The Calling: The Making of a Veteran Cop

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The Calling is an action-packed drama that takes you through the first five years of the career of an American cop. You will get to know Dan McCarthy, who wants to be a cop for all the right reasons. You will ride along with McCarthy as he saves lives, catches bad guys, and tries to survive long enough to become a ""veteran."" McCarthy is a fictional cop in the fictional city of La Claire, Wisconsin. You will navigate the streets of La Claire with McCarthy and his colorful beat partners, Stammos, Carpenter, ...

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Overview

The Calling is an action-packed drama that takes you through the first five years of the career of an American cop. You will get to know Dan McCarthy, who wants to be a cop for all the right reasons. You will ride along with McCarthy as he saves lives, catches bad guys, and tries to survive long enough to become a ""veteran."" McCarthy is a fictional cop in the fictional city of La Claire, Wisconsin. You will navigate the streets of La Claire with McCarthy and his colorful beat partners, Stammos, Carpenter, Dooley, Sgt. Compton, and the incorrigible Stanley Brockman.

Get ready for a realistic tour of what policemen do all over this country twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Strap on your duty belt and buckle your seat belt. It's gonna be one helluva ride!

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PoliceOne
The Calling: The Making of a Veteran Cop' is a must read for recruits
Although The Calling is a fictional novel, it gives readers a sense they are climbing into the squad or walking the beat with the book's main character, Officer Dan McCarthy

When I speak with my good friend and PoliceOne colleague Dan Marcou, we almost always have "a thing" to discuss, but our conversations will frequently also take unexpected turns down paths we just happen along as we exchange ideas rattling around in our heads.

That's precisely what happened a few months ago when the topic of his first book, The Calling: The Making of a Veteran Cop, came up. During that call back in January, Dan mentioned how there was a common theme seen in reports written by recruits after reading The Calling (it's been required reading at Fox Valley Technical College in Wisconsin since 2008). At my urging, he read a couple of things they'd said about it and I was struck by how similar those comments were to my own personal memory of the book.

I've read all three of Dan's books, and always list them among my favorite reads authored by my columnists, but hadn't read The Calling in quite a while, so I thought it would be fun to re-read it and do a column on it that would include comments from those students. Consequently, we both left that phone call with an "assignment" to complete. I would re-read The Calling and Dan would work on getting permission for me to use some comments from those students who loved the book as much as I do. What follows is the result of that collaboration.
Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief, Editor's Corner

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933272115
  • Publisher: Thunder Bay Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 788,574
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Posted January 29, 2012

    Great book, really lets you know the life of being a law enforcement officer

    I had to read this for my Law Enforcement Academy Training (in WI (and the book takes place in WI)) and at first (since I just finished college), I dreaded having to read another book for a class (or academy in this case).

    ... but the book hooked me right after the first few sentences on the first page. Read page after page, chapter after chapter till I finished it in one sitting.

    Its a great book that shows the parts most people won't see, or will never see, of a LE (Law Enforcement) officer. The stress and fatigue, some of the most horrendous crimes, and other situations that LE officers deal with that cause strong emotional changes in the officer - lots of this leads to officer suicide (also discussed in the book).

    You get the common public that will scream "I pay your salary piggy!" quite often, then you might get a few who will thank the respectable and professional officers, then the officers handle the ones of brutal domestic violence (on a repeated basis), or a routine traffic stop (no traffic stop is ever routine, actually almost the most dangerous part of being a LE Officer) to find a gun pointed back at you.

    Lots of this is in the book, and will keep you quite interested throughout. Be sure to get your hands on this, you won't regret it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2007

    A Florida Deputy

    I did over 20 years in the Air Force as a cop and coming up on 1 year as a deputy in Florida. This was a great book to read and re-emphasized the reason I love doing this job. The worst part about the book was when I finished reading it. I would recommend this book for all cops and all ranks in our field. Thank you Lt Dan Marcou. I hope you have a book in the works for the next 5 years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2007

    Must Have

    This book is essential for anyone who wants to be a good cop and doesn't want to be brought down by the job. It's also a breath of fresh air for everyone who has been bogged down by all the negative reports that cops have been receiving. It's nice to know that there are good cops out there who are 'doing it for all of the right reaasons.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2007

    required reading

    This is described as a work of fiction, but having been in law enforcement for 15 years, Lt. Marcou places my thoughts, feelings and experiences on paper. While these experiences are differant from my own, at the same time they are exactly the same. As in all professions, there are always some who merely perform the job- true cops try every day to be better, and truely are the thin blue line. My hat is off to Lt. Marcou, and I recommend this book to all those interested in this career, especially those who have been doing it for years and think this is below them because they need no advice. I am purchasing additional copies for friends and certain lost officers alike.

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