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Split Decision

Written by: Ice-T,Spike,Douglas Century
Narrated by: Ice-T,Spike,Douglas Century
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Publisher's Summary

Award-winning actor, rapper, and producer Ice-T unveils a compelling memoir of his early life robbing jewelry stores until he found fame and fortune—while a handful of bad choices sent his former crime partner down an incredibly different path.

Ice-T rose to fame in the late 1980s, earning acclaim for his music before going on to enthrall television audiences as Odafin “Fin” Tutuola in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. But it could have gone much differently.

In this “poignant and powerful” (Library Journal, starred review) memoir, Ice-T and Spike, his former crime partner—collaborating with New York Times bestselling author Douglas Century—relate the shocking stories of their shared pasts, and how just a handful of decisions led to their incredibly different lives. Both grew up in violent, gang-controlled Los Angeles neighborhoods and worked together to orchestrate a series of jewelry heists.

But while Ice-T was discovered rapping in a club and got his first record deal, Spike was caught for a jewelry robbery and did three years in prison. As his music career began to take off, Ice made the decision to abandon the criminal life; Spike continued to plan increasingly ingenious and risky jewel heists. And in 1992, after one of Spike’s robberies ended tragically, he was sentenced to thirty-five years to life. While he sat behind bars, he watched his former partner rise to fame in music, movies, and television.

“Propulsive” (Publishers Weekly, starred review), timely, and thoughtful, two men with two very different lives reveal how their paths might have very well been reversed if they made different choices. All it took was a split decision.

Featuring an exclusive conversation with Ice-T, Spike, and Douglas Century!

©2022 Tracy Lauren Marrow. All rights reserved. (P)2022 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Couldn’t turn it off

Great narration by Ice and Spike, cleverly structured book. It was like binge watching a series on Netflix.

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loved every minute

as a lifelong Ice T fan, it was great hearing all these OG stories of how things came to be.
worth the listen.

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Great Read!

Loved this book! It’s the furthest away from my upbringing but the messaging is universal! The Storting telling was amazing and I felt everything both these guys felt! We travel the world to visit other cultures but there’s so much in our own backyard to discover how others are living and what their challenges and wins are!

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Amazing!!

I didn’t know what to expect with this book, I’m a huge Law & Order fan and bought the audio book for a road trip out of solidarity for my favourite show. I was pleasantly surprised and blown away at how beautifully both stories/perspectives were woven together! I finished the book in a day and a half!

I laughed, I cried and I will be listening to the book for a second time to make sure I didn’t miss anything!

Highly recommend!

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Worth it just for the narration

As a fan it was just listening to Ice narrate was entertaining enough for me. That being said, the book provides an interesting perspective into a specific slice of history that as a kid growing up in the 80’s and 90’s I found appealing. Above that, the authors really do have a positive message that many could benefit from. Even if you aren’t necessarily a fan of the music, the message transcends and it really does touch on an important piece of history during that era delving into LA gangs and poultice brutality.

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This book is a great decision

The fast paced narrative unfold like the lives lived. Ice-t and Spike deliver a compelling story of their lives together. Once I started this book I couldn't stop. I listen to the music of Ice-t growing up, I was immersed in a world that I thought was fantasy, based on my white suburban reality, the truth is- the music is authentic and the stories are real like the people telling them. I'm definitely recommend this.

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