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Behind the Hood (Behind the Lives) [Kindle Edition]

Marita A. Hansen
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Life on the rough side of New Zealand.

In this South Auckland neighbourhood where gang culture, drink, drugs, sex and violence is already a way of life; a vicious attack on a teenage girl sparks a ripple effect of revenge and fury. Live the carnage through multiple viewpoints as the tale unfolds to a bloody climax. NOT for the fainthearted.

About the Author

I was born in New Zealand, where my Behind the Lives series is based, and have lived there for most of my life. I love to write, create artwork (including my covers), coach youth football, and referee the occasional match. In 2012 I will be running my first marathon in Singapore where I am currently living. Apparently I want to die young. Just kidding! Anyway, I'll be back in the land of the long white cloud at the beginning of 2013.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 489 KB
  • Print Length: 357 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466240415
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005H3DGR4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Page-Turner 11 April 2012
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As the description says, not for the fainthearted.

This is a real page-turner, that keeps you gripped to the end. There are multiple points of view, and these are cleverly woven together to give a clear understanding of the mindset of each of the characters and their struggle with gang life.

I'll be keen to read the next installment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Plus Brilliant Intense Stars 20 Feb 2014
By elainep
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the first book in Marita A. Hanson (Behind the Lives) series...

Once again its a raw and realistic story of gang life on the streets of New Zealand.
It is YA but in this case it means a story about young adults, there is no Disney here folks..

The story starts with a young 14 year old girl being chased by a gang as she is returning home from a night out.
This then kicks off a chain of rollercoaster events....

Tama is a complete psycho, he's the gang leader. His family life is chaotic. Spending most of his time on the streets with his disillusioned friends. He causes chaos where ever he goes.
To be honest he has no real redeeming qualities except his love for his mum and sister.
And with his obsession for the wife of a hated rival it will bring this story to a jaw dropping conclusion...

My Thoughts
I read this story last but I don't really think it matters first or last... Reading Behind the Tears and then Behind the Lens. Both blew me away with their story.
Because I read it last it was like a flashback of when they were younger, everything fitting into place and bringing all the stories together.

As with her other stories there is always an touch of humour along side all the craziness..
The author does use some slang within the gang throughout her series. I personally have no problem if that's how they talk then write it..
Everything about this book pulls you in with this intense addictive tale.. terrifying at times.
The characters each have their own POVs..... entwining their lives into each others story to bring it to a OMG finish..

Finally this may not be for everyone but its a brilliant written story that deserves to be read...

I give this outstanding series so far....6 Stars and I can't wait to see where Marita takes these guys further..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously gritty. 25 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Ever since I watched "Once were warriors" I've nurtured a stranger's interest in the Maori underground scene. So when I started "Behind the hood" I did so with an open mind and an inquisitive heart, and it delivered nicely.
It's an extraordinarily violent, disturbed and sexually explicit book, written by a very articulate and artistic lady who manages to write her male characters just as well as her female leads. As readers, we stand like witnesses to a cruel game as the people play their different roles in this tragic, often brutal and yet oddly inspiring story.
Every society has its ground level, its lower classes, and in "Behind the hood" we really do meet the bottom feeders of the Maori culture; with all the predators, victims, heroes and villains therein.
It's a top book, I'm defo going to buy the next in the series.
NOT for the faint of heart!
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  19 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense!! 16 Aug 2011
By Denna Holm - Published on Amazon.com
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INTENSE! I could probably leave my review at this one word and that would say it all. What a nerve wracking read. At first I thought there were going to be too many point of view characters for me to get involved emotionally, but they all tied back to each other perfectly. I had no problem keeping track of who was who and how they related back to each of the other characters. By the last three-quarters of the book I had the phones turned off and the Do Not Disturb sign hung on the door. I had to know what was going to happen and I didn't want any interruptions. Marita Hansen did not disappoint. I can't wait to read the sequel.

Tama is a tough guy gang leader who causes problems wherever he goes. He starts things off by stabbing Maia, a 14-year-old girl, while trying to rape her and then has the nerve to try to push the blame for it off on her. Tama has a habit of pushing the blame for all his problems onto anyone but himself. Maia's older brother Nike and Tama are long time enemies and Nike is determined to make Tama pay for what he did to his little sister. But Tama has eyes for Nike's wife next and no one is safe who tries to get in his path.

This novel is brutal in its honesty, giving a true-to-life picture of gang life and the destruction that goes along with it. If you're at all squeamish, this is probably not the book for you. Lives are destroyed, whole families destroyed, in a matter of seconds because of selfish desires. I'll read just about anything I can get my hands on and it had me cringing in a few places---praying in others. I got attached to these characters in the short time it took me to read it and it hurt me when they got hurt. At the same time I'm being repulsed by what's taking place, I'm also getting pulled in. It takes real talent to pull off a story like this. I can't wait to read the next one by Marita Hansen. This story may take place in New Zealand, but the same story could be told in any gang territory in the States. Definitely earned the five stars I'm going to give Behind the Hood.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and incendiary urban fiction 5 Jan 2012
By John Ling - Published on Amazon.com
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Gritty. Hard boiled. Uncompromising.

