Sunday, June 29, 2008

2008 Book 60: The New Centurions

Book #:60

Book Title:The New Centurions

Author:Joseph Wambaugh

Publisher:Grand Central Publishing

Pub. Date:1970


Started:June 27, 2008

Finished:June 29, 2008

Time to Read:3 Days

Back Cover / Inside Flap:"In a class of new police recruits, Augustus Plebesly is fast and scared. Roy Fehler is full of ideals. And Serge Duran is an ex-marine running away from his Chicano childhood. In a few weeks they'll put on the blue uniform of the LAPD. In months they'll know how to interpret the mad babble of the car radio, smell danger, trap a drug dealer, hide a secret, and - most of all - live with the understanding that cops are different from everyone else. But for these men, these new centurions, time is an enemy. The year is 1960. The streets are burning with rage. And before they can grow old on this job, they'll have to fight for their lives..."
Review:"I love Joseph Wambaugh for the fact that he doesn't gloss over anything when he writes about the realities of life on the street as a police officer. In this gem, set in the 1960s era LA that is about to erupt with the Watts Riots, the times are tough, gritty, encouraging, discouraging, racially tense, highly charged, and more. The characters that this novel follows are bleakly realistic - hard to love at times, but easy to follow. And only Wambaugh could lead towards an ending like the one that is served up in this novel!

If you have read or are planning to read this book, please make sure to stop back by and leave me a comment to let me know your own thoughts!

From my library to yours,


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