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Curbchek-Reload: 2nd edition [Kindle Edition]

Zach Fortier , Blue Harvest Creatives
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Curbchek-Reload is the third True Crime account written by Zach Fortier. Like the two previous books, Curbchek and Streetcreds, it is based on real events that happened to Zach Fortier during a thirty year career in Law Enforcement. Curbchek-Reload is a dark account of the final years of Zach's time spent as a cop, He is damaged and paranoid. Having survived frequent life and death battles. He is taking dangerous risks and pushing himself to the limits. Sprinkled with humorous events to lighten the razors edge descriptions of the daily shootings, stabbings and, rapes, Curbchek Reload has the highest rating of any of Zach Fortier's books. If you like your true crime edgy and dark take a look at Curbchek-Reload. You will not be disappointed. Z

Curbchek-Reload has been awarded a Silver medal in the 2014 Readers Favorite International book awards contest in the true crime genre
Curbchek-Reload has been ranked #1 in true crime best sellers on
Curbchek-Reload was a finalist in the 2014 Chanticleer Journey Book Awards contest.

Editorial Reviews


In this age of television, where even the most gruesome police drama ends with warm and fuzzies, Zach Fortier turns that notion on its head with his gritty and often dark glimpse into the life of a true crime fighter. CurbChek Reload is more than a disturbing post-mortem on a career that spanned several decades; it is a clinical and sometimes humorous look into the underbelly of society. The book is presented in small vignettes of his calls throughout the years and his interactions with other officers, informants, and the general public. This isn't the story of one case that has stuck with Fortier over the years, but rather the everyday nuts and bolts of being an officer on the beat. Just like most lifelong police officers, Fortier displays the trademark egotism that is part and parcel of making life and death decisions.

CurbChek Reload is a true crime tale that is both gruesome, heartbreaking, and true to his law and order roots. Zach Fortier has but one primary emotion about all of this: anger. His anger is understandable, but the average civilian will not be able to read the crimes he's worked without a healthy dose of sadness, disgust, and happiness that a guy like Fortier was there with his gallows humor to get the job done. He does a great job of simply "telling it like it is," without a lot of sugarcoating or embellishments, because true crime is enough on its own with extra blood, guts, or victims. After reading this installment of CurbChek, those old episodes of Law & Order won't be nearly as satisfying!
Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite

From the Author

Curbchek-Reload is a darker look at the realities of being a cop. It is sprinkled with humorous stories to give the reader a break from the brutalities of the streets. I hope you enjoy it. Z

Product Details

  • File Size: 4609 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1475000138
  • Publisher: Steele Shark Press; 2nd edition edition (September 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007NPO7PY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,257 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very dark look into Police work.... April 1, 2012
By Zoe
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Curbchek Reload is a very brutal and raw look into the darkest side of humanity and the things that people are capable of doing to one another. Once again Zach makes you feel as if you are the silent partner along for the ride, there are calls and images that I can't get out of my head and I wasn't even there. This book is far more disturbing than the others, however it is reality, be it Zach's, yours, mine, the neighbors....the stories in here are a harsh reality of the horrible things that happen on a daily basis. There is some comic relief for sure, but for the most part, Reload is much darker than Curbchek and Streetcreds put together, yet the book draws you in from page one. If you want a deep, dark glimpse inside the world of of a cop, then read, but be prepared to be shocked. If you like sweet stories with butterflies and fluffy bunny's, then this isn't the book for you.
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Crime on the streets is no fun... September 3, 2012
This is the third book I've read by Zach Fortier, and I have to say it's probably going to be the last. Fortier's books are "fictionalized" incidents from his past life as a police officer. CurbChek Reload is described by the author as "CurbChek's darker, meaner cousin" and he's not wrong. This book was mean, in more ways than one.

CurbChek Reload has the same format as Fortier's other books. The short chapters describe "calls" during his time on the streets or memorable interactions with co-workers on the force. For the most part, each vignette stands on its own as a separate occurrence and doesn't tie into the book as a whole, other than to show how many horrific events the author has witnessed. And believe me, these stories are pretty horrific. Aside from being grossed out, I was shocked at the author's ability to talk about them with little or no emotion. Perhaps being a cop for twenty-five years gives one the ability to put emotions on the back burner, but reading his matter-of-fact accounts simply made me feel sorry for him. Instead of displaying emotion, Fortier pats himself on the back for being the only cop in the department who knows what he's doing. In his eyes, every other cop on the force is "lazy," "fat" or "stupid." He is routinely able to calm down "tweaking" drug addicts, contain mobs that are about to get out of control, and talk criminals into giving up information. He could be called the "drug addict whisperer" for his uncanny ability to sooth the savages on the streets.

