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The Apostles

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The Apostles

A Novel
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The Apostles run Chicago's streets. Their leader, "Solemn Shawn" Terson, is the most revered--and feared--man in town. Because of his past exploits, the Apostles have a loyalty among its members that has reached mythic proportions.

When Insane Wayne, a former member of the rival gang, the Governors, comes groveling for admission to the coveted Apostles, he's quickly turned down. His reaction is violent: He shoots a Governor and plants evidence that lays the murder rap on the Apostles, setting off a bloody series of retaliations.

Solemn Shawn is ready to give up the gang world. His pregnant girlfriend wants another way of life and the cops are hot on his tail; he knows the time has come to step aside. But he must fight one more street war before handing over the reins of his empire. The head of the Governors has a score to settle with Shawn that dates back to their prison days--and Shawn and the Apostles must fight or flee as the streets around them erupt in violence. . . .

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The Apostles run Chicago's streets. Their leader, "Solemn Shawn" Terson, is the most revered--and feared--man in town. Because of his past exploits, the Apostles have a loyalty among its members that has reached mythic proportions.

When Insane Wayne, a former member of the rival gang, the Governors, comes groveling for admission to the coveted Apostles, he's quickly turned down. His reaction is violent: He shoots a Governor and plants evidence that lays the murder rap on the Apostles, setting off a bloody series of retaliations.

Solemn Shawn is ready to give up the gang world. His pregnant girlfriend wants another way of life and the cops are hot on his tail; he knows the time has come to step aside. But he must fight one more street war before handing over the reins of his empire. The head of the Governors has a score to settle with Shawn that dates back to their prison days--and Shawn and the Apostles must fight or flee as the streets around them erupt in violence. . . .

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  • Chapter 1 1

    "Turn on your stomach."

    Silently the boy refused. His trembling brown frame was covered only by a pair of white briefs.

    "Boy, you better turn yo motherfucking ass over now!"

    Still the boy refused to obey. He knew that his submission was needed for his stepfather to attain the level of power over him that he craved, but he couldn't submit to the man's will.

    His stepfather tried a different tack. "C'mon, boy. Take this shit like a man. You want to be man, don't you? Men take what's coming to them. So gone head and turn on over so that we can get this shit over with."

    The boy shook his eight-year-old head.

    His stepfather ran his hand over his straightened hair.

    "Now that's what I'm talking about. That shit right there. I'm sick of this little no-talking role you be trying to play. I done heard you talk plenty when you be with them little niggers down there in the alley. You little slick bastards is always scheming up on something to get into. Now you want to sit here and act like you can't talk. That's some bullshit! Your mother wants me to make a man out of you, and I'll be damned if I don't!"

    The boy already knew this beast couldn't make him into a man. He knew that a man wouldn't roll over and take a whupping. Not that he was scared of being beaten. That was nothing new. Before he died, his father had administered his fair share of those, but they were always tempered with love and understanding. This man had none of that in him. He wasn't trying to make him a better person as he claimed--he simply reveled in beating on someone who was powerless against him. More than anything in the world, Shawn missed his father. That quiet, strong man with the receding hairline and thick glasses was gone forever. He managed to make the newspapers on his way out though. An out-of-work construction worker who tried to rob a currency exchange and ended up on a slab in the morgue. Where was the justice in that?

    Swack!

    The first blow from the belt landed on his shoulder.

    "You know you stole that two dollars out your teacher's desk drawer! Now you might as well turn over and take your whupping! You not opening your mouth is the same as lying. The only thing worse than a liar is a thief and you both."

    Where was the justice in this? Shawn knew that he didn't steal the money. He knew who took it, but he would never tell; it just wasn't in him to snitch. And there was no way that he could make his teacher or this buffoon understand that after his father was killed trying to rob that place, he made a vow that he would never steal anything in his life.

    Whap!

    The boy writhed in pain from the lick, but he still refused to turn onto his belly.

    "Boy, I said turn yo black ass over! I ain't gone tell you that shit no more!"

    As his stepfather hollered these words six inches from his face, he could smell the potent mixture of malt liquor and cheap wine on his breath. He looked at his stepfather with disdain. This was the man whom his mother had chosen to love in his dead father's place. An unemployed cardboard box maker to replace an unemployed, dead construction worker. A man whose big dream was to buy a Cadillac with the money he was waiting to get from a settlement from the cardboard factory for a fraudulent back injury. This man who spent most of his day sleeping in the bed that his father had bought. The sick bastard even dared to wear some of his father's old clothes.

    Whack!

    The blow landed across his naked thighs. Its force made him scoot backward on the bed a bit and rub his thighs, but he didn't turn onto his stomach. Tears...
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  • Y. Blak Moore is a poet, social worker, and former gang member who grew up in the Chicago housing projects. He is also the author of Triple Take. Moore has three children and lives in Chicago.

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  • Nikki Turner, author of The Hustler's Wife "Every nail-biting, adrenaline-laced, heart-racing page of The Apostles kept me on the edge of my seat."
  • -Solomon Jones, author of Ride Or Die "Y. Blak Moore's The Apostles is the truth, naked and unashamed."
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