Stolen Boy: Based on a True Story

Stolen Boy: Based on a True Story

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Stolen Boy: Based on a True Story by Michael Mehas

From the associate producer of Alpha Dog

starring Justin Timberlake, Bruce Willis, and Sharon Stone

with a Foreword by Nick Cassavetes,

director of Alpha Dog, The Notebook, and John Q

"If there was ever a true-life drama tailor-made for a celluloid adaptation, it's this one."

-Matthew Singer, VCReporter

In the privileged neighborhoods of Southern California, bored teenagers search for their next thrill-totally unaware of the dangers of living life without consequences. When pot dealer Mickey Youngblood kidnaps the kid brother of his hated nemesis, everyone's fate becomes sealed. Youngblood convinces his gang to hold young Bobby Leblanc "for ransom," but Bobby gets caught up in their world of drinking, drugs, and partying. Everyone forgets Bobby is a hostage-until the party turns bad and the rogue crew must face the tragic conclusion they never saw coming.

Based on a true story still being played out in the California criminal court system and captivating nationwide audiences, author and screenwriter Michael Mehas brings us Stolen Boy, a gripping novel resulting from his unprecedented research and access to confidential case files.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605280004
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/10/2008
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

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Stolen Boy: Based on a True Story 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. Sad story
CariBarichello More than 1 year ago
I watched the movie "Alpha Dog" and read the book Stolen Boy that is about Jesse James Hollywood and the death of Nicholas Markowitz. Michael Mehas did an excellent job with both the book and movie. Experiencing both, it changed my life forever. It is so disheartening how kids can get caught up in today's negative societal issues and how quickly parents lose grip on what their children are doing in their lives. An innocent child died and now all the other kids who took part in this skeem are forever lost as well. I urge everyone to read Stolen Boy and watch Alpha Dog. They both are grim reminders of how we need to pay attention to our children in every single facet of their lives, before it is to late.
Joan43 More than 1 year ago
This is a very sad story but one that all parents should read. Being good parents was not on the top of the "things to do" list...what a sad ending of a young life. The author did a really good job of capturing the young peoples lives and how things came about ....good job.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is quite possibly the most disturbing book I have ever read in my life. I found myself thinking about this book even when I wasn't reading it. I finished it tonight. Michael Mehas has presented an overwhelmingly compelling story in support of abortion, forced sterilization and the death penalty in his book "Stolen Boy". It is hard to find a character in the story who should not have been aborted and flushed down the toilet before birth. I have been interested in this story since I read it in the news eight years ago, in addition to the fact that one boy who is serving life in prison has had his family connected to my own for over 40 years and I know the devastation it has brought to his family. Michael is an excellent writer and gets you very involved in the story and the characters by his gritty, descriptive style. As I told Michael when I met him, I would be willing to give the main villains who are portrayed in this story lethal injections. It is far better than what they deserve after killing an innocent 15-year old.
sextoymurders.com More than 1 year ago
Fear is a society seeing its children with their backs to the wall, forced to respond to threats in which they have no control, left alone by parents who don't understand them and prosecuted by an uncaring justice system. Michael Mehas brings together a group of disparate teens whose sole purpose in life is self preservation. Add a conscientious mind to the mix and watch the group disintegrate into chaos.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Michael Mehas is a fantastic new writer that I was lucky to fall upon last year . His book The Stolen Boy was dramatic and frightening and as we know based upon the truth of what happened in a wealthy neighborhood 'which was even scarier for me as I lived round the corner' Michael manages to pull you in so you feel that you are right there with these kids and a part of their convasations.I still can't wrap my head around why any of this could possibly happen, but wow it makes for a great story. This is a great book to read . Thank you Michael I can't wait for the next book
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like dramatic books this is the book for you. It is heart warming and next time you'll think about how you treat your parents and how you'll treat your kids. I espeacially would reccomend this to kids and the next drug dealer thst owes someone money.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I began reading this book feeling the death penalty wasn't cruel. Just look at what they have done to their victims. About halfway through this book my idea on that started to change as I began feeling sorry for thopse involved in the kidnapping. This book has changed the way I look at life and some of the things that are going on in the world today. I highly recommend this book to all teens and adults alike.