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True-crime; martial arts and prison writing got me here.

Background Information

I must first tell you that writing has turned my life around and I am no longer an adrenalin junkie. Writing in my cell was both therapeutic and time consuming. Reliving the harrowing events to describe them in my books was a means of putting closure on things that could have been mentally debilitating; perhaps this may help soldiers suffering with the after effects of being in action... just a thought.
I was thrilled when my first book was published and ecstatic when the second book was on the bookshop shelves next to each other. This gave me the confidence to write another book about drugs and arms deals based on actual events. I have called it The Assassins Code 1. It is being published this week on 10th June by Strand Publishers, London, and is available for pre-order on
This book was not the product of a prison cell. It was done while I was living in Cyprus enjoying the warm climate, which is more of an achievement for me because I am not formally educated and I didn't have the props of a prison to create the reality.
I wrote my third prison book when I was arrested in France in 2007 and thrown into the terrible 17th century Douai Dungeon where I stayed for a while before being sent to Fresnes Prison in chains, leg-irons and manacles! Fresnes is the harshest of French prisons. This was how I was treated and I have never committed a crime in France - I was merely held for extradition. I was escorted through the concourse at Orly airport by four French government guards and two armed Legionnaires with sub-machine guns aimed at me. When I was handed over to the Spanish escorts, they immediately removed the manacles etc., and walked me into the aircraft and gave me a Coca cola and a Mars bar. I was then extradited to Spain where I was held in Soto del Real Prison, Valdemoro Prison and finished my time in Daroca Prison, Satan's arena. I have now published this work as an e-book and it can be viewed at:
This book is not for the squeamish or the politically correct brigade and like my previous prison books has plenty of anti-Spanish sentiment due to my undiluted emotions at the time of writing because of the treatment I recieved at the hands of my jailers, I've called it SATAN'S ARENA.  Welcome to the brutal, ugly and dangerous corridors of Satan's arena.

  • Blurbs and short synopsis can be viewed on my website. Reviews about my published work can be read on
Additional Information

I am currently working on a MS about the time I spent in Northern Ireland as an Intelligence Operator. A short synopsis can be read in the books section of my website: I have also completed two screenplays, one of which is an adaptation of my book Carabanchel. The other a factual account of my smuggling escapades on the high seas.

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Bookseller review 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.
13 Reviews 5 star: (10) 4 star: (0) 3 star: (1) 2 star: (0) 1 star: (2) 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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