Crime and Drugs on Trip City Street: Timothy Louis Baker
How much power does someone need in order to be satisfied? How far will you go to get what you want? Some young men started out at an early age to understand the meaning of Code of Silence, Respect, Fear and Loyalty but not in a conventional way. Taking what they wanted, ordering many to pay protection, buying off officials and making sure that no one spoke about them or mentioned them was just part of the crime and drug world that riddled the streets of the Trip City Street or New York a city in the near future. Young men grew up on the streets creating what some might think is a thriving business strong arming others into silent submissions to do their bidding, make sure they were never short changed and report to one man that was do deadly and dangerous that being in his presence and saying the wrong thing might or would cost you your life. What would happen if there were no laws and crime was the only thing that prevailed? What would happen if the jails were empty and the criminals ran the streets? What would happen if our government decided to become a part of a master plot created by one man to take over the WORLD and create anarchy so deadly, so powerful, that no one could make a single move without the permission or knowledge of this one man? Crime is defined as:” An action or omission that constitutes an offense that may be prosecuted by the state and is punishable by law. “ What is that no longer existed?
From the start author Timothy Louis Baker sets the scene for an explosive finale that you won’t see coming. Within this book he relates the way this syndicate or organization is run. Hierarchy is defined as:
“A system or organization in which people or groups is ranked one above the other according to status or authority.” Each soldier or man working for this leader had a job. Some rose from the ranks and others that did not follow his creed or laws were eliminated. Meet Jeff, Larry, Joe, Jim, Rick, Craig, Jack and Dogman the men behind the scenes that did it all for one man named Kevin. Just how did he become so powerful is quite frightening. Although this story takes place in the future what happens could very well happen in the present if we do not stay alert and keep our eyes open watching predators like Kevin.
Drugs, alcohol, smoking and hard drugs seem to be the way to go and not often used for recreational purposes. Those that did not use were considered useless. The first few chapters focus on how this group got started struggle for those top positions, what jobs they were given and how they rose in the organization. Hierarchy: each man had his job and his job depended on his ability to carry out a specific task or job for the top man. Jack, the drug runner, Craig a rich upper man in this syndicate who hosted parties, Harry whose chop shop became the place of choice to bring stolen cars, Rick who stole the cars, and Jeff who was fantastic at robbing cars. There are others but for right now these are the main players. Many die, others find out what happens when they decide to help the police and some find out when in prison. The story begins in 2015 and escalates to 2018 and where things more than heat up.
Just like most teens or young adults who want to be popular and be in the in crowed these young men wanted to become more important in the hierarchy of this drug lord’s organization. Called the inner circle, the upper level, those within it had strong ties to the leader, knew the consequences for failure and disloyalty. Those in the upper level were the ones who were promoted to higher-level jobs and given salaries that could fund more than just two third world countries. Harry’s Chop shop was used to refurbish and resell stolen cars and their parts. Crime is first and foremost and this organization runs the gambit. Thieves, pimps, selling and marketing drugs, bank robbers and much more were just the tip of the iceberg that helped their leader and others live the lavish styles they became more than accustomed.
Throughout Chapter Three the author shares Kevin’s rise to the top and we learn about his early life, his relationship with his mother and how it all got started. Into auto thefts, pimping, drugs, selling and transporting them providing him and his team with more than enough money to live on for years even after their deaths. But, Kevin was power hungry and had what some might think a “Dictatorial Complex,” modeling himself on some of the monarchs or dictators of the past and thinking that what he had planned was far greater. This is a story that will make readers pause for thought as this one man named Kevin Gregory Wilson from the age of four wanted to rule the world but not in a conventional way. No, he did not want to become President. No, he did not want to become the head of a corporation. No, he did not want to create jobs and make the world safer and better. He wanted to create a lawless world filled with fear, hate, and distrust and have the entire world’s population cower to him and him alone. Frightening to say the least.
The years pass and the author progresses as Kevin does to his fortieth year where the story continues in 2020 which is not so far away. Told in narrative form with some dialogue to help readers get to hear the voices of each of the primary characters, this story takes on many issues that most of us need to be more aware of. From the prevalent use of drugs on so many streets, to the rise of crime in many areas, Trip City which is New York or my city, has become the world’s number one haven for crimes and drugs. Protection, graft, government and law enforcement cover-ups, creating an army to help take over the world, disbanding our military and enlisting these men to work towards his goals is truly more than just alarming. A man so powerful that taking out a world leader would just be deciding on the right price and the right man for the job. Creating an anarchistic society run by this man was his goal. Creating an army and taking the recruits to a camp he set up in Montana the first step. What happens, how he plans to execute this and the end result is all so masterfully crafted and described by author Timothy Louis Baker and will not be revealed since I too will not say a word or talk about the players or let on about the final outcome.
When is too much power too much? What is it time to stop it? Find out the answer to these questions, the fate of the world and the hope for the future when you read Crimes and Drugs on Trip City Street by multi-talented author Timothy Louis Baker.
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