It's taken me three books to figure out what is missing here: I wanted more of an overall arc to the book, a sense that the author has a point to make at the end, a conclusion that perhaps his many years as a cop were worth the agony, sadness and tediousness of the job.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Read! May 4, 2012
By LShort
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My best friend told me about this book series and actually loaned me the second book. So, when I was able to get books 1&3 I went back and read them in order. Coming from Law Enforcement these books are an amazing opportunity to see the "REAL LIFE" police work!! Can't wait for another book!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lot Darker and Meaner February 23, 2013
The book cover states this book is CurbChek's darker, meaner cousin and it definitely is. This is the third book of Zach's I've read and just when I thought my eyes had been opened to the horrific and disgusting things that take place on a daily basis, he shocks me again. If you have a weak stomach or don't want to hear tales of the horrendous things your friends and neighbors are capable of then this isn't the book for you. After reading these books, my trust in humankind has diminished greatly. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to know what being a cop really entails. Zach has an excellent was of describing the events and make you feel like you are there with him. I'm looking forward to reading his next book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A verbal ride-along with Fortier August 23, 2012
Have you ever wanted to go on a ride-along with the cops because you thought it would be cool? Did you ever watch the show COPS and think they had a tough job? Well you haven't seen anything until you have read Curbchek-Reload. Fortier takes you on a ride with him at many of his most difficult, violent, heart wrenching, and disturbing calls. Some of these will make you question your own sanity. You will read things you never thought could be true, but they are. My dad is a cop and I used to always ask him about his calls. Never again. I praise the police officers, especially the guys in Zach's position for dealing with what they have to deal with. These guys are everyday heroes, but they will never welcome being called that. Do I want to go on a ride-along? No chance...and especially not with Zach. This was a great read...may have nightmares about some of it, but a great read nonetheless.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Great Stuff August 9, 2012
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I've accidentally read the Curbchek series out of order - Read #1, then this one (#3) and need to go back and catch StreetCreds. Regardless, these are gritty, honest, no-holds-barred glimpses into the life of a street cop. Told in the language we (cops and ex cops) use - no BS, no sugar coating, no avoiding the hard topics, and always with a dose of very dark humor for the most inappropriate things. The first book I swore was written by my ex husband (a cop) under a pseudonym, because it read like a chronicle of our lives. This book (#3, like I said) has convinced me that although Zach Fortier is not my ex husband's pseudonym, his experience, my ex's and my own as cops are surely not isolated. Every tale in this book had me nodding my head, mentally saying "yep, and then those sons-a-bitches did....", or adding my own story. Any book that can draw in a crusty old broad like me, make me smile and wince at the same time, and wish to have a few dozen beers with the author - aces. Highly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars gritty
Great read with his real life accounts. You can tell the author has not completely gotten over his life as a cop.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gadzooks, but this is 'glued-to-the-seat-of-your-chair' stuff!
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Zach Fortier was a police officer for over 30 years, specializing in K-9, SWAT, gang, domestic violence and sex crimes as an investigator. He has written five books about Police work. "Curbchek" the first book is a case by case account of the streets as he worked them from the start of his 30 career. "Streetcreds" the second book details time Zach Spent in a Gang task force and the cases that occurred. The third book is by far the most gritty: "Curbchek-Reload". In "Curbchek-Reload" Zach is damaged and dangerously so, suffering from PTSD and the day to day violence of working the street. "Hero To Zero" is Zach's fourth book and recalls cops he worked with that were incredibly talented but ended up going down in flames, some ended up in jail, prison and one on the FBI's ten most wanted list. Zach's fifth book is just out and is titled "Landed On Black" and covers the constant state of hyper-vigilance required to survive the double crosses and betrayals that occurred on the streets and in the police department. Zach's latest book I am Raymond Washington, provides the reader with an unprecedented look into the life of the original founder of the Crips gang. Filled with eyewitness accounts and recollections from friends and family give the reader a look into the life of the Original Crip. If you like True Crime, take a look at Zach Fortier. You wont be disappointed.

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