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UNDERDOG, A True Crime Thriller of Prison Life [Kindle Edition]

Glenn Langohr , Judicious Revisions , Kindle .99 cent books
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Another one of Glenn Langohr's stunning memoirs--a brave, unflinching account of life in prison~ Prison Killers Book 4

The California Prison System houses a mixture of Mexican cartel members, Mexican mafia, Bloods, Crips, and thousands of other street gangs fighting for control and the author turns this story into a pulp thriller of true crime.

The author of Underdog, Glenn Langohr, takes you on a journey back into prison as he remembers a prison riot days before his release date where he left his friend on the way to Pelican Bay.

The story follows the author years later as he visits his friend in Pelican Bay during a prisoner developed hunger strike against sadistic and cruel guards who get off on their isolation and enjoy adding violence to their torture.

A spotlight on the flaws at how Pelican Bay determines gang validation and solitary confinement.

"With lazer-like precision Glenn Langohr lays bare the festering under-belly of our criminal justice system in a driving, graphic narrative that somehow finds the humanity in this most inhuman setting." Phillip Doran, T.V. Producer and Author


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"This book does not glamorize prison life but rather accurately reports on the cruel reality, which may shock and frighten many readers. The author skillfully makes the point that the general public has more awareness for and more compassion for caged dogs than for prisoners. He also reaches through the bars and describes how the guards are organized into gangs and other criminal enterprises." JT Kalnay Attorney

And ex-con Langohr can describe the hell of life inside better than any other writer. His vivid passages on just surviving in prison describe a nightmare we'd rather not know about.
He compares the plight of abandoned dogs, locked and horribly mistreated in rows of cages in animal shelters, to California prison inmates, locked and abused in the same cages.
Not a book for the faint of heart. We who sleep peacefully in our beds at night, unaware of the savagery going on behind prison walls, can only thankfully say: "There, but for the grace of God, go I." John South, American Media

From the Author

Glenn Langohr ran away from a broken home with a death wish and entered the drug war with abandon. Business with the Mexican Mafia and Hell's Angels became a way of life until the Criminal Justice system interrupted him with Organized Crime charges. In prison he was involved in riots and spent years in the hole. From solitary confinement he started writing and hasn't stopped since. Now, he is an usher at his church and loves to reach out to other prisoners to help them turn their lives around. He speaks as a guest Lecturer at Criminal Justice colleges and writes articles for newspapers. "I want to show the world and the students and leaders of tomorrow, that we are only building bigger criminals by locking up low level offenders, where in prison, an addiction is bred into an affliction much harder to escape."

The author will gift his books FREE from the Kindle store to those who can't afford it. Glenn Langohr rollcallthebook@gmail.com lockdownpubishing.com

Ask Glenn a question facebook.com/glennlangohrcalifornia

Product Details

  • File Size: 234 KB
  • Print Length: 111 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 148013466X
  • Publisher: LOCKDOWNPUBLISHING (April 2, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007D62AP2
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Modern Art With a Visceral Message February 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Glenn Langohr's latest novella, Underdog For Sista Soul, once again takes the reader inside the lives and minds of prisoners. Visceral violence mixes together with insightful introspection as convicts battle each other, guards, and despair. Langohr has been to the hole, and has been to the brink. He freely admits that both trips were of his own making. His familiarity with the violence and despair is captured eloquently in lines like: "scenes flashed by of men dressed in prison garb being pulled by the unseen force of willpower, punching, grunting, kicking, yelling, and stabbing at each other to their own destruction". Beautiful sentences like this float amidst the challenging modern art prose.

This book does not glamorize prison life but rather accurately reports on the cruel reality, which may shock and frighten many readers. The author skillfully makes the point that the general public has more awareness for and more compassion for caged dogs than for prisoners. He also reaches through the bars and describes how the guards are organized into gangs and other criminal enterprises.

Having previously read Roll Call, Upon My release, I was already familiar with Mr. Langohr's work. In Underdog, we see that he has continued to work on his craft without sacrificing any of the rawness or edginess in his writing. I sincerely hope he sticks with his writing, and that he keeps developing his themes. There is a story to be told about the prisons in this country, and Mr. Langohr can tell it. If you're going to read this short work, which I highly recommend, be prepared to do some soul searching...

JT Kalnay
Attorney
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underdog March 1, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Pow! Bam! Splatter!
It's B.J. fighting for his life again in the wretched California prison system.
In his latest novel, "Underdog," Glenn Langohr takes B.J. back into the dreaded Supermax at Pelican Bay, California's toughest prison. At first he's just fighting to survive, hopelessly outnumbered by Mexican and black gang members, but then he goes back to try and help his friend, still inside, ferociously battling to change the penal system.
And ex-con Langohr can describe the hell of life inside better than any other writer. His vivid passages on just surviving in prison describe a nightmare we'd rather not know about.
He compares the plight of abandoned dogs, locked and horribly mistreated in rows of cages in animal shelters, to California prison inmates, locked and abused in the same cages.
B.J. tells how his friend, Damon, 6ft.3ins., is beaten down inside Pelican Bay from a fearsome tattooed enforcer into a shambling, hunched over, old man, his recently-beaten face swollen and battered, shuffling around in leg irons.
Prison guards who broke the Code of Silence and tried to help inmates, were labeled as snitches and even found their own lives in danger.
Not a book for the faint of heart. We who sleep peacefully in our beds at night, unaware of the savagery going on behind prison walls, can only thankfully say: "There, but for the grace of God, go I."
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I. Am. At. A. Loss. For. Words. February 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I just finished reading "UNDERDOG (A Roll Call True Prison Story)." I cannot believe how human beings were being treated in this prison. In the beginning of the book, the author and his wife were considering getting a couple of dogs, so they went to an animal shelter. They found the conditions there to be totally horrendous, somewhat like the conditions had been in the prison that the author had recently been released from. They wanted to adopt all the dogs, but settled for two; however, they were instrumental in getting volunteers to help in the shelter.

