Summary

Grant Whitus joined the Colorado SWAT in 1992. His 17 year career was one of constant headlines. Among leading countless drug raids and hostage situations, he was on the front lines of the Columbine Massacre, the Platte County Tragedy, the Albert Petrosky shooting, and the Granby tank rampage.
Speaking for the first time, Whitus gives the unvarnished truth of those, and many other, major SWAT operations. Now retired, he opens up about his time behind the shield. Bullet Riddled is the full unabridged disclosure of what happened during his storied career; including the brutal morning of the Columbine Massacre. More than just a retelling, Bullet Riddled is an in-depth look at the day-to-day of SWAT and focuses on the men and women who inherit so much pain to keep us safe.
Nowhere is this more apparent than in the aftermath of the Columbine tragedy. The following days saw major changes within SWAT: Men cracked, leaders folded and the entire country demanded changes. But these changes, like all reforms, met with stiff resistance from the old guard. Friendships turned into rivals and the infrastructure of SWAT began to unravel. As resignations piled up, Grant rebuilt the entire team from hand-selected recruits. He finally had his elite team, one that would face new demons and disorders.
©2016 Waldorf Publishing (P)2016 Waldorf Publishing
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4 out of 5 stars
By Suzy on 07-06-16

Great insight but peaks too early

This true life account of one man's experience of working in SWAT is good. It starts with some background info to give some context but it doesn't get bogged down with personal history. This leads into detailed accounts of several incidents which the author was involved with. Most notably was the incident at Columbine school.

The description of the incident, procedures and responses was very interesting. I know nothing about SWAT and the author takes care to explain things like acronyms and processes. He made it easy to visualise the scenario. He also describes reflection afterwards to show the team can learn from each experience to do a better job next time.

My main issue with the book is that it peaks early by covering Columbine in the first half of the narrative. Although the author goes on to detail other events, including a hostage situation, these didn't have the same impact for me. I also found the author came across as rather conceited at times. I guess self confidence comes with the territory but he expressed some views very strongly and it just took me out of the story in a jarring way.

The narrator did a good job. I thought he had the right tone of voice for this serious subject but a warmth at times that reminded me it's a memoir and not a factual history.

I would recommend this as an interesting listen to gain a glimpse into this elite team from the perspective of one man. There is infrequent use of bad language but this is in context and not over done.

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5 out of 5 stars
By E on 04-06-16

Action packed and honest account

Would you consider the audio edition of Bullet Riddled to be better than the print version?

I think the audio book is better than the print version as it truly feels like you're sitting down for a few drinks with Grant and he is giving you a honest, funny at times, heartbreaking at times account of his life.
The book is written so you get the feeing this is how the author actually talks - he doesn't mince words and there are a few F bombs in there but they made the book more enjoyable and more real to me.

What other book might you compare Bullet Riddled to, and why?

I've not read or listened to a book that compares to Bullet Ridden.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

There are so many scenes I enjoyed in this book it is really hard to choose but my top 3 scenes are:

1) The description of the S.W.A.T team training, I got tired just listening to the description of what these men go through just in training. And 'Don't dance with it!' really cracked me up.

2) The 'bear episode' - you will understand why when you listen to the book.

3) The description of the team going through and securing Columbine in the mayhem of that day. This was really immersive and very sad to listen to. Even when you know the outcome you can't help but pray for all those involved. The paramedic scene was really heart wrenching and to be honest I commend Grant for reacting the way he did.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did listen to the book in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom

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4 out of 5 stars
By med c on 14-09-16

First Responder

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This book tells the story of a member and leader of an elite SWAT team. The writer is frank, arrogant, foul-mouthed, and often offensive. He's probably not someone most of us would like to have as a friend, but he's sure someone we'd like to have coming to the rescue if we were in trouble. I am really thankful for first responders.

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5 out of 5 stars
By AdaChaDad on 13-06-16

Real life drama and the effects

Where does Bullet Riddled rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Bullet Riddled brings you face to face with realities of law enforcement, and especially SWAT. Grant Whitus comes across as totally believable and sincere. If this type of genre is of interest, I highly recommend.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bullet Riddled?

The Columbine ordeal is interesting. However, the activity was pretty much over when SWAT entered the building. The stories of SWAT involved in active shooter crimes were most interesting and intense. The clear descriptions of what happened throughout the horrendous ordeals can't help to add to your respect of law enforcement.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The book gives you additional insight into the lives of the men and women in blue. It can be an incredibly tough and rewarding job at the same time. The scars the job can leave are often not just physical.

Any additional comments?

I received this audio book at no charge in exchange for a honest, unbiased review.

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