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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 by [Parnell, Christopher V.V.]
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"Parnell tells his story with a gritty honesty . . . a gripping book" (Daily Mail)

"Vivid in description and dialogue, with characters that you wouldn't want to meet anywhere, let alone in the confines of jail, Parnell's story is a film waiting to be made" (Morning Star)

"An incredible account, which exposes the murkier side of human nature" (Northern Echo)

Book Description

Graphic account of one man's horrific experiences in an Indonesian jail, after being imprisoned for a crime he did not commit

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 697 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Digital (8 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004VS7E0Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 60 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,661 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
This book is an excellent read, I couldnt put it down. If you like Mindnight Express, just add a good dose of humour and you will love this book. Parnell's will to survive and gift of Humour reads very clearly all the way through what would have been hell on earth... in this Barbaric Prison. The book is vivid in description and dialogue with excellent photos which add testament to authenticity of this book
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"Without a doubt One of the Best Top Ten Books I've ever read. On one page the guys got me cracking up on the next I am nearly crying. Extremely well written once you start reading it you just cant put it down. I dont know if this author has written anything else but I for one would definately buy more of his stuff. I liked his style and spirit which this book highly reflected, I loved his bent sense of humour... If you like a good laugh, a lot of gore backed with the most incredible true life story of survival... This book is without a doubt... The book for you. I highly recommend it. 10 out of 10.
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If the Author was indeed imprisoned for 11 years in an Indonesian Prison his story is not representative of it. The story is one of Adventure and daring do, it's unlikely and surreal, to be honest it reads like fiction.
I am annoyed I bought it ,I wasted my money.
This is the book that has now made me download a sample to my Kindle before purchasing anything
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Format: Paperback
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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By A Customer on 15 Oct. 2005
Format: Paperback
This is an amazing book about a truly amazing man. I found myself wanting to meet the guy and shake his hand, at least then I could see for myself that he really exists. The incredible endurance and extraordinary strength of the human spirit is shown from the first page right through to the acknowledgments. To witness and live through such terrifying experiences both physical and mental tortures, I was truly moved by Christopher's life inside those most terrifying of prisons. Against all odds he is here to tell his story and what a story it is. Do not leave this book on the shelf!!
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I initially wasnt too sure whether or not to purchase this book, due to some negative reviews, but decided to go ahead and buy it and I'm glad I did. I cant understand why people would give negative reviews on a story being told exactly how it is, what did they expect? the style of writing and storytelling seemed perfectly suited to the story... I have read many books on imprisonment, escape, torture etc... and this ranks up there with the best... Sure there are swear words etc in it, but not overly so, basically the author tells it like it is, in his own words, which is straight to the point, very humurous at times (not many books make me laugh out loud) and horrifying other times... amazing strengh of character, and will... I have to admit, at the beginning of the book, maybe due to not enough information, I also was not convinced of his guilt or not, but that's irrelivant I suppose, as the story is about how he coped with being incarcerated in such a crazy, horrifying place... so to summarize, amazing book, read in 3 nights, I will probably read this again at some point, miss at your peril!
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I have no doubt the author was in jail but the rest of his story is farfetched. For example, after saving prisinors from a cholera outbreak he fights with a group of assassins, he is killed and comes back to life again in a morgue!

He claims to have translated legal documents into Indonesian and distributed them (thereby becoming a hero of a prison uprising). However he can't even spell the name of the prison he was in and there are many errors in his Indonesian language.

Also, he claimed to be innocent but freely admits travelling with false documents and using various aliases.

Bovine faeces!

You're better off reading Hotel K by Kathryn Bonella for a more accurate depiction of Indonesian prisons.
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By A Customer on 26 Nov. 2003
Format: Paperback
The last book I read from start to finish prior to Hell's Prisoner, was a biography on David Bowie in 1978. I found myself reading Hell's Prisoner in 2 days. I think Hell's Prisoner has been written so well, at times I actually pictured myself sitting next to Christopher Parnell as he was telling me his story personally. In parts this book had me laughing and in other parts had me crying. The things that happened to this man in Indonesian prisons would have been enough to send a lesser person insane. I'd like to congratulate Christopher VV Parnell for having the courage to relive and tell of the atrocities that happened to him in Indonesia. This book is a must read for all whom take their freedom for granted.
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