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Publisher's Summary

Wearing the colour red, living by the 'law of lawlessness' and having the patch with the emblem of the mighty bulldog on your back was what ex-Mongrel Mob leader Tuhoe 'Bruno' Isaac called being True Red. "Because all levels of society hated us we created a new society of hatred symbolised by the bulldog. Its ferocious habits were engraved on our hearts", Tuhoe says, "If you weren't a mobster you weren't worth knowing." He lived this way for 17 years. 

However, constantly living for the bash, beer, prison and the possibility of dying in a pool of blood eventually saw Tuhoe search for another way of doing life. Leaving the Mob was hard. Not only did he face the rejection of his own and the fierce judgemental prejudices of mainstream society, but with the awakening of his conscience came the realisation of a past filled with inflicting pain on others besides himself, and of a life devoid of any sense of love or hope. This led him down a path of confession, forgiveness and reconciliation. 

True Red is the essential biography of one man's fascinating journey from the realm of darkness into the world of light.

©2009 Tuhoe Isaac (P)2019 Tuhoe Isaac

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Touching - this is a real soul stealer

Written and read by a Maori man with new whakahī (pride) this story was terrifyingly raw!

I won’t lie, this isn’t a professional audio book with a monotone to listen to, BUT you’re listening to someone’s real story, raw emotions and the reality of Mongrel Mob life.

I highly recommend this book if you want to hear some confrontational truths about the Mongrel life.

We spend so much time listening to the stories written and read about mob life in the US and Canada that we forget this can happen close to home.

-Australia.

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Tearful redemption story

Pretty graphic at times hard to listen to the reality of sexual violence. However a redemption story that brings hope for all that change is possible

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Mob member turns to the bible should be the title

Good story with nothing held back from what mob life is like and with a person needing a group around them either a crazy bunch of blokes or a church both are the same just opposite. I guess some people need a group when not comfortable alone.


Well read by the author im happy he did not sell out to a robot sounding voice like most other books.

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Awesome

Such a raw and powerful story, so good being narrated by Tuhoe as you can feel his emotions change as the story changes

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Great Raw and Real story

What a Real and Raw insight in Gang life. Hope this book helps those that are caught in the gang life.

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ok a bit slow but interesting the mongrel mob did some bad stuff and rough

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Religion Ruined This Book

This guy had an identity crisis and swapped one cult for another.
He read this book himself, even though he's semi-illiterate, and that's ok.
I couldn't finish it because the preaching became too much.
Hopefully readers don't put the Mongrel Mob gang in the same basket as Australian motorcycle clubs.

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