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Publisher's Summary

Looking for an escape from childhood abuse, Reymundo Sanchez turned away from school and baseball to drugs, alcohol, and then sex and was left to fend for himself before age 14. The Latin Kings, one of the largest and most notorious street gangs in America, became his refuge and his world, but its violence cost him friends, freedom, self-respect, and nearly his life. This is a raw and powerful odyssey through the ranks of the new Mafia, where the only people more dangerous than rival gangs are members of your own gang, who in one breath will say they'll die for you and in the next will order your assassination.

Contains mature themes.

©2000 Reymundo Sanchez (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

“A slow-motion riot of drugs, sex, and gunplay." ( Publishers Weekly)

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I keep mulling it over and what it means

Couldn't stop listening to it once I started and now can't get it out of my mind. Lots of violence, sex and drugs - and teenagers dying.

I guess this is what it's like in Chicago if you're a kid who doesn't really belong anywhere and there's a park in walking distance. Wow, there's a whole life waiting for you at the park if you're young and can be fearless in the right situations.

I'm glad the author gave an account of his life over a period of years so I could see that once one is essentially used up by the gang, they don't need you anymore. Replacements are on the way; you're fully expendable.

It's real life but at a much, much faster pace. Maybe that's why it won't leave my mind yet, because I'm still trying to integrate what I learned with what I already thought I knew. And I'm doing what probably any listener would do, which is to try to conjure up a way for society or government or somebody to provide some better options than what the gangs provide.

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great story

I truly got into this book. i wish thr narrator had been someone more familiar with, at the minimum the actual names of shine of these streets. i am from this neighborhood and it killed me to hear, over and over ,the mispronounced streets and names of some of the characters. the narration could have made this book audible version more enjoyable. phenomenal story.

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Great

Very good book, read a while ago but listening to it is like a movie in your head. They need to narrate the the sequel, Once a King Always a King

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couldn't read it

audible wouldn't let me read it kept telling me to re download tried 5 times and nothing.

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Liked the heart rending story, hated the narration. Were it not for the intriguing story I would have asked for my money back.... if you’re reading a story, make an effort to pronounce names as the ‘original’ would! HATED the way he pronounced the Spanish nick names!!

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Great

I don’t write many reviews I just really liked this book it really made time pass quickly it’s full of action and a good story with a great message

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best book I've heard this year!!!

Great Narrator, great story, sad and real!! loved your story, thanks for sharing, I will recommend this book to everyone I know. we need more books like this one!!

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Very real.

I like the narrators voice I feel like it depicted the character in the story very well. The story itself was exactly what it said it was going to be. The casual talk helped paint a picture. Over all I liked the book. If you want a very graphic idea from the kids perspective on what it’s like to be a Latin King this is probably your book.

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amazing

I binged the entire 12 hour book that's how good it was I had a visual of what was being read and even found myself with chills every now and again amazing book and narrator

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Great book but...

narration was not the best. Spanish parts were horrible and could not really be understood, a little practice would have gone a long way. also some of the voices 'mocked' or quoted felt very fake and could have been better performed.