hell razor honeys

Hell Razor Honeys

by Eyone Williams
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Reviewed by: Push Nevahda
September 2009


I really tried not to like this book. I despise violence, hate crime, and abhor murderers. But, Eyone Williams’ edgy novel, Hell Razor Honeys is so stylishly written that I had to put my morals and convictions on the back burner to enjoy this fast-paced gangsta thriller of money, madness, and mayhem.

Vida, Tia, No Draws, Tec, and Ice are the children of a lesser God. Their tough-life-growing-up-in-the-hood style story is typical of what we all now know of urban living. The Hell Razor Honeys carry razors, sell dope, get money, flaunt Prada, and push Benzes. Along with their irascible side-kick, TEC, they rule the streets with strict street credo, rowdy temperaments, and hot TEC-9’s. They don’t give-a-fuc.  

But Williams takes the street-tale genre to a whole other level by injecting verve, estrogen, and dynamo into the mix. The story spins hard on an age-old Machiavellian twist of love, fear, trust, and envy. Within the cacophony of thug-life there are always episodic rationales (“I don’t understand how you children just kill one another like it’s nothin’. God ain’t put you here for that.”). Likewise, vicious gangstas wrestling with the Machiavellian question of whether to be loved or feared: “I’d like to have a little bit of both, love and fear. I know it don’t go like that all the time though, just like Machiavelli said. If I gotta pick one over the other, muthafuckas gon’ fear me.” 

Even though we’ve seen and read this type of book before, Williams’ point-of-view is fresh, his story unique, writing superb, and the gangsta violence is irresistible. The following scene not only gives an example of how ruthless and gangsta the Hell Razor Honeys could be, but also speaks to the solidarity of the group as they were quick to handle anyone who stepped out of line:

“Kareem smacked her in the face with the pistol, splitting her shit. Vida screamed out in pain as she grabbed her face and fell to the floor, bleeding. Out of the blue, automatic gunfire ripped through the small apartment. Pop! Pop! Ppppppppppop! Tia came out of the bedroom blasting at Kareem and Johnny with a TEC-9. She hit Johnny in the back as he and Kareem ran for the door. Vida covered her haed and balled up on the floor as the gunfire rocked the apartment in the early morning hours. In a dash, Tia jumped over Vida, running after Kareeem and Johnny with the TEC-9 blazing…. Tia saw Johnny tumble and fall at the top of the steps. He was hit bad. She hit him with seven more slugs as she ran down the steps blasting at Kareem…”

The book is loaded with Matrix-like treats as such, but it doesn’t rely on violence and murder to sustain the reader’s interest. Underneath it all is a very human story of triumph and endurance against all odds. Williams’ just preferred to take the scenic route.  

What did you like about the book? 
The language and context is very well considered. I love the way Williams construct the action scenes, the way he puts the reader right in the middle of the gun-play and violence, almost in 3-D. Amazing. I liked Williams’ characterizations, but also his choice of characters to illustrate the story about the underside of urban life.

What did you dislike about the book? 
I loved the book, but I hated the ending. I understand his leaving room for the sequel, but I felt he could’ve ended it with a little more closure on the lives of the individuals. The car chase is a good way to end it, but I wanted to know what happens in the end. I know there is a sequel, and I’m looking forward to reading it.

What could the author do to improve the book? 
Well, while this book is certainly a good read, I hope that Williams don’t make the twins grow up to be gangsta’s and killers like their mother and father – Ice and TEC. That’s too predictable. 


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