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Bad Luck Cadet [Kindle Edition]

Suzie Ivy
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Book Description

At the age of twenty-five you have your whole life in front of you. When you’re forty-four years old, forty pounds overweight, and laying in bed with a broken hip, what do you have? Depression, red wine and no future, or so Suzie Ivy thought.

An advertisement on a drugstore bulletin board changed Suzie’s thinking and lands her in the police academy. Was she out of her mind? No, and she decided to live up to the challenge. The biggest question; is the Police Academy ready for Suzie Ivy?

This story is filled with determination, full body muscle pain and laughter. Did you know, to pass the new polygraph testing, you sit on butt plates because your butt cheeks clench when you lie? Or how a normal person feels after being administered the rigorous psychological testing with the end result for passing being low pay, enormous amounts of stress, and the pleasure of working graveyard shifts? The advertisement should have read, “Crazy People Wanted.”

The Bad Luck Cadet is Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, from Full Metal Jacket, training both Thelma and Louise wrapped up in one five foot three inch package. The test of wills begin, but who will survive?

Product Details

  • File Size: 212 KB
  • Print Length: 118 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bad Luck Publishing; 1 edition (October 9, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005U88Z2M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #574,627 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
This is One Book that is fun to read. Sheer Determination from this Witty Author who's been there, seen it and done it. 'The Bad Luck Cadet' gives you a look and feel of a female following her fortitude. Excellent book for young and middle-aged ladies alike who are deciding what to do with their futures. Author Suzie Ivy delivers on all accounts. Highly Recommended Read for Everyone.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly inspirational... and a great laugh too! November 10, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this book! The week by week account of the police academy had me crying, laughing and grimacing the whole way through. I connected with Suzie and felt every push-up! This book had a main theme of breaking barriers and pushing yourself to your limit and then some.
I loved how Suzie wasn't the fittest or strongest cadet at the academy but sheer determination, grit and heart got her through. It was her drive, ambition and heart that gained her the friendship of other cadets and also earned the respect of the sergeants. She battled through as her fellow cadets and friends stood by her and supported her.
She transformed, not only physically, but mentally too, into a crime fighting machine when all the odds were against her. Overall, a story of great courage where you are completely absorbed in every situation and routing for the underdogs as they strive for a career in one of the most honorable professions in the modern world.
This is a story of friendship, courage and utter determination that is written in an almost autobiographical style and shows that you are never too old to chase your dreams and if you want it enough, you can achieve anything. Truly inspirational... and a great laugh too!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bad Luck Cadet - humorous and poignant! November 7, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I first stumbled across Suzie Ivy via her blog, Bad Luck Detective, and last week I was happy to see that she had released her first book, Bad Luck Cadet, which I believe is a collection of her early blog posts. I immediately bought and then, very soon after, read Suzie's book.

I really liked it.

I knew I would, but still I am glad that that was the case, because -- if you hang out with me at all regularly or if you've read any of my writing -- you will already understand how unusual it is for me to like and follow a writer who is, in this particular incarnation, a memoirist.

Suzie Ivy is the Bad Luck Detective. She chose to become a police officer at the age 45 - it was a tough, male-dominated road (read her book). I don't even know her and I think she is an amazing person. I really do love her stories. Actually, some times, I can't believe they are "real life".

So what exactly do I like about Suzie Ivy, and, in particular, the Bad Luck Cadet?

Beyond appreciating her as a person for the difficult lifestyle choice she made when becoming a police officer, I love how she has taken her police work and simply shared it with us all. She is insightful and humorous. I have actually laughed and then teared-up in the same chapter. Her writing is personal, but not overly dramatic. She details her real life in a completely accessible, and even charming, manner. She lets the poignant moments be, so you almost stumble upon them, rather than dressing everything up in flowery "look here" language.

The Bad Luck Cadet is a new, fresh character in the "cops & robbers" world, and I look forward to reading many more of her adventures.

Suzie's next book is due out January 13, 2012!

The Bad Luck Cadet is currently .99c on Amazon!

