Customer Reviews


18 Reviews
5 star:
 (16)
4 star:
 (2)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 
‹ Previous | 1 2 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Original Gangstas!, March 7, 2010
This review is from: Street Legends Vol. 2 (Perfect Paperback)
Street lit, street fiction, urban fiction, or whatever people are calling today is taking over. Readers can't seem to consume enough of gritty the stories. Well, author Seth Ferranti takes readers behind the scenes in his second installment of "Street Legends." Volume 2 features `Black Caesar' Frank Matthews, who dominated the heroin market in New York in the 70s; Maurice `Peanut' King, one of the biggest street legends in Baltimore's history; Michael `Fray' Salters, known as the Ambassador of Chocolate City, he was feared, trusted and respected; The Boobie Boys, one of Miami's most savage drug gangs; The Short North Posse, a crew out of Columbus, Ohio that lived by the code of the streets and kept it old school; and The New World of Islam, a Muslim sect that advocated black superiority funded by armed robberies.

This isn't fiction. This is real life. This is the stuff those stories are based on. Through their own words, words of those that were around at the time, the media and court records, Ferranti recounts the history of some of the most notorious. The section I found particularly interesting and also ironic involves a well-known street lit publisher and author that helped in the downfall of one crew by becoming a government witness, a clear contradiction of the genre, to reduce her own sentence.

Real, raw and very easy to read, "Street Legends Vol 2" should be on your shelf.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real and raw look at gangsters, July 29, 2012
This review is from: Street Legends Vol. 2 (Perfect Paperback)
Seth Ferranti's Street Legends Vol.2 is a hard and raw look at some of the more notorious street gangsters in US history. He covers The Peanut King, Boobie Boys, and The New world of Islam. The two best chapters deal with the Short North Posse out of Columbus Ohio, and the legendary Frank Matthews.

Ferranti writes like the gangsters speak. This gives the book a voice that is far different than just a historical recitation. Slang words abound with no glossary, which is a good thing. You get into the story and the characters. You feel how they tried to hold on to their empires against competitors, changing times, and the law. A really well done work for fans of street level true crime.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey Seth did you ever notice all your legends are in jail, September 10, 2013
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
It's very interesting to read about these clowns, the game has only two exit ramps and neither of them are any good jail in the morgue. If these guys would've stayed small and stayed under the radar they might've lasted a little longer or perhaps got out of the game after they made a little bit of money and went legit will most of them will have a lifetime to think about when they were street legend while they're doing their time respectfully Johnny Irish
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Far from street lit, this is street truth, March 9, 2013
This review is from: Street Legends Vol. 2 (Perfect Paperback)
This book upholds the morals and principals the same as the subject matter that it covers. This is not sensationalized writing about what goes on in the streets but very well written and researched journalism that goes in-depth into the genesis and environments that created these men. If you want to know what the streets of urban America produce, I suggest you read this book.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Street Legends Vol. 2, February 8, 2013
Another great book from Seth Ferranti with page turning raw uncut details about some of the coldest crews and cats out there. Highly recommended to anyone that is into books about True Crime.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Embedded journalism has never been more real, June 16, 2011
This review is from: Street Legends Vol. 2 (Perfect Paperback)
By David Amoruso

Author Seth Ferranti brings his readers true crime stories from inside prison. Interviewing imprisoned gangsters and crime bosses as well as law enforcement figures, he manages to paint a refreshing picture of the American gangland.

True crime is a very interesting genre. To its readers every word rings true. To the criminals most true crime books are total fiction. Usually the books are written by former gangsters who have "flipped" and testified against their criminal colleagues in order to avoid years behind bars. They present their side of the story.

And that's exactly where, according to most mobsters and criminals, the story gets twisted around to make the author look good and his former partners in crime ever the worse. With his book Street Legends Vol. 2, Seth Ferranti wants to set the record straight.

Serving a 304 month sentence for running a continual criminal enterprise and having already spent 17 years in prison, Ferranti (right) knows quite a few stand-up men like himself and he has interviewed a lot of them for this book. It shows!

Speaking with members of the "Short North Posse" or notorious "Boobie Boys" (among many), Ferranti relays their view on their life of crime and how the media and law enforcement treated them and their case. If you think this seems biased, well, it is. But it is a side of a story the public has not heard yet. And though Ferranti makes no secret about where his loyalty lies, he does an excellent job at providing the reader with information from law enforcement and media sources as well, painting a thorough picture of the scenes and cases.

The most important thing for Ferranti is to honor the men who (allegedly) committed the crime, but who sure as hell are now doing the time. Men who refused to testify against their friends and fellow gangsters in order to avoid life in a tiny cell. The author touches on this subject quite often while interviewing the imprisoned gang bosses. Surprisingly open, many admit they were wild and crazy, and add that they would have done things very differently if they had to do life over again. Prison life will change any man and when these "street legends" start thinking about life in general the story goes beyond the drugs, murders and bling.

E-4, an imprisoned member of Miami's infamous Boobie Boys drug gang tells Ferranti: "I am not looking for the spotlight in my old mentality, but I'm willing to help those find purpose through my mistakes, so they will not commit the same actions." In the book, E-4 offers more of his insight on his case and also on gangsta rappers who make a nice living off of the exploits of real gangsters. All real life gangsters actually have a few words to say about rappers like Rick Ross, Ja Rule, and 2Pac.

