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The Family Is Made: Thuggin In Miami Paperback – June 20, 2012
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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.
There are some problems with typos and grammar. Sometimes it made reading difficult and sometimes it didn't. before the author releases part 2 I recommend he hire a good editor or proofreader. On the back cover of the book the author says he wants to be on the bestseller list some day. Well no disrespect but R.A. you're going to have to level up your game a little bit. Presenting the readers with all these typos and grammatical errors is sort of like showing up for work with breakfast stains on your shirt and tie. It gives the impression that you don't really care. I hope you do make it to the best seller list because your story is pretty compelling and the characters are invested with some real emotional truth. But I don't think you can make a serious run for it without hiring an editor or proofreader and without learning more about sentence and story structure. Grammar, spelling, syntax, context, these are all tools in your writer's toolbox. The better you know how to use them the better your final product. It's like building a house, use the best tools possible and know how to use them well.
So good luck R.A. The story was gripping and had the ring of truth to it. The characters were interesting and most importantly I wanted to know what happens next. Just sharpen your literary tools, learn to use them more effectively, and I think you may have a long career as an author.
In the interest of full disclosure I did receive a paperback copy of this book in return for an honest review.