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The Holland Family Saga Part One: They Don't Mind Dying [Kindle Edition]

Clever Black
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Book Description

They Don’t Mind Dying…Those who reside there already know the saying. To everyone else—welcome to New Orleans—to be more specific—welcome to the Ninth Ward. They Don’t Mind Dying is an intense psychological thriller that chronicles in explicit detail, the inner workings of an inner city drug organization from its violent rise to power on through to its ultimate demise.
Forced out of his home and onto the streets by his aunt at the age of fifteen, Ben Holland meets two youths, Manny and Oscar, who would change his life forever when they introduce him to a life of crime. They Don’t Mind Dying tells the story of Ben Holland and how he and his friends rose to the top of the drug game and the violent lifestyle the gang’s members had become accustomed to. When events within the organization begin to unravel the gang’s solidarity, however, no amount of money in their possession, nor the police on the crew’s payroll, could stop the wheels of retribution from rolling in their direction. Ben Holland and his crew fight to remain atop the city’s drug trade, but the price of success is starting to exceed the effort; retirement is looking more and more appealing. Can Ben Holland and his crew stay alive long enough to exit the game? Or will fate have a say so in matters?
They Don’t Mind Dying is the first installment in The Holland Family Saga, a saga that will chronicle the Holland Family’s history along with the people who would shape their lives over many years. Starting with They Don’t Mind Dying, the creed in which Ben Holland and his cohorts live by throughout their violent reign, and traversing forward, the saga will reveal over time, the Holland Family’s struggles, injustices and inner demons as their lives come full circle and many secrets are revealed. The Holland Family Saga is more than fiction…It is real life in print.

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  • File Size: 2104 KB
  • Print Length: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Clever Black Books (March 20, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007N922EI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,586 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Enjoyed! June 14, 2012
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I am always skeptical of books that claim to be about New Orleans. I am a New Orleans native & current resident & usually the books that claim to be about the N.O. really don't have a clue. Not this one. It was so real! From the neighborhoods to the way the characters talked and interacted! I really enjoyed this book. It caught my attention & keep me eagerly anticipating every page! This book had me rooting for the crew to make it. It broke my heart, made me happy, made me sad, & made me angry all at the same time. You won't be disappointed with this one! I absolutely can't wait for part 2!
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3.0 out of 5 stars They Don't Mind DYING November 13, 2012
By mewe
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I thought the book had to much bad language and to much sex. I also thought it was well written and over all I do believe it is a good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chalmette Marie Brown August 31, 2012
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I would like to say that I have had this book in my Kindle for a while now.A friend of mine an up comming Author Nicole Peters sugested that I read this.Well I tell you what best read I have had in awhile.I could not put it down .There was a storm coming my way (Issac)was out of power and had to leave .But i took my Kindle and laptop. This help me forget about the wind blowing out side .i was so into the book that I cried I laughed my mouth sometime dropped with Shock.I REALLY GIVE THIS BOOK A 5 because it was not sexual not to violent but just enough for me to keep reading.I have much respect for this author whom i never heard of until some one sugessted this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very exciting start to the series November 16, 2014
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Family ~ a word that is supposed to mean more than anything in the world. To some it means love, loyalty, commitment, respect, EVERYTHING! To others it means nothing more than kinship. Who you consider your family is something totally different, everyone that you consider family is not family by blood. Those family members are those have proven to you that they are loyal to you and will have your back no matter what and that means more to you than bloodline.

Katrina Sanders is a beautiful little girl who wants nothing more than to be loved by her mother like all little girls. Problem is due to circumstances beyond Katrina's control she can not attain that love that she wants and desires so much so she has to get that love from somewhere else. Manny Taylor and his mother Joyce would show Katrina what the true meaning of family is.

Manny Taylor Jr. is a teenager who has to live the life of the man of the household. Living with his mother after his father was taken from his life way too early has made Manny become a man early on. Doing the only thing that he knows to do to survive, Manny understands family and has his blood family plus his street family and there is nothing that he won't do to protect either of them.

Ben Holland has been living with his aunt since his parents died when he was young. When Ben becomes a teen and his aunt realizes that he is nothing more than kinship to her, Ben is forced to live on the streets and learn about life. Ben soon meets Manny and becomes fast friends and realizes that this friendship is more family that he has experienced and this is what he needs to survive. This friendship fast grows into a larger family and everyone experiences love and loyalty.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It all made sense in the end! April 20, 2014
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This was the first Clever Black book I've ever read. I purchased it because it was scheduled to be discussed in a book group I'm apart of on Facebook.

At first, I was mad. Im all for detail and appreciate a characters back story. But this went waaaaaaayyyyyy back with all the main players. I don't know if It was because I was reading against time or what but the fact that I was reading about a tween girl, and some prepubesent boys throwing a football around and this raggedy old car, speakers in the window etc etc all bothered me.


I had threatened to never open up this book in my kindle again....then Kay Kay's innocence was stolen from her and Manny lost his mind. At that moment I felt compelled to keep reading because I had to know what happened to these CHILDREN (they literally were children). And Im glad I did!

Its been a looong time since I really connected with the characters infront of me like I did the crew. As time went on and I continued to read, I found myself appreciating the drawn out beginning. I feel like it was the authors way of making you feel his characters. I found myself feeling like I literally watched them come up from the projects to Par 6. So when they had a good time, I was all smiles and laughing at the antics of this put together family. When they had drama, my adreneline was rushing too and I found myself speed reading to keep up with the pace of how things happened. And when they felt pain.....because I was so invested....yeah I felt so bad. There was more than once I had to put my device down to regroup from what had just gone down.

Its so many twist and turns and stuff you just dont even see coming, coming at you! The Holland Family Saga is full of action, drama, laughs, tears, sex, money, drugs, heartbreak and most importantly LOVE.

It all makes sense in the end!

My name is K Sherrie,
And I approve this read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Clever" Black.....indeed July 5, 2013
By Siren
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I am not sure where to begin but let me start by sayng, "Buy this book!"

If the devil is in the details, then Clever Black must be the devil reincarnated. (I mean this in a positive way) This book was so well written (minor typos) and crafted that I am still basking in the afterglow of such good reading. The characters were described and developed so well that there was really no question about who anyone was and what role they played throughout the book.

The beginning had me smiling and cheesing because I know what the 9th ward is like and I have friends from there. Manny, Oscar, and Ben warmed my heart with their generous ways and affection towards the neighborhood kids. They were not perfect role models, but they looked out for the little ones and tried to protect them as best they could. Katrina's story crushed me and tears flowed freely upon a certain point. I hated Faye and wanted her to meet a demise befitting such as sorry arse mother. Ms. Joyce was my girl and I really liked her character throughout the entire book. She and Manny had genuine hearts and belived in helping people. She knew what the game was like but she also discovered a life outside the game which made me proud. The bond Manny, Ben, an Oscar developed was rare as people often turn on one another for whatever reasons. But not this trio. No sir, they were the real deal and were closer than any blood relatives could have been. I like that the three also encouraged Katrina to make good grades and make something of her life even though she could wild out...LOL....Even they could comprehend at a young age that the retiring from the streets is not a retirement plan at all.

The middle part of the book had me feeling some kind of way. I was again in tears and very angry at Clever Black.
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