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UNDERDOG, A True Crime Thriller of Prison Life by [Langohr, Glenn]
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"This book does not glamorize prison life but rather accurately reports on the cruel reality, which may shock and frighten many readers. The author skillfully makes the point that the general public has more awareness for and more compassion for caged dogs than for prisoners. He also reaches through the bars and describes how the guards are organized into gangs and other criminal enterprises." JT Kalnay Attorney

And ex-con Langohr can describe the hell of life inside better than any other writer. His vivid passages on just surviving in prison describe a nightmare we'd rather not know about.
He compares the plight of abandoned dogs, locked and horribly mistreated in rows of cages in animal shelters, to California prison inmates, locked and abused in the same cages.
Not a book for the faint of heart. We who sleep peacefully in our beds at night, unaware of the savagery going on behind prison walls, can only thankfully say: "There, but for the grace of God, go I." John South, American Media

From the Author

Glenn Langohr ran away from a broken home with a death wish and entered the drug war with abandon. Business with the Mexican Mafia and Hell's Angels became a way of life until the Criminal Justice system interrupted him with Organized Crime charges. In prison he was involved in riots and spent years in the hole. From solitary confinement he started writing and hasn't stopped since. Now, he is an usher at his church and loves to reach out to other prisoners to help them turn their lives around. He speaks as a guest Lecturer at Criminal Justice colleges and writes articles for newspapers. "I want to show the world and the students and leaders of tomorrow, that we are only building bigger criminals by locking up low level offenders, where in prison, an addiction is bred into an affliction much harder to escape."

The author will gift his books FREE from the Kindle store to those who can't afford it. Glenn Langohr rollcallthebook@gmail.com lockdownpubishing.com

Ask Glenn a question facebook.com/glennlangohrcalifornia

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  • File Size: 877 KB
  • Print Length: 110 pages
  • Publisher: LOCKDOWNPUBLISHING (April 2, 2014)
  • Publication Date: April 2, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007D62AP2
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Glenn Langohr's latest novella, Underdog For Sista Soul, once again takes the reader inside the lives and minds of prisoners. Visceral violence mixes together with insightful introspection as convicts battle each other, guards, and despair. Langohr has been to the hole, and has been to the brink. He freely admits that both trips were of his own making. His familiarity with the violence and despair is captured eloquently in lines like: "scenes flashed by of men dressed in prison garb being pulled by the unseen force of willpower, punching, grunting, kicking, yelling, and stabbing at each other to their own destruction". Beautiful sentences like this float amidst the challenging modern art prose.

This book does not glamorize prison life but rather accurately reports on the cruel reality, which may shock and frighten many readers. The author skillfully makes the point that the general public has more awareness for and more compassion for caged dogs than for prisoners. He also reaches through the bars and describes how the guards are organized into gangs and other criminal enterprises.

Having previously read Roll Call, Upon My release, I was already familiar with Mr. Langohr's work. In Underdog, we see that he has continued to work on his craft without sacrificing any of the rawness or edginess in his writing. I sincerely hope he sticks with his writing, and that he keeps developing his themes. There is a story to be told about the prisons in this country, and Mr. Langohr can tell it. If you're going to read this short work, which I highly recommend, be prepared to do some soul searching...

JT Kalnay
Attorney
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I just finished reading "UNDERDOG (A Roll Call True Prison Story)." I cannot believe how human beings were being treated in this prison. In the beginning of the book, the author and his wife were considering getting a couple of dogs, so they went to an animal shelter. They found the conditions there to be totally horrendous, somewhat like the conditions had been in the prison that the author had recently been released from. They wanted to adopt all the dogs, but settled for two; however, they were instrumental in getting volunteers to help in the shelter.

Back to our story about a prison in California... This huge prison was built in a small town. Because of the jobs the prison provided, this formerly poor town began to prosper. The prisoners were treated inhumanely by the prison guards; as a result, many prisoners rebelled and were put in a different area of the prison. In effect, prisoners were staying in prison longer than their original sentences; how's that for job security (for the guards)? The attempts to improve the prison were not as successful as how the animal shelter had been improved. The prisoners went on a hunger strike, but that didn't seem to help. The author had sent mail to people in the prison; much of the mail never got to the intended recipients.

This book was gifted to me, but knowing what I know now, it's well worth 99 cents (even $2.99). This book might make you angry, like it did me, but as a result, I am a better-informed person on this subject.
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Pow! Bam! Splatter!
It's B.J. fighting for his life again in the wretched California prison system.
In his latest novel, "Underdog," Glenn Langohr takes B.J. back into the dreaded Supermax at Pelican Bay, California's toughest prison. At first he's just fighting to survive, hopelessly outnumbered by Mexican and black gang members, but then he goes back to try and help his friend, still inside, ferociously battling to change the penal system.
And ex-con Langohr can describe the hell of life inside better than any other writer. His vivid passages on just surviving in prison describe a nightmare we'd rather not know about.
He compares the plight of abandoned dogs, locked and horribly mistreated in rows of cages in animal shelters, to California prison inmates, locked and abused in the same cages.
B.J. tells how his friend, Damon, 6ft.3ins., is beaten down inside Pelican Bay from a fearsome tattooed enforcer into a shambling, hunched over, old man, his recently-beaten face swollen and battered, shuffling around in leg irons.
Prison guards who broke the Code of Silence and tried to help inmates, were labeled as snitches and even found their own lives in danger.
Not a book for the faint of heart. We who sleep peacefully in our beds at night, unaware of the savagery going on behind prison walls, can only thankfully say: "There, but for the grace of God, go I."
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Let me first say that this was a huge departure from my normal genres. However, at my house we have some strange fascination with prison...shows, movies, books etc. So, when Glenn asked if I was interested in reviewing one of his tales, I agreed.

Now, the writing style will not take you on some fantastical journey to another world. Keep in mind he didn't get an English degree at some huge fancy university. He spent his time studying how to survive, in prison. He writes like an 'average Joe', like a street kid, like most of us think and talk. The first chapter was a bit rough, a bit contrived, but work past it and the real story begins.

Underdog takes you through the drug cartel world of prison and it is an absolutely fascinating world. I wasn't surprised that drugs are so readily available in prison (see strange fascination comment). I was surprised at how detailed the tracking of it is and at how much it really affects everything. So much of Glenn's story surprised me.

It's a raw and gritty portrayal of how our prison system actually works and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in this sort of thing.

It was a nice venture outside of my norm.
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