“Glen Langohr gives you a true analysis of what it's like to get caught up on the wrong side of the law. An extremely fascinating book filled with honesty about the world of drugs and prison. The suspense Glen Langohr creates is suspenseful, exciting and real. I recommend this book to young...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Glen Langohr gives you a true analysis of what it's like to get caught up on the wrong side of the law. An extremely fascinating book filled with honesty about the world of drugs and prison. The suspense Glen Langohr creates is suspenseful, exciting and real. I recommend this book to young readers in hopes some will find it helpful within their own lives.”My Cozie Corner wrote this review Wednesday, October 24, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“So much to say about this book. Where to start and to finish with all the information pressed into the volume of pages but yet I believe Glenn Langohr tells it the best. His openness, honesty and search for truth jumps from page to page and some times I had to take a breather, make coffee, go for a walk just to filter through the story. This is not a story for leisure, lying on the bed and lazily leave from page to page. This book grasp you attention and holds it until the end.
Reading this thought provoking true story based on his own life you could not help but feel helpless at times for the young man that craved to walk a righteous walk but was steam rolled in the world of drugs, violence, lies, deceit etc. People with ordinary lives, doing what is expected from us like myself can not phantom this but yet it happens. It is part of a system that failed many. Of this helplessness I can relate isolated from everything you know and thrusted in an unknown world finding your feet or you will loose. This can make you or brake you. The only person that could help you is yourself and God.”
“I got the chance to read this book for free in exchange for my honest review by the author Glenn Langohr.
I really enjoyed this book, it's based on real events that the author went through, and has fiction thrown in to make the story. The amount of detail in the book is unreal, everything is thought out so we can get a glimpse of what the author (and others) experience both on the criminal and prison sides. We follow him as he grows up in a not-so-happy home, through dealing drugs, but then God had a plan for him that took him down a whole other path than what he chose for himself. If you want to commit a crime, you should read this before hand and see if you still want to carry it through.
This book is really long I have to admit, and for some readers it may be too long of a read.”
“Book 1: ROLL CALL
This book is based on true events that Glenn lived and is intertwined with fiction to complete the story. It is a long read and very detailed. As I pondered the amount of details I realize that Glenn has written so that we, the readers, are walking in his shoes and the shoes of those he traveled along side with. The scenery may be colorful at times but not always in a good way. We travel with him from a messed up childhood to his first taste of greed, a greed that spiraled out of control with the need for more and more. Having a keen mind may have helped him in his endeavors to make money and move up the food chain but in the end...God's plan intervened and sent him on a different path than what he had chosen for himself.
Glenn has the reader seeing life first through a young boys eyes as life crashes down around him in his family life. Before long he is on his own and looking for ways to make enough money to buy a home for his brother and himself. His opportunity comes when he sees the market for drugs. We travel with this young man on his search for finding product and see through his eyes how quickly more is never enough. The spiral from pot to speed, caution to recklessness, trusting leading to betrayal. Glenn takes the reader inside the minds of Mexican cartels, drug dealers, users and prisoners. Knowing that there is truth mixed into the fiction makes the book that much more intense. And with all that was happening around him, you can see that God was in control, as He always is.
The book does not paint a pretty picture because real life is not always pretty. Greed and power become so strong people even turn on those close to them. Getting to 'know' the character's in the book I suddenly found myself less judgmental. “There but for the grace of God, go I.” Would this be my life if I grew up in that same situation, that area, that home life?
**Language, violence and sensual situations. Considering the background of this book with drugs, gangs and prison, the author has kept all of this at a minimum.
“"A harrowing, down-and-dirty depiction—sometimes reminiscent of Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic—of America’s war on drugs, by former dealer and California artist Langohr.
Locked up for a decade on drugs charges and immersed in both philosophical tomes and modern pulp thrillers, Langohr penned Roll Call, a light fictionalization of his troubled life. “I went from obsessively pacing my cell and wondering and worrying about how I was actually going to get my attorney to defend me, and how many years this sentence would bring,” writes Langohr in an afterword, “to realizing that if I find a way to write what’s in my head, I can find a way out of this hole I had put myself in!” The book’s hero is Benny “B.J.” Johnson, a kid who grows up in a troubled home. His parents are essentially good, but they fight often. Eventually, his mother escapes, departing in a “small car with over a hundred thousand miles on it and some clothes.” From there, B.J.’s descent is all but inevitable—he hangs out with the wrong crowd and starts dealing. But the author is not content to tell the story from only the protagonist’s perspective. Instead, he toggles the angle like a master director, taking in the stories of American lawmen, Mexican dealers, outlaw bikers, prison guards, pawn-shop dealers and a dude named El Diablo who says things like, “I have a master plan that I am willing to share with you.” Roll Call makes for exciting reading—gunplay, covert operations and backhanded deals abound. The author succeeds by wisely using his experiences to fuel the narrative. A vivid, clamorous account of the war on drugs."