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.
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!
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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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it seemed very authentic. was a great journey through the criminal world. plus the fine line between crime and law. good and bad.
Informative if you can get passed the self-justification of violence and predation. You certainly get an understanding of his perspective.
it had it all, well everything we love! mobsters, cia, intrigue and heart.
we listened to it on a road trip and we would go around the block a few times at destinations because we couldnt wait. there is a bit of repeativness but it wasnt too bad.
Loved Bossi as a narrator. His heavy Irish Boston accent made you feel like you were right there in Southie with him and seeing first hand what happened. I love all of the stories he told. I would say the only negative to the book is the amount of names and dates he references while telling his story. He also talks fast so while I enjoyed hsi narrating style, it did make it tough at times to remember who he was talking about. It was very easy to get a lot of Whitey's associates and enforcers mixed up. Other than that I highly recommend this book. Loved it!
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, very honest brutal story. Loved it. The reader makes you feel like you are there and along for the ride.
What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?
His accent and timing was flawless . He delivered fear, love, anger and regret so well.
I wish other audiobooks were read half as good.
What about Matthias N Bossi’s performance did you like?
Everything. He is at the top of his game
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.
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.
Would you try another book from Edward MacKenzie Jr. and Phyllis Karas and/or Matthias N Bossi?
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.
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