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(Curbchek #3)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  191 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Curbchek-Reload is the third True Crime account written by Zach Fortier. It was listed as #1 in the true crime genre on
Like the two previous books, Curbchek and Streetcreds, it is based on real events that happened to Zach Fortier during a thirty year career in Law Enforcement. Curbchek-Reload is a dark account of the final years of Zach’s time spent as a cop,
Paperback, 226 pages
Published March 26th 2012 by CreateSpace (first published March 22nd 2012)
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Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Explicit, intense, raw & brutal!

Wow, I feel emotionally drained after reading this book, I cannot even begin to imagine what it must be like to do this for a living. These case must change you, there's no way you can remain the same innocent, naive person after going through experiences like this.

"Cops will tell you this shit doesn't get to them. Cops lie."

The book is really well written. There's 36 chapters each with accounts of cases or interaction with colleagues. There are some lighthe
Jeannie Walker
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It is probably true that most people feel they are exempt from the law one reason or another. Everyone thinks they are special and can speed through school zones, smoke meth, drive drunk, beat their spouse - whaever they want to do and when the cops show up - they respond just like the Mountain in this novel who said, "Why don't you go out and arrest some real criminals and leave me alone?"
Zach never thought he would be hooked up with a beautiful female cop in the ride-along program. This female
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever wanted to go on a ride-along with the cops because you thought it would be cool? Did you ever watch the show COPS and think they had a tough job? Well you haven't seen anything until you have read Curbchek-Reload. Fortier takes you on a ride with him at many of his most difficult, violent, heart wrenching, and disturbing calls. Some of these will make you question your own sanity. You will read things you never thought could be true, but they are. My dad is a cop and I used to alwa ...more
Jul 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-nonfiction
This is a really interesting (albeit graphic) book about a cop's real world stories patrolling a dangerous area of a major city.

It's interesting to see these crimes from the point of view of an experienced cop. He talks openly about the emotion and paranoia that comes with the job. The media makes it seem like most cops are just like us, but after reading this book I see that this job is emotionally exhausting and takes a toll on their personal lives.

The book is mostly well-written, and Fortier
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Curbchek Reload's tagline is "Curbchek's darker, meaner cousin" and hoo-boy is that on the money! Following the already dark and gritty 2011 release of Curbchek (my review here), Curbchek Reload ramps everything up a level, the cops, the criminals, the anger and frustration...everything that made the first book interesting, albeit disturbing and heartbreaking, is back but with a vengeance.

Once again Fortier embraces a loose chronological formation, with each chapter encompassing a self-contained
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As the fine print on the front cover states this is CurbChek's darker, meaner, cousin. Please do not ignore these words. This book takes you more than just one step further into Zach Fortier's world. This one is just as good as it's predecessors. Fortier is straight forward and quite blunt in his description of his life on he force. Though I really hate to use the word blunt since it sounds so negative. But he doesn't try to sugar coat the realities he faced everyday. He does however paint an am ...more
Aug 28, 2012 rated it liked it
This is the third book I’ve read by Zach Fortier, and I have to say it’s probably going to be the last. Fortier's books are “fictionalized” incidents from his past life as a police officer. CurbChek Reload is described by the author as “CurbChek’s darker, meaner cousin” and he’s not wrong. This book was mean, in more ways than one.

CurbChek Reload has the same format as Fortier’s other books. The short chapters describe “calls” during his time on the streets or memorable interactions with co-work
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The first time that I read CurbChek Reload I read it so fast turning page after page parts of the book began to haunt me and I had to read it a second time revisiting places that Zach went to on his calls… one place the river… I went picturing the men carrying the log imagining myself with my glock aiming the click of my trigger three times… Remember the eyes on the walls and ceilings watching… the fire on the stove as a child cries for his mommy… The wife and her favorite dog… the rape of a you ...more
Jun 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was extremely excited to be able to review Curbchek: Reload. I absolutely loved Zach's two other books, Curbchek and Streetcreds, and they were extremely enjoyable reads. I am glad to say that I actually loved Curbchek: Reload even more than the past two books!

