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Banged to rights,
This review is from: Banged Up Abroad: Hellhole: Our Fight to Survive South America's Deadliest Jail (Paperback)First thing you're going to do is hate these lads. Within a few paragraphs words like "wasters" and "plonkers" will flit through your head. But that's not their fault and there are millions like them. And to their credit they admit they're weren't the sharpest tools in the box. By the end of this truly astonishing book, though, you'll have no doubts about what they've become...the sort of people you want in your corner when the chips are down.
This is the story of two bored lads who thought, or were suckered into thinking, that they could make a quick few quid smuggling cocaine. They couldn't. After being set up they soon found themselves thrown into Venezuela's notorious prison system, or Hell as it's otherwise known.
Rape, murder, guns, grenades, knife-fights, rats, lethal insects, bent warders, killer guards, corruption, drugs and filth. Then they were sent to the REALLY nasty prison, Yare, where gang warfare, slaughter and mayhem featured daily.
To say they were quickly toughened up is to understate the case by a significant factor. An outer layer of English indolence was shed to reveal true British millstone grit. When you read what they lived through and how they coped, words will fail you. Luckily, words didn't fail them and they survived to tell their harrowing tale, one that will make any fool considering chancing their arm with drugs think hard and long.
Banged Up Abroad has got to be the definitive book of its kind. It can leave you scarred, not to mention a little bit more wary on your overseas holidays. This is a Five-Star book that will leave you with the conclusion that if these lads had started out with brains as big as their b***s they'd give Stephen Hawking a run for his money.