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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; Original edition (June 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451611927
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451611922
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,537,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

“Terrance has creatively crafted the perfect storm of a novel: a fiery, fast-paced plot, intriguing and dynamic characters and a deliciously edible scandal. Strap yourselves in and hold on tightly—it’s one hell of a ride!”
--Lee Hayes, bestselling author

Dean has penned a page turning scandal, a plot explosive classic, and given life to taboo characters that leap off the page! A fast paced novel that seduces you into the underworld of Hip-Hop and never ever let's you go! --Tu-Shonda L. Whitaker, Essence bestselling author of Millionaire Wives Club

"With his latest novel Mogul, Terrance Dean continues to make words simmer on the page, with insightful character development, dramatic plot twists and explosive dialogue. Terrance uses his rebellious keyboard to add to his sizzling body of accessible, page turning, jaw-dropping fiction. Sure to be another best-seller! Read It!" -- Sabrina Lamb, bestselling humorist of the satirical novel, A Kettle Of Vultures...Left Beak Marks On My Forehead (Simon & Schuster/Strebor)

“With the sensuality of E. Lynn Harris, flare of James Earl Hardy, and classiness of Ricc Rollins, Dean has cooked up a well crafted master piece that is sure to have readers glued to the pages. Get ready. You're about to be taken on the ride of your life.” --Anna J, Bestselling Author of Snow White: A Survival Story

With Mogul, you get an inside look -- though fictional -- at the entertainment industry, the making of a hip hop star, and the secrets those stars must keep in order to keep their fame and fortune. I couldn't put it down. -- Frederick Smith, author of Down for Whatever and Right Side of the Wrong Bed

"Terrance Dean's debut novel MOGUL is a cautionary tale in the tradition of E. Lynn Harris. It enters the secret world of Hip Hop and gives new meaning to the word "family." Fast, suspenseful and eye-opening, MOGUL will make you take a second look at everyone you thought you knew." --Donna Hill, author of What Mother Never Told Me

"MOGUL is where fame, secrets and sexuality meet. If you loved E. Lynn Harris, check out newcomer Terrance Dean." --Tananarive Due, Essence bestselling author of JOPLIN'S GHOST and BLOOD COLONY

"When I heard this book was underway, I awaited it with baited breath. Terrance Dean did not disappoint either. Mogul is unputdownable--just what the doctor ordered. The literary webs he has woven, with this titillating tale about the down-low and low-down deeds within the music industry, kept me at the edge of my seat. I didn't want this book to end. It is many, many things and a must read. With this debut novel, I can only pay Terrance Dean the highest of compliments and christen him as 'The E. Lynn Harris of the Hip Hop Generation.’” -- Karu F. Daniels, digital media producer/journalist/author

“Nobody else could have written this book. Terrance Dean broke new ground with Hiding in Hip Hop and now he does it again with Mogul. For the first time ever we are given an exclusive red carpet and backstage pass into the mind of a rap mogul living on the down low. Whether the industry is ready or not for an openly gay exec in hip hop, Terrance Dean brings his journey straight to us along with a secret world and sizzling tale of sex, sensuality and self esteem."
--Abiola Abrams is a TV personality, author and lifestyle maven as seen on networks such as MTV and BET. Her debut novel Dare was a hip hop love story.

I enjoyed reading this book. It kept my attention from the first page to the last. I know it will provide readers that missing link since E. Lynn Harris's death...Bravo Terrance. You are da man. –JL King, New York Times bestselling author

"Terrance Dean shines a spotlight on the mysteries of male sexuality and identity in the music industry in this riveting and romantic novel. It's filled with twists and turns, love and double lives. A great compliment to Dean's other writing." -- Emil Wilbekin, Managing Editor at Essence.com, former Editor-in-Chief of Giant and Vibe

"In his latest novel, Terrance Dean gives us a true to life account of the tight knit “family” among males in hip-hop. A must-read for those who enjoy figuring out “blind items” and the top players in the industry." -- Deborah Bennett, Senior Editor, HelloBeautiful.com

