“Great men are not born great, they grow great …”
– Vito Corleone

It is November, 2003, and for a year and a half, my career in Information Technology has been utterly stalled in a job that promised to be a huge leap forward when I moved to northern California to take it.

Instead, the company almost immediately began downsizing after I started, and I was kept on long enough to make the entire department lean, efficient, and easy enough to manage by a smaller and less-experienced staff.

Thus, one week before Thanksgiving, I discover that I have worked myself out of a job. My services are no longer necessary. I am granted two weeks’ severance.

My first child just turned one month old.


It is one of a number of times I’ve felt as if I’ve hit rock bottom.

Life has a way of doing that.

You take risks to get ahead, because you know this is the only way. Some of them are well-calculated, and they pay off.

Others are not.

In some cases, you simply screw up. You lose your way. You drift into unfamiliar waters, and you have no idea how to navigate your way out.

The storm claims us all from time to time.

How do we get back on course?


With a few hours of training, I can show any man how to read a map, a compass, and the stars sufficiently enough to pinpoint his own location.

From there, he can see the truth of where he is in relation to where he started, and then determine the best route to take him to where he wants to go.

I learned these lessons from my father, just as I learned a number of lessons in navigating the pitfalls of life.

A man must have the tools to navigate his own life, lest he become hopelessly lost. Perhaps fatally so.

The Code is the compass that you might be missing from your toolkit.

Maybe, like its author, you didn’t have a father to show you how to find your way out of the woods.

Maybe you did, and you’ve lost some of those lessons to time and trial.

Maybe you just need a reminder. Or maybe you’re just tired of life kicking you in the ass, and you’d like a little guidance from one who has taken a lot of ass kickings and can show you how to get out of the way of a few of them.


Bobby Dino has hit rock bottom in ways I can’t imagine, and in ways you don’t ever want to experience.

That does not make him unique. Lots of men screw up their lives, and in bigger ways than even he has. Let’s be very clear: Being a fuckup is not a virtue.

The virtue lies in overcoming it.

He did.

Therefore, you can.

And he’s written the book on how to do it.


The Code isn’t a self-improvement book.

It’s a survival manual.

It is not overstating it to say that it might actually save your life.

Not metaphorically. Literally. There are lessons in there that can actually keep you from bleeding out in a gutter someday.

The world is a dark place, and men need to know this and be capable of mitigating the dangers within.

And yet so few of us are taught this.

We expect the rules of society to protect us.

And ignore unpleasant realities, such as the fact that over 40% of the murder cases in America go unsolved.

Odds are pretty good that if someone wants to kill you, they can get away with it.

Do you know enough to keep away from the wrong end of this statistic?

If you’re not sure, then the answer is “no.”

Read The Code.

Abe Lopez, author of "Going Gone," has posted a detailed review of The White Arrow on his website.

I encourage you to read it here.