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Read the book, Streets of Fire; Confessions of an Oakland Cop, by Bob Searle


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Initial post: Oct 12, 2009 2:00:35 PM PDT
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Posted on Oct 12, 2009 9:10:08 PM PDT
SPAM

Posted on Oct 13, 2009 4:56:24 PM PDT
PGM says:
Oakland cop ,eh?

Having lived around Lake Merritt and off of Golf Links (about two blocks from where the 3 Swat team members were killed this year) road back in the 80's,all I can say is that is one job that you can have.

I personally knew 2 or 3 people that were shot or killed in Oakland.

No wonder the Oakland PD had a rep of shoot first ,ask questions later.

Posted on Oct 27, 2009 2:58:09 AM PDT
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Posted on Oct 27, 2009 5:18:04 AM PDT
Oh for Pete's sake. If anything, the spamming makes me absolutely sure this is one book I will never read and never recommend.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 12:28:07 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 1:06:12 PM PDT
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Ciaran says:
Bob, it is Amazon forum rules to promote books here, thus Jason's comment. Amazon created a special forum for authors to promote their book, as described in the quote from their memo below:

"Initial post: May 16, 2011 4:46:41 PM PDT
Amazon Community Team says:
(AMAZON OFFICIAL)
Amazon recently created a new community for authors. The `Meet Our Authors' community is designed to give authors a space to engage with one another and promote their latest and greatest works.

With the advent of the new community, we will no longer allow self promotional posts in other communities. Starting on Monday, May 16th, all "shameless self promotion" activity will be limited to the `Meet Our Authors' community. Promotional threads outside of these forums will be removed.

We invite authors and interested readers to come join the discussion at:

http://www.amazon.com/forum/meet%20our%20authors

We look forward to seeing you!

from: http://www.amazon.com/forum/kindle/ref=cm_cd__ef_tft_tp?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=Fx1D7SY3BVSESG&cdThread=Tx3MPVKMCGROAYX&displayType=tagsDetail "

Good luck promoting your book over in the proper forum!
DOBrien

Posted on Jun 9, 2012 1:32:55 PM PDT
Brent Butler says:
Wow, trying to make money off of slain fellow officers. Can't get much lower than that, huh? Writing the book is one thing. Spamming it shows a true lack of class. Last year we had a guy in here trying to profit off his dead mother. Which is most disturbing, I wonder?

Posted on Jun 9, 2012 1:36:04 PM PDT
HAHAHA, I totally missed that this shamelessly self-promoting (and very shamelessly self-reviewing!) author came back to talk smack--but mainly to promote again--almost THREE YEARS after I marked his junk as SPAM and he got [DELETED BY AMAZON].

Posted on Jun 9, 2012 6:15:02 PM PDT
Brent Butler says:
Turns out that it doesn't take Amazon long to delete an "own review". ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 9:42:28 PM PDT
Yeah. Another down, another million to go.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2012 11:59:13 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 11, 2012 12:00:04 PM PDT
Nine bucks for a 112 page self-pubbed book of cop war stories. Mmmm hmmm.

Buy this instead:

Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets. You get an extra 500 pages for 30 cents more - and it's written by an actual writer.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2012 5:25:19 AM PDT
Justin G. says:
That's a fantastic book, actually, and the backbone of both The Wire and Homicide TV series.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 14, 2012 1:02:39 AM PDT
Thank you DOBrien for explaining about forums that the author can say something, I didn't know that. Sorry if I offended anyone. Bob Searle

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Posted on Jun 14, 2012 12:57:13 PM PDT
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Brent Butler says:
Bob, I think that bragging about writing a book about slain fellow officers and spamming it in an attempt to make money is sick. You can have your opinion, I'll stand by mine.

I'm not the one hawking a book about dead friends while trying to make a buck, though. If you wrote the book for your sons, why are you spamming Amazon forums in an unethical (according to Amazon rules of conduct) attempt to drum up business???

If you are claiming some noble purpose for your book, but are really just trying to pile up the cash, as your spamming would indicate, then I would suggest that your indignant assertion here is much, much less than an honest expression of your goals.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2012 11:45:52 AM PDT
Brent, I see you are also ignorant about what is in my book. The book is NOT about "slain police". It is obvious money means a lot to you, since you accuse me of motives you would have if roles were reversed. I did not become a cop to "make money", but to serve society as I believe God lead me to do. If you read the book you would see, in NO WAY am I "bragging" about writing a book about "slain officers", since that is NOT what the book is about, and doesn't contain any incidents of slain officers. Please don't accuse me of things that are false. Get a life Brent.

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 1:30:13 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 18, 2012 1:31:23 PM PDT
Brent Butler says:
"5 of my buddies were killed the first year I worked in Oakland, and 10 were shot."

From your post above ... and not the only time mentioned. So your book isn't ABOUT them, you just like to USE references to them in an effort to sell it? Or is it just sympathy you are after? I'll reserve my sympathy for their families, not for a former colleague who is propping his book up on their graves.

Keep it up, you're just digging one for yourself here ...

Seriously, if your book isn't about the slain and injured officers you refer to, and doesn't have material relating to that, WHY are you harping on that as you spam promos for it here? Think hard. Can you understand why I might be just a "little" doubtful about your sincerity and ethics?

You are some piece of work.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2012 1:43:37 PM PDT
Brent Butler says:
PS:

Here's another post with virtually the same words:

"I would sincerely like to know what people think who read my book, Streets of Fire, Confessions of an Oakland Cop. 5 of my buddies were killed the first year I worked in Oakland, and 10 were shot."

Now, lie again and tell me that you're not trying to use dead officers to sell your book. Unbelievably sick.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2012 11:50:48 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 21, 2012 8:00:14 PM PDT
Brent,
Yes, I must say, I do see your point Brent. I truly apologize. I did not realize that I didn't finish the thought process of my statement. My intent, was to let people know that Oakland is a very violent city. I focused (I admit inappropriately as viewed by you) on just the killing of police, but we also had on average, one murder of citizens every other day in Oakland. I should have explained the theme of my book better (three years ago when I posted that), which is how God intervened in horrendous situations on the violent streets of Oakland. I hope you forgive me Brent? Bob Searle
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