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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (14 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 149183286X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1491832868
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm

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About the Author

Sean P. Hoggs is a decorated retired military veteran of over 24 years. He has served as both a commissioned officer and an enlisted member in the United States Air Force. He is a native of Plainfield, NJ and is currently a Senior Aerospace Instructor in his home state of New Jersey. He is a noted mentor and role model to the inner city youth of America, and is also an internationally recognized humanitarian. He currently lives in Columbus, NJ with his wife of twenty-five years and their son. They have four children in all, ranging in age from sixteen to twenty-seven. Sean can be contacted by email at:

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book is truly an inspirational masterpiece 23 Nov. 2013
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This book is truly an inspirational masterpiece that will motivate the reader to seek out their own purpose in life regardless of age.
Sean brilliantly captures the reader's attention and draws you in page by page, chapter by chapter.

The trials and tribulations that Sean had to overcome at a young age are common but many do not triumph over these adversities to become such a great inspiration to peers, the town and even the Country. Sean's journey is truly remarkable. His story touched a nerve and shows how a young man with so much to give has been able to share his gifts with the world.

I highly recommend reading this book.

Dawn M. Wilson-Routzahn
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This autobiography should be added as a MANDATORY read, for every High School student around the World. INSPIRATIONAL!! 25 Nov. 2013
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The Bastard Child, is a must read for Men, Women, or Young Students, who have struggled with Fear, Direction, and overcoming adversities in life. Sean P. Hoggs, immediately captures your undivided attention with his remarkable journey, from birth to adulthood. The mental and physical abuse Sean endured, will bring you to heartfelt tears. His accomplishments will make you stand to your feet, gleaming with Pride, and a Huge round of applause for his Humanitarian assistance, around the globe. This book is remarkable and truly an Inspiration to all.....Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
True Inspiration at it's BEST 23 Nov. 2013
By Kim KeepitMoving - Published on
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Sean words inspire, encourage and motivate people regardless to your walk in life. You will embrace his life story as if you there with him along the way. It will touch your soul like no other.

I recommend this book to those who may be struggling trying to find direction and order in their lives. If you believe it, you can achieve it!

My friend and classmate has done an amazing job with sharing his story with the world and I know this book will be in libraries, schools, book clubs, youth centers in the near future!

Get your copy today!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
An extremely powerful message in a great story, a MUST READ! 26 Nov. 2013
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This book is not something you find too often. The message behind it is simple, clear but extremely powerful. I've read through it once, and I am reading through it again to get a better understanding of what Major Sean Hoggs went through, from his childhood to his Air Force career. I almost felt as if I was there with him as his life unfolded before me at the turn of every page. I started reading and I could not simply put the book down until I finished it. Great job Major!

Lekas Street Certified Review 2 Aug. 2014
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Upon opening the pages of The Bastard Child I was shocked that anyone of African American heritage, and a homegrown native of Plainfield, NJ, (My own hometown as well) would openly refer to themselves as a bastard which to most would be tantamount of calling one's mother a no-good whore, and would surely result in a physical altercation.
However, this is not the case. In fact, my review maybe a bit biased but more insightful nevertheless. Why, you may ask? It's because Sean P Hoggs, and I grew up in the same apartment complex. We spoke, broke bread, and hung within the same circles, and yet we were on different islands. Meaning at the time I was the nerd, and sort of aloof within my family while Sean hung out with the cool inner circle to say the least. I was college bound whereas Sean was jail bound.
Therefore, when Sean asked me to review his book I felt honored to say the least, and unlike other books written by authors within my hometown. I can truly say I was extremely impressed by his penmanship, uncanny self-expression, and the no-holds-bar approach as to where Sean revealed his most inner, darkest secrets which he kept hidden from his closest friends.
As I turned the pages of this autobiography I truly must say that I felt every lashing, verbal assault, or otherwise that this man endured as a child from those who were supposed to love and protect him.
The Bastard Child is a Masterpiece to say the least. It's the type of book that one would expect to be featured on Oprah Winfrey, Hollywood, and other major media outlets. This book should be in the hands of the President who understands why some of us such as Sean P Hogg's have the audacity of hope to overcome, and have overcame some of the most horrific moments in life that no child should have endured. Reading his story would make some say that it's a miracle that Sean didn't become just another statistic, heroin addict, or other outcast of society.
I chose to feature this book on because The Bastard Child is what Urban Fiction is made of; the struggles we endure as a people. Those of us who grew up in the streetz, hoodz, ghettos, projects, and then some. If you have ever had to share one of your meals with the cockroaches then you can relate to The Bastard Child. If you had an immature father who was self-centered, and egotistical, or dealt with your mother's abusive Post Traumatic Stress-Disordered terrorizing boyfriend who threatened to kill your whole family, then you can relate to being a Bastard Child.
Furthermore, if you were forced to live with someone you never knew, and found yourself being abused by a fat, abusive, atrocious, tobacco, chewing, pseudo religious narcissus who beat you for trying to do the right thing then you can relate to being a Bastard Child. Also, if you found yourself bleeding from wounds created from being beaten with an extension cord by the woman who was supposed to cherish you above all women then you certainly are a Bastard Child.
To sum up a great book, I must say that this autobiography doesn't merely focus on the tragic events such as the few mentioned above. Contrarily, it's just the opposite. Sean could've have revealed a panoply of life events that would have made several people cringe within their own souls because I know firsthand about 'The Life' within the streets of Plainfield for as Sean pressed forward many fell backwards. Whereas Sean could have spilled enough beans so as to even make the Devil yell out, "Hot D***n! Why did you tell them that I was saving that ish for Judgement Day!" He humbly keeps the focus on his own activities which I highly respect. Nevertheless, this book truly is one filled with resilience, hope, and utter achievement; as it takes you from the streets of Plainfield to The Red Square in Russia, and back to square one having witnessed how Sean has risen to a higher plateau.
Also, whereas others simply wrote stories riding on the coattails of others. Pretending to be something the actually are not. Sean gives you the utmost, sincerest, and humbling outlook on how to become an achiever by doing the "The Right Things". For even during his 24 years of service in the military was not without great opposition, and anyone who tries to belittle, or downgrade Sean's achievements are those who embrace ignorance not knowing what it's like growing up within an environment that embraces a "Jungle Mentality." For anyone who knows Plainfield, NJ only has to pick up any paper or, a little historical research, and see a drug riddled environment, full of gangbangers, thugs, robbers, murderers, and the likes thereof. I know because the streets corrupted me. Yet, this isn't about me. It's about a man whom I have grown to love ad admire. One whom I am honored to have known, and am able to share a wealth of insight he has written on the pages of The Bastard Child.
Furthermore I would like to say on behalf of myself and my team here at The Urb:
Sean, those of us here at The Urb support your efforts 100%, and we encourage those of you who have a wayward child, or, know of anyone who has lost their way to share this story because it will make a difference. Thank You Sean because we know that sharing a story such as this took a lot of effort on your part. Revealing your darkest secrets, and facing your demons have forever destroyed The Bastard Child, and produced an Honorary Man, A US Vet, and someone whom we are glad to say is our brother and friend. Yahweh Bless!
One final note to all, If you are looking for the real deal in Urban lit this is not a reflection, nor an image... This is the foundation of trouble within the streets, but embraces the solutions to overcome. Also, although I found the typical errors found in most self-published books. I did not let this detract from the overall substance of the story for I know firsthand that the author here is sincere... Cop this Book today you won't regret it!
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