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Hero To Zero 2nd edition [Kindle Edition]

Zach Fortier , Wendy Reis , Blue Harvest Creative
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Zach Fortier is back with more true crime accounts from the streets. This time he deals with the subject of cops gone bad, including an account of one cop that made the FBI's ten most wanted list for a brutal, quadruple murder. It's hard to believe--and read--about so many police officers that fall from grace and make every mistake possible: theft, murder, fraud, drug abuse, and more. Not to mention the cops sent to prison, proving that "anyone is capable of anything given the right circumstances." Get a rare insider's look at what cops rarely talk about--true accounts of cops gone bad. It's a ride on the dark side of law enforcement you won't forget. Hero to Zero has been ranked #1 in True Crime Best sellers#1 in Hot new releases in true crime and #1 in Hot new releases in true accounts on Amazon.com

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Hero to Zero by Zach Fortier is a true account of how cops go bad. From start to finish, follow Zach as he meets good men who take a wrong turn, men and women who really should not have joined the police force, and those who were simply misguided and led astray. Most names have been changed to protect identities, but all of the characters are known to Zach Fortier and are people he has worked with during his 30 years on the police force. Murder, drug abuse, sexual abuse, theft, you name it, it's all in the book. This is a rarely seen look into the shadier side of policing; the part no one wants you to see. It's the stories of lives destroyed, of careers that go down in flames, and officers that crash and burn, sometimes in spectacular and very public style.

Hero to Zero by Zach Fortier is one of the best non-fiction books I have read in a long time. It's a fascinating insight into the dirty lives that some cops lead, some of which leave a bad taste in the mouth. It's an extremely well written book - very clear and concise, easy to understand and follow and very little jargon. When Zach uses jargon, he takes the time to explain what it means in simple terms. I very much want to read other books that Zach Fortier has written about his life in the police force, especially if they are as good as this one was. A huge thumbs up!
Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

About the Author

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. If you like True Crime, take a look at Zach Fortier. You wont be disappointed.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2741 KB
  • Print Length: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Steele Shark Press; 2nd edition edition (November 8, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BMW8S4K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,992 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hard to read March 13, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Although I liked the stories and enjoyed the authors' other books, this book was extremely lacking in proofreading. Grammar was bad, punctuation was poor. Wrong words were used or omitted entirely. I almost quit the book halfway thru due to this but stuck with it since I have enjoyed this author. You really need to fix this. Bad.

Update: The author has made great efforts to improve the ebook. It is a must-read.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ugly Truth March 11, 2013
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In his typical raw, rough and real style, Zach Fortier brings another page-turner of a book! One filled with tales about cops that decided to walk on the wrong side of the law for a variety of reasons.

And what happens when they fall from they pedestal that we have placed them on.

Some of the fallen more than deserved to no longer wear a badge. When they get their comeuppance, you can't help but smile. And Zach's unabashed, unapologetic words leave no room to wonder exactly how he feels about the situation!

Others, that started out with the true heart and soul of a crime-fighter, succumb to the deadly lure of worldly traps. When they take their nosedive, you can't help but cringe.

A realistic look inside the lives of the people that carry a badge, and what happens when they tarnish it.

Gripping and intense, so if you are a Fortier Fan, grab this one!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad COPS June 7, 2013
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After reading Hero to Zero, I thought about bad episodes of the TV show COPS.

Zach Fortier book does not seem like Ed McBains 87th Precinct mysteries, its gritty real life. His words are so true to life that you cannot look the same way at a TV cop show again.

The language is gritty and honest. This isnt a book dialog, that why I like the book hero to Zero. These stories of bad cops makes you think of how this good guys can be turned. The author's relay these tales is great storytelling in a non fiction way.

Was I uncomfortable after reading this book, YES..because outside my apartment window after reading this book, I saw two police officers arresting someone. I instantly thought of what I just read,,it sent a chill down my spine.

