- Series: Superbia (Book 4)
- Paperback: 255 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 14, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1493764500
- ISBN-13: 978-1493764501
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 121 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #598,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Here in this short essay, he tells of his journey to & some glimpses of, his life as a police officer. It is a great piece of writing & is both inspiring & honest. He tells it like it is. At least like it is for him. This is not a story of "action & adventure" (although it includes bits of both), but more just man telling about why & how he became a police officer and what it means to him. You feel it. At least I do, when I read it.
I say, in the spirit of full disclosure, I have become of fan of Schaffer's fiction & felt I had to to read this. I was fortunate that it was free when I got it in the Kindle Store. It is 99 cents right now. I had not yet read any of his other work yet when I got this. I say now that I have read this, and some of his other work, I would gladly pay a buck for this essay. More, for a collection of his essays, I would gladly pay $10 (and I really enjoy reading well-written essays/articles. Especially those taken from the writer's life).
It is a refreshing to read a writer who writes from his heart, while still maintaining his craft. I am sucker for good writing in almost any genre. Bernard J Schaffer is an excellent writer & storyteller, whether telling stories from his life or those he creates from whole cloth (or wherever he gets them from).
Here is an excerpt from his essay "BJ Schaffer is Dead" that gives a good taste of the flavor of his writing, & is a nice segue to Way of the Warrior (it is from the last paragraph of that essay, which you can find easily using any good search engine):
"Me? I'm a guy who worked at a gas station to make ends meet while I went to the Police Academy. I scrubbed toilets, worked landscaping and mopped laboratories late at night. At 34 years old, I'm a police detective who makes his living putting bad people in dark places. I'm a father to two children, and I can tell you that their love and admiration means more than the vacant adulation of the masses on any level."
Not only do I believe him, I feel I learn from him, both about writing & about life. That is valuable. Check out his work.
Schaffer takes us on the journey from childhood that shaped his career. Most cops take a similar journey, being interested in the warrior class, weapons, outdoor sports...I guess you call it guy stuff, but more and more women are finding the same path. It's the beginning of the mind set a cop needs to survive in the world he or she is about to enter.
As Schaffer points out, all cops get the shock in the academy that one can actually get killed doing police work. Then you hit the field and you know damn well you can get killed because people try to kill you. Schaffer lays it all out.
Then there's emotional rollercoaster of going from fighting for your life in the first part of your shift to gently giving first aid to a young child at an auto accident. Or going from saving a life to doing the heart crushing job of telling a family with thirteen kids that their oldest son dead. And of course, the loss of a fellow officer, sometimes murdered in the most ruthless way.
Schaffer tells a story that is directed at cops, but should be read by everyone who wants to know what makes cops tick. There's no exaggeration or chest banging here. Just a cop baring his soul.