Book Review: Bullet Riddled

Bullet Riddled: The First S.W.A.T. Officer Inside Columbine...and BeyondBullet Riddled: The First S.W.A.T. Officer Inside Columbine…and Beyond by Grant M. Whitus
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I got this book as an Early Reviewer from Net Galley.

In today’s political climate, this book is a travesty. The author, Grant Whitus, is a S.W.A.T officer who has seen some horrific things in his career. However, despite seeing the some of the terrible things that hate and anger can bring about, Whitus himself is a rage-filled, bitter hypocrite. He extols the virtue of justice but at the same time speaks about how he wishes he had gotten to kill the Columbine shooters himself. He writes about how he changed in the wake of the shootings, but his wife left him and it’s “99.8%” her fault they divorced. With all the distrust and fear of police officers these days, Whitus deeply believes he is part of the solution, but his book makes it clear he is part of the problem.

The book reads like a brag book written by a man who thinks too much of himself. His blood-lust and desire to catch all the bad guys and kill the evil made me uncomfortable as a reader. Whitus self-promotes his anger in a disturbing way and describes his need to hold onto the violence so he can do his job better. There is enough anger, hatred, and violence in the world today without Grant Whitus encouraging more from those who are sworn to protect. This book was disheartening and I will not recommend it to anyone.


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