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 The award winning novel First Blood received its honors in the
Fiction Unpublished 2008 Public Safety Writer's Association Writing Competition 


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A chilling and intimate look into one man’s voyage from troubled youth to street gang messiah as he sets into motion the greatest scourge to ever hit American urban life

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An excerpt from First Blood


“You’ll be staying in cell block C section fourteen room forty-one,” the jailer told him as he opened the door. “You’re in here for four years. Stay out of trouble and away from gangs.” The jail closed the door and left.

“What's happening blood? I’m Kelso,” said a voice from inside the cell.

Neon turned around, a dark skinned juvenile was sitting on the top bunk swinging his feet.  He was wearing the same khaki colored clothing they gave Neon to wear. Kelso’s hair was braided in cornrows.

“What you in for?” Asked Kelso.

“They call me Neon, they say I committed arson.”

   
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BOOK REVIEWS

 

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.

 

-Kirkus Discoveries

 

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.

 

-Marilyn Olsen
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