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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RAT RACE
VENDETTA is intended to show young impressionable people that a life of crime has no happy ending. Although the book is informative and very detailed it sends out the right messages to the people who like myself thought crime was glamorous reading this book those very same people should stop and think and to get out of the RAT RACE.As for all of you who like true crime it...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Self-Indulgent and Largely Fabricated
Glamorising and fabricating the life of a Glasgow Gangster, I found this book particularly difficult to take seriously. As a follow up to The Ferris Conspiracy, there's more spouting of Police cover ups and deflecting blame by a man who desperately wants the reader to believe he is/was a misunderstood loveable rogue. The book is littered with entire chapters of word for...
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RAT RACE, 9 Oct. 2005
This review is from: Vendetta: Turning Your Back on Crime Can Be Deadly... (Paperback)
VENDETTA is intended to show young impressionable people that a life of crime has no happy ending. Although the book is informative and very detailed it sends out the right messages to the people who like myself thought crime was glamorous reading this book those very same people should stop and think and to get out of the RAT RACE.As for all of you who like true crime it is a great read.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally absorbing read, first class!, 20 Jan. 2006
This review is from: Vendetta: Turning Your Back on Crime Can Be Deadly... (Paperback)
'Vendetta: Turning Your Back on Crime Can Be Deadly....' is an excellent follow up to the much acclaimed first effort from the crime-writing due of Reg McKay and Paul Ferris 'The Ferris Conspiracy '. Anyone who liked the first book will thoroughly enjoy this one.
This time around the focus is based mainly on the post childhood/Thompson family/murder case area of Paul Ferris's life, and concentrates more on his time spent in prison and his subsequent efforts to claw his way back into legitimate business and to turn over a new leaf. Ferris in this book is every bit just as witty, sharp, and unassuming as he was in his first book.
Although 'Vendetta' tells of Paul's attempts to turn his life around and appears geared toward letting impressionable youngsters realise that the "gangster" lifestyle is far from glamorous and is not a wise 'career choice' for anyone, it still does not lack mention of violent incidents and equally violent individuals from cities the length and breadth of the UK.
All in all 'Vendetta' is an absorbing read, a book the reader will find hard to put down until he or she has read the very last page. Paul Ferris seems to be a brutally honest individual where his thoughts on certain people are concerned, no one escapes his witty, dry sense of humour not least himself.
A must read book!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Self-Indulgent and Largely Fabricated, 28 Nov. 2013
Glamorising and fabricating the life of a Glasgow Gangster, I found this book particularly difficult to take seriously. As a follow up to The Ferris Conspiracy, there's more spouting of Police cover ups and deflecting blame by a man who desperately wants the reader to believe he is/was a misunderstood loveable rogue. The book is littered with entire chapters of word for word conversations which allegedly occurred decades previously. A lot of people do enjoy this book but the writer blaming other people for crimes of which he was and remains the main suspect - a little hard to swallow for me. If you fancy a genuinely good credible read, try Gangsters, Killers and Me.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent read, 12 Sept. 2012
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A good read with the right message, worth a read if like Reg McKay's stuff. The thing about McKay and Ferris book is they never claimed them 100% true, they couldn't as if they did write the 100% truth then people would have been nipped for offense the were responsible in the past, not Ferris and McKay's game, they told what they could in a way that they could, not like some Journalist that claim everything in their books as 100% true when most is from sources, the better books come from the guys who have been there, my opinion only
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, 17 Jun. 2014
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True account of Scottish gang land paul ferris and reg McKay tell all more books of ferris needed he tells the truth
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read if you enjoy Scottish Crime Stories, 24 April 2014
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Really enjoyed this, good to read the background to a few of Scotland's headlines from years ago. Would recommend to any crime buffs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 30 Nov. 2013
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A great book well worth reading! A lot more detail into his life! Don't read books but couldn't put this down!
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Half turning your back on crime., 9 July 2007
This review is from: Vendetta: Turning Your Back on Crime Can Be Deadly... (Paperback)
Paul Ferris remains in thrall to crime and criminals, even if he doesn't participate any more.This book is a disingenuous attempt to play Mr straight whilst associating with men of violence. Ferris himself has blood on his hands : he may resist the urge to hand out his kind of justice but nowhere does he show any contrition for past deeds which were, frankly, evil.And let us not be duped by the old chestnut that criminals only hurt their own: this is a fallacy and, of course, completely illogical.Criminals make their money by preying on the weak and yet Ferris seems unable to grasp- or at least admit- this, all the while maintaining tha he hates bullies.
He complains about injustice! Doesn't every criminal suddenly discover their allegiance to justice when they are wrongly accused?But, when they "get away" with their crimes that's fair game- and never mind the injustices suffered by the victims.I should thionk that the reaction of most straight people is" couldn't care less if some psychopath is taken off the street, by any means."Then, of course, Ferris doesn't see the criminal fraternity in this light. He would have us believe that his criminal friends are honouirable men who live by some heightened existential , moral code.( Tell that to the victims.)There are, however, the lower type of criminals ie the ones that Ferris dislikes.They, naturally, are snitches, grasses and cowards, unable to operate in Ferris' moral firmament.
This book would, perhaps, have displayed a scintilla of credibilty if Ferris had admitted to, and given some detail of the crimes he did commit. Instead , we are provided with endless protestations of innocence. I am surprised he hasn't put himself forward for Pope.
If you want to read about a real hard Glaswegian who went straight and took a honest look at his life of crime , read Jimmy Boyle's book.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The return of Paul Ferris, 12 Nov. 2005
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This review is from: Vendetta: Turning Your Back on Crime Can Be Deadly... (Paperback)
A very interesting and detailed book, this shows that Ferris has matured a lot since the old school days of working with the Thomsons. Theres a lot in the book and again Ferris is at it again exposing corrupt cops who use same false witnesses to lock up innocent people at different trials, corrupt customs officers who just want someone to blame innocent or not, corrupt NCS, NCIS, security services and politicians alike, all scum. But it goes further, Ferris aims to clear his name from the garbage media reports that circulate from time to time claiming that he is up to no good and drug dealing etc, all complete rubbish not based on any facts and some led to his re arrest. Other media hype includes the BBC show Frontline Scotland who done a show about him that was just about what the BBC wanted to spout, out all utter rubbish, when the BBC where asked to examine the facts, they declined deciding to air lies and false accusations instead of facts. The book does have a humerous tone to it though, and the tales from prison are quite funny. This is clearly an older Paul Ferris determined to go straight for the sake of his family. He still remains very well connected though, some would probably say too well and try and lay some nonsense charges on him. The great Tam McGraw (alleged supergrass)is also truely slated in the book and seen for what he really is - lower than low backstabbing garbage and the matter is finally cleared up of what happened between the feuding pair, McGraw claims he smashed Ferris to a pulp and was all over the News of the World newspaper - more garbage, in fact Ferris was examined by prison doctors when he had to hand himself back in prison because of newspaper reports and there was no mark on him, just McGraw spouting garbage and trying to be a hero. I suppose Ferris gets a little bit of respect from me for trying to go straight and because he has principles and seems to be honest. This is a great book and well reccomended..
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1.0 out of 5 stars Vendetta, 31 Dec. 2014
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Have read three books the godfather.the licensee and now vendetta.all are interlinked with Glasgow crime .very real brutal and scary
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