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Riveting work as author takes you step by step through a plan gone horribly wrong. Revenge , drugs & greed combine to result in a tragedy still not played out.Hard to put down book as you are taken along a path that led to national headlines.Thoroughly enjoyable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Michael Mehas is the world's leading authority when it comes to the Alpha Dog case. He has access to jury transcripts, videos, trial notebooks, and witness interviews. All this info makes up for a great read in Stolen Boy. This book sheds light on the hip hop generation, often titled the 'lost generation'. As a 24 year old product of that generation i can tell you young or old you will find yourself reading this book cover to cover in the first night, and wanting more. Read this book if you liked Alpha Dog, read this book if you like real crime drama's, read this book if your interested in Jesse James Hollywood, Just read the book, you won't be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Michael Mehas has written an intriguing book of something that went bad in today's society. He pulls the reader in by giving them a ringside seat in following this tragic story of teens whose lives are involved with drugs, and the consequences they can lead to. You feel like one of the characters who goes along for the ride. From the opening of the first chapter to the end of this awesome book, you can't help but feel something for each well defined character, including Stolen Boy. Mehas describes perfectly for those of us not involved in the drug world, what it feels like to live in a different, dangerous culture which is still a part of our society today. These were normal teens who made bad choices and had to live with the consequences. I dare any reader to start this book, put it down, and try and forget about it. You can't. Michael Mehas writing makes you care about what is going to happen next, a sign of an excellent writer. Don't miss out on this fast paced, heart racing story. It will touch your life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been so touched, not only by the incredible talent of writing such an awesome piece of work, but also with the addition of making everyone so real by his willingness to delve into the description of each character and their profile. Michael Mehas has written a magnificent page turner, that has been difficult to set aside. When I first got into Stolen Boy, I was nearly overwhelmed by the power and language and world these characters lived in, but when I settled down into the story, I realized the depth of character and motivation of these mere kids, which caused me to feel a deep appreciation for their humanity and the dire intensity of their predicament. I was brought to tears at different points. Michael Mehas is an incredible writer who, through his story, conveyed the fact that life is about the process of living, and if we fail to recognize that, a Greek tragedy might befall us all. Prepare yourself, to be led away into another world, maybe to be heartbroken at times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Michael Mehas did such a great job with the charater development and his attention to detail on the events that unfolded in this tragic story. The book was a page turner, sometimes hard to put down, digesting each chaper I found myself in disbelief and in horror over these charaters wrong choices. I am glad I read the book first before I watched the movie'Alpha Dog'. The movie went so fast and furious. In the book Mehas captured the soul and thought processes or lack of them in each charater. Unfortunally in the book and the movie there are no happy endings for any of the LOST souls involved. Mr. Mehas captured the personal side of all parties involved. Great read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Michael Mehas has done an incredible job of making Stolen Boy a 'can't put down' book. He has obviously learned writing tricks of the trade. He has used his unique masterful writing style to grab you and keep you. His characterization is exceptional. You know these boys, like your own, or at least the ones in your neighborhood. Parental neglect and they go astray. Cheap thrills with booze and weed flowing freely keep these kids on the edge of reality where they don't have to face their own mortality. Based on the information I uncovered, we get the facts that only this author's relentless due diligence could have produced. This book outlines three days of nonstop intrigue, producing thrills and heartache that keeps you hanging with ups and downs like you are on their mystical roller-coaster ride. Read this book......... You will now look into yourself as a parent or friend and advisor to the youngsters you have an influence upon and see them and yourself in a new light.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an author myself, I know only too well what Michael Mehas went through while writing Stolen Boy. Such writing causes an author to sweat, shiver, eat a lot of antacids, and lose sleep. Yet, such books must be written and should be read by every living soul worldwide just because we have yet to learn how to prevent the horrific crimes tarnishing the freedom we should be enjoying at this time of plenty. We hear and read about crime everyday, and we think it's a shame. Still we go on with our daily schedules, striving to succeed and spend some time with our loved-ones, but that leaves us no time to protest the crimes which sooner or later will touch us all. Michael's writing is so crisp and vivid that one can feel and smell the total disregard the criminal characters in this story have for life itself. The degrading language used in Stolen Boy is a style of communication that has been fed to us gradually by the entertainment industry. Shame on us for accepting the 'F' and 'S' words into the beautiful English vocabulary I worked so hard to learn. It is a low-class language used in today¿s movies to impress the viewers - it's meant to be creativity, but I see it as stupidity. The