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Format: Paperback
In the street lit debut novella H.N.I.C. by Albert "Prodigy" Johnson with Steven Savile readers will be introduced to characters Patrick and Black. Patrick who has made some bad choices in life and wants to leave the streets and make a better life for himself. Black is a ruthless hustler who is manipulative and doesn't back down nor take no for an answer which trickles into his relationship with his girlfriend, Tonya who knows she deserves better but the fast life clouds her judgement at times.

The story takes place in a unnamed city but the the grimy street tale could be any urban city across America. Readers will be immediately taken in by the fast paced storyline.

H.N.I.C. was creatively written and it's story flow is that similar to those familiar with Mobb Deep music. This debut is the first in a series and if this is any indication of what's in store, readers will become instant fans similar to the rapper's music career.

The novella had great plot execution. It tells the all too familiar urban tale of deceit, greed and questioned loyalty with just enough drama to keep you turning the pages. My only real complaint with this novella is just that- it is a novella and ended too soon but it did leave me eager to know what else Johnson has in store.

Fans of street lit will definitely enjoy H.N.I.C. just as I have. Literary job well done!

Reviewed by Kisha Green for Literary Jewels ([...]
*Review copy supplied by publisher*
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Format: Hardcover
Bullets, betrayal, and revenge is what fuels the intensity of H.N.I.C. Johnson does not provide a lot of background while dropping the reader in the middle of a plot that suddenly kicks into overdrive. H.N.I.C does not allow you to catch your breath until you have read the very last word.

Pappy wants out of the game but his devotion to his childhood friend Black makes it hard for him to follow through. Black's passion for crime and power is beginning to destroy his friendships and relationship. Tonya, like Pappy, is devoted to Black and accustomed to his constant abuse. Pappy, Tonya, and their crew find out the Black's evilness has no limits or loyalties.

H.N.I.C is classified as a novella but it lacks nothing. I got a feel for each character with out a lot of detail. This novella was perfectly crafted. Not giving too much without being vague. Pappy's character really came off the page. He did not display a lot of raw emotions like Black but he possessed a quiet resolve. The profanity was a bit much but overall H.N.I.C did not disappoint.

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher. The views and opinions shared are strictly my own.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I’m a long time fan of street books and a lot of them feel like they could benefit from at least one more round of editing (especially copy editing), even fans of the genre have to admit that. HNIC does not have this problem. This is a fast paced revenge novella in parts of the city that most mainstream crime fiction doesn’t visit.
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Format: Kindle Edition
HNIC by Albert Prodigy Johnson with Steven Savile is not a book that I would normally read. HNIC grabs from the 1st page and never lets up. HNIC is a short, fast and interesting read of human nature.

It is set in an urban city. The story never says where but could be any large city in the U.S. I pictured it being NYC, Detroit or L.A. The 1st word that comes to mind in describing it is edgy. There is a great amount of foul language.. BUT... it is appropriate in the urban setting, the characters and their activity.

The two main characters in the gang are Black and Pappy. They have been friends their whole life but Pappy wants out of the gang life. He wants to make a fresh start away from the gang and Black before it is too late. Obviously, Black is not in favor of that and cons Pappy into just 1 more job. A job that goes so wrong so fast.

Retaliation can be sweet.

I was given an ARC by Steven Savile. My review is based solely on my opinion after reading HNIC.
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Format: Hardcover
Pappy wants out of the life that he never felt truly comfortable with but only one thing is stopping him, his loyalty to Black. With only one more job to do, Detroit seemed more like a reality than a dream.

When everything goes wrong, Pappy is left with a decision. His decision will change his life along with Black, Tonya, and three friends they all grew up with. Will he listen to his inner self or sacrifice everything for his best friend?

Albert "Prodigy" Johnson writes beautifully and eloquently in his debut novella. It has suspense, greed, love, deception; it keeps you breathless and turning the page.

The story flows without effort and speaks to any audience. He is detailed with situations and language that may not be familiar to everyone in his audience while no dumbing down his novella.

This is well worth the read. It's poignant and truth-telling as well as truth-seeking.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This novella brings to life the obsession of greed over even the strongest loyalty of lifelong friends. Based in the seedier side of town, with friends so close they could be brothers. It is a cut and dry story, which works great here. There are not many descriptive details as to location, allowing the reader to use their own imagination in placing this into any city/state you desire. Just because this story talks about crimes committed by villains on the lower economical rungs of the ladder - it is no different from what drives the criminals on the top of that same ladder. Greed kills! I do not recommend H. N. I. C. for kids - but I DO recommend it for adults. Ugly reality, but a very good read.
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