Friday, March 12, 2010

NEW REVIEW: Johnny Russell - First Blood

First Blood
Johnny Russell -
First Blood -
Available Now! -
4 out of 5 books -


Rodney "Neon" Robinson has always been a natural born leader. But he is introduced to a whole new life when his single mother moves him and his six siblings from Texas to California. Despite his mother’s best efforts, Neon fell victim to the streets and spends more time in the Los Angeles criminal system than at home. Unfortunately, Neon finds a new family in the form of the infamous street gang known as the Bloods. Neon’s affiliation with his new street family will spell nothing but disaster for the rest of his real family at home.

Johnny Russell brought a thought-provoking tale with First Blood. Russell shows how disastrous it can be when the dynamic of the African-American family unit is disrupted. Although Neon’s mother tried to do her best to keep him and his brothers off the streets, she clearly needed Neon’s father to step up to the plate. Russell also did a good job of showing the formation of the Bloods and the Crips. This book really illustrates how street gangs are still a deadly problem in our society. First Blood is a good debut novel full of life lessons.

Reviewed by Radiah Hubbert for Urban Reviews

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