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A Prayer before Dawn / A Nightmare in Thailand by Billy Moore Paperback – 2012

4.4 out of 5 stars 141 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 205 pages
  • Publisher: BAMBOO SINFONIA CO.,LTD. / Bangkok (TH) (2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 6167111200
  • ISBN-13: 978-6167111209
  • ASIN: B007Q9KLPM
  • Package Dimensions: 19.6 x 14.2 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,060,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is the true story of one man's unbelievable journey, from recovering heroin addict in the UK to professional competitor in the devastating martial art of Muay Thai boxing in Thailand. In the poverty-stricken back streets of Chiang Mai, he was introduced to methamphetamine - known as ya ba - the crack cocaine of SE Asia and a drug which has destroyed countless lives. He was imprisoned inside the notorious 'Bangkok Hilton', a place of filth and horror that very few will ever experience and none would want to see again. Fighting Muay Thai, teaching, and taking part in the filming of a major Hollywood picture in northern Thailand provided a stable and comfortable life. However, the demons from his past proved still potent, and in a moment of madness he relapsed, his addiction resurfacing to rob him of the new life he had built. The dangers he encountered in Laos and Burma, and his arrest and incarceration in one of Thailand's most barbaric prisons, eventually opened his eyes. Drugs, death and corruption were common behind the satanic walls of Klong Prem prison, where life had no value. The overcrowded cells were a breeding ground for HIV, TB, dengue fever and hepatitis. The conditions were putrid and inhumane; inmates struggled to stay alive on the slop they were fed. His fight to survive in a place where the heart must either break or turn to ice took more stamina and grit than any of his boxing matches. If you thought nightmares weren't real, then you haven't been banged up in Klong Prem prison, a place no one should visit alive.

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I chose this book firstly because I too am a recovering addict and like to hear other addicts journeys and secondly because I too lived in Thailand for 2 years, fortunately not as a prisoner. I thoroughly enjoyed this brutally honest account of what billy went through. At no point does billy express self pity at his plight and takes full responsibility for what happened and the horrendous consequences he endured, never expecting the readers pity like a lot of books I've read by people who found themselves in similar circumstances. I started this book when I came to bed and it's now 6.00am having stayed awake to finish it and I'm glad I did. I recommend this book to anyone who reads autobiographies as its gripping from the first to the last page with none of the repetiveness some writers use to pad out their story or spending untold time defending themselves for what happened with examples of circumstances that were out of their control giving them no choice. I wish billy all the best for the future and to thank him for sharing what truly was an experience of hell and should serve as a warning to anyone that where ever you are if you commit crime you will be punished by the laws of that country. One day at a time billy
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This book though extremely harrowing is hard to put down. It's well written and I'm sad that it's come to a end. It totally shocked me that people are made to live in such barbaric conditions in today's world. If you love true prison stories then don't hesitate to get this one...
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Billy if you ever read this I had no idea what you had gone through in that hell hole which was your previous life. Best of luck to you for the future.
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Nice quick easy read
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Decent read. Language is simple and chapters areally short. Book is just 200 pages so you'll read it quick. Might be a good read for a short flight.
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Delivered quickly.... good read!
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Gripped
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This is a really interesting book, and I enjoyed it thoroughly.
The author explains crime, criminals and prison in Thailand
In a story thoroughly believable, unlike some other books I
May have read.
Highly recommended
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