The book is honest and to the point. I will look for another by Zach

Bennet Pomerantz
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another must read March 10, 2013
By Boyle
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The stories here are compelling. Some seem pretty black and white, some are tragic. Some leave you wondering what was going through these people's minds. The writer once again writes with an engaging style. His tone varies with each case he presents. At times he is condemning, and other times he is almost sympathetic. This is another must read from this author.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hero To Zero by Zach Fortier July 16, 2013
By Laurie
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This book was awesome. We all have read about a crooked cop at least once in our lifetimes either by a newspaper a magazine or television but to actually read a complete book with nothing but stories about Hero To Zero police officers made it very difficult to put it down. I am a speed reader and finished this book in less than a day. I actually found some of the stories comical. To know these stories are so true makes a person more apt to be aware if and when you ever have have to deal with a cop to be on the defense of some of these tactics that could arise. I do and always will respect the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect us from harm on an every day basis. Not all law enforcement personal are as stupid or as ignorant as the ones mentioned in this book. One more important thing I forget to mention is although this book has talked about our service men and women I respect and give thanks to all of them for protecting their country and all of us who count on them for their bravery in making our lives more safer. Thanks and God Bless.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! April 18, 2013
By MaryAnn
Format:Paperback
It is a short and sweet type of book that will have you wanting more. Out of all the cop books that I have read, this one is number one on my list. Zach shows the truth behind police work.
The best non-fiction book about police work!

It's a riveting, shocking, and somewhat sad book. These men started out with good intentions and then became bad cops. The stress of the job and the allure of easy money got to, not just a few rogue cops, but to a whole precinct.

Most were caught. Some did jail time. And some suffered a worse fate: a life of guilt and overwhelming hurt.

Great book for cop buffs... Accurate account of cops in that period... I recommend it to anyone who likes Police books....
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling: A Real-Life Look Behind the Blue Line March 12, 2013
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"No sane person alive would take this job."

This sentence from the book sums up Hero to Zero. Under the eye of the media, but wanting nothing to do with it, a true cop has to balance a fine line between good and bad.

As a former cop, the author pulls from experience and he puts it this way: `anyone is capable of anything given the right circumstances'. The real life stories retold in this book make it clear that statement holds merit.

You have cops who have dreamed of being such all their lives only to make bad decisions, or have misplaced loyalties prove to be their downfall. With some it takes years for their undoing, and for others a relatively short amount of time. In most cases, the outcome is heartbreaking even if for some, it seems justice has prevailed.

This is the 2nd book I've read of Zach Fortier's; the first being Curbchek. While both books could be used as research material for the crime author, I found Hero to Zero to be a compelling read and it provides unbelievable insights into "cop life".

For one, it reaffirms the myth about the secrecy and confidentiality inside the brotherhood of blue--it does exist even if on a expiry date.

For me, this book instilled a deeper respect for those who serve and who have served.

"You might read about one rape that occurred the previous night or one fatal crash. Cops...see all of it. Not the single case that gets printed but the dozens that don't. They don't just read about it, they live it. The screams of the helpless and wounded in pain: the smell of blood, brains, and s*** of the near dead and dying. They see and experience it all and come back the next night for the next installment of what the rest of us rarely even realize is going on, every day, all day long." - Hero to Zero
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2.0 out of 5 stars Wasted coal/electricity/charge for my
Written by a seeming 12 year-old aimed at 10 year-old readers. Wasted coal/electricity/charge for my Kindle
Published 2 hours ago by C. M. Heaxt
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable reading.
Interesting reading.
Published 28 days ago by cheryl
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Somewhat interesting.
Published 29 days ago by Terry L. Hudik
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
I enjoyed reading this book and can see how much of it can happen. It is hard to tell what circumstances are behind many people's thoughts and lives and how they can effect what... Read more
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Published 1 month ago by Linda E. Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good for short quick read
Published 1 month ago by RUTHANN C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Took me to a place I never expected.....
I liked this book. As a hallmark of literature, it ain't...It isn't Dickens, Haley, or Follett, but those aren't what I wanted to read at this time. Read more
Published 1 month ago by pugster
3.0 out of 5 stars Light interesting read.
Several stories by a cop turned writer about co workers he has encountered during his career that started out in good stead and ended up blowing their careers. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mickey M. Kolodny
5.0 out of 5 stars Another tour de force of Zach Fortier's. Makes one ...
Another tour de force of Zach Fortier's. Makes one leary of entering law enforcement as a career, especially if you're thinking of doing so because you're the morally driven type. Read more
Published 2 months ago by William T. Masonis
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read
For those of us who have ever been on the "inside" of law enforcement and the court system, even for a short time, this book tells it like it is. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Alta C. Raper
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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. If you like True Crime, take a look at Zach Fortier. You wont be disappointed.

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