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on 14 September 2013
Chequered Justice
What an amazing book, just finished reading start to finish in 3 nights not bad seeing the last book I read was years ago. I am not what you would call a great reader
Let me give you some background, I was there some 25 years ago working on the Tiga c2 car at that infamous Brands Hatch race. The book stirred long forgotten memories of a world that so few people get to glance at or even comprehend
A story of passion, dedication and outright determination and a belief that the banking, insurance industry and justice system in this country are there to protect us; 25 years on we all know what a false belief that was.
Again what a brilliant book a must read for anyone

Mark Bowbrick
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on 7 January 2013
Will Middleton is a racecar driver who gets caught up in the legal system and finds himself on the wrong side of prison bars. The average person has no idea how easy it is for an innocent person to be found guilty. We're all taught to believe in truth and justice, and it's quite a shock to find truth has nothing to do with it - it's all an illusion. And the odds are stacked in the prosecutions' favor. It's impossible for the average person to fight an entity with unlimited financial and manpower resources. It's also nearly impossible to fight the prejudices of a jury who believes the law to be infallible and who want to believe the defendant wouldn't be there if he weren't guilty of something.

Based on true events, this fight to prove innocence is compelling reading. It is an articulate, gripping story that grabs you from the beginning and doesn't let you go. The writing is absolutely convincing and does a fabulous job of showing how flawed the judicial system is. Well done, Mr. Bartlett - an awesome job!
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on 4 July 2011
If only some of the stories in this book are true, then the British legal system is in disarray. While the author claims that he cannot reveal all the details of his case, a quick Google shows that he was involved with the types of car he describes and this lends credence to his story. A very good read and one not to be taken lightly.
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on 17 June 2012
This book is almost like two books in one, half focusing on the racing and the other half on the trial for fraud. The way it written makes you care about the outcome of the court trial. The only reason it is not a 5 star is sometimes it jumps from the trial to a racing episode and it can be difficult to understand what period the book has jumped too. Even if only a small percent of this book is true its still scary that this does happen in the justice system. Well worth a read.
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on 2 May 2014
Chequered Justice was recommended to me by an old school pal of John's, so I felt compelled to read it. I was blown away by just how good it was: well written, edge of the seat stuff
I was involved in motor racing myself, for a year or so, experiencing life behind the scenes for drivers, sponsors and those who make it tick. I escaped prison by the skin of my teeth for 'aiding and abetting' in a subtle multi million pound scam involving those very people.
John has written a remarkable book, I was living his story. It gets right to the heart of what a driver goes through: emotionally, practically, financially and spiritually. There is no escaping the fact that Will was genetically 'hot wired' to race: you can change a man's life, but not his passion. Yet this is more than a book about motor racing, it is about the tenacious human spirit of Will Middleton (I could only picture John), the misuse of power and the collusion of those who will do anything to save their own skin - regardless. Sadly they are the gatekeepers of our laws, the men and women we trust to ensure justice is done.
Chequered Justice is also a powerful love story. Beth, Will's greatest ally, sticking by her man, all the way through the tortuous years, enabling him to carry on. When it seemed he'd lost everything, he still had the most precious thing of all: the love of his wife and family.
This really would make a brilliant movie but it may be that 'the powerful' would put many obstacles in the way of its making. I will now read Dark Horse
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on 28 February 2012
I was sitting in a coffee bar when I was approached by a man who recommended that this was a good book to read.
Having spoken to the man over a coffee, I established that he was in fact the Author and so I downloaded it there and then.
I was completely engrossed in the book immediately and read it within a couple of days. The book could quite easily have been entitled "Carriage or Miscarriage of Justice" How the British Justice system could be manipulated against an individual was frightening but having said that we read every day of some miscarriage somewhere. The book was well written and was thoroughly entertaining, albeit to the detriment of the Author himself and his family who clearly have lived a number of years in a nightmare situation. I understand that he is currentley engaged in the writing of a second book which if written in a similar style will no doubt top the charts. Well done.
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on 16 February 2013
I purchased this book after reading the other reviews and was not dissapointed. It is a well written and an unusual story which i found very entertaining as well as a littlethought provoking. You gather from the book that it is based on actual events and if this is true then I feel very sorry for the main character. The driving descriptions are good and I especially enjoyed the Brands Hatch bits as I live near to Brands and have been there many times and been round it a few times. Read this book!
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on 20 April 2012
I wouldn't normally write a review, but having just finished the book I felt compelled to recommend this to others. To have survived, let alone to have articulately written about the experience, is amazing. To turn it into a first rate thriller, that captivates the mind and demands that you stay up late into the night to chase chapter after chapter is a credit to the author. Read this great book - if you like a thriller, if you like motor-racing, if you like legal novels or just if you want to learn more about the UK's legal process and all that can go wrong, even when you are INNOCENT. Thank you John Bartlett for publishing this extra-ordinary tale. I hope the public reaction goes some way to help you rebuild your life and get recognition for your innocence.
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on 15 May 2014
Injustice, is one of the strongest human emotions; think how you feel when it happens to you. This true story is the harrowing account of one man's nightmare when the British justice system turns against him, and the burning sense of injustice permeates every page. Although the lead-up to the trial, and the trial itself are shocking, the sentence passed leaves the reader breathless in incredulity. The most appalling statistic quoted, by a legal professional, is that the British justice system gets it right about 96% of the time, which sounds pretty impressive until you work out that, of a prison population of around 90,000, that means that there are over 3,500 innocent people languishing in British prisons! Expenditure on the prison service in particular, and the justice system in general, shamefully always comes at the bottom of the priority list of the government of the time, as they believe (sadly, rightly) there are no votes in it, yet the quality of the justice system is one of the fundamental measures of a society. And do not forget it is carried out in our name. In a truly humane and developed society, there should be less of our money wasted on vanity projects (£20bn spent on 14 days of games is a shocking example of the Government distracting us with bread and circuses), and more, much more, spent on the justice system, and the prison service in particular. Read this book and be prepared to be very angry.
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on 3 December 2010
Having been involved on the sidelines of this "fictional" account, I found it fascinating. A really good read. John has carefully woven the motor racing events into the harrowing story of police investigation, court appearances and injustice. It certainly creates some anxiety in the reader about the judicial system in England. At the same time giving insight into the stresses, both physically and financially, in the world of motor sport. Anyone who picks up this book will find it hard to put it down until the last page.
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