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Urban Fire Publications
Thug Nation is a fact pace street novel, which takes us on a journey through out the rough streets of Detroit. Gerald Thomas otherwise known as G-Dogg finds it extremely hard to leave the street alone and do what is right for his daughter. Unfortunately, the call of the streets is too strong, which cause him to return to the thug life.

Author Contel Bradford is able to capture your heart in this novel thru all the lies, deceptions, love, and loyalty. I find this novel Thug Nation to be very well written and extremely descriptive. The first thing that caught my eyes is the book cover, which I find exceptionally well done. 

Author Contel Bradford has a very bright feature in the urban literary world. I give this a 5, great job looking forward for more to come from this author.


Gerald Thomas (a.k.a. G Dogg) is a notorious ex-gangbanger who was just released from prison to the mean streets of Detroit. Gerald vows to walk away from his former life so that he can be a real father to his daughter. But the call of the streets and quick cash prove to be too strong for Gerald to pass up. He soon joins another more lucrative band of gangsters unknowingly signing his life away. Gerald's ex-girlfriend Terri has moved on with another man but still has room in her heart for Gerald. She still sees them finally becoming a real family and being there for their daughter Kayel. But Terri's eyes become green with envy when Gerald's working relationship with a female associate becomes too close for her liking.

Thug Nation is an engaging novel by Contel Bradford. Bradford masterfully gives you a first hand look at gang life in Detroit during the mid to late 90s.  Readers will be glued to the pages as Gerald juggles between leaving the gang life or continue to get paid from it. You will actually find yourself rooting for Gerald to get out of the game so that he can live a normal life. There are a few twists to this story that will keep you on your toes. Thug Nation is insightful and dramatic. Contel Bradford is an author that's definitely on the rise.

Da ReVew 

What’s the difference between urban fiction and street lit? Is there a difference? I think Contel Bradford defines them both in his hardcore novel, Thug Nation. I love me some hood books but admit to being a little freaked out by the crazy dude on the cover. As offensive as the image may be it’s a helluva symbol for what’s written on the pages.

Gerald Thomas, bka G - Dogg, has thug embedded into his soul. You clutch your purse tighter to your side when this dude walks by. Gerald is a decorated soldier repping one of Chicago’s most infamous gangs. After nearly losing his life in street battle he’s shipped off to Detroit, hoping to make a better way.

Gerald finds the scenery in Detroit to be just as cold, equally swamped with gangs and violence. Desperate for that there come up he becomes involved in a money making scheme. A mission of simple heists evolve into a spree of grisly murders, giving legendary status to some while Gerald takes a fall in prison.

Act two speaks of Gerald’s resurrection; his release from jail, his struggle to do better, his desire to be a good father to his daughter Kayel, mend the battered relationship with baby mama. He tries his best to do right but a straight path isn’t in the cards. Who wants to hire a criminal? A convicted fuck up?

Gerald’s humble efforts look bleak until he gets the offer he can’t refuse. A west coast click knows of his rep, ready to pay swell for his services. The fight with himself is strenuous but he can’t deny the truth, accepting the fact that he’s a natural born killer.

Anyway you can feel compassion for a killer? You just might this time. Man ... this one of those books. Those ones that get you. I could feel G-Dogg’s struggle with life, the dedicated love to his daughter, how he wanted to make things right wit baby mama. I could even see all the shells dropping. This book was real hell; very intense at times.

Thug Nation gets five outta five dollars from Da ReVew, maybe the most out cold shit you’ll ever read.

One2Go Book Reviews
As the saying goes never judge a book by its cover, that proves true with Contel Bradford fast pace street novel Thug Nation. The author takes us on an unforgettable journey weaving in and out of the rough streets of Detroit seen through the eyes of Gerald Thomas a.k.a G-Dogg. Trying his hardest to leave the streets alone and do what’s right for him, his beautiful daughter and mother of his child, he relapse and goes back into the only life he knows; being a thug. Though he was practically forced into it by one of the most feared gangsters Felipe, he still went along and played his part to a T. Will G-Dogg try to be the best man he can be to his family or live by the only thing he knows; the gun?

When love, loyalty, murder, betrayal and lies are all combined into one story, then you have a heartfelt street novel. Thug Nation is not the typical run N’ gun hood novel, it holds substance, character and the heart wrenching reality for some of today’s black youth. Mr. Bradford holds in his hands a story that brings a breath of fresh air to the industry. Thug Nation is not watered down by spinning rims, kingpins and designer labels that only grace A-list entertainers. The unrestricted battling of one’s soul and heart is scattered all throughout this novel, that’s what makes it a diamond in the rough compared to others in its genre.

This novel proved that Mr. Bradford is here to stay. "Thug Nation" is remarkably written from start to finish, which would allow for the easy and enjoyable read. Even though the cover is not as professional as one should be the contexts enclosed can rival with some of the top urban authors in the industry right now. The book is very descriptive and strategically written to play out as a movie. I have read plenty of novels and manuscripts but I would have to say this is by far in my top five. My staff and I are really looking forward to what the future holds for Mr. Contel Bradford.