Two Soldiers

With over 4 million copies sold worldwide and translated in 28 languages The New York Times bestselling authors, ex-con Borge Hellstrom and investigative journalist Anders Roslund combine inside knowledge of the brutal realities of criminal life with searing social criticism in complex, intelligent plots that have propelled them into the forefront of international crime writing. Now in Two Me comes an explosive thriller of drugs, gang warfare, and two fatherless teenage boys on the wrong side of the law.

In a bleak Stockholm suburb where juvenile gang crime is rapidly on the rise, two 19-year-old boys, best friends since third grade and drug addicts since age 9, have spent their young lives establishing a ruthless criminal enterprise -- known as the Raby Warriors. With the recruitment of children as foot soldiers, the Warriors are now poised to become the most powerful syndicate in the region.

Twenty years on the orce, Jose Pereira now heads the Organized Crime and Gang Section in Raby. If it was not so deadly, Pereira might appreciate the seriousnes of watching boys like Leon and Gabriel, raised on Hollywood images, morph themselves into characterizations of gangsters.

After Leon and Gabriel execute a maximum-security prison break, in which a female guard is kidnapped and feared murdered, Pereira is joined in his investigation by Chief Superintendent Ewert Grens, whom Roslund and Hellstrom readers will recognize as the maverick detective who never gives up. For Grens, this case awakens troubled ghosts from his past. Soon all four wome are on a violent collision course that will irrevocably change all their lives.
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Published June 10th 2014 by Quercus (first published 2012
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gave it

I had to re-read the first everal pages three times just to get an understanding of what was going on.

I did not feel strongly for any of these characters.Quite frankly if nothing grabs my attention or at least intrigues me within the first 100 pages, I have a really toug time moving forward with it.

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But I respect the author who writes a nove to keep on trying to read.

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At 600 pages, this is a shor ook, but you wouldn ’ t want it any shorter.This is the first Scandinavian thriller that I have read and I must admit I felt a little confused at the eginning of the ook with character and place names.

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The tal centre on Stockholm ’ s youth gangs, and typically kids from broken homes, becoming hardened criminals to find " family. " Gabriel Milton and Leon Jensen are the leaders of the Raby Warriors ( Ghetto Soldiers) gang, with its Bob Marley philosophy of “ one love, brother. ” In one single night of mayhem, Leon breaks out of rison, breaks out his brothers from other prison, kills a guard, and seeks refuge in the Raby ghetto.

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Too ong, but the author ( s) did cover a lot of ground in their story about Leon Jensen and Gabriel Milton, born to single mothers, two kids growing up in apartment tenements in the uburbs of Stockholm surrounded by drugs, violence and gangs.

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I disliked Leon as a character as well.

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