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Happy Birthday to Hollywood Actor Robert De Niro!!!

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🎉🎉🎉All together on the count of 3 … sing!!! — Ha-ppy Birth-day to one of the most prolific and respected actors to ever touch down in Tinseltown.

It’s hard to believe that Robert De Niro is now in his 70’s. I wish classic actors such as him were immortal & ageless –we’d keep him around forever.

Mr. De Niro has blessed the big screens with his magnificent and unequivocal gangsterness my entire life. From The Godfather to Goodfellas to Meet the Parents, he has had one of the most versatile and extensive careers in Hollywood.

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Personally, I’d have to say one of my favorite roles portrayed by De Niro is probably of Jewish handicapper Sam “Ace” Rothstein in the forever classic gangster flick Casino — he totally finessed the role.

The 1995 American epic crime drama film, directed by Martin Scorsese stars De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Sharon Stone. In Casino, Rothstein (De Niro) is called by the Italian Mob to oversee the day-to-day operations at the fictional Tangiers Casino in Las Vegas.

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In addition to starring in some of Hollywood’s leading motion pictures, Robert De Niro has also produced and directed various blockbuster projects including Prison Song, starring Q-Tip, Mary J Blige and Fat Joe. Check out this extended list of his work which dates back to the 70’s.

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Book Review: Masking Evil by Carol Anne Davis

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Occasionally, writers and publishing houses send me books to review. I’m a huge reader so any true crime books I can my hands on I devour. Masking Evil by Carol Anne Davis was definitely no exception.

What sets this book apart from the hundreds of true crime titles on the shelves at the moment is its format. The book covers an overview of 37 different cases of good men and women turned evil, from a charity worker who murdered his wives to a policewoman gone bad.

Davis writes almost as if she has first hand knowledge of the events of each crime, showing how thorough and detailed her research is. The snippets at the start of each chapter give an insight into what you can expect from each case, setting the scene and making this book incredibly hard to put down.

In every case, Davis does much more than just…

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Tijuana Drug Cartel Hitman Describes Life As A Professional Killer In New Book

Everyone KNOWS that I live for a redemption story, so much so that I am working on my own masterpiece redemption story entitled, “Gangster Girls: The Last Girl Standing” in which I hope to release sooner than later.

Anyhow, the following article was posted on Daily Mail UK and gives some insight into the life of Martin Corona, a former hitman for the Tijauna drug cartel.

Corona, who has admitted to killing 8 people during his time in the cartel says that it was when he was ordered to murder two women (with a child in the car) that he decided to walk away from the lifestyle. For good.

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Martin Corona was a professional killer working for the feared Mexican Cartel leader Ramon Arellano-Felix.

Racking up a total of eight kills in his criminal career, he earned himself 25 years in prison back in 2001.

The killer, now 58, opened up about how he handled his killings and his life as a gun for hire.

Fighting a drug war which engulfed the southern part of California, he claims to killed a member of El Chapo’s drug cartel.

He described being a “lost soul” who found acceptance in the world of paid for murder and gangs.

Corona revealed he is “not proud” of what he has done and said he finds it “humiliating” to look himself in the mirror.

Working as enforcer of drug-pushers, he gunned down two women sitting in a car who were suspected of snitching.

However he discovered one of their seven-year-old daughters sitting in the back seat.

The killer said it was this moment which made him give up his life as a hitman.

He described telling himself “its an ugly business, but its a business” before his first assassination – when he was ordered to kill two members of a rival gang.

Corona – who cannot be pictured for his own safety – is now free from prison and working as a construction worker, trying to escape his brutal past.

Corona’s descent into crime began at age 12, getting into drugs, and discovering the man he thought was his father wasn’t.

He told the New York Post:

 I was a lost soul. These people accepted me. They treated me with respect, and at the time, it seemed like admiration and love.

I’m not proud of my past.

It’s really humiliating waking up and looking at yourself in the mirror knowing the things you’ve done.

His story is being told in new book Confessions of a Cartel Hit Man which is out on July 25.

Book Trailer: “Cartel Wives” 

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“Cartel Wives” is the inside story of dangerous love,
risky decisions, and redemption.
It is Visceral account of how two strong and attractive
woman from inner-city Chicago formed an intimate
and romantically indelible triumph of the heart from the crude
foundation of cocaine, illicit opulence, and betrayal.
It is the epic drama of the true life story of the ingenious Flores Twins
and their courageous wives who discarded any possibility
of a normal life for the Twins Brothers who won their hearts.
It is the tale of four lives lured to the unbelievable saga
of their scheme to bring down the infamous El Chapo.
Behind every good man there is a woman, and here is their
inspiring true story.

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Book releases worldwide June 20 (2017)

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Review: On Edge By Albert Ashforth

Check out book enthusiast’s January Gray’s review of this military thriller by author Albert Ashforth.

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When a former Army buddy is murdered by an Afghan military colleague, U.S. Army Special Investigator Alex Klear is called back into action in Afghanistan to investigate what is thought to be a classic “green-on-blue” killing. Alex finds Kabul in a state of chaos, partly under government control, partly controlled by the Taliban.

From the beginning, he suspects that the Army has identified the wrong man as the killer, and that an innocent Afghan soldier has become the victim of a complex frame-up. His suspicions are solidified when he discovers that his friend had been investigating a massive fraud at Kabul Bank. As Alex is drawn into the epicenter of the biggest bank fraud in history, he finds his efforts systematically thwarted by both the American and the Afghanistan governments.

In the lawless streets of Kabul and into the far outreaches of Afghanistan, Alex relentlessly hunts his friend’s killer—and…

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