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Hero To Zero Paperback – March 13, 2013

3.8 out of 5 stars 218 customer reviews

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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. A huge thumbs up!
Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482670801
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482670806
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,576,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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The editor must not have been paying attention when they let this piece of rubbish roll off the presses. The grammar and writing style are both sub par to say the least.
Fortier continues to repeat the same phrase, the same euphemism over and over to brow-beat it into his obviously dense audience that the subject character is 'nervous', 'hiding something'....
Then he revels in the demise of the character. The subjects in this book can take solace that they are at least unnamed while Fortier has his name attached to this 'Sleep Walking', Ann Rule book.

It is my opinion that you can find much more pleasant and worthy books for free than this rot.
Heroes to Zeros must have been self published.........

Sorry to be negative, but this is a horrible style of writing and a book you will take nothing from.
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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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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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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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This is a sad book, where the author seems to enjoy the demise of his fellow policemen. There is no true background behind these guys and their trip to Zero. It might be interesting to understand why these guys did what they did. I say MIGHT. Overall, I found it poorly written, depressing, and just littered with foul language. Wishing to see the downfall of men with obvious character flaws is not entertaining. I'm sorry to sound so negative and I respect your effort.
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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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