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The Cocaine Diaries: A Venezuelan Prison Nightmare
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 September 2013
Just had to write to say congratulations to Jeff on his book 'Cocaine Diaries'. Bought it last week, started it Saturday, finished it Monday. Really interesting, really well written.

So much in it! Nice tension throughout. Often factual memory type books fall flat, not this one. Jeff, am delighted for your pal Paul that he's out and away from all that. The ones that I've found myself talking with others about are the ones stuck in the corridors trying to survive without any money or any family to get them money. They're the ones well and truly in a living hell. Treated worse than animals.

Yep, makes you be even more grateful for your 'freedom' and what you got. It actually helped me when someone was having a go at me the other day over something tiny and what came to mind was yer-man-needed-to-put-things-in-perspective. So yer man failed in trying to rise me; he went away very confused :)

And hopefully the book will, as you say, prevent some people from being tempted to repeat Paul's stupid 'yes' to the flight and maybe even help prod some people to improve prison conditions there and here.

Well done. Job well done. I look forward to your next book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 September 2013
This is a very good book about prison life abroad. It would certainly put anyone off becoming a drug mule after reading Paul's story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 31 July 2013
Read the book in 2 days even though I was working and only had evenings in which to read. Having seen Youtube clips of this prison I found there were no exaggerations regarding the atrocities which went on behind the walls of this hellhole on a daily basis.Compelling read, I would highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 June 2013
I bought this book because it looked very interesting, and I can tell you it definitely is. It shows you the harsh reality of prison life in Venezuela and how different it is to our country's system. Great book, definitely recommend it.
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on 18 May 2013
Everyone should read this book.
Paul Keany took the time to share years of his life, and at the very least he deserves to have his story read.
Nothing is dressed up in this book, and parts are quite distressing to read, I cannot imagine what it was like to experience those things first hand.
Paul, I take my hat off to you, and my heart goes out to you, both for serving your time and not seeking to appear innocent, and for having the guts to make so public the ordeals you endured.
Respect.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 February 2013
Very interesting. Amazing facts. He was stupid, but nobody deserves to be treated like that! I finished it quickly as it was gripping.
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on 4 September 2014
It is far too short, I finished it in less than two days. Paul is deviod of any brain and it starts to become clear thta he is not a natural author. It loses its thread half way through. It starts off good and gritty. You do feel for Paul but soon after you think he is just stupid. The final flee home you want to stop reading. You feel that he is leaving out bits.

But worth a read to be reminded of what you have,
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 June 2014
it's not on the same scale as the damage done or marching powder but well worth a read all the same.
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on 7 December 2014
Scary story of a fool who tried to be a drugs mule and got caught. Some of it does seem a bit far fetched in the jail but whether accurate or not, it is not a place you wanna be, and ends well and the chap sends out a warning to any others fools, as you never want to be somewhere like here.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 2 July 2012
Gripping from start to finish. Best read in a long time. Hard to believe a prison like this could really exist. If I ever decide to be a drug mule, I won't be doing it out of Venezuela.
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