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- Listening Length: 1 hour and 7 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Lockdown Publishing
- Audible.com Release Date: May 31, 2012
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0087P0Y7Y
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Race Riot: Prison Killers, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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Overall I thought Race Riot was a compelling story of Glenn's experience behind prison walls. Brief view into the tragic scene of a prisoners life in lock-up. I can admit this book has been my hardest yet to review. As seen through a prisoners eyes, the display of power of the races is something that inmates have to deal with, constant threat of stabbing, privacy invasion by prison officials, solitude and grief. I found myself conflicted as I have a husband in Criminal Justice, and having never spent one minute in a jail cell or even having a traffic ticket for that fact. Seeing the inmates story is a hard one to relate too. YES, tragic although it is clear that the authors purpose was not to gain sympathy from the reader but to get the story out. Do I feel pain for the inmates for what they are going through, NO I don't! I believe 100 percent in a justice system that we have as Americans but having said that I have never had the need to or threat of finding my place in that justice system. As an author Glenn gives us a brief moment in his past world. Time in Lock-Up having to deal with the inmates, war of the races. I can't help but think why don't the inmates just do the time, get along and co-exist with each other but if we were dealing with people that could get along and follow rules then they wouldn't be in Prison to begin with. This book made me think, do I think that inmates need to endure, wars against each other, NO, time in a solitary place that makes them crazy, I don't know. One thing I did get out of this book, I see a writer with alot of stories to tell and people who need to read them....
What I liked about the book
Prison awareness, giving readers a inside look at the life lock-up can bring. Whether your White, Black, Green or Purple race wars behind bars are horrible.
What I didn't like
I felt the book lacked detail in the going on of things, I would have like to have more on the emotions going on inside the writer and not just the things going on around. How things made him feel. In the beginning of the book he talked about walking back to his cell his surroundings, he passed people and gave there names but not often how they looked what they were in for, I read about a probable child-molester in a cell of another inmate. I need more of the writers feelings. I mean to have the pain involved, I'm a person that needs more insight. I think Author Glenn Langohr has a potential to be a great writer. He has endured some hard things. I want to read about him in this as well as the other inmates. Take me inside the prison through your words not just have me as another looky loo or rubber necker trying to see whats going on. Make me feel what you endured, the pain, the craziness, the heartache, all the emotions of being locked up and the anger. Why were you angry, how did you turn to God what made did you think, smell, taste and dream.
I give this book 2 Mediocre/5 Smacks Brief, easy read but needs more. This writer is good so I'm going to read other books as well by him.
"*I received a hardcover/paperback/eBook copy/ARC of this book for free to review from the author/publisher; this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own."
Prison Killers Volume 1
The tension is high. Two inmates have just attacked two others of a different race. Now that the two Mexican leaders have been moved out of the building, who will take their place? And when will the retribution come....it always does. This happens as BJ walks toward his cell after just returning from an appeal to the Supreme Court. He freely admits to the drug charges....but not all the other charges they added to it. His appeal is denied.
In Race Riot, the author once again walks us through scenes of prison life through his eyes.
We see the segregation in prison life and how it breeds hate. Feel the claustrophobia of being on lockdown in a small cell, for two. The call that you are to carry out retribution, and you will. Waiting for outside information on other inmates....making sure if the guard says they are molesters, that it's fact before carrying out punishment against them.
Glenn Langohr writes in such a way that you can feel you are there. I really enjoy his writing and the insight of seeing the inmates humanized, that they are not all murderers and rapists. Yes they are responsible for their actions but he shows the road that led many of them to where they are. In gangs. Into drugs. In prison. Where you best grow some thick skin to survive.
Race Riot is the first of four in the series Prison Killers. These are shorter stories that usually pertain to an incident within prison. Glenn's books are based on true events in his life with an added touch of fiction that makes them easy to read. The author never actually spent time at Pelican Bay, where these series take place.
**Language and violence. Considering the background of where these books take place, the author does keep these at a minimum.
Breathtaking, gut wrenching, nail biting, and downright awesome. Buy this book now if you want to know what prison is like or send it to a loved one who may be going to prison to help understand what it is like.
I found that very disappointing because I really like the first book I read by Glenn and I was really looking forward to this one but I am afraid to say it fell short for me. I really like the story that he has to tell and I believe it should be told. He has been through one hell of an experience and I think it should be told to the world. I just think he should maybe get a few beta readers to take a look at his books before he publishes them, that way they can catch these errors and it won't be a problem.
I really hope he continues to write and share his story, you get better with practice and I certainly wouldn't give up. Glenn has the talent for it and he has a great story to tell he just needs to polish the work.
I hope to read more from him in the future.