I found Mogul to be good reading and great fun. The characters are lively and the storyline is so provocative that it will leave readers wanting for more. --Gil Robertson IV, Robertson Treatment Syndicated Column (RTSC)

About the Author

Speaker, Educator, Author, and Hip Hop Head Terrance Dean is the author of the explosive and provocative memoir, Hiding In Hip Hop: On the Down Low in the Entertainment Industry from Music to Hollywood. Dean is also the author of Straight from Your Gay Best Friend and co-author of Visible Lives. He has worked in the entertainment industry for over 10 years with heavy hitters such as Spike Lee, Rob Reiner, Keenan Ivory Wayans, and Anjelica Houston, and with notable television and film production companies such as MTV Networks, B.E.T., Savoy Television, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, and Sony Pictures.

More About the Author

Speaker, Educator, Author, and Hip Hop Head Terrance Dean is the author of the explosive and provocative memoir, Hiding In Hip Hop'On the Down Low in the Entertainment Industry from Music to Hollywood (Simon & Schuster/Atria Books June 2008).

Dean has worked in the entertainment industry for over 10 years with heavy hitters such as Spike Lee, Rob Reiner, Keenan Ivory Wayans, and Anjelica Houston. He has worked with television and film production companies; MTV Networks, B.E.T., Savoy Television, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, and Sony Pictures.

Dean is the founder/creator of Men's Empowerment, Inc. and co-creator of The Gathering of Men with Adeyemi Bandele. Adeyemi is the husband and spiritual partner of acclaimed teacher and best-selling author Iyanla Vanzant. Dean is the author of the best-selling book for men of color, 'Reclaim Your Power! A 30-Day Guide to Hope, Healing and Inspiration for Men of Color,' (Random House/Villard May 2003).

Deans' New York based organization, Men's Empowerment, has been in existence for over five years and has over 300 men of color from various backgrounds involved with the organization.

Men's Empowerment is an organization that is dedicated to the transformation of men of color in their communities for their own self-empowerment. The not-for-profit organization is a hugely popular empowerment group, which allows men of color to communicate, share and participate in an environment where brothers can 'check their egos at the door' and create bonding relationships with one another. The brothers share experiences in their lives, which helps build a foundation of support for men to freely be in a room exchanging information to make powerful transformations in their lives. Some of the featured guest speakers have included, Emil Wilbekin, former Editor-in-Chief, VIBE Magazine; Kevin Powell, Author and Activist; Stacy Spikes, CEO Urbanworld Film Group; Gordon Chambers, Grammy Award Song Writer; Omar Tyree, Author; and Kevin Lyles, Chairman of Warner Music Group.

Dean's first best-selling book, 'Reclaim Your Power!' assists men with daily reminders of meaningful spiritual meditations that can be practiced anywhere and at anytime. This book provides simple reminders of being still and listening to your inner voice, remembering to breathe and having faith in the midst of the storm. This powerful compact book also provides worksheets, which allows the reader to become interactive with the process of nurturing their spirit. This book definitely leaves the reader feeling empowered!

Dean is a 2005 John Seigenthaler Journalism Fellow from Vanderbilt University. He is a contributing writer to the anthologies, 'Souls of My Brothers' and 'Always Too Soon.' He has also appeared across the country on popular syndicated radio shows and has made television appearances on NBC 10 Philadelphia, WB 11 New York, and FOX 2 in Detroit. Dean has written for The New York Sun, The Tennessean, Fatherhood Today, The Michigan Chronicle's Front Page, Flirtingtime.com and Blackmeninamerica.com.



