KILLA CALI: A California State of Mind [NOOK Book]

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"KILLA CALI: A California State of Mind," the first of its kind, a true West Coast bible! Far from a tell-all, but based on a true story, author J.D. Carr tells a compelling story of his journey of triumph, street cred, captivity, and success. Through the eyes of a real-life California-bred hustla, the author managed to shape his views by watching the real Freeway Ricky Ross at an early age. Although never really quenching his thirst for the love of money, he finds himself on a road to redemption instead of riches. On the run from the Feds for
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Overview

"KILLA CALI: A California State of Mind," the first of its kind, a true West Coast bible! Far from a tell-all, but based on a true story, author J.D. Carr tells a compelling story of his journey of triumph, street cred, captivity, and success. Through the eyes of a real-life California-bred hustla, the author managed to shape his views by watching the real Freeway Ricky Ross at an early age. Although never really quenching his thirst for the love of money, he finds himself on a road to redemption instead of riches. On the run from the Feds for almost a year, J.D. Carr is slapped in the face with a dose of reality of how his life could have turned out. His encounters with the infamous Big Meech of BMF, Cash Money & Young Money CEOs Wayne and Baby, just to name a few, was a telltale sign that he was created young, gifted, and black! Destined to ball! With the Feds on his back after his having served a seven-year federal bid, will J.D. Carr overcome the grand scheme designed for his failure, and become the next best-selling author? Or will he revert to his old ways and hook up with his past, Black Tone and his Mexican connect Gordo? The first book of a trilogy, "KILLA CALI" is a must-read nonfiction/bio from a California state of mind!
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016158020
  • Publisher: Bookstand Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/23/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 138
  • File size: 97 KB

Meet the Author

J.D. Carr was raised on the treacherous streets of South Central Los Angeles. At an early age, he took on an entrepreneurial mindset by watching the alliance between the Reagan Administration and Iran Contra Affair unfold on his doorstep; he saw firsthand both the destructive effects and the newfound benefits of the Los Angeles drug trade. Despite these negative influences, he managed to excel among his friends and assume a leadership role around his peers. Although early on he was acknowledged as being very gifted and bright, he frowned upon the institution of education. Using his street wits after graduating from high school, he started several lucrative business ventures. However, it wasn't long after he achieved the height of his success in this phase of his life that J.D.'s mind state, lack of knowledge, and greed landed him in federal prison for seven years. Throughout his incarceration, he used that time to become well-educated by some of the sharpest men in America. He possesses a broad range of business, including stocks, real estate, and short-term investing in small businesses. He now owns a very lucrative vehicle wholesale business in the suburbs of California. As a result both of his successes and his downfalls, he now realizes the strength in knowledge and education, and has enrolled in a local junior college near his home to continue to stimulate his entrepreneurial spirit. J.D. Carr resides in Riverside with his wife and their three children.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    KILLA CALIFORNIA! THE 1ST BOOK OF IT'S KIND, INDEED! THE WEST CO

    KILLA CALIFORNIA! THE 1ST BOOK OF IT'S KIND, INDEED! THE WEST COAST IS ON ITS WAY! GOOD LOOKING JD. CARR! READING IS FUNDAMENTAL!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2013

    KILLA CALI! "You need to find yourself. You need to discove

    KILLA CALI! "You need to find yourself. You need to discover who you are, and where you been, so you can figure out where you going, young man!" - quoted from KILLA CALI book itself...what better sentence to describe what it is I just read! Phenominal! Anxious for part I & II of this amazing trilogy! J.D. Carr as already stated by someone you know, "You're a winner!"

