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Banged Up Abroad: Hellhole: Our Fight to Survive South America's Deadliest Jail [Paperback]

James Miles , Paul Loseby
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16 Feb 2012

'There are 3,000 drugged-up psychopaths, armed to the teeth with blades, shooters and bombs. That's the only way I can describe Yare. It's a murderous viper's nest of assassins, cut throats and killers.'

When James Miles and his best friend Paul Loseby were caught smuggling ten kilos of cocaine out of Caracas, Venezuela, they couldn't deny their guilt. Young and naive, the lads had thought the one-off drug mule job would be a passport to a better life. But in reality it was a ticket to hell ...

They were sentenced to thirty years and flung into the world's deadliest prison system, ending up in the notorious Yare. A place where drugs and weaponry are currency and the rules are: there are no rules.

This is the gripping true-life story of how two men endured untold savagery in the most appalling conditions. It's about what it's like to witness murder and rape every day, fearing you'll be next. How it feels to join a dangerous Latino gang and eat dead rats in order to survive. And, what you do when you're at the centre of a riot between thousands of men with machine guns.

As seen on Channel 5's Banged Up Abroad, this is the most shocking prison story ever told and an inspiring account of human endurance.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (16 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091946794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091946791
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Gripping and shocking read." (The Sun)

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The harrowing memoir of two men who were caught drug trafficking and survived South America's notorious prison system

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Powerful Book 23 Aug 2012
I've read reviews about "too much macho rubbish" and "artistic licence" but I can't see it myself. James Miles talks about them just wanting their mums after their initial arrest, and hugging each other whilst crying after witnessing a gang rape. I don't see any macho boasting at all. He mentions that he became respected at fighting, which is believable when he goes on to say that he's over 6 feet tall and athletically built (the proof is in the pictures),that most Venezuelans appeared to be 5 feet 5 and slightly built. No boasting there, just straightforward fact. James Miles (or his ghost writer!) has a real knack of taking you there and putting you in the situation. After all is said and done they did time in one of the worst prisons in the entire world. They survived. I spent 6 days in a German jail and I witnessed no rape, violence or corruption. It was probably the most daunting time of my life. What those boys went through is staggering. But they came through it and although at first they appear to be a pair of idiot boys, by the end of it they're two brave, tenacious men. Whatever they get in royalties from this book, they deserve it.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Banged to rights 23 Jun 2011
By J. Wise
First thing you're going to do is hate these lads. Within a few paragraphs words like "wasters" and "plonkers" will flit through your head. But that's not their fault and there are millions like them. And to their credit they admit they're weren't the sharpest tools in the box. By the end of this truly astonishing book, though, you'll have no doubts about what they've become...the sort of people you want in your corner when the chips are down.

This is the story of two bored lads who thought, or were suckered into thinking, that they could make a quick few quid smuggling cocaine. They couldn't. After being set up they soon found themselves thrown into Venezuela's notorious prison system, or Hell as it's otherwise known.
Rape, murder, guns, grenades, knife-fights, rats, lethal insects, bent warders, killer guards, corruption, drugs and filth. Then they were sent to the REALLY nasty prison, Yare, where gang warfare, slaughter and mayhem featured daily.

To say they were quickly toughened up is to understate the case by a significant factor. An outer layer of English indolence was shed to reveal true British millstone grit. When you read what they lived through and how they coped, words will fail you. Luckily, words didn't fail them and they survived to tell their harrowing tale, one that will make any fool considering chancing their arm with drugs think hard and long.

Banged Up Abroad has got to be the definitive book of its kind. It can leave you scarred, not to mention a little bit more wary on your overseas holidays. This is a Five-Star book that will leave you with the conclusion that if these lads had started out with brains as big as their b***s they'd give Stephen Hawking a run for his money.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter Fantasy 13 Jan 2013
By mickey
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I recently bought Stuart Attwoods book (Hard Time) and couldn't put it down. A truly exceptional story of survival in a tough American prison. I decided that the next book I bought would be on the same theme of Brits locked up in foreign prisons. Hellhole looked just the ticket. How wrong could I have been? - This book is so far exagerrated it's actually quite funny. Here are two lads from Leicester who have been caught smuggling drugs and are now paying the deserved price. Don't worry about them though because they actually have access to Guns, knives, drugs, alcohol, TV & Radio and even conjugal visits with women they have met whilst "banged up abroad". Ok there are some dodgy moments where they felt there lives were threatened but "Jim" is so tough that within weeks of being locked up he is more or less running the whole Venezuelan prison system. The story of him having a boxing match with the Governor of the prison and beating him had me laughing out loud. I only got 70% of the way through this fantasy before I gave up after reading one more tall story of Jim taking no crap from Prison Officers or Cons and doing them "English style". This is a truly awful read. As stated I didn't get to the end of the book as I just completely lost interest in yet another tall story of Jim taking on the whole of the Venezuelan criminal fraternity and winning. It has now been deleted from my Kindle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story, shame about the author. 28 Mar 2012
By Jella
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I love Banged Up Abroad and am a huge fan of biographies such as this. The story is great and a lot of it is well written, but i felt that now and again certain rude boy 'lingo' was used when it wasn't really needed and it didnt really fit in with the generally well worded narrative. Words like 'pukka' and 'geezer' and 'beef' just felt like they had been put in to show what a hard-man Jim was trying to be. A personal favourite was 'willy-nilly'. Frankly made him sound like a twit. I also cant help a lot of was exaggerated to show how 'scary' he was in prison. This just resulted in making him unlikeable. He showed no humility and that makes me feel sorry he wasnt in prison for longer.
The story, however, is gripping and interesting. Perhaps a better author and editor would have been less of a downfall.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 28 Jun 2014
By rob
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If you like prison style books, then this is a must read.
A real fight for survival
Thanks guys, great book
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping from the start
this book held my attention from the first page. A true life story of just how corrupt and savage prison life abroad can be.
Published 16 days ago by Ryan Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 'prison' stories I've read
Hard to believe the guys were practically kids when they were living this hell.
One of the best 'prison' stories I've read.
Published 1 month ago by Carly Sissons
5.0 out of 5 stars A per normal the book is a great honest read and makes you think just...
Having watched the show I thought id read the book. A per normal the book is a great honest read and makes you think just what a book should do.
Published 1 month ago by T Ivens
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
really enjoyed this book, I have read a lot of books like this and thought this painted a scary but very interesting picture.
Published 1 month ago by mr j l clarke
4.0 out of 5 stars good but some flaws
I enjoyed this book. They do have a brilliant story to tell. Some readers think it is exaggerated at times, but having seen Ross Kemp's excellent show, Extreme Worlds, I can fully... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sam D
3.0 out of 5 stars not a big man
Found this story a bit bragging in parts. Have read more humble tales from inside. Least he learnt his lesson
Published 6 months ago by Natalie
5.0 out of 5 stars Every Parents nightmare
Very well written. An honest and shocking story from start to finish.
I couldn't put it down.. It should be compulsory for every 18 yr old to read it.
Published 7 months ago by Tracey
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant!!
Love the book great read!!
Would recommend this to anyone!! Shocking how the prisons are run over there! Defo read!!
Published 8 months ago by bex taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a sad desperate tale. I could put this bok down
it was very moving book and the lads have been very brave and honest. thanks to you booth, my teenage daughter read this and was horrified of what can happen if you make the wrong... Read more
Published 8 months ago by jan liverpool
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Great story of drugs violence an fight for survival I've watched this banged up abroad on tv an it doesn't do the story justice.
Published 10 months ago by Andy
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