To conclude, Seth Ferranti's Street Legends Vol. 2 offers readers grimy stories about gangsters from America's inner cities. Drug dealers, hit men, kingpins, they are all there. And many offer their own two cents as to how they went down or what their current outlook on life is. Ferranti wanted to honor the stand up gangsters and has succeeded. In the process the fans of true crime can enjoy tales of murders, drug deals, and life in prison from the men who were in charge of it all. Ferranti possesses a unique talent to capture the streets in words and does so from behind bars. Embedded journalism has never been more real. I look forward to reading more of his books.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening, entertaining, and more importantly, real., December 2, 2011
This review is from: Street Legends Vol. 2 (Perfect Paperback)
Ferranti will go down as one of our country's most successful prisoners. Rather than wasting his days complaining about the unjust sentence handed down by our system, he takes action. Behind prison bars he not only educated himself, he educates other prisoners and shares their important stories. In a way that no text book, professor or journalist can this book provides a unique perspective into criminal life in some of our toughest streets and cities. And the stories in this book, unlike so many of the stories in the movies, do not have a happy ending. Rather the men portrayed in the book, most who are taught to uphold the code of the streets, are serving decades behind bars. When faced with the choice of snitching on a friend and walking out of that courtroom or doing the time and staying quiet, they choose the time. Despite their criminal behavior the reader learns about honor, respect, and the importance--and consequences--of upholding the code of the street. This is a useful book, both because of the subject and because of Ferranti's way with words. Because he is a prisoner he can write about the prisoner. Uniquely, he can relay the pain, the frustration, the enmity, and even the pride these men feel in being locked up in a cage for decades. This book, in a nutshell, should be required reading for any one, especially kids, who think selling drugs and living the fast life is the best way to achieve their ends, whether it be power, money, or happiness.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Street Legends Vol 2: Original Gangsters, May 21, 2012
This review is from: Street Legends Vol. 2 (Perfect Paperback)
This book, the second in Seth Ferranti's Street Legend's series, gives the biographies of six of our countries most infamous urban gangsters. The men whose stories are profiled in this book- Frank Matthews, Peanut King, Michal Fray, The Boobie Boys, Short North Posse, New World- are modern day outlaw heroes who have become certified street legends from the black underworld. Through rap culture, which has name checked them in verse, they have become mythical icons that form a part of hip-hop's lyrical lore. Rapper Rick Ross has championed the Boobie Boys in his songs and the other street stars have all gained their own infamy through other books, DVDs and magazines like Don Diva, F.E.D.S. and AS IS. This volume is the most concise and detailed profiles of these men and their lives due to the fact that the author Seth Ferranti is in prison with the men he writes about. He carefully crafts the tales giving the real story and not the hyped up mainstream media view which have labeled all the of the above real life Tony Montana's. The fact that these men are criminals cannot be denied but in their own way they all had their own honor and can be viewed as Robin Hood type figures, but they aren't Robin Hood they are from the hood and these stories resonate with everything that Hollywood Blaxploitation and gangsta rap want to be about. Check this book out along with Seth's other gritty and brutal, real life true crime stories from Gorilla Convict Publications.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Original Gangsters, June 12, 2012
By 
Anne S. Ferranti (Chesterfield, VA USA) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
This review is from: Street Legends Vol. 2 (Perfect Paperback)
This is the second book in the Street Legends series. It takes a look at six more street legends and crews including the infamous Frank Matthews, who was the first real black godfather, Michael Fray, who was a Washington, DC, gangster of enormous repute, Peanut King, who was Baltimore's premier drug lord in the 1970s and 1980s, the Boobie Boys of Miami and rapper Rick Ross fame, the Short North Posse, who triple Crown founder Vickie Stringer snitched on, and New World, who were radical Islamic bank robbers in New Jersey in the 1970s. All of these men were original gangsters in their own right. I especially liked the variety of era and prison photos of them in their prime in the streets and as they looked while locked up in the belly of the beast. The book shows us how they came to be the men they were and what they are doing now as they all sit behind the wall of penitentiaries looking out at the world as it revolves and moves on without them. It is a fascinating and vivid look into the myths of inner city black gangsters and the hip-hop culture they influenced along the way. Seth has researched their lives thoroughly and gives the reader the "skinny" on their illicit activities in an entertaining and forthright manner.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Brutally realistic view from the inside, January 5, 2012
This review is from: Street Legends Vol. 2 (Perfect Paperback)
Seth Ferranti doesn't just write true crime stories... he gets the inside scoop on some of gangland's most notorious characters. That's because he has been incarcerated since the early nineties and has access to many of the persons of interest themselves. When he doesn't meet a subject personally - he always seems to know a character or two that DOES know or worked within the crime organization being discussed. Both the Street Legends books cover topics that few other true crime anthologies delve into - the "urban gangster" stories. Tales of classic era mobsters are always wonderful to read, but Ferranti gives fans of the genre a look into the world of organized crime that ruled the inner city ghettos from the 1960's to contemporary times. Read either Street Legends book and meet kingpins like the still-at-large Frank Matthews or the crack king turned rap mogul Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff. While certainly unapologetic and perhaps frightening at times, the stories also give some doses of human interest and background that could easily be overlooked otherwise. This isn't street lit - this is real life gang drama.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


‹ Previous | 1 2 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

Details

Street Legends Vol. 2
Street Legends Vol. 2 by Seth Ferranti (Perfect Paperback - January 26, 2010)
$15.00 $12.70
In Stock
Add to cart Add to wishlist
Search these reviews only
Send us feedback How can we make Amazon Customer Reviews better for you? Let us know here.