Like the summary from the back of the book says, this book has some dark humor, and I agree. There was more humor in this book compared to the last two, at least from what i remember, and some of it was pretty hilarious to read about, wh
Renee Booth (Sassy Book Lovers)
What an introduction to the life of an American Cop! CurbChek- Reload is a book full of events that Zach Fortier has experienced during his time as a Police Officer. It was like reading episodes of Law and Order and let me tell you, he didn't hold back on the details at all! The gruesome true stories were a shock to the system as he recalled every single detail of the horrific events he encountered ranging from drug related crimes to rape crimes and everything in between.

Zach Fortier is a coppe
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: true-crime-cops
Curbchek-Reload:Curbchek's Darker Meaner Cousin by Zach Fortier

I wish to thank Zach Fortier for providing me with a copy of his book for my honest review. I thought this book was amazing.

The novel centers around some of the actual calls, handled by Zach Fortier, a former police officer, responded to during his 20 some-odd years on the job. Only the names were changed to protect the guilty. Some of the guilty are street thugs, transients and gangbangers, others wear blue uniforms.Zach explains th
Jeff Dawson
Sep 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dragnet: Just the Facts Mame.

If you like no nonsense, cut to the chase monologs, this is for you. I couldn't help but flash back to the old 1960's TV show as I read this book. There is no sensationalism or over the top descriptions running through the thirty-six chapters of police calls Officer Fortier describes. I will warn readers they may be put-off at times with the monolithic approach when it comes to the most heinous crimes. Why? There is no compassion what-so-ever in the reports. This is
Jun 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Once again, thank you first-reads program for sending me a book I otherwise probably never would have heard of - let alone read. I signed up for this giveaway genuinely curious, and in the end, got much more than I bargained for.

The book contains a series of short stories, brief experiences cut from the author's time as a cop. The stories are alternately horrifying, disgusting, hilarious, and twisted. That the stories are true is never in doubt, no matter how outrageous the claims. While the wri
Shannon Gambino
May 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
'Curbchek-Reload' is a fast-paced read and much like its predecessors. Mr. Fortier indulges the readers in a grand scale of paranoia as he shoves us with two hands into both the dark shadows of the night and the absurdity during daylight hours. The readers continuously ricochet between gruesome acts and the police officers' warped sense of humor. Zach thrusts us upon scenes of violent murders, gang rape, Schizophrenia, traffic accidents, and more while interspersing head-shaking comic relief inv ...more
Ashley Fontainne
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Darker, meaner cousin? More like a rabid dog chasing you down for dinner!

As I said in my previous review of Curbchek,
I come from a long line of cops. Reading this book was like walking into the bar my grandfather used to haunt, full of war-torn cops swapping stories. Each chapter is devoted to describing a particular scene or case, and Zach Fortier has the ability to place you in the seat right next to him.

Your heart will race, your breathing will become erratic and your skin will tingle as yo
Apr 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
CurbChek-Reload is a very well written darker and more explicit extension of CurbChek. It is a brutal and raw look into the darkest side of humanity and the things that people are capable of doing to one another. Once again Zach makes you feel as if you are the silent partner along for the ride, there are calls and images that I can't get out of my head and I wasn't even there. Nothing is left out, the stories will make you sick as this book is far more disturbing than the others, however it is ...more
Holly Cochran
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: cops, cop families
I've accidentally read the Curbchek series out of order - Read #1, then this one (#3) and need to go back and catch StreetCreds. Regardless, these are gritty, honest, no-holds-barred glimpses into the life of a street cop. Told in the language we (cops and ex cops) use - no BS, no sugar coating, no avoiding the hard topics, and always with a dose of very dark humor for the most inappropriate things. The first book I swore was written by my ex husband (a cop) under a pseudonym, because it read li ...more
Name Marla
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was contacted by Zach and asked to read Curbchek Reload before it was published, to see if I thought it was a page turner. Page turner? I don’t have to read it to know that it will be a pager turner – that is what his books are! However, I eagerly accepted as I couldn’t wait to read his third book. It was, indeed, a page-turner from page one. I actually like it even more than Curbchek, which I didn’t think possible. The stories are raw and emotional. Knowing these are actual recounts of the ca ...more
Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have read all three of Mr. Fortier's books, and I enjoyed all of them, but "Curbchek-Reload" is the one I liked the best.

