The novel's chief virtue is it is vigorous
and pungent, though stereotyped portrait of ghetto life, stocked with sassy hookers, smooth pimps, menacing thugs and hapless
wannabe hoodlums-and earnest strivers wondering where their kids went wrong.
A crude but lively morality play.
Gang violence, once considered just a city phenomenon, is quickly spreading
to America's small towns, rural areas and correctional facilities. It has become a problem for all of us. FIRST BLOOD
offers a dramatic and realistic fictionalized account of the origins of the first urban gangs and explores the factors, as
real today as they were then, that led to the formation of this increasingly dangerous segment of our society. A must read
for police officers, parents and educators.
President Public Safety Writers Association
FIRST BLOOD exposes
deficiencies we must address if we are to direct our children toward a better life. It is an extremely powerful and candid
account of society's regrettable, but authentic side we hear about on the nightly news.
-Felix Aguirre, retired San Diego Police Detective and Author of A Parent's Guide to Street Gangs
and Street Gangs and Law Enforcement