author did not fabricate that language, because the story is based on a real tragedy that really took place in an ordinary neighborhood. While the law-abiding citizens went about their own routines, a young boy got sucked into the whirling nightmare that eventually ended his life. Michael's ability to describe and share this story step-by-step with his readers is to be commended. And the torture he went through writing it will be rewarding if his readers realize that unless we all work together in an effort to bring back moral standards and respect for human life, crime in our beautiful country will continue to grow and eventually touch us all. Who will be the next victim? I give Michael Mehas five stars for making this story available to us, and I urge readers everywhere to buy Stolen Boy, and read it with an open mind - questioning, why is there so much crime taking place in our country today? What are we teaching our children? Jacqueline Jorgensen - author of 'Beyond Mud and Vines' Stolen Boy by Michael Mehas As an author myself, I know only too well what Michael Mehas went through while writing Stolen Boy. Such writing causes an author to sweat, shiver, eat antacids, and lose sleep. Yet, such books must be written and should be read by every living soul worldwide just because we have yet to learn how to prevent the horrific crimes tarnishing the freedom we should be enjoying at this time of plenty. We hear and read about crime everyday, and we think it¿s a shame. Still we go about our business, striving to succeed and spend a little time with our loved-ones, but that leaves us no time to protest the crimes which sooner or later will touch us all. Michael¿s writing is so crisp and vivid that one can feel and smell the total disregard the criminal characters in this story have for life itself. The degrading language used in Stolen Boy is a style of communication that has been fed to us gradually by the entertainment industry. The author did not fabricate the filthy language, because the story is based on a real tragedy that really took place in an ordinary neighborhood. While the law-abiding citizens went about their own business, a young boy got sucked into the whirling nightmare that eventually ended his life. Michael¿s ability to described and share this story step-by-step with his readers is to be highly commended. And if his readers realize, by reading Stolen Boy, that unless we all get together in an effort to bring back moral standards and respect for human life, crime in our beautiful country will continue to grow and eventually touch us all. I give Michael Mehas five stars for making this story available to us, and I urge readers everywhere to buy Stolen Boy, and read it with an open mind - questio
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutely terrific book. Very interesting voice. Excellent analysis of how these ordinary, (if a little screwed up) kids could do such a terrible crime. Such in-depth backgound on the characters, you really begin to understand it all. A must read for anyone interested in the Jessie James Hollywood saga, and true crime in general!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Author Michael Mehas knows how to grip a reader and keep him or her turning pages. The story is tragic and unfortunately one that has happened and probably will happen again. Until parents wake up and learn to love and care for their children, these tragedies are inevitable. My heart went out to these lost kids who were caught up in a lives with no real purpose. Stolen Boy is a tale of our time. Kudos to Michael Mehas for tackling this important subject.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Some books are written to scare you, utilizing a sense of urgency or panic that seldom translates into any real-life meaning. They read like fiction because they are fiction. Others portray a false sense of encouragement that falls on the edge of the unbelievable due to their upbeat painting of a world bare of true meaning. Their rosy scenarios lack the true canvass of the pitfalls we all experience in daily living. Stolen Boy falls under neither of these false misrepresentations of true-life. It was written from the inside out from the hearts and minds of 15 to 20-year-olds whose youth was stolen away by an absurd series of events that seemingly must be true--because, frankly, how could anyone make these kinds of things up? Based on the all-too-real life of Jesse James Hollywood, advertised as the youngest man ever on the FBI's Most Wanted List, Stolen Boy paints an internal picture of mere children struggling with the reality of life going crazy around them. Battling for young adulthood, yet trapped in the childish minds of believing everything would be okay because that's what mom and dad and TV kept telling them, these kids take one fateful step after another, leading to an absurdly tragic conclusion that will resonate with them for the rest of their lives and with the readers for the rest of our lives. We watch and feel for their parents, who act more childish at times than their own kids, as they live and die with each misstep taken towards and by their children. Their own life failures are mirrored by their kids who deserved so much more in adult support, yet faced the reality of poorly judged upbringings from immature parents caught in the middle of their own battles with personal inadequacy. Michael Mehas, who is reported to have had access to the confidential case files of Hollywood's four co-defendants and interviews with closely involved witnesses and law enforcement personnel, has penned a page-turning thriller that any teenager, or parent of a teen, or anyone who has ever known a teen, must read to understand how the greatest of childish dreams, if not supported with love and understanding, could end up buried beneath two feet of earthen clay.