officer. Sometimes this life shapes a person into something he never thought he would ever become--it’s the risk of the job. When you live and work with the dirt and filth of the world, some of that soil stays on someone, no matter how often they try to get clean. This book is a gritty and to the point, look into this career few know about and even few want to know about. The author doesn’t mince words when given a detailed description of what he experienced. Everything is exposed and left to the reader to came to grips with. Reading it is like a car or train wreck, our morbid curiosity keeps us looking and wondering what happen. Not everyone will appreciate what this author has written, but I am glad he had the stuff to do just that.

  • Allizabeth Collins
    2019-05-22 04:38

    Review: This book is not for the fainthearted. Curb CheK is the totally engrossing account of the gritty police calls handled by officer Zach Fortier - rapes, murders, kidnappings, and thefts, among other heinous crimes. The stories are real, ranging from nauseatingly gruesome to laugh-out-loud absurd. Zach Fortier's feelings towards each case are evident, his well-written narrative a required shock-to-the-system. The world that we live in is not the happy and innocent landscape we imagine as children, but a place filled with hidden dangers - a mix of good and bad - and the author is not afraid to tell it like it is. I have gotten over my preconceived notions of a "perfect world", my interests in biology, psychology, and forensics opening my eyes to a darker side of the human condition, so I am not surprised by the cases described, but I know that it will definitely affect readers. The subject matter is quite graphic and profanity is common in the narrative and dialogue, however, it is expected given the book's topic, and the area in which it takes place. I will definitely be reading his latest book Curb CheK Reloaded, I just hope that it has fewer grammatical errors because they can be distracting. Curb Chek is one of those rare books that can change how people see those who protect and serve our communities. It is a must read for those in the law enforcement field, or those who want to delve deeper into a nonfiction crime novel. Highly recommended!Rating: Clean Getaway (5/5)*** I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

  • Jessica (Step Into Fiction)
    2019-04-29 08:42

    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.Review also posted at: Fictional Distraction

  • Carly
    2019-05-20 11:41

    Curbchek is such an interesting read, it is a detailed account of police calls handled by Zach Fortier. It is told from Zach's point of view, his voice comes across strong and commands your attention from start to finish.Zach is brutally honest at all times and he thinks outside the box when doing his job. Being from Northern Ireland myself, the way things are done in America are completely different from here, which makes it all the more interesting for me.I have always had an interest in what goes on behind the scenes of a police force, and Zach has delivered brilliantly.Curbchek doesn't read in story form, more like very short stories from all different times and dates in Zach's career as a police officer. It reads well, gritty, realistic with no bullshit.Some of the cases were shocking, sick and hard to believe a person could do to another human being. And some of the cases were laugh out loud funny, I think Zach found a balance for the different things he put in the book.Zach was the kind of police man that is hard to come by, he wasn't afraid to make the hard decisions that others wouldn't, he made a stand for what he thought was right even if others didn't agree with his way of thinking. The main thing was, he listened to the public.I thoroughly enjoyed reading Curbchek, it is so different from anything I would usually pick up. Special thanks to Zach Fortier for sending me over a review copy. I'm excited to read Street Creds, Zach's next instalment.

  • Masquerade Crew
    2019-05-18 05:41

    BEC'S REVIEWIf I had to describe Curbcheck I would say it is a memoirs or even a collection of short stories (though memoirs fits better). There is no actual overlying plot to curbcheck, rather it tells a series of interesting (and sometimes scary and frustrating) experiences that Zach Fortier has gone through in his life as a cop. Some of the experiences are amusing, others are horrifying but all make for an interesting tale. It can be a bit disconcerting to read this book if you are expecting a story. There are no events tying experience a to b, and so on. There is no larger picture, no plot and no overarching story. But that doesn’t mean that this book isn’t worth reading. Fortier is honest about his experiences, both good and bad. He shows a brutal honesty when talking about the other police officers, both those he liked and especially the ones he didn’t, and a graphic honesty when describing certain scenes. This graphic detail in some cases causes me to warn the reader that if they can’t handle confronting scenes, don’t read this book. Rape, murder, drugs, domestic violence, and other crimes are all mentioned within its pages, sometimes in details that may upset the faint hearted. However if that doesn’t bother you and you are interested in reading some real stories about the police force and what goes on behind the image they project to the public, the inner workings and some of the ways that crime is tackled, then definitely give this one a shot. Like me you won’t be disappointed.

