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Honor Few, Fear None: The Life and Times of a Mongol Hardcover – June 3, 2008

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Adult/High School—Cavazos had a rough start and continues to live a life with rough edges. Raised by a single father in East L.A., he was welcomed into the Avenues, a prominent gang, before he even knew the difference between a criminal life and a straight one. "Doc" had few chances to escape the violence around him. After obtaining a license to work as a radiologist and an eye-opening turn in county jail, he left gang life and entered the world of motorcycle clubs. At first glance, readers find the two worlds not dissimilar, and cops would certainly agree, but Cavazos has worked for more than a decade to transform his motorcycle club, the Mongols, and cleanse it of drugs, stealing, and roughing up women. He wants to ride with a group, not a gang, and from this book readers learn of the roadblocks he has had to face in order to turn the Mongols into a respected club. Those looking for "lemonade out of lemons" tales of gang survival and redemption should turn to Luis Rodriguez's Always Running (S & S, 1994). Including a smattering of black-and-white photos, Honor Few, Fear None could easily grab the attention of reluctant male readers and fill the need for gritty urban stories. Since Cavazos uses simple phrasing and tells a gripping story, his book would work well for hi/lo reading. Because of its clear structure and order, teachers could use it as a tool for helping students construct their own biographies.—Sarah Krygier, Solano County Library, Fairfield, CA
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About the Author

Ruben Toledo is a painter, sculptor, and illustrator. His artwork has appeared in Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Details, Paper, Visionaire, L'Uomo Vogue, and the New York Times, among many others.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (June 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061137898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061137891
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,200,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Honor Few, Fear None is neither well written nor interesting. It really isn't comparable to William Queen's Book, Under and Alone, which was better written, even if you don't appreciate ATF infiltrating a motorcycle club.

This book should be an embarrassment to the Mongols MC and any other 1% club. It may cater to those who don't know anything about motorcycle clubs, but for those who do, it is one man's self-serving example of his ego and does not come close to the truth. For example, most people in Doc's position would not put down other brothers in the club just to build their own ego. No 1% club would allow another member to speak poorly of its own members.

Doc's version of the events at Laughlin gloss over the fact that he fled and left brothers on the floor of the casino to die after doing nothing to avoid the conflict that was building. The extensive sections about everything he stole as a kid are another example of his distorted sense of bravado. Then, he talks about doing "hard time" at Wayside, a Los Angeles County jail, for inmates sentenced to short term, local sentences.

Don't hold your breath waiting for Doc to write another book about the inner workings of the Mongols MC since he is now out of the club with the dishonor that he deserves.

Save your money and don't bother with this book.
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Format: Hardcover
While it's true that the Mongols are growing quickly, they've also lost a number of old time members who have quit in disgust or been shouldered out under duress due to this guy's new leadership. Anyone who brings in street gangs off the avenues of L.A. (la Eme) in order to rapidly boost membership and in a number of cases- waived the "must have motorcycle to be a biker" rule ain't gonna tell the truth in any book.He has his own agenda and one not in keeping with what the Mongols have been.Save your money.
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Format: Hardcover
Cavazos is angry because the ATF raided his home and took his guns, bikes, and money. Angry is what he should be, because the guns, bikes, and money belonged to him, therefore they're important to him. You might say they're not important, but all property is important to the people that own it.

This is why I don't feel any sympathy for him.

Did he feel the same way about the people he stole from? When he stole cars, did he think about the people who owned them? When he stole clothes, did he think about the store owner that lost money (or the sales clerk who may have gotten her pay docked)? When the ATF raided his home, made a mess, and took his property, did he think of the people he shot for "disrespecting" him? I don't think so!

I read the first 80 pages, then decided not to by the book. I rarely believe stories by people like these; they write self-serving arrogance just to stoke their own egos. I'm glad Cavazos had a well-paid career as an x-ray specialist, but he put his son in danger through his own ignorance. He claims the Mongols aren't bad people, but lets face it, a sizeable number of their members commit violent crimes that effect non-members. The ATF raids on his house were really his own fault. He who lies with dogs wakes up with fleas.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a "response" book. Written in response to Mssrs. Queen and Barger; motivated by sheer ego.

At the writing of this review, it is now revealed that Doc is "out bad" with his own Club, and allowed not ONE but FOUR ATF agents to inflitrate under his leadership becoming the first 1% Club to be indicted for hate crimes and to have its "colors" forfeited (case pending).

At issue is his obvious lack of credibility. Read this book as a lesson in how blind ego, greed, and a lust for recognition in one man brought about the ruin of several.

No Honor, no Respect, and lots of protective custody.........
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Format: Paperback
Honor Few, Fear None is without a doubt one of the worst books I have ever wasted my money on. A third of the book is about the author's childhood and the crimes he committed as a gangbanger on the streets of Los Angeles. Not only did I not want to read a book about hoodlums, but his stories aren't even that interesting. Then, the author talks about how he took over the Mongols by filling the ranks with gangbangers who were friendly to him. He forced out the old guard of real bikers and brought in thugs loyal to him from off the streets. You would think that a biker club full of gangsters would do something worthy of stories being told. Unfortunately that's not the case. The author simply talks about how tough he was, but he never did anything to back it up. The book ended as boring as it began. There are no cool stories, it doesn't give you a glimps into the world of bikers. I would have given it zero stars if that were an option.
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Doc Cavaso's book leaves a smile on your face due to the amount of b.s. and self promotion. He attempts to convince the reader that he has single handedly turned a criminal organization into a motorcycle riding, Mongol patch wearing group of do-gooders. Give me a break, this book was hard to read with a straight face.
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This man has come of as a joke and laughing stock in his interviews, his documentarys, his comments to the press and now, his book. The entire book is poorly written with fairy tale stories a 10 year old MIGHT find interesting in which he makes no mention of how he single handedly nearly destroyed the Mongols MC with his stupidly poor leadership. He was kicked out of his own club in a vote by his fellow club members for reasons only known to the Mongols MC and was eventually arrested by the FBI for allowing not one, not two, but three ATF agents to infiltrate the club. He then showed how much "honor" he had by turning state's evidence. This clown desparetly wishes he was Sonny Barger. In reality he's not worth getting Barger his morning coffee. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS BOOK OF TRASH.
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