Samantha Fleming, WATERSTONE'S BLACKPOOL
I was recommended this book from a regular true crime buyer. This story is about Christopher Chance who was the last Brit to be locked up in the worst prision in decades. Carabanchel in Spain is famous for the dedregation of its inmates, right from the start of this book you are faced with beatings, racism, intimidation, bullying and rape. Christopher Chance came through all this and started teaching the inmates how to defend themselves, he started to get a gathering of men he could trust and this proved vital to have around. This book i found very hard to put down, it gripped me from the start. If you like true crime you will love this book.
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Carabanchel - A gripping book!, 28 Jan 2006
By D. Howard "PC Dan" (London, UK) -
Wow what can I say? This book is absolutely gripping - a real page turner. Chance describes in such good detail the dangerous stinking life and atmosphere of the most squalid prison hellhole in Spain. As Chance talks through his days and the events it's almost as if you are there in the cell with him, in the canteen , suffering with him. For people like myself who are martial artists this book provides some adrenaline pumping, bone crunching attacks on spanish gypsies who tried on numerous occasions to kill Chance. Although Chance openly talks about his heroin trafficking and plans to carry on after leaving prison, one starts to feel some sympathy and empathy with him which is a testament to his superb writing skill and gripping narration. A FANTASTIC READ. 10 OUT OF TEN. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! His first book about "La Moraleja" prison is just as good. BUY BOTH!
Exellent read !!, 26 Jun 2007
By MEL (LONDON, UK)
This was the second book from Chancer that I've read and I must say what a terrific read it was. I was hooked right from the beginning with the refreshing and often brutal method of his writing. The way he describes situations and characters brings you right into the book as if you're there with him fighting for survival. Chance is a fresh breath of air within the world of true crime authors. Looking forward to your next book Chancer, keep on writing !
True Hollywood?, 3 April 2007
By Mr. A. Anstee (Milton Keynes, UK) -
I brought this book along with 3 other prisoner abroad books after being impressed by Rusty Youngs Marching Powder. All characters in there respective prisons were unique in there own way of how they handled there porridge. Though some of the writing in Carabanchel does seem a bit Spielberg, I have to admit that it was a truelly gripping read from start to end.
It is hard to say if all of this book is true or not as I have never been in prison (and do not want to really), so who am I to judge whether the stories are fable or not.
Mr Chance, I would like to congratulate you on a fantastic book and look forward to reading your next installment wherever you may get caught. Long live the Mezclado!
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