This leadership book really isn’t like anything else I have read. I have often referred to it as my “book shelf mentor.” What I like about it is that when I have been stuck on a problem or situation I can open the book, thumb through some of the pages and read a couple of the lessons or advice being offered and apply it to my issue or situation. This “book shelf mentor” has been a go to since April when I was given a copy. The author is Battalion Chief Jason Hoevelmann. He has taken trials and tribulations and placed them into an easy-to-read format. Not only is the book an easy read but it’s written by a brother that has a passion for making the fire service better.

However, with the good comes the bad. I don’t see this as an issue, but I believe that since I am writing a review and there might be a person or two that would purchase this book because of my glowing recommendation, I want to address what others have pointed out. BC Hoevelmann wanted to keep cost down, and in order to do that, he chose to publish the book himself, therefore skipping the usual editorial process. That means there a few grammatical errors and a missed spelled word or two. I have read some of the Amazon reviews and found myself trying to figure out why firefighters would be hating on another firefighter for putting himself out there. The negative comments were not for content but rather spelling and grammar. Just in case I didn’t mention it before, BC Hoevelmann is a firefighter not an English major. Additionally, if you are looking for a structured book that moves from chapter to chapter telling a story or that builds from the previous pages this isn’t that book either.

This is a book of nuggets and lessons learned, observations written from a first-person perspective. This “book shelf mentor” has the perspective that you are needing and honestly if you are a leader, aspiring leader, or an introvert that is looking for a mentor without actually meeting someone, than this is the book for you. If you are like BC Hoevelmann and have a desire in making the fire service better, go to search the title and purchase your own copy. If you are looking for more company officer development resources/content seek out BC Hoevelmann page “The New Fire Officer”. Content is multimedia loaded on different platforms follow the link and let him know that Hooks and Hooligans sent ya!

Senior Staff Coordinator
Adam Neff

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