a life for a life

A Life For A Life

by Mike Jefferies
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Reviewed by: Delonya Conyers
February 2011


Drako and Diamond are both released from the federal penitentiary after completing ten year bids. What was supposed to be their last lick ended in handcuffs for the lovers but it did allow for their partner Wiz to get away free and clear. During his incarceration Drako falls under the tutelage of the infamous mobster Toney Demacio. Toney teaches Drako how to play the game raw, this newfound knowledge is passed on to Wiz and eventually becomes the blueprint for Red Rum Records. Wiz’s gratitude towards Drako and Diamond for never implicating him has turned into undying support. Giving up the drug game Wiz pursues his initial dream of starting an independent record label. By the time Drako and Diamond are released that independent record label has evolved into the multi-million dollar Red Rum Records.

Not only has Wiz taken care of Drako and Diamond throughout their incarceration he has
set them up lovely upon their release with a mini mansion, luxury cars and one million
dollars in cash. Wiz employs Drako assigning him as the head of the security for Red
Rum Records and promising him a salary so lucrative that he’ll be able to live off of it
and never touch his mil. Although Diamond is ecstatic Drako is peeved and feels as
though Red Rum Records is fifty percent his and Wiz is belittling him by asking him
to be an employee for him instead of the full partnership that he deserves. Masking his
resentment Drako accepts the position but sets out on a mission to accumulate his own
millions, enough money to secure that him and his Diamond will forever shine.

With his ride or die Diamond following his lead Drako throws bricks at the penitentiary
risking both of their newfound freedom. Meanwhile Wiz is totally blinded to the
dissention simmering in his own camp. But that isn’t the only threat to Wiz’s reign on
top because the good life has made him oblivious to other threats as well. When the truth finally surfaces Wiz is ill-equipped to deal with it especially upon the realization that
Drako is no longer a trusted ally. With A Life For A Life author Mike Jeffries explores
the detrimental way in which close bonds can be severed when either an intentional or
unintentional slight is felt by one party.

What did you like about the book?
I enjoyed the relationship between Drako and Diamond. Diamond’s loyalty to Drako never wavered even when she knew that she was jeopardizing her freedom for money that they really didn’t need.

What did you dislike about the book?
I felt the conflict between Drako and Wiz could have been avoided if Drako conveyed his displeasure over Wiz’s paltry attempt at compensation. Drako admitted that he wasn’t sure if Wiz’s slight was intentional yet he still treated him as if it was without ever finding out if in fact this was the case.

What could the author do to improve the book?
Be careful when using colloquial language. Also, the author should pay attention to verbs and tenses, and be consistent with them.


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