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This Is for the Mara Salvatrucha: Inside the MS-13, America's Most Violent Gang

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

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    A thought provoking, eye opening, informational sad and scary reality story.

    I heard about this book on a radio show where the author was interviewed. The story occurred in my locality and was about gangs. I'm a police officer so I was interested immediately on both aspects.

    I started reading at 8:30 AM on a Saturday morning and finished the book at 2:30 PM the same day. I was so engaged I couldn't put it down. I found the research impeccable, the writing very well done, and the imagery intense to stay the least.

    What touched me most was the instant familiarity with the central figure, Brenda Paz. I really felt as if I knew her. She was real to me. The outside objective viewer. I found myself fighting for her despite the known inevitable ending.

    The other portion of this book that is amazing is the revelation process it exposes. While I'm a police officer you need not be to become aware of this issues exposed in this book. I think it's a must read for parents. it can really alert parents AND children to the dangers and negative realities out in our community; no matter if you live in my area or elsewhere.

    I caution parents from having their children read this unless there is maturity, open dialogue, and understanding. There are some very graphic descriptions. This good for awareness however; it could be unsettling for some. In all fairness it isn't anymore graphic then Rated R movies. I think if a parent wants their child to read this they should read it first and ensure there are conversations back forth regarding the contents.

    There is more to be learned from this book then just the obvious gang issues plaguing our backyards. this is a story about a real person and events. It's a HUMAN story. One that is sad but above all a reality that highlights what can happen from the most basic form of emotional neglect. It's a gradual decent with promises of an amazing life when really it's life that was stolen. In both the literal and figurative senses. Most poignant of all is that it was avoidable with proper love and attention(in most cases). It begs the question; as parents, teachers, and other concerned responsible persons, what happens when we ignore or neglect persons in our life?


    I recommend this book strongly. I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did but that they take something from it too. It was an eye opening book.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2010

    I learned a lot from this book. I'm from El Salvador and never been directly exposed to the gangs. It woke my curiosity and I am learning more on the subject

    The book was very elaborated and it was easy to follow. the information was an eye opener. Being from El Salvador I heard many time about the MS 13 But I thought the chances for me to be affected by the phenomenon is very slim. I've been living at the DC area for 15 years. The spreading of ms 13 criminal activities has brought me to look for information about the criminal group. Thanks to the writer for compiling all the story in a way that any kid can follow. I recommend the book for kids older then 12. I know he book is graphic but so are the activities this gangs are doing in our communities. Kids need to know how difficult it is to get out of this elicit organizations and maybe this book will discourage them for try. All the middle and high schools in the DC area are infected by ms 13. Parents don't let your guards down. these thugs will might get to your kids without you knowing. It will useful for the book to be publish in Spanish in the US as many parents can only read in their native language.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Amazing!

    I decided to read this book because of a news report that I seen on the Brenda Paz case when I was younger. The report was short and only covered the basic it left me with unaswered questions regarding the Brenda Paz case. This book answer them for me. The writting is very clear and detailed. This book gives the reader a clear view inside the gang life. I definantly recomend this book to everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2012

    Fascinating!

    I have been a reader of true crime for 25 years and I found this book very educational and compelling. Couldn't put it down!

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  • Posted October 21, 2011

    Couldn't put it down!

    Excellent!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2011

    Such an informative and action packed novel.

    This book was so steam packed with action and deceiving parts! Defiantly a must read trust me!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2011

    page turner!

    this book was a great read. once i started i couldn't put it down. gets into the nitty gritty of the gang lifestyle. just sorry brenda's story ended the way it did. hope others learn from this book.

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  • Posted January 10, 2011

    Respect

    Much Respect

    a must read definetly!!!

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

    Excellent Book

    This book has some of the best research and information that I have found. I have studied the MS-13 for about 10 years now and this is one of the best book about them I have read.

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