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Product Details

  • Paperback: 76 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463766696
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463766696
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,055,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

At age 16, Elisa Hategan was an alienated runaway who became recruited into Canada’s most powerful white supremacist movement, the Heritage Front. She was groomed by top leaders to become a rising star of the extremist far-right movement. An errand girl for notorious Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel, she was a witness to the illicit activities of an undercover CSIS agent and co-founder of the Heritage Front. At age 18, she turned against the group and spied on them for several months before testifying in court and going into hiding. Borrowing from her own experiences, the author now weaves an incredible story of one teenage girl’s courage and transformation against a backdrop of hatred and brutality.

More About the Author

I'm a Romanian-born Canadian writer and poet. My poetry and short fiction has appeared in several literary journals before I made the transition to writing prose. These days I provide ghost writing and editorial services on the side, so feel free to hit me up if you have a job you'd like me to tackle.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By onepatriot on October 2, 2011
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Ever wonder what you would do if you lost your identity tomorrow? If you woke up and realized you couldn't trust a soul in the world? And those that were suppose to love you simply abused and used you? Elisa Hategan did not write a love story. She did not write a heart warming tale that lifts your spirits with a fairytale ending. What she did write is a tale of resilience and survival, of heartache and redemption. What she wrotes reminds us that the seeds of hate are alive and well in the hearts of bigots and racists, and that corruption does not necessarily grow in dark, sunless places.

Race Traitor is the story of a teenage girl, Larissa (Lara), who seeks acceptance in the world and falls prey to the trapping of a Neo-nazi organization in the guise of purpose and adoration. Skinhead violance, political extremism, home-grown terrorism and a growing self-awareness of her own character eventually lead Larissa to a deeper understanding of how violence perpetuates violence, and she must make a decision that will change her life in ways that most of us can never understand. Her courage is driven by a complex, and underlying desire to redeem herself for her perceived lack of courage in the death of her homeland friend, Anella, who's tragic and brutal demise is the opening for this book. In the end, her courage and conviction uncover far more than she expected.

Race Traitor is a long book at 432 pages, but this fact never crossed my mind because Hategan's writing is tight and fast-paced, propelling the reader at such a speed that we literally hold on to our seats chapter after chapter.

This is a must read for anyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Naima Anne Haviland on October 16, 2011
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Elisa Hategan's Race Traitor is a thriller in first person about a teenage girl named Larissa who gets recruited by a white supremacist group called the Patriot Front. When the brutal repercussions of her involvement become too obvious to deny, she defects to the other side. Larissa's allies are a district attorney, a tough female cop she falls in love with, and a fierce old alcoholic who heads an underground anti-racist group. Soon Larissa's on the run from jack-booted Patriots out to kill her for deserting, and she must defend herself with all the guerilla tactics they taught her.

Race Traitor is a good read with a big-bang ending. Although the plot escalates to action-movie levels, I liked Race Traitor best when it followed Larissa's solitary trail. She's homeless, lonely, cold, hungry, friendless, and hunted. This part of the book rings true, probably because it's an existence to which so many can personally relate. I also liked the book's treatment of Larissa's recruitment into the Patriot Front. They all seem so friendly, welcoming, and eerily reasonable. I've heard actual defectors of terrorist groups describe how they became so involved in the first place, and it was just the same way. I'm not surprised these elements of the novel feel so authentic because Race Traitor is based on the author's life experience. I plan to Google Elisa Hategan to see if I can find interviews relating to her life, because I think they would be fascinating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pen Name on May 13, 2012
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This book is well thought out and well written. The "climax" isn't its best part because the journey into hate is more compelling.
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Young Lara's life didn't get better when her family left Romania for America. Leaving her alcoholic mother in Chicago at age 15, Lara finds herself with a new family: The Patriot Front. Learning how to shoot and blow up things is fun for any teenager. They make Lara feel needed and wanted and then she learns what they are really up to and tries to help break the group up. The story is well written and smooth, but being a kid from the streets some of it sounded too good to be true. I did enjoy the fact that in all the action there was not too much gratuatis radio All in all it was a pleasant way to spend an afternoon in the sun.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Krash on October 29, 2012
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I got the book because of a few early good reviews. As a big fan of what's currently called "Young Adult" reading, I also thought from the cover that it would be in that genre. Unfortunately, the author's first-person account reads like what I suspect it is - an adult trying to sound like a teenager. Doesn't work.
There are numerous factual errors too, as another reviewer pointed out already. This is one of those sad cases where a really good editor might have made a huge difference, and turned it into a good book. Especially with such a topical subject, I'd have loved to see that happen.
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