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My Prison Journal - Volumes 1-4 [Kindle Edition]

John Smith , Garry M Graves
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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This book is a compilation of Volumes 1-4 of a continuing series. It contains 43.6K words or 95+ print pages (5X8). It’s DRM free and lendable. Volume 1 can be found at Amazon under ASIN # is: B007SH8870. Volume 2 under ASIN #: B0082YTXJ0. Volume 3 under ASIN #: B008916S0I and Volumes 1-3 under ASIN #: B008AK7ZDC

This is a true story. John Smith (an alias) robbed a bank and was sent to prison for 10 years. This journal represents his prison experiences along with his inner-most, personal thoughts. Reading books is Smiths’ only escape from reality. He claims to have read 185 books since his imprisonment in mid-2009. The publisher left the journals narrative without paragraphs, in hope of representing the hand-written notebook paper his manuscript composed. Smith says writing paper is valuable in prison and he must use all space available.

Smiths’ journal entries are sad, compelling, and introspective, providing the reader insightful, perhaps teachable moments of human behavior in an adverse environment.

Smith occupies a prison cell present day, April 2012. He has sent journal entries reaching August, 2011, which will be made into volumes consisting of 10-20 thousand word allotments. Candidly, we’re not sure if Smith will send more entries; however, we are committed to publishing what we have. Ten years is a long time, representing several volumes. As a promise to Smith, we intend to keep the short stories inexpensive, from $0.99 to $2.99 each.

The publisher communicates through an intermediary, so getting a message to Smith is difficult at best. Should you have a comment for Smith, see the last page of the publication for editors email address. Thank You – gga publishing inc.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 221 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: GGA Publishing Inc. (1 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008S1VHLO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #403,022 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Entrepreneur, educator, writer Garry M. Graves' enjoys writing and publishing fiction and non-fiction books in print and ebook formats. A professional marketing expert, business-owner and part-time university instructor now dedicates 'some' time to writing his own personal development books and biographies. So enthralled by self-publishing, Garry now offer's other aspiring writer/authors the same vehicle with his new start-up: GGA Publishing Inc., as a 'pay-it-forward' promise to the many people who helped him along the way. Married to Linda L. Graves, his high-school sweetheart--resides in the great state of Michigan with dogs, Sassie and Bella.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Immersive if repetitive 20 Sept. 2014
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Originally reviewed on LauraofLurking

Strong language: None
Drugs: None
Violence: None
Sexual content: None

This short book is a collection of real life journals from a man in an American prison, starting a long sentence. The layout is unusual in that each entry is made up of one large paragraph as this is how it was written when sent to the publisher due to lack of paper to write on. I think this aspect, while strange to read at first helps you to immerse yourself in what life in like inside.

"John Smith", an alias to protect his loved ones, is clearly an educated man who ran his own business. When things went sour he asked a friend for help. This volume doesn't go into detail as to what happened, but he has ended up with an estimated twelve years incarcerated.

At first I had little compassion for the man, it's easy to look down on somebody when you're not in their situation, but much of his writing was based around missing his wife and kids, parents and friends. As you read of him anxiously awaiting a letter, or a couple of dollars to buy extras to make life easier you soon realise he is a family man who likely just ended up out of his depth. At times I felt sorry for him and angry at relatives for being so cold, while I knew nothing of their side.

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This is a short but compelling read. What spelling mistakes he'd made were left in to keep these journals purely him. At times it got repetitive as in every entry he waited for the same things, but I think this just epitomises the repetition of prison life in hindsight.

I give this 4 stars for immersion into his world
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2.0 out of 5 stars BORING READ 20 April 2013
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4.0 out of 5 stars It was Free and worth a review 15 Aug. 2012
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No way do you feel sorry for this 40+ but at least he is doing something while doing his time. It's not awe inspiring but I got to the end and thought it would be worth getting his second diary, cos it's under £1 and he might grow into his 40+ years. He has done several diaries and I am interested to see how long he keeps my interest. I am a little concerned about the conflict between his desire to renew the threesome sex pastime (on his release when he's 58) and his wife finding God scenario but hey, it's only the first year and he has 18 years to work that one out !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read 16 April 2014
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Tears ,feeling the author has to,d it as it is and with something like this , memories must be imprinted forever, a great read and plenty to put you off going into prison anywhere!
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5.0 out of 5 stars prison 18 Nov. 2013
By deeclee
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great book really enjoy it great great story aboy a young boy in prison brill really enjoy it love it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent compelling Read 14 Nov. 2013
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An excellent read and insight into Mr Smith's life, hope to keep reading about you,
Thank you for writing your life story

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4.0 out of 5 stars prison journal 31 Oct. 2013
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gives a sense of what it must be like to be in prison and not knowing when you are going to be free.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Shallow and uninteresting dross. 31 Aug. 2013
By 6Styx
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What a disappointing, boring story. Could have been written by a school kid. There are a lot more interesting prison tales than this. Won't recommend at all.
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