  • Rubysbooks
    2019-05-01 10:20

    Curbchek is one of those books I couldn't put down. The raw honesty I could feel in each and every single one of the stories made me want to keep reading. There were moments where I laughed out loud, because some of the scenes were quite funny, moments when I cringed because of the imagery of some scenes, moments when I was sad or even angry.At times, the violence was a little overwhelming, but I think that's what makes the book seem so fresh and enjoyable. You read so many books with cops, see so many movies and TV shows, but they somehow seem staged, sugarcoated, censured. Curbchek is so different and it's a book that I believe sticks with you because it's so different.What I loved most about this book was the fact that it felt real. I didn't think for even a moment "yeah, right, that can't happen" like I usually do with other books with police officers. I think the author gives a unique perspective on police work, sort of a "behind the scenes" look.Another thing that made me enjoy the books was the "colorful" language. You know how crime dramas usually portray cops as talking so clean? That's something that makes me want to scream, because it doesn't feel right or true. Curbchek is entirely different and I liked that.I think it's not a book for the faint of heart, but I think it's one of those "Must Read" books. Curbchek is followed by Streetcreds and I will definitely check it out.

  • Sandra Lopez
    2019-04-22 11:24

    Curb Chek by Zach Fortier is a behind-the-scenes look at a cop’s work. It illustrates some of the various cases worked on by Zach Fortier during his tenure as a police officer. Each case read like a story filled with unraveling action and a voice so blunt and gritty yet poignant and endearing—a mark I found particularly favorable.The details concerning Fortier’s experience added a raw spice that jumps out at the reader; however, I did feel that some of the jargon didn’t quite cater to the everyday knowledge of civilians. It almost seemed like you had to be a cop in order to understand it (and, perhaps, you did.) Needless to say, I glazed over the parts I didn’t fully comprehend, not entirely skipping them, however, as the street language was so hypnotically compelling.Underneath the heavy camouflage of the former military veteran, lurking behind that shiny badge and bulletproof vest was a true writer hiding in wait. I liked the way he described “the dark side” as “something reptilian and hungry that roils around in all of us, probing for openings and looking for a way out.” (pg. 21)His literary expression, impressive in its own unique style, proves that a good writer can be found in anyone.If you like the old TV show, Cops, then you’ll enjoy this book--with all the crazy, naked, un-blurred drama.

  • Kater Cheek
    2019-05-19 10:39

    It wasn't until I got to the end of this book that I realized it was by the same author of "Hero to Zero" that I'd also gotten for free off of BookBub. I suppose there aren't all that many true-life cop short story anthologies out there.Like "Hero to Zero" this is a collection of short (some very, very short) anecdotes about Fortier's life as a cop. What I enjoyed about this book is that the stories are real, and fascinating. Almost any one of these stories could form the bulk of the plot of most action movies. They are presented as true, anyway. I'm not sure if they are. I would hope that not all of them are, as one in particular could land Fortier in jail if it were verified.I liked this better than "Hero to Zero" because that book's stories all had a set arc to them that felt tiresome after the fifth or sixth one. Maybe it was tiresome to see it in real life, too. In this book, there's no way of telling where the stories are leading. Some are funny, some are tragic, many are horrific or viscerally revolting (the story of the tweaker and the blocked up toilet, in particular, is not a good one to read while eating.)The writing is spare, factual, and opinionated. Again, I think the writing here is stronger than in "Hero to Zero" because they felt less like morality plays. I recommend this for people who like police procedurals and true crime.

  • Shannon Gambino
    2019-04-29 08:15

    The readers venture into the darkest realms of the world after "Daywalkers" have safely crawled into their beds for the night. In the whirlwind rides under the cover of darkness, Zach Fortier tries to remain human and relatively normal while patrolling messed up streets and neighborhoods. The author does a great job presenting the grit police officers face on a daily basis as well as the tension that arises between officers. He also stresses frequently the need for officers to listen to people, pay attention to detail, remain loyal to their code of honor, and find some comic relief in all the madness. Anyone who has ever had police officer friends hears tales told in this same way. Police officers take whatever calls come in during their shift; these calls range all over the board from the ridiculous call of the woman locking herself inside her car to vicious acts of murder. When recounting the calls, there is typically a hint of arrogance, extra added fluff, and sometimes all around madness. 'Curb Chek' portrays a fairly honest image of real life on the darkened streets from a police officer's point of view and recounts comical, sad, and other stories in the fashion expected if sitting down with him at the end of his weekend shift.