Back to our story about a prison in California... This huge prison was built in a small town. Because of the jobs the prison provided, this formerly poor town began to prosper. The prisoners were treated inhumanely by the prison guards; as a result, many prisoners rebelled and were put in a different area of the prison. In effect, prisoners were staying in prison longer than their original sentences; how's that for job security (for the guards)? The attempts to improve the prison were not as successful as how the animal shelter had been improved. The prisoners went on a hunger strike, but that didn't seem to help. The author had sent mail to people in the prison; much of the mail never got to the intended recipients.

This book was gifted to me, but knowing what I know now, it's well worth 99 cents (even $2.99). This book might make you angry, like it did me, but as a result, I am a better-informed person on this subject.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a departure from my norm July 27, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Let me first say that this was a huge departure from my normal genres. However, at my house we have some strange fascination with prison...shows, movies, books etc. So, when Glenn asked if I was interested in reviewing one of his tales, I agreed.

Now, the writing style will not take you on some fantastical journey to another world. Keep in mind he didn't get an English degree at some huge fancy university. He spent his time studying how to survive, in prison. He writes like an 'average Joe', like a street kid, like most of us think and talk. The first chapter was a bit rough, a bit contrived, but work past it and the real story begins.

Underdog takes you through the drug cartel world of prison and it is an absolutely fascinating world. I wasn't surprised that drugs are so readily available in prison (see strange fascination comment). I was surprised at how detailed the tracking of it is and at how much it really affects everything. So much of Glenn's story surprised me.

It's a raw and gritty portrayal of how our prison system actually works and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in this sort of thing.

It was a nice venture outside of my norm.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars good book and a easily read
This is a interesting insight into a failed and flawed correctional institution. I hope we can fix the drug problem in America and with that the prison system will follow.
Published 1 month ago by Jon
4.0 out of 5 stars Read with feeling
Well written. Felt the pain of the authors sharing his visit with his friend. Have always thought our penal system on the whole needed overhauling. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Donna
1.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy
Didn't like it, poorly written and sensationalist. Deleted it. Eleven more words required, there's not more to say about this uninteresting book.
Published 7 months ago by elaine
4.0 out of 5 stars A book well worth reading
Well written and very interesting plot development. I would certainly recommend it to any drama fan. word, word, word, word.
Published 8 months ago by Bruce Gage
5.0 out of 5 stars I Found It Fascinating
Just got through reading this well written & very thoughtful account of some of California's penal colonies, particulatly Pelican Bay. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Dallas Rider
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book
This book has open my eyes on how corrupted the people are that have power. How money allows them to think they can mistreat people.
Published 9 months ago by Ignacio Ramirezlazos
4.0 out of 5 stars Prison is a dirty business in more ways than one.
A short, though concise narrative of prison life and the corruption therein. It's a short read, but a compelling read nonetheless.
Published 9 months ago by SLW
3.0 out of 5 stars Underdog
it is a little rough around the edges. I do plan to read his other books. This was just one story of many.
Published 9 months ago by Kayt
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This was a great read. It was honest and heartfelt. Great job and keep up the good work and stay strong.
Published 10 months ago by Tyrone Boyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Gives a nitty gritty look at the violence and politics of life in prison.
Also a deeper look at the problems with the American penal system. I thoroughly enjoyed it
Published 11 months ago by leaf ahern
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More About the Author

Glenn Langohr has a purpose: he writes to shine a light inside our prison systems and to help others turn their lives around. Before becoming a best selling author, Glenn Langohr ran away from a broken home and entered the drug war with abandon. Business with the Mexican Mafia and Hell's Angels became a way of life until the Criminal Justice system interrupted him. In prison he was involved in riots and spent years in the hole. From solitary confinement he started writing and hasn't stopped since. Now, he is an usher at his church, speaks as a guest Lecturer at colleges and writes articles for newspapers. "I want to show the world and the students and leaders of tomorrow, that we are only building bigger criminals by locking up low level offenders. In prison, an addiction is bred into an affliction much harder to escape." Help him show the world redemption is possible, buy and share his books.

The author will gift his books FREE from the Kindle store to those who can't afford it. Glenn Langohr rollcallthebook@gmail.com http://www.audiobookprisonstories.com

Ask Glenn a question facebook.com/glennlangohrcalifornia

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