View 1 comment. Sep 04, Hannah Martin rated it really liked it. If I was rating this book based solely on the writing style I'd have to give it 3 stars, but I'm not. The book was honest and created clear mental images. It creates a bond between you and the main character from which you want him to succeed. You learn about a world you wouldn't normally see and it's dark, emotional and fascinating.
Apr 13, Donald Pryde rated it really liked it Shelves: library-book , non-fiction. Great book, love reading books about foreigners in third world hell hole prisons. But I decided to read on and see how it compares to the TV episode. I can tell you this book is way way more interesting than the TV episode! The story was just very great to read! A lot of things happen in the book that were not in the TV episode.
This is also the third book I read about prison life in Venezuela. From the books I have read so far, I can tell that so far this country has the most extreme prison conditions so far. This book deserves between four and five stars.
In the end, I decided to go for five stars. A great story. Aug 18, Renee rated it really liked it. A captivating read about what happens when a 45 year old man from Ireland tries to make fast money buy smuggling some kilos of cocaine into Venezuela. The saying "the animals are running the zoo" could never be truer. Keany reveals the true horror of life inside Los Teques: a shocking underworld behind bars where inmates pay protection money to stay alive, prostitutes do the rounds, and vast amounts of cocaine are smuggled in for cell-block bosses to sell on to prisoners for huge profits.
Sep 11, Brian Trinder rated it it was amazing.
This is the first book I have read about the Cocaine trade, and what an eye opener. It was easy to read and I couldn't put it down. Thanks to the author's diaries it is a thorough review of his experience as a drug mule. Highly recommended. May 10, Caio Malufe rated it it was amazing. I loved it, and the amazing stories lived by this man are even hard to picture or imagine, and like mentioned in other reviews bring a new perspective to be thankful about the lives we have.
Great read I really enjoyed this book, it was very well written, obviously some parts were difficult to read due to their nature but still a great account life in a foreign jail. If you enjoyed marching powder, a prayer before dawn or midnight express then this is for you. Mar 15, Steve Parcell rated it liked it Shelves: autobiography , prisoners. It was interesting book although a little basic in style and language.
Well worth a read though if you are interested in the genre.
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Jul 23, Demi Noakes rated it it was ok. The book was interesting but not attention grabbing. I found it hard to keep up with the layout of the prison, which made the story hard to follow with what was going on. Well written, easy to read. Although a dumb decision, what happened to these people is completely unacceptable and horrific. Jan 18, Dustin rated it really liked it. This was a good book. Saw it on the new shelf at the library, and thought it looked interesting. First off, it's gritty as hell, but there's real humanity in it. You will have a strong opinion about several things one way or the other after you read this.
The basic idea is, do not, under any circumstances, go to prison in Venezuela. That's the short version I'll stick with, because a review shouldn't be a synopsis. I enjoyed the writing style and pace. It moves fast, and you can definitely empat This was a good book. It moves fast, and you can definitely empathize with the poor bastards locked up. And most of all, it's brutally honest. I'd recommend it to anyone that doesn't mind reading about horrible true life ordeals.
Jun 05, Sandy rated it liked it Shelves: my-books. Well easy way out doesn't always do the trick. I liked it but won't say it's a wonderful book. An eye opener and a good read to know what happens inside corrupted prisons.
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I suppose this happens in many places in the world. The writing isn't on the higher end. After all it was written by a plumber who thought his life will end at any given moment. He still manages to tell us what happens to you out there if you're totally out of your mind to agree for a drug smuggle. I wouldn't say it's the best b Well easy way out doesn't always do the trick. I wouldn't say it's the best but it definitely is worth reading. Would've loved it more if the blood bath was on a bit of a higher scale. Nov 24, Mikey P rated it really liked it.
If you have read and enjoyed Marching Powder, the next logical step would be to read the cocaine diaries. This book may not be perfectly written but it is the content that really holds the audience. If you have an interest in prison life and crime, south american corruption or true stories that grip you and make you think about the world we live in, it's definitely worth a read.
I think I felt compelled to read on as I currently live in Dublin, the birthplace of the protagonist, which he often r If you have read and enjoyed Marching Powder, the next logical step would be to read the cocaine diaries. I think I felt compelled to read on as I currently live in Dublin, the birthplace of the protagonist, which he often references. Jun 17, Helen rated it it was ok Shelves: non-fiction , memoirs-biographies-autobiographies.
This is no Marching Powder. Is that too harsh? What I find most frustrating was the poor level of writing which did little to keep me engaged. I would look up mid-chapter and realise I'd barely understood what I'd just read. It's frustrating because I think this could have been such a terrific story from someone who lived through an incredible - and relatively lucky - experience.
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It says this was co-written with a journalist but did he just correct the typos? I really wanted so much more insight This is no Marching Powder. I really wanted so much more insight, cohesiveness and tightly written visual imagery. Aug 01, Speedstar25 rated it it was amazing. A good read! An eye opener for someone who wanted to know more about the jail system in Venezuela. Before reading this book, I didn't even know that such a horrible prison system exists in this part of the world, with prisoners carrying their own arms, and the need to arm themselves to the teeth with weapons such a automatic rifle and grenade launcher.
In conclusion, the Author is able to bring out the details that happened during his stay in the prison and translate it into an exciting book to A good read!
In conclusion, the Author is able to bring out the details that happened during his stay in the prison and translate it into an exciting book to share with the readers. This is indeed an interesting book worth reading. Jun 20, Isabella Roland rated it it was ok. I did not care for this book at all. The main reason is not the story. I believe it's the writer's voice. He's not able to make me feel invested or worried about him. There's something that's just off about this book and I cannot put my finger on it.
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I'm very into prison reads, but this one just didn't do it for me. Apr 09, Wilde Sky rated it really liked it.
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A man is caught smuggling drugs in Venezuela and ends up in a notorious prison. A definite read as a warning for anyone stupid enough to agree to smuggle drugs for someone they met in a pub. Oct 28, Crispin Francis rated it really liked it.
sindfomarsighfa.gq I hate the title, I only picked this up because I saw it had a decent amount of reviews. I'm glad I did.