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Reviews for books by Billy Anders, Darryl Kimball, and Jim Middleton...
"In that my career while on the San Antonio Police Department and afterwards, many times crossed paths with Billy's, his story brought back some great memories both on the department and during our time in the mountains. It offers a vivid portrayal of police life at 500 foot altitude and of a man I have the highest respect for. Well worth the read."
--by tomt, July 13, 2014
"Great read...and great insight into police helicopter duty. Billy Anders provides a visual example of "an officer and a gentleman." His writing brings the reader into the cockpit and along for the exciting, and often the humorous side of policing. The helicopter unit in San Antonio has grown from its humble beginnings into a full-time professional and respected unit, in large part due to the hard work and dedication of officers like Billy. The officers on the streets of San Antonio today could not imagine trying to do their jobs without the support of the air units and their pilots.
This is a great read for anyone wishing to know a bit about the inner workings of a police helicopter unit, its history and the men and women assigned there. Billy Anders is the right guy to tell this story. He is as honest and humble as any officer to do the job; respected by all who know him."
--D. Head, June 1, 2014
"Very well done! Whether an aviation or police buff or both, excellent read! Great book for anyone wanting to be in the police aviator business and wanting to learn about it. I've been a police helicopter pilot and thought the "war stories" wouldn't interest me, but I couldn't put the book down. Highly recommended!! Good job, Darryl Kimball, both in your book and in your job. Thanks for your service!"
--David Dixon, June 16, 2014
"A GREAT READ. This Book is a must for anyone interested in or employed in Law Enforcement or Law Enforcement Aviation. An excellent read, full of great stories and information! I couldn't put it down and have recommend it to a number of co-workers and friends."
--T. Beeson, January 3, 2013
"Cops and Choppers! This is a really good book, well written and told in a very readable style. Kimball tells his personal story from his early days as a street deputy to commanding a Sherriff's Department helicopter. A great read for both law enforcement officers and pilots alike."
--Rara, January 30, 2014
"Great job from a brother officer! About as candid as it gets. Use google maps or your favorite street view app to see the locations described in the book to enhance the reading experience. As a 30 plus year patrolman for the SAPD working out of west patrol I can attest to the authenticity of the stories told. Some were similar in detail to my encounters. All were splendid examples of the regular experiences of an SAPD officer working the streets. Many of the officers I know and some of the cases I'd heard of through the grapevine. You cannot go wrong here. A+ all the way. Good work Ranger!"
--sapd, January 16, 2014
"A very good local history book; good condition and well written. Highly recommended for those who walked in the author's shoes as well as for the next generation."
--John Menefee, January 31. 2013
"Real Police Officers...It was a truly different time in America in 1969 when Jim Middleton first became a city police officer in the San Antonio area. When he retired in March 1992, things had turned nearly upside-down........not all better and not all worse......but mostly DIFFERENT! To start with when Jim started the pay was $500 a month with few benefits...and that would have been in a high-paying agency!
On a hot call code 3 call, if you waited for back-up instead of doing a John Wayne solo charge, other officers branded you a coward. Today, they would brand you stupid and probably fire you if you didn't wait for cover. . Jim Middleton didn't change that much but the law enforcement community value system really did. The reason he has gone into so much detail about his experience is because if you are from a more recent generation, you might not understand how real authentic Police work was in 1960's 1970's law enforcement. People think that a police officer's job is crime prevention, writing tickets, investigating crime scenes and making arrests. Jim Midddleton's story reveals that much of the battle is actually contending with a broken legal system, a perfection-demanding public, one's own supervisors, internal affairs, police administrators and city government officials who are many times more interested in political correctness and self-interest than in actual public service or law enforcement. Those people are more concerned with how things look rather than how things really are. Alamo City Blue is the REAL DEAL and the honesty of the book is as relevant today as it was in the 1970's."
--edgonz456, Octdober 30, 2012
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