A Thug's Redemption

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Anitbeet Productions, Aug 23, 2012 - Fiction - 330 pages
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Not your typical "thug" in this urban-tragic drama full of suspense with a twist of irony. A Thug's Redemption hits home for many urban youths who simply just want to make it out of the 'hood ALIVE! Taking place in one of the roughest neighborhoods in North Philly during a time when crime and violence was as normal as hot-sauce on fried chicken, and the temptations of the profitable street pharmacy business seemed to be a fast escape from the impoverish and hellish nightmare that Jamal and his brother lived in, this street lit novel teaches a harsh life lesson that will either cause Jamal to make wiser decisions, or destroy him completely. What starts out as an eye for an eye mindset to avenge his best friend's murder, who Jamal believed was killed because of his own actions, sucks him into the street life and lands him right in the middle of a drug war between his cousin Samir, a prominent head figure in the drug dealing business, rival drug gangs, and crooked Philadelphia Police Officers. Jamal is viewed as a "thug", a misguided, trouble making, dope dealing, dice shooting, fist fighting thug who is more likely to see the closing lid to his casket or the sliding bars to a jail cell before the age of 21. But those who know Jamal personally understand that really all he wants is to keep his brother safe and have a life with a beautiful young lady named Tamera who helps him to see that there is much more to life outside of what he's been exposed to in North Philly. But can Jamal really have that life, or is it like Biggie Smalls said- "It was all a dream..."?
A desperate move by his younger brother Shawn brings back the haunting night from Jamal's past where he caught his first body, killing the person responsible for taking out his best friend. And now despite how hard he's tried to protect his brother from the life he was exposed to, Shawn could possibly face jail time for a murder he didn't commit or worse... Just when Jamal thinks he's out debt to his cousin Samir for helping him carrying out the hit years before, Jamal is back at his mercy only this time, the payment for his debt may be more than what he can afford to spare. In this urban fiction drama, what goes around, comes around and Karma comes back to claim  what the universe is owed in the worse possible way for Jamal. But to protect the people he loves, Jamal is willing to do whatever it takes, even if it costs him his life.
 

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
9
Section 3
60
Section 4
101
Section 5
128
Section 6
155
Section 7
184
Section 8
210
Section 9
224
Section 10
246
Section 11
248
Section 12
272
Section 13
290
Section 14
297
Section 15
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About the author (2012)

Yani is a Philadelphia native, born in 1984, and raised in both the North and Germantown sections of Philadelphia.

Yani knew she would be a writer at a young age. Starting with short versions of her own Tom & Jerry stories at only 5, Yani put her skill and talent to use in her grade school classes by writing other short stories to entertain her teachers and peers. Poetry became an interest to her at the age of 13 when she discovered her ability to free-style lyrical flows. Her first poem "Incomplete Dream" was published in University City's High School newspaper, but her rise to small fame in the school came after performing one of her best poetic pieces during a high school talent show, being the only student to receive a standing ovation. Her poem "Why Tyrone Can't Read" is still remembered by students and staff who run into her almost 13 years later. Yani has performed her poetry on the local hip-hop and R&B radio station Power 99FM, and other open-mic nights throughout Philadelphia. Though her ability to combine rhymes and metaphors together comes easily, her desire to become a published novelist was stronger than anything else. She wrote A Thug's Redemption at the age of 15 and immediately began looking for a publishing company to sign her on after high-school. After numerous rejections, Yani was picked up by "Publish America" in 2007. Deciding that she would rather be self-published and develop a publishing company of her own, she purchased her rights back to A Thug's Redemption, and began making moves to become a self-published author.
Though it has taken almost 13 years to get her first novel on the shelves of bookstores, finally the dream is being realized. A Thug's Redemption is now available for purchase.
Yani now resides in the West Oak-Lane section of Philadelphia with her 2 children and still writes daily. She is also in school to become a Registered Nurse and enjoys reading, graphic design, playing the piano, and listening to music.

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