The stories in this book are completely raw and brutal - stabbings, suicides, murder, child abuse - not for the faint of heart, but absolutely gripping. Some of them leave you nauseated, some of them leave you sad for the outcome, but most of all you feel awe that the author survived all of this with mind and body intact.

The book is broken down into small chapters, which is
Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
It's not a joke that the title says this is Curbchek's "darker, meaner cousin." The fact that such sick fuckers live in this world is hard for me to handle - I can't imagine being Zach Fortier or any other cop who has continuously seen things like the ones in this book. No wonder it haunts them. This shit is going to haunt me, and I've only read about it. Chapter 2, in particular, I can't seem to get out of my head.

I thought I was going to be able to write a better review than this one. Apparent
May 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Curbchek-Reload is definitely Curbchek's darker meaner cousin, but in some ways it is also the most "hopeful" of all three books (Curbchek, Street Creds, and Curbchek-Reload). Most assuredly it is for mature adults only. There is a thread of light you can see in Curbchek-Reload, showing that all Officer Fortier does on a daily basis is not for naught. Nothing is black or white/light or dark, but composed of millions of shades of gray when you're working to protect people from others (and themsel ...more
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Written in the classic Fortier style that we have come to love in CurbChek and Street Creds, Zach’s third book doesn’t disappoint. Throughout the stories, you see that the cops are just another gang in the world of urban warfare. Throughout this book, the reader gains further insight into why Zach describes himself as “damaged and broken”. This book is chocked full of much darker stories and cases than we saw in the previous books. It is downright disturbing to read about some of the horrific de ...more
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
Fortier's memoir of his experiences on the beat is like sitting next to a former cop at a bar and listening to his stories of life on the beat. Written in an informal, conversational tone, he leaves nothing back, the stories are graphic and gritty, revealing the dark, seamy underbelly of urban crime.

This is definitely a book for guys, especially the ones who as little boys liked lifting up rocks to see what was crawling around underneath. There are lots of disturbing and creepy stories in this
May 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I cant decide which of Zach's books are better than the others!!! This book is just as incredible as his other two. Zach really defines how the police work. The truths to these books are horrifying and yet seeing the situations through his eyes makes it more real. Again very easy to read, Zach has his writing career for a long time. Fantastic book I cant say it enough. I hope there will be a fourth book!!!! If so I will be first in line (scratching and biting) to get it!!! Congrats Zach, I will ...more
Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, it was very realistic and and the job down pat. In regards to the politics and nutcases who will come up ask you where a certain store is that you could never afford. People think seem to thank that officers are just standing there for the public's use.

Mr. Fortier sounds like a fantastic officer, he may a lone wolf but he know when back up is required. All in all I like Mr. fotier and I'll be looking for other books he has .
Cyma Khan
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Hardcore and gritty and a very relaxed, easy going writing style that grows on you. This wasn't just writing this was education. I was looking at life from a perspective that I hadn't even considered before. Fresh and original and definite must-read in my books. Being a writer it really gave me some good insight as well.
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book. It reminded me of what Dragnet would sound like today. I really enjoyed hearing the true stories from a policeman's point of view. I won this book through Goodreads Firstreads. It was worth every minute I spent reading it.
Oct 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Dark, gritty, and sometimes pretty disturbing. An interesting look at the dark life of a cop.
Alaina Maxam
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
this was a very well written book. enjoyed learning what happens from a cops point a view.
Apr 16, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: first-reads
**I won this book from GoodReads as a firstreads free giveaway.** Look forward to reading this true crime novel and will write a review when completed.
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