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Seriously Professional. You must be joking! [Kindle Edition]

Robert Ash
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Book Description

I served in two of Her Majesties Police Forces for nearly thirty years, retiring on ill health due to heart problems. Who said a copper didn't have a heart. Well I did but unfortunately it was faulty!

I must add that my service started at a time when police officers were more liberal and less politically correct, when it was normal to see a Bobbie walking the beat and actually stopping to speak to the public. When there wasn't enough room for all the officers parading for duty!

A Police Officer’s lot is not always a happy one. The responsibility was and is enormous. It's a hectic, disturbing, stressful, exciting, sad, depressing, boring, tiring and often painful job.

Police Officers need a way to let off steam and handle the high stress levels. Laughter does it every time. In all my years on the job, I've found that two things are very important to a bobby.

The first is his refreshment period, or scoff break as it was called and the second is the ability to tell a good story. If he can combine both then he/ she's in seventh heaven!

In this very short collection of stories (I don't want you to think that all we ever did was play pranks on each other!) I hope to raise a smile or two, with a light hearted if not sometimes weird look at a few true stories.
If you don't mind, I'll change the names, locations and some minor details, in order to protect the guilty!

Product Details

  • File Size: 369 KB
  • Print Length: 47 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0075X9LKU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,273,115 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Rather Poorly Written June 29, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The stories were okay, but could have used a little fleshing out sometimes to build the base for the punch line. It's possible that the intended audience, Brits, would better relate than I, but I doubt that was the issue. It seems the author writes as he speaks, which can be a positive or a negative; in this case, it was not very positive. And I hate to give poor reviews because I know authors spend time on their stories for our enjoyment, but I can't give an honest review here if I must sugar coat it.

Mr. Ash is in serious need of a proof reader, that's for sure, and I did deduct one star for that reason. Oh my, I lost count of how many times he used "there" in place of "their." There is a difference and I'm sure It's the case in England. Other words were misused as well, but that wasn't too much of a problem as I could usually decipher his meaning from the context. Once, though, I know he named a person at the beginning (Norris) and then changed his name a few paragraphs later (Harris). That caused a bit of a hiccup.

And I don't think I can blame Kindle formatting for the sloppy punctuation in this book. Randomly placed periods and commas made for a confusing read and I got tired of having to re-read passages to clarify their meanings. That issue should really be addressed.

On the plus side, it's VERY short. It took me way less than an hour to read. I don't think I'll bother with a second book should he choose to release another.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Stories are good but........... June 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The formatting of this ebook is terrible!! Punctuation is all over the place (mostly sentences broken up into fragments), making the stories very hard to read. The stories are pretty good, but the punctuation errors are very distracting.
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