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Hell's Prisoner: The Shocking True Story Of An Innocent Man Jailed For Eleven Years In Indonesia's Most Notorious Prisons [Kindle Edition]

Christopher V.V. Parnell
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Prepare yourself for a journey into the indonesian penal system, a world where murder, torture and fights to the death are the norm.

Hell's Prisoner is the powerful story of one man's battle to survive in some of the world's cruellest and most inhumane prisons. Christopher Parnell, wrongly accused of drug trafficking, found himself catapulted into the maelstrom of madness and degradation that exists within Indonesian jails. Surrounded by murderers and sadistic, violent criminals, he soon learned that life can be as cheap as a bowl of rice or a cigarette.

During his imprisonment, Parnell was subjected to unthinkable sessions of torture, both physical and psychological. Left to starve and fight every day for his survival, he was forced to eat everything from cockroaches to human flesh.

This is an incredible tale of fatalism and bureaucracy, of corruption and the horrors of prison, but most of all it is a no-holds-barred account of what the human spirit can endure.

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"Parnell tells his story with a gritty honesty . . . a gripping book" (Daily Mail)

"Vivid in description and dialogue, with characters that you wouldn't want to meet anywhere, let alone in the confines of jail, Parnell's story is a film waiting to be made" (Morning Star)

"An incredible account, which exposes the murkier side of human nature" (Northern Echo)

Book Description

Graphic account of one man's horrific experiences in an Indonesian jail, after being imprisoned for a crime he did not commit

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 696 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Digital (8 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004VS7E0Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #88,452 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 3 Sept. 2010
This book could and should have been so much better. The experiences the author went through should have made for a great read but the writing style is very poor. It often reads as though an adolescent has written it with lots of emphasis on how tough and respected he was in prison and little about his thoughts and feelings at what must have been a truly horrendous experience.

This doesn't even come close to The Damage Done or Forget you had a Daughter. Unlike this author, the authors of those books were guilty of their crimes yet their stories were so well written one couldn't help be anything but sympathetic. By the time he had been released, I had ceased to care and the way in which this was portrayed - "They called me to the office and told me I had been pardoned. I couldn't believe it" illustrates how poor his story telling is. More time and detail in building up to that kind of event and less on him knocking out several guards and his time spent with prostitutes, would have made for a much better book.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vivid in Description, Dialogue & Humour 26 Nov. 2003
By A Customer
This book is an excellent read, I couldnt put it down. If you like Mindnight Express, just add a good dose of humour and you will love this book. Parnell's will to survive and gift of Humour reads very clearly all the way through what would have been hell on earth... in this Barbaric Prison. The book is vivid in description and dialogue with excellent photos which add testament to authenticity of this book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Story! 13 July 2012
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I initially wasnt too sure whether or not to purchase this book, due to some negative reviews, but decided to go ahead and buy it and I'm glad I did. I cant understand why people would give negative reviews on a story being told exactly how it is, what did they expect? the style of writing and storytelling seemed perfectly suited to the story... I have read many books on imprisonment, escape, torture etc... and this ranks up there with the best... Sure there are swear words etc in it, but not overly so, basically the author tells it like it is, in his own words, which is straight to the point, very humurous at times (not many books make me laugh out loud) and horrifying other times... amazing strengh of character, and will... I have to admit, at the beginning of the book, maybe due to not enough information, I also was not convinced of his guilt or not, but that's irrelivant I suppose, as the story is about how he coped with being incarcerated in such a crazy, horrifying place... so to summarize, amazing book, read in 3 nights, I will probably read this again at some point, miss at your peril!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Top Ten Books I've read. 17 April 2004
By A Customer
"Without a doubt One of the Best Top Ten Books I've ever read. On one page the guys got me cracking up on the next I am nearly crying. Extremely well written once you start reading it you just cant put it down. I dont know if this author has written anything else but I for one would definately buy more of his stuff. I liked his style and spirit which this book highly reflected, I loved his bent sense of humour... If you like a good laugh, a lot of gore backed with the most incredible true life story of survival... This book is without a doubt... The book for you. I highly recommend it. 10 out of 10.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not good at all 19 Jun. 2010
By niamhco
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To be honest, having read the reviews from other readers I expected a really good book. The first half of the book was a good read, however, as it went on it became quite unbelievable for me, and by that I mean I felt I was reading fiction rather than a true life story. I have to say that what that man has gone through has been terrifying, however the way he went on to talk about beating off a gang of murderers, becoming a "saint" to those who were sick etc, just really ruined it for me. It was like a guy trying to make out he was the toughest of the toughest and could take anyone on. He was also holy Joe who did what nobody else would do by helping those who were sick.... please it was so not believable. Then to cap it off he was in the mortuary ready to be buried and he was not dead at all. I read many books about prisioners in asian prisons, but this was a huge disappointment. Maybe it is how the author writes???? but would definitely not recommend this book. It's about somebody who has gone through an awful time but fabricates alot of what happened.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny 15 Oct. 2005
By A Customer
This is an amazing book about a truly amazing man. I found myself wanting to meet the guy and shake his hand, at least then I could see for myself that he really exists. The incredible endurance and extraordinary strength of the human spirit is shown from the first page right through to the acknowledgments. To witness and live through such terrifying experiences both physical and mental tortures, I was truly moved by Christopher's life inside those most terrifying of prisons. Against all odds he is here to tell his story and what a story it is. Do not leave this book on the shelf!!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing life story 26 Nov. 2003
The last book I read from start to finish prior to Hell's Prisoner, was a biography on David Bowie in 1978. I found myself reading Hell's Prisoner in 2 days. I think Hell's Prisoner has been written so well, at times I actually pictured myself sitting next to Christopher Parnell as he was telling me his story personally. In parts this book had me laughing and in other parts had me crying. The things that happened to this man in Indonesian prisons would have been enough to send a lesser person insane. I'd like to congratulate Christopher VV Parnell for having the courage to relive and tell of the atrocities that happened to him in Indonesia. This book is a must read for all whom take their freedom for granted.
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1.0 out of 5 stars JAMES BOND OR WALTER MITTY?
If the Author was indeed imprisoned for 11 years in an Indonesian Prison his story is not representative of it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by john melia
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
After reading a few of these types of books I have to say this was a solid average. Whilst it had all of the bases to make it great I felt that it was quite badly structured with... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's just not cricket...
Whether he really was set up or not is another matter but either way this is a fairly horrifying and graphic account of one Aussie man's ordeal in a Bali prison. Read more
Published 2 months ago by keen reader
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
What a brilliant book, this book made me feel every emotion possible and i could not put it down, bit slow to start, and i bit confusing but once it got going it was so shocking i... Read more
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awesome story
Published 4 months ago by Mr J L Howard
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripped
Not always the best written, but I couldn't put it down. How people survive and keep their sanity, I have no clue. It shows a true strength of character. Read more
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