Customer Reviews

This was an interesting book and the characters seem really familiar.
Soulful Reviews
Cherlina Works - author of Nothing Can Come Between Us: Well, Maybe a Hater and Jewel's Magical Christmas.
Cherlina Works
The real use of the Music industry gave the story depth and a feeling that you were actually there.
Sog

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 28, 2011
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This book was a page turner. It was well written. If you have the time and are a true reader you can read this book in one day. I carried my Kindle everywere and every free moment I had I read. MOGUL is where fame, secrets and sexuality meet. In the description (Big A.T has money, fame, and Jasmine, his girlfriend who doesn't know about his secret.) If you can handle same sex anything and have an open mind, please pick up MOGUL. This book is a very good read. Cant wait for the next book because this definetly can have a book II. Terrance Dean I told you before that i enjoy your writting. I have recommeneded you to friends and I wish you the best of luck as an Author. Keep the books coming.

Carla Shepherd
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caramel35@hotmail.com
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Readers With Attitude Bookclub VINE VOICE on June 19, 2011
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Big A.T. has everything at the palms of his hands, but still he cannot experience true happiness because in essence, he is living a lie. With the power of pretty much being on top of the music industry, he is forced to hide the fact that he is in love...with another man. In fact, in his entire lifetime he has only loved men, his body has only craved men. He knows in his heart that he is a gay man, but the hip hop world is not ready for the King of NY to be an openly gay man. Not an industry that makes most of its money off of bravado. So what is a man to do when he is faced with coming out himself or being put out there in the worst way? Well, let the chips fall where they may.

This is the most exciting read that I have encountered in a long time. Anyone who might have doubted the writing skills of Terrance Dean before, now need to understand that he is on top of his pen game! I read this book literally in less than twenty four hours. This is one of those books that I have desperately craved for, something that I couldn't put down. This was the type of book that had me cancel all of my plans, read all day and I even went out to dinner and gave the waitress my entire order before she said hello just so I could have more time to read at the table! There is not a moment in this book that will disappoint.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul James on September 13, 2011
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Mogul is a simply put well written book. It took me a while to get over the graphic male scenes, but I overcame my unknowing. It has a wonderful flow and keeps you intersested. A true page turner. The drama filled ending actually had me hootin' and hollerin' like aww Damn! Give it chance you won't be sorry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Baker on February 7, 2013
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After reading his last book, I really didn't want to place a lot of faith in him, however after reading what this book was about, I told myself to give him another chance. I'm glad that I did. This book of fiction, about a young man who rises from nothing to run the rap world, was a very good read. Please be advised that it will take some time, because it's not a pamplet for real, but the characters were fleshed out enough for me and the loyalty that the main character received was stong. The decision to do what he did...WOW! I was very impressed with this book and will probably give him another chance with a follow-up novel. GOOD WORK, MR. DEAN!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By trisan on May 28, 2013
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As obvious it is on who big A.T. Was.
Tickman is still questionable....
Terrance has done an excellent job in concealing true identities but blatant enough with his splash of creativity. Read with an open and mature mind.
Good read. It takes you away from where you are a bit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dahl on October 21, 2012
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I will have to disagree with the majority of the reviews of Mogul. I did not enjoy this book. Not the cadence of the story, the neat and tidy "happy ending for all", nor the constant use of the word "mines". I understand and appreciate that the author was giving the readers a look at what goes on behind the scenes of hip hop, and how some of our favorite artists may not be as they appear, however it seemed a little one-sided. The focus of the book was primarily on the sex lives of the characters, and all of the hard work that it takes to become and keep being a mogul was glossed over and rushed through just to get to the next sex scene. Since this was more of a romance novel, maybe it should have been called "The Family" or "His and Mines".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sade on April 19, 2012
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I really love Terrance Dean and I read his blog all the time! He is funny and smart and thats why I was so excited about reading this book however, it just wasn't what I excepted. With this story line it could have been much more drama and exciting parts but sadly it was not. Personally the book seemed rushed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TLH on August 25, 2011
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great book, great story, interesting characters, unexpected twist, realistic, and reminiscent of E.Lynn Harris.

Great Author, great personality!

I still haven't read his other book, Hiding in Hip Hop, but that will be next.
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