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    A very good first of a trilogy it will make you want more im ver

    A very good first of a trilogy it will make you want more im very proud of J.C. i have worked with jay in the wholesale auto world 
    he is a real go getter i give this book 4 and a half of 5

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    Very good Read this book shows you that you can have positive re

    Very good Read this book shows you that you can have positive results after negative beginnings I look forward to Part 2 and 3 I would give this book to a young teenage boy to read it would open their eyes up to the streets.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2013

    This book was great from beginning to end.  It gives you knowle


    This book was great from beginning to end.  It gives you knowledge from a street perspective as well as knowledge being smart
     intellectually. KILLA CALI's author J.D CARR clearly is both he managed to survive the streets of destruction and turn the negatives
     that impacted his life into a positive SCENE the reason I say scene is because if you READ this book you can clearly see into his life
     into his mind. Clearly he took the time to seek out who he REALLY is and we all need to do this and figure out our pupose in life and what
     we are destined to be.  He clearly set out a goal achieved it.  I was amazed at the things I learned from reading this book.
      I recommend this book to read it is excellent.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted August 6, 2013

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  • Posted March 1, 2013

    Inspirational Story

    The first book of three installments, Killa Cali: A California State of Mind is a tantalizing tale based on a true story. J.D. Carr takes the reader on an unforgettable adventure of his life as a ‘hustla’ on the streets of South Central Los Angeles who is trying to find that balance that every hardworking man tries to achieve between family and business duties. Kill Cali is about one of the seven deadly sins that many people have: greed. In this case, it is the greed for money –and lots of it. J.D. Carr initially started having these feelings of greediness when he was just a young boy, and that led to an interest in investing money. Carr was a clever and bright boy, who was recognized as a leader by his peers, but as clever and bright as he was, he did not see traditional schooling as the path he should take in life. Instead, Carr got his schooling in street smarts. But these street smarts weren’t enough to keep Carr off the Feds’ radar. Killa Cali drags the reader along for the ride through the Federal jail system. Carr was on the run from Federal officers for about a year before he was locked away in the penitentiary for seven years. The book captures the essence of what that is like for a man like Carr and really brings the reader in to a whole new world that they would not otherwise have experienced. Written in the authentic voice of a Californian who has done it all, the story is one that will keep you in anticipation and excited to turn the page and read more. It isn’t often that a book like this comes along, or that readers have the opportunity to find out what life is really like for a West Coast ‘hustla’. This is one of the good ones that readers everywhere and of all ages will enjoy.

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  • Posted February 27, 2013

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    An exceedingly addictive page-turner

    There are some life stories that make for a great Hollywood blockbuster or best-selling novel. This is one of those stories.

    Taking place on the concrete streets of South Central Los Angeles, Killa Cali: A California State of Mind (written by author J.D. Carr), is based on a true story of J.D. Carr’s own life. Carr’s life has been far from an ordinary life, as the reader will clearly establish from the very first chapter, entitled “If Birds Could Fly”. The reader soon finds out that Carr was a brilliantly bright young boy. But this wouldn’t have shown in his academic records. No, it showed through his leadership among his classmates and his intuitive street smarts. No matter how strong these skills were, they were not strong enough to keep him out of trouble and keep him off of the streets.

    Kill Cali takes the reader on the story of just what kind of trouble a young man can get in to when he is too smart for his own good. It starts on the streets of California with profitable investments that do not satisfy a growing greed for more money. It is this greediness that leaves young Carr searching for more ways to get more money. These intentions make him a ‘wanted man’ for the Federal government officials.

    Written in a style that any reader will find enjoyable and easy-to-read, Killa Cali is one story that can definitely be classified as a page turner: it is a story that is impossible to put down. It is unique in that the story is told through Carr’s own point of view; it shows his internal and external struggles with balancing a family life and a criminal life. As the first book of three in the Killa Cali trilogy, fans will be able to satisfy the greed to read more about Carr in books two and three.

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  • Posted February 27, 2013

