I always thought that if you did the crime than you do the time. And, if your in another country then you just have to deal with their justice system. Well, I think that the justice system is a joke and just as corrupt if not corrupter than the country Venezuela. It is very hard to imagine the horrific events that unfolded in the story and to come out alive and tell the story to us who are used to our cocoon of goodness. The biggest joke I thought was the family visits with sleep overs and discos. I can see how all the rest can happen. As inhumane as it was. I have no doubt in my mind the low acts that the guards would go to; especially to foreigners. And, the hierarchy on inmates and the volatile way that matters where dealt with. However, why would anyone ever want to sleep in a prison willingly knowing what sort of people are housed there - murderers, rapists, etc. To sleep on an inmates bed. The conjugal nature of the visits and the frivolity that was going on was just ludicrous. More than 2 years of living this crime (committed by the Venezuelan government) was worse than the actual crime committed. I wonder if anything has changed. I doubt it. The only think that I didn't like about this book was the start. I felt that it went around in circles a bit with the airport. However, after I got about 1/4 of the way in I was intrigued more and more. Bravo to Paul who wrote all this down in jail to be able to accurately tell us. What an experience none of us want to ever have. It doesn't sound like the nicest of countries to visit anyway.
This book is a real honest insight into the craziness of the Venezualan judicial system (if you can call it that) and shows just how low life is regarded in that part of the world! Prisoners with automatic weapons, grenades and more pistols than a swat team the almighty Bolo or dollar gets what you need and in most cases, is what keeps you alive! Paul has written really well and the book makes you really feel for how bad he spent his two years in hell and really makes you think that if you're ever that desperate for money, do not turn to drug running regardless where you are in place and in life!!
This book is one of the best prison books I have read. It describes everything so well that you have that mental picture in your head as to what exactly is happening. Right from the start, a shocking display of corruption and abuse by the police system in Venezuela. The prison system is like living your own life in a deadly trap of drugs and murder, but at the same time family and homes.
All too soon did I finish this wrenching tale of an Irishman confined to a Venezuelan hell-hole as punishment for his role as mule in a manipulative international drug smuggling ring. If you fear the depths of depravity that the human male is capable of, this book confirms your worst fears. Read it!
Absolutely must buy it. You will be astonished. For people struggling to get back into reading then this is perfect. No flat spots at all. Such a harrowing tale and direct and honestly forthcoming. Glad to support Paul Keany, the survivor of this horror story. Bought 5 copies as presents.
Such a scary and true insight into an environment that is beyond imagination. One mistake, and a life is taken. Great read. Hard to put down. I am lost as to what to read next. This book was such a joy to read.