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Breakshot: A Life in the 21st Century American Mafia

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  53 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
THE EXPLOSIVE TRUE STORY OF ONE OF THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL, VIOLENT, AND UNLIKELY GANGSTERS IN AMERICAN HISTORY . . . AND HOW HE FLIPPED TO HELP THE FBI BRING THE MOB DOWN. Born to a Japanese-American family in ritzy suburban Orange County, California, Kenny “Kenji” Gallo was a bookish, hyperactive kid who lived a double life as a car-bombing, gun-toting international drug ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published November 30th 2010 by Pocket Star (first published July 1st 2009)
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Anthony
Dec 22, 2009 Anthony rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobio
Pretty interesting. Unfortunately, too much of "Hey, I am a badass." or "Hey, remember I told you I'm a bad ass well I want to remind you." or "Hey remember when I told you I was a bad ass and then a few pages later I reminded you I was a bad ass, I am now reminding you again that yes, surprise, I am a bad ass." I skipped a lot of pages. I love how he describes himself as muscular and looking at the pictures he is chubby guy. lol! Where are those muscles? But getting the inside info on El Ranchi ...more
Amy
Aug 15, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I was a pot dealer at thirteen, a cocaine user at fourteen, a stickup kid and coke dealer at sixteen, a coke smuggler for a Mafia drug trafficker at seventeen, a car-bomber and drive-by shooter at eighteen, the leader of a major narco-trafficking crew and an undercover FBI witness at nineteen, a club owner and accused murderer at twenty, a porn producer at twenty-one. Orange County had never seen the likes of me."

Nothing gets held back in Breakshot as Kenny “Kenji” Gallo provides readers with
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Amy
Apr 26, 2011 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
Nothing gets held back in Breakshot as Kenny “Kenji” Gallo provides readers with an unsettling, honest, straight-forward, un-censored version of life in the Mafia. It’s not glorified. It’s not cool. It’s awful. That is exactly what you find throughout the pages—the reader gets the bare bones, stripped down, harsh reality version of the mob lifestyle. This is not the Sopranos. What Gallo chronicles throughout the pages of Breakshot has not received a glossy Hollywood treatment. This mob informant ...more
John Branney
This guy led a very interesting life in organized crime and then the porn industry. Some of the events in this author's life deserved being written.

However, I found that the book just rambled on and on for pages on minor episodes of the author's life. This book would have been much better if the author would have not tried to tell everything that happened in his life on the pages of this book, but to focus on the major themes of his criminal life.

Good book, definitely not a page turner, but stil
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Steven
Jun 01, 2010 Steven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting book. The author tried to see beyond the surface. trying to gain insight into his life. At times, the stories were frightening, and on occasion touching. The end felt a bit rushed as if the author wanted to wrap it up quickly. I suspect the author will write a sequel.
Megan Crabill
A lot of characters and hard to keep track of at times of who's who, great personal stories of his life but transition between stories not so much
Christopher Kasparoza
Aug 07, 2013 Christopher Kasparoza rated it really liked it
Well written. I enjoyed this. I remember being in Newport Beach for the NALIP conference a few years ago and wondering about all the mayhem the subject allegedly caused down there in the 80s. lol. Cool story.
Oscar Rivera
May 19, 2013 Oscar Rivera rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book kept me hooked. The raw description and details of the story made it worth wild and it wasn't a bad book. I recommend it 100%
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Born and raised in New Orleans, MRV is the author of four books, including 2010's Godfather Knows Best with Johnny Fratto, the first book signed to Igniter, the HarperCollins imprint of superstar authors Neil Strauss and Anthony Bozza. His latest release Breakshot: A Life in the 21st Century American Mafia is the incredible true story of Kenny Kenji Gallo, the Japanese-American criminal mastermind ...more
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