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Street Soldier: My Life as an Enforcer for Whitey Bulger and the Boston Irish Mob | [Edward MacKenzie Jr., Phyllis Karas]

Street Soldier: My Life as an Enforcer for Whitey Bulger and the Boston Irish Mob

For decades the FBI let James ''Whitey'' Bulger get away with murder, allowing him continued control of his criminal enterprise in exchange for information. He went on the lam in 1995, after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, 2011 followed top-ranked Osama bin Laden on the FBI'''s Ten Most Wanted List, and then was captured in Santa Monica, California weeks after Bin Laden's demise.
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Publisher's Summary

For decades the FBI let James ''Whitey'' Bulger get away with murder, allowing him continued control of his criminal enterprise in exchange for information. He went on the lam in 1995, after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, 2011 followed top-ranked Osama bin Laden on the FBI'''s Ten Most Wanted List, and then was captured in Santa Monica, California weeks after Bin Laden's demise.

Edward J. MacKenzie, Jr. was a drug dealer and enforcer who would do just about anything for Bulger. In this compelling eyewitness account, Eddie Mac delivers the goods on his one-time boss and on such former associates as Stephen ''The Rifleman'' Flemmi and turncoat FBI agent John Connolly.

Street Soldier is also a story of the search for family, for acceptance, for respect, loyalty, and love. Abandoned by his parents at the age of four, Mackenzie became a ward of the state, suffered physical and sexual abuse, and eventually drifted into Bulger's orbit.

The Eddie Mac who emerges in these pages is complex: An enforcer who was also a national kick-boxing champion; a womanizer who fought for custody of his daughters; a kid never given much of a chance who went on, as an adult, to earn a college degree in three years; a man who lived by a strict code of loyalty but also helped set up a sting operation that would net one of the largest hauls of cocaine ever seized.

Street Soldier is as disturbing and fascinating as a crime scene, as heart-stopping as a bar fight, and at times as darkly comic as Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction or Martin Scorsese's Good Fellas.

Actor/Producer/Writer Peter Facinelli (The Twilight Saga Films, Nurse Jackie) announced within days of Bulger's arrest – that he has secured funding and a script for a movie adaptation of Street Soldier, which he optioned nine months earlier.

©2003 Edward J. MacKenzie Jr. and Phyllis Karas (P)2011 steerforth press llc

What the Critics Say

"Eddie MacKenzie's graphic account of his life as a violent street criminal in South Boston is almost unspeakably brutal, coldblooded, ruthless, merciless, callous, cruel - and fascinating. Reading it is like happening upon a street crime and entering the perpetrator's mind.” (John W. Dean in the New York Times Book Review)

“An almost unbeatable insider's account of the mob.”(Library Journal)

“MacKenzie is the first ‘predator' (his description) from the murderous Irish mob in Boston to come forward without an indictment hanging over his head and attempt to tell the ugly truth about an organized crime group that plagued Boston for much of the past 30 years.” (Jonathan Wells in the Boston Herald)

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    Amazon Customer FRESNO, CA, United States 08-22-12
    Amazon Customer FRESNO, CA, United States 08-22-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Mathias Bossi is the Boss! Wow!"

    OK, this book is interesting. Another mob has-been cashing-in on his life of crime. Tawdry at times but apparently brutally honest, which I liked.

    What I really loved about this audiobook was the narrator! He is simply marvelous! It was like having the gangster himself telling me his story!

    The accent, the speed of his delivery, everything was fantastic.

    The story is good, kinda crazy, and Bossi's narration makes this book a must-have!

    I loved it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ronnie Mars, PA, United States 02-06-12
    Ronnie Mars, PA, United States 02-06-12 Member Since 2009

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    "very intense view of life in South Boston"

    I loved it! story of rise to power and the down fall of an enforcer. you have got to listen to it.

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    S. Hawkins Atlanta 02-25-14
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    "interesting, entertaining and very well performed"

    The narrator was phenomenal.

    I like biographies of crooks, and this was an interesting one. The book moved well. It was told as a series of anecdotes, not an exhaustive history. I got the feeling that there was a lot of stuff left unsaid, but I guess that's got to do with statutes of limitations. Even so, there were some interesting snapshots of life in the Boston underworld.

    Recommended. I'll probably give it another listen in a few months.

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    Jason Point Cook, Australia 10-14-12
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    If you could sum up Street Soldier in three words, what would they be?

    exciting, entertaining, sad


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Edward MacKenzie Jr, because he is very honest with how he felt/feels about the crimes he has done.


    What does Matthias N Bossi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This is the first book i have heard Matthias N Bossi narrate but i really found his voice calling me back to the book each time.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yeah were he starts fighting for the welbeen of his daughters, having gone through the same thing i could feel his pain and angrier been helpless in that moment.


    Any additional comments?

    All round good book and a insight into a world that most of us would never see nor want to be in. Its honest and funny at times but its also very deep. Well worth the listen thats for sure and i highly recommend it.

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    John Natick, MA, United States 10-17-12
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    Would you try another book from Edward MacKenzie Jr. and Phyllis Karas and/or Matthias N Bossi?

    absolutly not


    What was most disappointing about Edward MacKenzie Jr. and Phyllis Karas ’s story?

    The most disappointing is MacKenzie's lies and falsehoods. I guess that is what you get from a convicted rapeist


    Did Matthias N Bossi do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He did a very good job with the narration


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Street Soldier?

    the lies told about his jail time, the lies that he was not a rat, when he was.


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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