    AN ENGROSSING RAGS TO RICHES STORY

    From the streets, to the penitentiary, to a trail-blazing career as a true ‘hustler’, J.D. Carr takes his reader on a journey through the backdrop of a real-life rags-to-riches story. By far one of the most inspiring books of its kind, Killa Calli finds a young J.D. Carr between a rock and a hard place when he must select a path for his future. Knowing that his continuation toward the life of the kind of lucrative street hustling he had been involved in during days gone by could only lead him back to a kind of darkness unforeseen, Carr finds himself in a struggle against time and old inner turmoil resurfacing. He is inspired to decide upon a new set of future plans for himself and for his beloved family. A man for whom bravery comes naturally, Carr throws himself unto a new path and finds reprieve from his year long run from the Federal Bureau of Investigation by finding a renewed sense of passion for life and a fresh set of experiences. Killa Calli is truly a story of redemption at its most profound. From hobnobbing with some of the most infamous names of the California streets, to balancing a life in the shadows with raising a family, and all the way to Carr’s heroic battle for a return to a type of normalcy that is little-known by his fellow street hustlers. Carr is found again and baptized out of his life of crime and into the type of family man and genuinely inspirational figure. Carr stands in a class all his own, demonstrating that even in the streets of South Central Las Angeles, there is hope for a better existence, despite rough beginnings. Carr teaches us that life on the other side can be just as, if not so much more, rewarding. Readers will, undoubtedly, be left anxious for the next installment in this trilogy.

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  • Posted February 27, 2013

    An Engaging Read

    When you choose a book to read, do you invariably turn to the comfort of the same, predictable genre? Or do you long for an edgy read that will take you into a life you could never imagine—a life that can only be survived if you have quick wits, bravery, and a mix of street smarts and gifted intelligence. J. D. Carr has written just such a book, and it’s one that readers plagued by reading ennui will certainly want to turn to. It’s provocative, definitely unconventional and it is Carr’s personal story. Killa Cali takes the reader into the South Central ghetto of Los Angeles to see what young men with socioeconomic disadvantages are faced with in order to survive. Carr remarks that if the NFL or the NBA is not an option, then you do what you can. Your heroes are the ghetto super stars; the black superheroes on your street. Your mom’s greatest fear is that you will be gunned down by the police on the ‘wicked South Central streets’. Carr describes for the reader a time most of us only saw on the evening news. It was the time of Reagan and Oliver North. He makes his time come alive and makes it personal as he relates his story starting out as a young teen making his way in the drug trade of South Central Los Angeles. He introduces us to a cast of characters we would never meet in the course of our lifetime. Readers of Killa Cali will, inevitably, furiously turn the pages of this book, mesmerized by Carr's unique life story and his gift for storytelling. So, take a chance, choose this book as your read for the weekend. You will be entertained, educated and enlightened. Killa Cali is only the beginning. J. D. Carr tells his story in a trilogy, so readers will be anxious for the story to continue to see where the events in his life eventually take him.

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  • Posted February 27, 2013

    Very Interesting and Great Read

    There are stories we all like to be told, the kind where we follow the protagonist through his life experiences from the beginning to an end or—maybe it’s a beginning. J. D. Carr writes such a story, and

    it’s his personal story, making it even more interesting. He leads us into the streets of South Central Los Angeles during a time of violence, gangs and drugs. Where a young black man with strong leadership
    qualities and gifted intelligence turns his back on what he learns in school and, instead, chooses to learn what the ‘hood has to offer.

    When he is fourteen, he is given a gun, a ride, a sack of rocks, and two choices: to hunt fellow black men and slaughter them for the ‘hood, or use the gun for protection and his mathematic skills selling drugs.

    Carr soon realizes that he wants more, that he has a thirst for cash. He graduates from high school,but, again, elects to use his street education to start business ventures in other cities, and he is very
    successful. By the time he turns twenty-three, he has amassed a worth of $200,000

    As Carr's story unfolds, readers will kept at the edge of their seats, eager to see what waits for them on the next page. His intelligence and street smarts carry him to a position where he has people in the
    streets working for him, but, eventually, he is incarcerated. Carr uses that time to educate himself finally realizing the value of an education. Carr also has a wife and two children, and he has to adjust
    his priorities. When he leaves prison, does he continue in the lucrative
    business of the streets, or does he turn his talents to other ventures that are legal and that will allow him and his family to live in safely
    instead of fear and uncertainty?

    Killa Cali is a story worth telling. It is the first part of a trilogy that will keep you reading and wanting more until the final word on the last page of the last book.

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  • Posted February 6, 2013

    J.D. Carr did a fantastic job. He gives you a first hand look i

    J.D. Carr did a fantastic job. He gives you a first hand look inside the reality of a young man growing up fast in the streets of L.A. Killa Cali A Californina State of Mind is not just a story of hustling in the streets, it's also a story of perserverence and triumpth. Great job!

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