February 10, 2017

Lone Star Book Blog Tours : Guardians In Blue by Ken Bangs

Ken Bangs 

Genre: Historical Fiction / Mystery
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Date of Publication: March 31, 2016
# of pages: 382

A fatherless boy growing up in a small Texas town is taken under wing by the local lawmen. They work with the town leaders to provide his basic needs and help him escape the shame and poverty of his circumstances. One in particular becomes his guardian.
He teaches the boy about life, how to face his fears, that honor is more important than comfort and that defending those who cannot defend themselves is the highest duty of a man.    

The boy learns the lessons well. He hears the call and his heart opens to it. He too becomes a Guardian.

This is the novelized story of the authors’ thirty-seven years service in law enforcement and public safety. It is unique in that the reader is given an inside look at what motivates one to the calling and the process of becoming a police officer.

It is told from the first person perspective of one who walked a beat in downtown Dallas at the age of 19, answered the calls as a radio patrol officer and worked the cases as a detective.

It gives an inside look at the understanding of not only the criminal act but the issues that lead to criminality and the processes by which criminal justice professionals identify and apprehend those responsible for given crimes.  
Drawing on interviews/interrogations of criminals the author provides an exposé of the experiences, the anger, and the fantasy that captures the mind and controls the will of those who rape, rob, and kill.


"As a man who was privileged to work the streets with Ken Bangs, I can tell you that he was the Guardian.  If you want to understand police work at the base level, then The Guardians is a must read.  It goes beyond the violence and the sensationalism and gives you a window into the hearts and souls of those men and women who ride toward danger when everyone else runs away." 

-- Doug Sword, Captain of Police (Retired), Dallas Police Department
"Guardians In Blue is an action packed book about actual crimes from the Dallas Police

files.  These cases as retold by Ken bangs come alive in a format that makes you feel

like you are at the location and involved in the investigations." 

-- Gary Holly, Retired Police Officer

"The story is so realistic; it so reveals the rawness of life experienced by a police officer that any who have ever worn the badge will be drawn in as they see themselves in the Guardians." -- G. David Payne, Lieutenant of Police (Retired), Dallas Police Department



This is a fantastic book that gives everyone a feel for what the men and women in blue go through on a daily bases. To have someone from a young age having to defend themselves with a shotgun and to have a group of men basically being his Guardians growing up and him wanting to be just like that, makes you even more proud to be in the Law Enforcement family. I grew up in a Law Enforcement family and I have heard stories like this before but it was interesting to have the bad guys point of view of things that made the story interesting to say the lest. 

I do have to warn you though, some of the stories are down right bloody and gritty with the details but it goes to show what a police officer has to go through on every shift. Having the little glimpse of what happened after the story was told in the back was perfect and so was the glossary that gave terms of what each thing is for people that are not connected to the Law Enforcement world can understand. In my mind, this book should be a required book to read especially in this day and age when police are being treated like the bad guys and I do have to say that there are a few bad apples in the bunch but I know that there are men out there like the men in this book that will be willing to do anything to save a person even if it comes with a cost.

Thank You to Ken Bangs for sharing your story to give everyone what it means to be a Guardian In Blue!!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from Lone Star Book Blog Tours!

Ken spent 35 years in public safety. A veteran of the United States Army, he was with the military police in the Alaskan Command.  He holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University, M.S. in Human Relations / Business Management from Amberton University, and a Doctorate of Ministry in Christian Counseling from Jacksonville (Florida) Theological Seminary.  Ken and his wife, Trudy, have been married 46 years. They live in McKinney, Texas.

Check out the other great blogs on the tour! 

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6/29     Books and Broomsticks – Excerpt #1
6/30     Missus Gonzo  – Review
7/1       The Crazy Booksellers Promo
7/2       StoreyBook Reviews  Author Interview #1
7/3       The Librarian Talks Review
7/4       It's a Jenn World – Guest Post
7/5       The Page Unbound  Excerpt #2
7/6       CGB Blog Tours  Review
7/7       Margie's Must Reads Author Interview #2

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