These were the thoughts that ran through my mind as I read Behind The Hood. It's incredibly precise in the the way it examines the minutiae of street life; the daily beats of the urban ghetto; the struggles of the underclass. And it's propelled by dynamic viewpoints that are easily on par with anything that Richard Price and George Pelecanos could conceive of.

Kiwi writer Marita Hansen has crafted an amazing narrative here. Her prose is punchy, hyper-realistic and unsentimental. And the drugs, the gangs and the turf wars all ring frighteningly true here.

And if I had to compare Behind The Hood to celluloid, I would say it most closely resembles The Wire. It's not just sharp and compelling drama; it's a sociology class wrapped up in down-and-dirty realism.

This is incendiary stuff. It slashes at your soul with all the power of a switchblade. An absolute must read.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Impressive Debut and Fascinating Drama at it's Best.... 6 Sep 2011
By Pearls Perspective - Published on Amazon.com
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In 2008, a thriller movie came out called Vantage Point, starring Dennis Quaid, Forest Whitaker, William Hurt and Matthew Fox that detailed five different perspectives, of the same event. Not until the end when everything 'came together' would the truth of what really happened, finally be revealed. It was incredibly well done and memorable because of it.

"Behind the Hood" is the first novel by New Zealand author and artist, Marita Hansen. To say this lady is definitely going places, will surely prove to be an understatement, as her work here is nothing short of brilliant. So good in fact, that if Hollywood is smart enough to buy her story, it'd make "Once Were Warriors" and "Vantage Point" look tame in comparison...

Terrifyingly real in it's depiction, savage and raw in the telling and masterfully told from multiple unique points of view, it builds steadily in a riveting escalation of drama and tension. So much so, that it left my gut in knots, yet I was unable to put it down until the final page unfolded. Ms Hansen handled her fascinatingly vivid characters, one after another with the ease of a seasoned pro. Easily switching back and forth between them all and keeping my gaze all but myopic, focused only on the extreme emotions and intensity of them all.

Like watching a set of dominoes hurtling toward completion, connected as they are in unerring positioning to fall one upon the other, in a foregone sequence of events.

As the inevitable plays out, and the littered remains fall in agony where they may, the story behind the hood, is at last, revealed...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw and Unique and Fast Paced 31 Oct 2012
By Word Teaser - Published on Amazon.com
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Behind the Hood, first and foremost, is an adult content fiction with raw and blatant language, explicit sexual subject matter, and vicious and detailed action. It is an indepth look at the under-priviledged families struggling to survive amidst drug trafficking, the gangland atmosphere, and young adult mentality; hopelessness, the sense of entitlement, righteous indignation, heartbreak and heartfelt emotion, a coming of age and responsibility with a healthy mix of juvenile inmaturity.

Marita Hansen has revealed the ultimate nature and souls of her characters one chapter at a time, uniquely changing the point of view with each chapter, and quite successfully pushing the story forward at a pace fast enough to thrill the reader, while competently fleshing out each character without distracting from the colourful action and subsequent reaction through realization, or the lack thereof. The neighbourhood, the scenery, the ties that bind the blood relatives, the gang members, the extended families are all comfortably detailed, so that when something happens to one person, the reader feels the vile and painful repercussions throughout the community.

For readers on the outside looking in, this is a whirlwind journey into the lives of those who live in the Maori gang territory of Aukland. The morality and misuse of humanity has a bit of true kindness and real love folded in, and a surprising twist of fate at the end. While I would not normally read such a book, I will admit that Marita Hansen's writing hooked me from beginning to end. Indeed, I did not put it down until I had reached the last page.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously gritty. 25 May 2012
By R. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Ever since I watched "Once were warriors" I've nurtured a stranger's interest in the Maori underground scene. So when I started "Behind the hood" I did so with an open mind and an inquisitive heart, and it delivered nicely.
It's an extraordinarily violent, disturbed and sexually explicit book, written by a very articulate and artistic lady who manages to write her male characters just as well as her female leads. As readers, we stand like witnesses to a cruel game as the people play their different roles in this tragic, often brutal and yet oddly inspiring story.
Every society has its ground level, its lower classes, and in "Behind the hood" we really do meet the bottom feeders of the Maori culture; with all the predators, victims, heroes and villains therein.
It's a top book, I'm defo going to buy the next in the series.
NOT for the faint of heart!
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