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The author, Glenn Langohr spent 10 years inside the most violent prisons in California on drug charges. He paints the culture into words and takes you on a journey into the belly of the beast with an authentic look at gang warfare behind bars. Mexican Mafia in motion...

B.J, a drug dealer serving time, takes the reader on a never before seen, inside look at a California maximum security prison. The inner dynamics between prison guards, gang investigators and the Warden are on display along with the political climate between races with a war brewing between the Mexicans and Blacks. A piercing account of the process for gang validation into solitary confinement at Pelican Bay's SHU through the eyes of inmates struggling to survive gang wars, in prison drug debts, prison politics, rules and regulations, and ultimately power and control, while desperately trying to find a path for redemption along the way.

©2011 Glenn Langohr (P)2012 Glenn Langohr

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Good but short

I really enjoyed this book. I liked the narrator & the story learning more & more about the prizon system in CA.

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  • Molalla, OR, United States
  • 09-22-12

Tense, telling story of prison life

Where does Race Riot rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Near the top

What was one of the most memorable moments of Race Riot?

Near the end, when the tension exploded with the actual riot.

What does Lucas D. Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Distinct character voices, a great sense of the stories energy.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

A great listen, like a documentary of prison life and racial tensions, as well as a great story of building tension.

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Fascinating story

This book took the reader into an even deeper peek into prison politics than DOY did. It showed how prison life and the racial dynamics are like playing a real live chess game how every move u make or even words that comes out of ones mouth can land not just a person but a persons whole race in deep s*** . Langohr has situations in the book between racial groups that play out the same way politics and diplomatic relations play out between governments. As the book goes on I found myself waiting in suspense to see which side was going to attack who or who was going to make concessions for peace.Something I especially liked about the book is that Langohr doesn't appear to be biased in his accounts towards one group or another as some writers appear to be in their books rather he seems to just be telling things as they happened giving props when they were do or criticisms when they were do

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Thrilling account of what it’s like to be in prison

This book was an excellent account of fear and action. For anyone who is curious about whah prison is like and how accurate the movies are, this will help you determine that