Thursday, November 14, 2013

REVIEW: The Penal Colony

The Penal Colony
By Richard Herley

Genre: Thriller, Action & Adventure
Year published: 1987
Pages: 387

Date read: 30 September 2012

Summary: The British government now runs island prisons for the worst offenders from its mainland jails.  New arrivals are dumped by helicopter and must learn to survive as best they can.

To Sert, one afternoon in July, is brought Anthony John Routledge, sentenced for a sex murder he did not commit.  Routledge knows he is here forever.  And he knows he must quickly forget the rules of civilized life.

But not all the islanders are savages.  Under the charismatic leadership of one man a community has evolved.  A community with harsh and unyielding rules, peopled by resourceful men for whom the hopeless dream of escape may not be so hopeless after all ...

My thoughts:

This is basically a story about a man who is found guilty, though he claims his innocence, and is sent away to an island prison.  Once there, he finds out that there is a prisoner in charge of the camp - and a large group of people who have been kicked out for not following the rules.  A battle ensues, along with other plot twists, and he must do what he can to survive.  

A great story with lots of action that really makes you think about life and the choices you make.

(Free e-book on Amazon.)

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