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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 478 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris (June 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456850482
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456850487
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,283,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The coming of age of an urban American Indian at the end of the 20th Century. JC "Indio" Ortega has never known life on an Indian reservation. As a mixed-blood Hispanic/American Indian his experience has been that of an "Urban Indian" his reservation being the streets of the cities he grew up in. He has struggled with alcoholism and drug addiction, he has been a mugger, a thief, an armed robber, a bouncer, a janitor, a boxer, an actor, a writer, a lecturer and at last a member of a Traditional Indian Medicine Society. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John P. Pirolli on April 4, 2013
Format: Paperback
A REVIEW of JC "Idio" Ortega's book THE BLACK WOLF
By Rev.Col.J.Paul Pirolli

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I Have just finished reading the book, the Blackwolf. I am still reeling with excitement. At first, when :I started reading the book, I thought. Oh another boring autobio About how tough it is to be poor.
You know like Eddie Cantor's, Milton Berle's or other variations by so called called celebrities. Ah !but not in this case. This is a story of a real hard living, earth walking guy, who rose from the bottom of the valley of despair, the land of alcoholism, drug addiction and juvinile delequent hoodilism. He was cursed, if not blessed with being a real minority in middle class America. I do mean a real minority. He is A mixture of American Indian and Puerto Rican living in urban East Coast New England. Now I got to be honest, I am a I bit Prejudicial,
because the author , JC "Indio" Ortega, is a close personal friend of mine. I admit it was hard to be objective . When I Started reading the book I have put aside my friendship and r ead it oas if I did know the author. Now, in the past I have read many autobiographys of comics, esotreric persoalities,
And members of organized crime. I studied organize crime and esoteric literature while in college
I have never read books on sports figures or books on martial arts. The Black Wolf covers all these topics.
Indio writess of these topics from his own experiances . Not only did he experience all these topics he experienced them in my own home area of Boston Massachusetts. He tells his readers about his experiences as a dope dealer ,muggerr, bouncer bodyguard, armed robber all of this happened before he was eighteen while living in Chinatown.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katherine M. Spada-basto on February 26, 2013
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The Black Wolf is a coming of age memoir that focuses on the search for identity in 20th century urban New England. Raw and filled with grit, humor and despair, JC "Indio" Ortega is of mixed blood(Puerto Rican.Cuban, Indian and Irish) and longs to find a connection with his Indian roots. The story begins in Boston but originally Ortega's family comes from Hartford and moves to Boston and then Western Mass.
The book opens with a scene when Ortega is a newsstand boy in Boston. Two Italian boys decide to mug him for his money. Ortega runs home and is given a baseball bat by his grandfather and is told to fight them and get the job done. Thus begins a story of survival on the mean streets of Boston and Hartford.
Ortega seems to take a significant moment from his checkered past and brings it to life in each chapter. The sordid cast of characters runs high and deep-a drunken Indian grandfather, brothers and Uncles who live to drink and fight, prostitutes, druggies, hustlers and bums. One of the strengths in this book is that Ortega does an excellent job bringing these wanton characters to life. His dialogue is powerful-the writing is taut, intense and keeps the reader wanting to find out what's next. You really do start to care about the characters and how they will fare living on and off the streets.
In some ways the characters and dialogue remind me of the book "Random Family" by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc. I had to read this book for an English class and the intense and varied cast of the Bronx characters and dialogue are reminiscent of this book. On the other hand, Ortega although very talented with dialogue and moving the story forward often dissipates the energy by throwing in far too many hackneyed and cliched phrases. Often times this works to make a point.
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Format: Paperback
I love this book because it makes people think. It questions how we as a human race respond to one another; how we judge each other; and how we struggle to realize who we are and sometimes more importantly who we are not. It reminders us not to judge ourselves by our past whether it be our ancestors or our own but strive towards forgiveness and productiveness.

It is incredibly well written and at times shocking, but it holds the reader's attention, when he was nervous, I felt myself get nervous. It also goes beyond the author's life and gives an important call for unity: we are not blacks, whites, Asians Indians whatever, but we are one human race.
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By NDNbaby on December 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
i really loved this book, i met the author and he is so cool. i recommend this for anyone who wants a good read about amazing experiences.
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