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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
Hell's Prisoner: The Shocking True Story Of An Innocent Man Jailed For Eleven Years In Indonesia's Most Notorious Prisons
by Christopher Parnell
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 3 Sep 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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The Greatest Footballer You Never Saw: The Robin Friday Story (Mainstream Sport)
The Greatest Footballer You Never Saw: The Robin Friday Story (Mainstream Sport)
by Paul McGuigan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Over rated, 3 Feb 2008
I was really looking forward to this book with the full story of the enigmatic Friday. I found it to be very disappointing. Its written in a diary style that doesnt work and features lots of comments and quotes that add nothing to the general story. Its riddled with factual errors - scores, fixtures and results - that suggests a lack of proper research.

The worst part for me was Fridays life after he finished playing football. In a page and a half you are taken from 1977 to his untimely death in 1990. What went on his life in this period, the reader can only guess at. If he was as good a player as is suggested, then he surely deserves a better biography than this.


Walking Toward the Sunset: The Melungeons of Appalachia (Melungeons: History, Culture, Ethnicity, & Literature) (Melungeons: History, Culture, Ethnicity, & Literature (Paperback))
Walking Toward the Sunset: The Melungeons of Appalachia (Melungeons: History, Culture, Ethnicity, & Literature) (Melungeons: History, Culture, Ethnicity, & Literature (Paperback))
by Wayne Winkler
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.50

2.0 out of 5 stars Informative but dull., 9 Jan 2008
Ever since I first heard mention of the Melungeons, I was fascinated about their story and wanted to know more. Whilst Winkler's book is informative, it seems more suited to students of Anthropology than the casual reader. For me there weren't enough personal stories and nothing at all about their reputation for avoiding social contact with outsiders.
There is a good book waiting to be written about the Melungeons. Personally, I don't think this is it.


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