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Reviewed by Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers' Favorite
Sometimes an author speaks so clearly and so honestly, the reader feels body-punched by the truth. Grant M. Whitus honors us with his gut-pummeling book, Bullet Riddled: The First S.W.A.T. Officer Inside Columbine…and Beyond. The down-to-earth authenticity embedded in his gritty voice starts immediately with his first-hand reliving of the Columbine massacre. This is not some academic “remembering the events at Columbine”, but an in-your-face, moment-to-moment live replay of good people losing lives and precious loved ones to two brutal, sociopathic youths. Whitus brings us back to the humanity – good and bad – involved. It is a powerful start to telling a larger truth about security in our modern world.
When Whitus becomes the number two man on a Colorado S.W.A.T. Team, his obsessive passion for perfection – based on the certainty that being best is the minimum requirement for a S.W.A.T. team to effectively do its job: saving lives – his rigorous demands accomplish two well-served goals: eliminating sub-par performers, and creating a perfectly effective team – one impeccably trained only to succeed.
In Bullet Riddled, Grant M. Whitus makes no apologies either for his strenuous demands or his - until then - unconventional methods, telling a story rife with heart-pounding true life encounters, unencumbered by any need for grandstanding or flattery. His writing is unvarnished, rewarding the reader with a brutally raw account of the truth that echoes: “You want us on that wall; you need us on that wall.” And yet, the power of his message comes less from the machismo of his telling and more from the powerful sense of humanity that motivates it. And, somewhat unexpectedly, what we feel most because of that is gratitude. With perhaps a fist pump in the air.