||Sept 30, 2007
Barnes & Noble.com
Man Up Publications
The Battle for Supremacy on the Streets
In the rough streets of Philly, money is like air. You can’t live without it but you can die trying to get it. The Authors present Blood of My Brother which is a high energy suspense novel, full of drama that puts you right in the middle of the street life. Many have lost themselves by not using the rules that are laid out in this story. The Authors introduce you to Roc and his right hand man Boggy. Roc is a boss that makes noise with his hands and not with his mouth as a true Don does. Together, Roc and Boggy have come a long way. From having their ribs touch due to not having enough to eat, to sitting side by side on a G4 overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. However, it’s hard to stay at the top when so many people want your spot. Roc has seen the jealousy, disrespect, and betrayal that come along with being the top dog. The devastating move that comes his way is one that takes things to a new level when his younger brother decides that it is time to become his own man by wreaking havoc on Roc's crew without any regards for the blood relation they share. Drugs, murder, mayhem and the pursuit of happiness can lead to deadly consequences. This story can only be told by a person who has lived it.
You Must Love Me, by Urban-Reviews.com
If I would have grew up to be a doctor, my brother would have done the same." That is all that Roc can think of. After their father died and their mother lost her job, Roc does what comes natural to him...hustle. Roc takes on the role of father for Little Mac and only wants what's best for him, ultimately trying to convince Little Mac to graduate and go to college. Roc sees a change in his brother, but he can't quite put his finger on it. Roc is trying to get out the game and show Little Mac that there's more to life than the mean streets of Philadelphia. Little Mac has a plan of his own though. Being Roc's younger brother, Little Mac is sick of only getting respect because of Roc's title. Starting his own crew, Little Mac changes his name to Solo and only his top two people know who he actually is. With strict rules to stay out of Roc's territory, Little Mac a.k.a. Solo takes over one side of North Philly and gets the ball rolling.
Little Mac's best friend D goes against the rule and starts a war with Roc that has so much blood being shed on the streets of North Philly, it isn't even funny. Trying to find out who Solo is, Roc goes to Little Mac and tells him to quit his job and stay out the hood for a while until this thing blows over. Not knowing that Solo and Little Mac are one in the same, Roc doesn't realize he is protecting the person that's actually trying to take him out.
I was a little apprehensive about reading Blood Of My Brother because the dialogue in the beginning didn't catch me. However, once I got further into the story, I was pleasantly surprised. Newcomers Zoe & Yusuf Woods told a great story of love & betrayal. I can not wait to read the second part in the Blood Of My Brother series.
Reviewed by Angie
for Urban Reviews
Blood Ties!!!!!, by Hotchklate of Coast2CoastReaders
Roc has worked hard to establish himself in the mean Philly streets. He's avoided incarceration, made millions and established legitimate businesses and is finally ready to get out of the game. But all that changes when Roc's team begin to take losses from a quick rising clique lead by a mysterious newcomer named Solo. Wanting to ensure that his crew members continue to eat in his absence Roc stays in the game to help his crew go up against this insurgent crew that's being very disrespectful with their attempts to encroach upon his territory.
But what readers know that Roc doesn't is that Solo is actually Roc's his younger brother LiL Mac. Roc's motto was that he ran the streets so that his brother wouldn't have to. He pushed Lil Mac to stay in school so he could attend college but Lil Mac is tired of living in his brother's shadow and would rather obtain his street degree. At any cost even if that means going behind his brother's back and using insider information to undermine his brother's operation. Even if it means that before it's all over either Roc or Lil Mac will have to spill the Blood of their Brother!
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