Carabanchel: The Last Brit in Europe's Hellhole Prison Paperback – 17 Nov 2005
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"An engrossing read" (The Sun)
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This book tells a true story of survival in what was arguably the most sinister prison in Europe: the Carabanchel. Christopher Chance was the last Brit to be shackled and hauled out of that infamous Spanish hellhole before it closed its gates on decades of disgraceful cruelty. He was amongst the last of the inmates transferred to another prison when the authorities turned the key for the final time.See all Product Description
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The author pulls no punches in his descriptions of the events that go on inside the walls of this prison and you certainly get a taste for what must have been a hideous place to be incarcerated. However the book quickly becomes repetative, with each confrontation with gypsies, drug dealers, gangsters, six foot tranvestites etc being a rehash of the previous encounter.
The author also falls into the trap of all "hard men" who write books - they never seem to lose a fight!
Overall, if you like a combination of prison life spiced up with a liberal dollop of violence, this is worth a go.
Unless you have been unfortunate to end up in Christopher Chances situation you cant possibly comprehend these real life experiences. Fortunately for the reader, Christopher Chance does a very good job telling his story. There is a lot of violence,awful violence and a loathing of a certain country but this is by no means written by a sadistic racist. The situations and aggressive responses are absolutely necessary to survive and the loyalty and respect for multiple cultures from around the world is clearly evident.
Its a fascinating story and you are constantly reminded that this is not a work of fiction,...its very real.
I normaly read south American or thai prison books so wasn't sure but found this gripping instantly to the last page.
You wont put it down.
Ive read two of his books and am now on his third book. Brutal and exciting
Chancer is in jail for trafficking drugs and now finds himself in Carabanchel, a prison named after the Spanish suburb it is located within. It is renowned as being one of the harshest prisons in Europe, the story told is of the prison's final six months before it was closed down. It is narrated by Christopher 'Chancer' Chance, starts with his arrival and very quickly details his fight to survive. A daily fight that stood him out as indomitable, which forged friendships with like minded inmates, men from all over the world that banded together with a common purpose, to survive.
How would I best describe this book, horrifying, very violent, totally compelling. I literally sat down with this on the train in the morning and finished it the following morning at 3AM. I just could not put it down. The experience really was very reminiscent of reading early Andy McNab books like Bravo Two Zero and Remote Control. A very similar style. The narrative is sparse, often harsh and simply delivered. All of which add to the experience.
If you like men's fiction fast and violent then you should buy this immediately, except this isn't fiction. It is true. I certainly plan on picking up Chancer's other book, based on his subsequent experiences in Spanish jails after moving from Carabanchel.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just finished this book and although it was a good read i felt like i was reading Christopher Chance's other book Lone Brit, the story is pretty much the same in both books so if... Read morePublished on 9 Oct. 2010 by S. Anderson
Absolute garbage...the author is your typical 'i love myself & i am heavyweight champion top gangster' type... Read morePublished on 7 Aug. 2010 by 090135aub4eva
My platoon commander told me about this book saying he wished he had Chance's gang with us in Iraq. After reading it I said the Spanish would have left sooner if they had. Read morePublished on 24 Nov. 2007 by charles
I thought his first book was great, this one is even more gripping! Is there another to follow mate? Read morePublished on 28 Sept. 2007 by amazon ann