By T. J. English
Through the past due eighties and nineties, a gang of younger Asian refugees reduce a bloody swath via New York's Chinatown. They have been the misplaced kids of the Vietnam conflict, severed from their households via violence and forged adrift in an odd land.
Banding jointly below the management of a megalomaniacal younger psychopath, David Thai, they took their identify from a slogan they'd visible on helicopters and the helmets of U.S. squaddies: "Born to Kill."
For a decade their empire was once unassailable, equipped on a starting place of worry, ruthlessness, and incredible brutality—until one brave gang brother helped convey it down from the inside.
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