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The Academy: A Short Story (The Tracy Crosswhite Series) Kindle Edition
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Robert Dugoni is the critically acclaimed New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon bestselling author of the Tracy Crosswhite series, which has sold more than seven million books worldwide; the David Sloane series; the Charles Jenkins series; the stand-alone novels The 7th Canon, Damage Control, The World Played Chess, and The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell, for which he won an AudioFile Earphones Award for narration; and the nonfiction exposé The Cyanide Canary, a Washington Post best book of the year. He is the recipient of the Nancy Pearl Book Award for fiction and has twice won the Friends of Mystery Spotted Owl Award for best novel. He is a two-time finalist for the International Thriller Awards and a finalist for the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, the Silver Falchion Award for mystery, and the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Awards. His books are sold in more than twenty-five countries and have been translated into more than two dozen languages. Visit his website at www.robertdugonibooks.com.
- ASIN : B00LMKD6SU
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (September 9, 2014)
- Publication date : September 9, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 4779 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 40 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #10,358 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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What follows is about 24 pages with a fewer number of scenes for the high points through her academy training. One of the interviewers and a training officer is Seattle Homicide Detective Nolasco. Much of this short story centers on their budding relationship that continues through subsequent novels. This relationship shows her “don’t give an inch” character. The other side of Terry’s character is illustrated as she takes the other female candidate, Jennifer, under her wing. Terry shows her empathy and drive to help others in need. These aspects of her character carry on throughout the series.
The pace of the main storyline was fast. The author wove a storyline captured my attention and compelled me to want to see Terry and Jennifer succeed. This is the major criteria for a high star rating. While the B-storyline is a good introduction, it was a little over polarized. Foul language is present but not excessive. The only violence occurred during an improper frisking training session. The violence was short and sweet.
This short story is not a prequel. It was published two months before the first novel in the series, My Sister’s Grave. If you have not read any of the Terry Crosswhite series, you do not have to read The Academy first. I read the first seven novels before I read this short story. For me it was like a desert of a rich red velvet cupcake with a thick, creamy dark chocolate frosting. I enjoyed it even out of sequence. If you decide to read this short story as an introduction to the series, you can’t go wrong either. I rate this short story with five stars.
At 44 pages, this is at the longish end of the "short" story spectrum, and follows Tracy from her application interview through her time at the Academy. It provides a clear, realistic picture of some of the procedures and personality dynamics in modern police training, with some insight into the special challenges that women recruits have to undergo. Dugoni's writing is clear and well adopted to his purpose, textured but not excessively ornate or descriptive; his storytelling is absorbing and nicely paced. I read the tale in one sitting, and I think most readers will want to. His characterizations are excellent, living and three-dimensional, especially (but not exclusively) Tracy herself; she's a strong-inside, intelligent woman with genuine character, a lot of guts, and compassionate instincts, as well as some believable emotional baggage from the horrific family tragedies she's experienced. If she were an actual person (and she easily could be!) she's the kind of lady I'd be proud to have for a friend --or, if I'd ever had a son, for a daughter-in-law.
Although the Tracy Crosswhite series as such is mystery-crime fiction, this story isn't really that; we're strictly in the sphere of police training here, with no actual crime being investigated. I've classified it as general fiction: a realistic, descriptive account of modern life, though in the milieu of people who work at combating crime, or are training to. It's clearly intended as an appetizer for the series, though, furnishing an introduction to the protagonist and a sense of what drives her. Personally, I haven't raed the series opener; but that's only because I'm not looking to get sucked into another ongoing series, right now. If your immediate reading plans are more open, and you like a mystery series with this type of heroine, I'm guessing this one would be a good bet!
There's no actual sexual content here (though there's some sexual harassment); Tracy's not looking for a relationship at this time in her life. However, there is a sprinkling of bad language --mostly not too rough, but including a couple of f-words, a p-word (and no, it's not "piss") and a misuse of Jesus' name. On the whole, I considered the speaking styles in the bounds of realism for the way many of these characters would talk. (The obscenity, and most of the "crude vulgarities" --which made another character feel "nauseated"-- come from just one character, and reflect the fact that his personality IS crude and nauseating. Few if any readers would adopt him as a role model.)
The Academy solidified the character even more for me. It went back to before Tracy became a member of the police department in Seattle. The author lays out the story highlighting Tracy’s personality as a caring and dedicated person who helps others and strives to do her best in everything she undertakes. Her caring manner is especially exhibited by her behavior toward another woman recruit who is struggling to finish and qualify in a few of her courses. Tracy pulls her aside and coaches her enabling Jenny to pass and join the force.
The death of Tracy’s system keeps her going forward as a police woman who will do whatever it takes to solve each case she is given. She never forgets the reason she is an officer which is to find out who murdered her sister and why.
A thoroughly enjoy story and series! I look forward to more books from Robert Dugoni, a master of crime writing.
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This story is described as a prequel to the Tracy Crosswhite series of novels, none of which I have read. It focuses on her time undergoing assessment for a job with the Seattle Police at their Training Academy. It introduces us to a number of characters who, from reading comments by other reviewers, appear in the other books in the series. However, as a 'standalone' story I found it, in some respects, quite 'thin'. There are no murders to investigate and no crimes are committed apart from the rather unpleasant harassment of the female recruits by one of the training instructors.
Reviewers who have read the other books in the series are generally very positive about this novella as it provides more details about Tracy Crosswhite's past, and so they find it enhances their enjoyment of the books they have already read. As an introduction to a series however, I found this novella did not leave me wanting to immediately start reading the first of the full length books in the series. However, as the writing is so good and the characters are so well portrayed, I will certainly be adding this author to my 'to read' list for the future.
Readers starting here, with no great commitment of time or resources will be compelled to read on to learn about Tracy's quest.
It is good to find a new author; especially one who is as assurred as Robert Dugoni, it allows you to immediately feel at home and relax into their work. Some writers are like brand new shoes at first; a little uncomfortable and left in them too long you may suffer some discomfort. Not so here; comfy slippers and like listening to a favourite grandparent share a tale.
Having been drawn to his books by his reviews alone I felt it about time I read them myself. As is my choice I prefer to read in some chronological order so this was a very good place to start.
Why Tracy would leave a successful career as a teacher. Can the death of a relative really be sufficient motivation to seek to become a cop and investigate that crime if ever the opportunity arose. While the authorities may welcome a female officer could her own crusade for truth and justice prevent her from progressing in her new career.
Well we begin here at the police academy minus all the jokes the films brought us. These few short pages firmly establish her character and motivation, perhaps also pointing to some weakness and quilt she may need to overcome.
If she's strong enough to graduate will she be mentally prepared and fit to survive the journey to becoming a detective.
Great beginning, who could not want to see how the story unfolds?
She is a great roll model in this book sharing her knowledge and helping others grow ,just how a cop in real life should be I could see how she would turn out to be an excellent cop and how she would fight anyone or anything in her path that tried to stop her reaching her objective in life one being to be a homicide detective. Look forward to reading a lot more of these stories . Anyone who loves detectives and action and kick ass people will love this series and I know every book gets better.