Book Review #170: Bullet Riddled: The First S.W.A.T. Officer Inside Columbine…and Beyond

Author: Grant M. Whitus, Thom Vines

Genre: Non Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs

Language: English 

Series, if any: NA

Publisher: Waldorf Publishing

Date of publication: 1 September 2016

No. Of pages: 131

Synopsis: 

Grant Whitus joined the Colorado S.W.A.T. in 1992. His 17 year career spanned the need headlines constantly. Bullet Riddled is his unabridged, unvarnished disclosure of all that happened during his career. 

Review: 

Well from the title itself you can understand why I would want to read a book named rightly so, especially dedicated to the law enforcement personnels. When the bool talks about bein unvarnished, I expected a more realistic dose of how life is like for the men behind the shield. What I didn’t expect was the language and narration style to be unvarnished as well. Though I could understand that as a memoir, the book is a reflection of all the feelings and emotions that transpired during a gloriously hard career. But a little refinement of the language and narration style definitely would have helped the book more. There were numerous instances where I felt that inclusion of certain chapters, or rather start of a new chapter, was redundant to the flow of the story. 

Coming to the main content of the book, well the vivid details of each case and how much effort that goes into being an law officer has been dealt with beautifully. The toils and hardships are not often seen, especially when we crib about how ineffective the judicial system is. But the grit and grim that moulds the shield is never observed or appreciated. For that reason, I will definitely send my appreciation and regards to the author. 

My opinion: It can be an excellent book; all it requires is a little bit of polish and refinement. 

My rating: 2.5 out of 5

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