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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing; New Ed edition (4 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845962516
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845962517
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Thrilling . . . as true stories from savage foreign hellholes go, this is up there with the most extraordinary ****" (Ice)

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Frank Kane was born in Cheshire in 1953. After many years working in the electrical industry, he started his own electrical wholesale business, which collapsed after 12 years of very successful trading. Since his release from prison, Frank is now settled and working as a lorry driver.

John Tilsley is also the author of Be a Good Boy, Johnny and Nevada Blue. He lives in Cheshire.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Andrew McPherson on 5 Jan. 2009
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In short the best "prison hell" book you can buy. Packed full of incident and detail. The author does not portray himself as some poor victim but simply concentrates on his experiences of the Venezuela prison system. Do not hesitate to buy this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Lee on 2 Mar. 2010
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Pretty vivid account of life in the hellish prisons of Venezuela, a decent read overall.
What this lacked was emotion - I never really got to know Frank Kane and what he was feeling, and so in the end I didn't really empathise with him. He was/is obviously a really tough chap, and went through almost unbelievable experiences, but the account didn't really get under his skin, into his mind. What was he feeling, where was the fear, the terror, the eventual joy of release...facts, events, detail, great, but if you want something a notch above try 'The Long Walk', 'Man is Wolf To Man', or even of course 'Papillon' itself.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James A. Craik on 9 Feb. 2009
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Its certainly a story that will keep you interested. It will also stop you from drug smuggling in Venezuala. What a place to be locked up. The author manages to put a good amount of his 7 years into the book and theres some horrifying tales, I think most normal folk would probably have chucked the towel in and let themselves die rather than takes the beatings and abuse. Not a patch on Papillion but should satisfy most people who like to read this type of books lust for violence.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By DS Holland on 4 Jan. 2007
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This is a book that will keep you glued to the pages. It will give you an insight into the corruption that exists in the world of the 'War on drugs' which is causing so much heartache. Very well written piece, that will take you on this man's harrowing journey through the penal system in Venezuela, to his eventual release and repatriation. This is a life changing story that will blow you away!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. W. Fantham on 20 Jun. 2009
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I am not an avid reader but I have to admit this book is very good, I struggled to put it down on the train each day. Parts of the story are shocking yet I had to read on and became emotionally attached at times.

I have read many true crime / drug related books and this is one of the best, I would definately reccomend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By masspecguy on 30 Dec. 2012
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Wow what a read

As bloody and gruesome as Papillion it's self

Quite how the author himself survived I don't know as he must have made some enemies with such an aggressive attitude.

Its pity he didn't take any notice of Papillion before he became a drug mule

The conditions he lived in are about right for people who traffic and would destroy lives in another way.
Ultimately he played and he lost.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tracyduque on 7 Sept. 2013
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I felt I got to know Frank quite well through his sentence for trafficking. Lot of graphic violence which I found hard to read, but felt I owed it to those who suffered and continue to sufferunder the Venezuelan prison regime to acknowledge this awful violence.
I would have liked to have known how Frank first settled back down on his return to the UK, his story ended quite abruptly!
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. S. Maguire on 4 Oct. 2006
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This is a terrific but disturbing insight into how justice is done outside of the modern world. I encourage anyone to read it if not only for the eye-opening accounts of day-to-day prison life. Many parts of the book lead you to ask yourself "what would i have done in that situation" or "how would i have handled it". The answer is you wouldn't which is why this book is a fantastic advertisement for keeping your feet firmly on the ground and not doing anything as stupid as trying to smuggle drugs through a corrupt ridden country. Buy it, read it, love it - take my word for it you won't be able to put it down.
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