(review via my blog, [...])
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Police academy - it's not for sissies May 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
When Suzie Ivy asked me to review her book Bad Luck Cadet, her story sounded pretty interesting, so I accepted, but not without a little trepidation. What if I hated the book and wrote a scathing review? It's probably not the smartest thing to have a cop on your case, but I looked on a map and determined that Ms. Ivy lives more than 2,000 miles from me, so she could hardly jump in her police car and pop in on me on an impulse. Or could she? In any case, if things really went south, I could always apply for the government's Reviewer Protection Program.

But I was worried for nothing. Bad Luck Cadet was a fascinating account of Ms. Ivy's experience at the police academy. Equally fascinating was the idea of an overweight, sedentary woman in her mid-forties with grown children suddenly deciding she wanted to be a cop. But that's what happened. However, it wasn't just a matter of filling out an application and passing a couple of tests, then being handed a badge and a gun. There was the matter of a grueling eighteen-week session at the Arizona police academy, where the instructors were determined to wash out as many cadets as they could, with women being at the top of their list. The author described it as a "Hollywood set for the remake of Full Metal Jacket." In fact, in some ways the training sounded very similar to the Marines boot camp regimen at Parris Island.

In addition to the long classroom hours and the exhausting physical training, the cadets came to dread the morning inspections, where their sergeant examined every inch of their bodies and uniforms to find so much as a hair out of place. Ms. Ivy described the inspections, noting that her OBGYN exams weren't as thorough!

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed it
This was hilarious. I'm writing a detective story, and I was doing research about police training when I stumbled across it. Thanks for sharing!
Published 10 months ago by Esther J. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Inspirational
This book made me laugh and cry and cheer for Suzie Ivy as she recounted the trials and tribulations of becoming a police officer in her 40s. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Julia Munroe Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Humor and Surprising Depth From a One-of-a-Kind Storyteller
When longtime stay-at-home mom Suzie Ivy hits forty-five, she realizes she isn't quite where she wants to be in life. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Jen Blood
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read for so many reasons
Reminiscent of the torture, abuse, and fellowship of An Officer and a Gentleman, Suzie Ivy's Bad Luck Officer combines a hefty dose of humor with the inspirational story of how she... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Christine M Grote
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Loved the book. Easy read. I wish you'd gone into more about your family life. I kept waiting to read how 18 weeks away from your established home and family played into your... Read more
Published on June 26, 2012 by BookLover
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious; moving and inspiring, too
I love this author's dry sense of humour. This enhances her cracking read about her entry to a Police Academy at the age of 45. Read more
Published on June 17, 2012 by Hollyhock
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
The perfect use of Kindle output. You can see how it originated, someone saying "That's a great story, you should tell it" and the Kindle format is the perfect vehicle. Read more
Published on May 8, 2012 by Nick Brett
5.0 out of 5 stars A Surprising Little Gem
A fellow reader suggested this book and her thoughts were intriguing so I thought I would give it a chance. I'm rather glad I did! Read more
Published on May 3, 2012 by Kathryn Delaney
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable experience from the sidelines
Suzie, a mother of 3 grown or practically grown children, decides to enter the police force. She has 6 months to train for her start date for the Academy, needing to lose a bunch... Read more
Published on April 24, 2012 by Liza
4.0 out of 5 stars The story is believable, gritty, honest, and moving.
If you've ever had a hankering to know what actually goes on during the whole Police Academy thing, this is your true-blue chance to find out. Read more
Published on April 16, 2012 by J. Lesley
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More About the Author

Against all odds, I graduated the police academy at the age of forty-five. I became a detective two years later. I share my humor and true-life adventures in my books, Bad Luck Cadet and Bad Luck Officer. I work and live in Arizona with my husband of more than thirty years. I enjoy hugs and kisses from my nine grandchildren with an occasional dog slurp thrown in. My granddaughter calls me Princess Cop though most days my tiara is slightly crooked.

I'm currently working on Book III of the Bad Luck series "Bad Luck in Small Town" and hoping it will be ready fall/winter 2012. It's a true homicide mystery about a toaster and that's all I can say. I plan to release Bad Luck Detective in summer 2013.

My first two books are now available in print as one combined book. They are also published as one book in ebook format.

Be sure to visit my blog for my weekly Small Town updates.

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