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As a former police reporter for a large metropolitan daily newspaper, I've read dozens of books by current and former law enforcement officials. A handful of these have been great, some mediocure and most tedious reads.
Chuck Klein's "The Badge: Stories and Tales From Both Sides of the Law" is in the first category. It is a swell read. I could not put it down. I've loaned it to several friends who feel likewise.
Klein's book is a fascinating, honest look at police work. I should know. I've covered countless crimes in my newspaper career. Many of these crimes were of the unusual,unique or "odd-ball" type, and Klein must have been reading my mind when he wrote his book because it is chock-full of these types of stories that jump off the page for their excitement and originality.
Klein obviously knows his stuff, and by that I mean he provides his readers with realism few other authors can. A former police officer in rural and suburban Ohio where he often was the only cop at the scene, he had to use his wits, training, ingenuity and, at times, even humor when confronted with dangerous characters and scary scenarios.
Most of Klein's stories relate to his personal, true experiences in the field as a lawman. A few others are fictitious but are based on real-life situations he faced during his law enforcement career. They're all page-turners, and I am sure other readers of this book will agree with me that it is laden with remarkable and sometimes hair-raising tales that will be long-remembered. I urge you to buy "The Badge." You won't be disappointed. David C. Henley, Newport Beach, California
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on April 9, 2012
The writing is average, the collection is disjointed. The first chapter is probably the best and the beginning of chapter four is probably the worst. I'm not sure if these were written years apart, if so that might account for how uneven the writting is but overall the author needs a new editor.
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on November 10, 2014
Great author, always comes through.
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on August 15, 2011
I have known Chuck for over 40 years and he has always been a straight shooter - he tells it like it is. His latest book "The Badge" - stories and tales from both sides of the Law is no exception. It is book that will appeal not only to all who are, or have ever have been, involved in law enforcement, but will garner the attention of anyone with an interest in the inner workings of the law enforcement communities that serve them. The fact that Chuck has "been there, done that" gives an added level of credibility creating a solid perspective for the reader. The book is a quick read and holds your interest from story to story. I heartily recommend it; you won't be able to put it down.

Bob Kern -3M Retired
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on October 26, 2011
I worked with Chuck almost 40 years ago, when we both were patrol officers working for neighboring police agencies. His book, "The Badge: Stories and Tales from Both Sides of the Law" tells it like it is. I litterally could not put it down until I had finished reading the entire book. Many of his stories brought back long forgotten memories of years past, while other stories brought about laughter - the way it used to be. Chuck's book will grasp the attention of everyone with an interest in law enforcement. The book is an easy read and keeps you interested from story to story. I personally recommend it; you won't be disappointed.
Colonel Daryl Zornes (Rt'd)
Chief of Police
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on February 24, 2012
Chuck Klein has led a very interesting life and this book is a great inside look into the life of a Police Officer. What stopped it from getting five stars was that it was a bit disjointed at times.

Skipping from an autobiography about his life as a cop to short stories seemingly at random which made it a bit confusing at times and the accounts of his work as a cop don't seem to have any real order to them.

If it was better structured it would be a five star book for sure. It is still worth picking up though.
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