- Paperback: 258 pages
- Publisher: Ristrict Publishing & Company (June 20, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0985399546
- ISBN-13: 978-0985399542
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,810,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Family Is Made: Thuggin in Miami Paperback – June 20, 2012
About the Author
27 y/o Richard A Robinson was born January 24th 1985. Prior to serving four years in prisons all throughout the state of Florida, Richard found himself in and out of jails. Angry and upset about the life choices he had made, he wished to write a letter to his father. That letter later evolved into the crime-fiction series now known as Thuggin’ In Miami. Richard Robinson is a prime example of the opportunities that lie within numbers, family, and this great country called America. While he has never graduated high school and holds only a 10th grade education, Richard hopes that his drive and passion will push him to the top of the best-seller list. In this Thuggin In Miami series the main character, Richard Gary, otherwise known in the streets as "Rich Kid", is a reflection of Richard Robinson’s former self: a force to be reckoned with, a soul that must change his life direction before it is lost forever. Though the details are heavily exaggerated in his novels, Richard’s real life struggles and experiences have influenced this novel series. It is through his works that supporters and readers can be fueled to make a change. His hard work and dedication shows that anyone can make it out of a bad situation with a little drive, and a lot of determination. His main goal in life is to get his story and message out to all struggling young adults in the world, as well as anyone else in the world struggling with a difficult life path. He tells people in his community that, “prison may have confound my body, but it also helped me find the gift that lied within my soul.” That gift is the ability to not just write, but to tell a visual story that compels the reader’s imagination. Something that many people do not know about Richard is that one of his greatest passions is public speaking. Richard’s desire is to speak in high schools, and colleges worldwide. He wishes to motivate young adults to take control of their futures and attack their goals.
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The story is action packed and gives the reader an up-close insight into this world. I became interested in the subject matter as the story progressed. It was written by a man who had been there, done that, (or at least saw it occur) while serving a four year sentence in the Florida penal system.
These young people live on the edge most of the time. For readers who desire to learn more about this segment of our society, you may find this book is for you.
The book takes off from the start and never slows down. I got sucked in pretty quickly and could not stop reading. I could see it as a movie in my head. And, even though the protagonists are drug dealers and cold-blooded killers, I found myself on their side.
The only bad part is that as I got close to the end, I knew the author would leave me hanging with most of the critical situations unresolved. And yes, he did. Now I have to wait for Part II.
I gave the book 5 Stars because it is easy to read and hard to put down.
Robinson is at his best when he uses distinctive language and ways of making inferences to create a textured ambience, a set of circumstances that may be routine or mundane, but is, nevertheless, palpably real. Whether pleasant of not, the author has a talent for enabling the reader to experience social settings as if he or she were actually there, a participant or close observer who experiences the feel of life in what for most of us is another world. The world as Robinson portrays it is fraught with tension and uncertainty. There is no such thing as a sleepy, routine day for the action-seeking drug-dealing, hyper-sexual, always-ready-for-violence members of The Family or those with whom they typically interact. In truth, the reader may, from time to time, get a bit frayed and fatigued from graphic exposure to the always-on-the-edge environment that fills the pages of Thuggin in Miami.
I can't think of any characters drawn by Robinson that are the sort with whom one would feel comfortable sitting quietly, drinking beer, and watching a ball game. The most important characters, conspicuous members of The Family, are pretty well developed and distinctively different from each other. I found some of them to be obnoxiously aggressive, tediously self-centered, and given to over-drawn displays of family feeling that, in view of everything else they did, seemed wildly implausible. But the same might be said of Tony Soprano. In any case, each was readily identifiable, responding to circumstances in uniquely predictable but more or less interesting ways.
My primary objection to what Robinson has produced in Thuggin in Miami is that there is really no over-arching story. We begin with the funeral of a patriarch and angry promises to find out who swindled him out of thirty thousand dollars shortly before his death. A bit later, we're promised in no uncertain terms that whoever ratted out Rich Kid will pay a heavy price. However, though The Family becomes more ambitious, prosperous, and powerful -- a major player in the Miami drug trade -- the themes that might have tied it all together are unceremoniously lost, as if the author had forgotten them. Given that this volume of Thuggin in Miami is presented as the first of a planned series, one might argue that the emergence of The Family is the real story, but that process is not sufficiently well defined to work very well. So we've got plenty of action, atmosphere, memorable characters, and gripping sub-plots, but no tale is told. We're left with interesting slices of exotically criminal life patched together by a skillful writer, but no pervasive theme.
I enjoyed reading Thuggin in Miami, but the farther I got into it the more often I asked myself "Where is this going?" "What's the point?" Thuggin in Miami is a good read, but it would be even better if we had answers to these questions.