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The future. . . . . . .

The British government now runs island prison colonies to take dangerous offenders from its overcrowded mainland jails.

Among all these colonies, Sert, 25 miles off the north Cornish coast, has the worst reputation. There are no warders. Satellite technology is used to keep the convicts under watch. New arrivals are dumped by helicopter and must learn to survive as best they can. To Sert, one afternoon in July, is brought Anthony John Routledge, sentenced for a sex-murder he did not commit. Routledge knows he is here for ever. And he knows he must quickly forget the rules of civilized life. But not all the islanders are savages. Under the charismatic leadership of one man a community has evolved. A community with harsh and unyielding rules, peopled by resourceful men for whom the hopeless dream of escape may not be so hopeless after all ...

‘Normally I shun such reviewer clich├ęs as “a real page-turner”, “leaves you breathless”, “can’t put it down”, considering them to be empty substitutes for critical thought. Well, there’s always an exception: I’ve weighed those phrases carefully, and I believe that each of them accurately applies to a new novel, The Penal Colony by Richard Herley.’

The Penal Colony (Fiction)
Richard Herley (Author)
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Reviews from Amazon:

I downloaded this freebie sometime ago and it has been sitting in my 'To be Read' collection, being passed over for what I thought were better reads. I finally got round to reading it and am disappointed, not with the book I hasten to add, but with the fact that it's taken me so long to get round to reading it!

This is a really good book, well written and really draws one in and which I found very believable to the extent I searched the internet to see if Sert actually existed and whether it had at one time been a penal colony. It doesn't but Lundy another island mentioned in the book, does exist and did house convicts in 1747, during the ownership of Thomas Benson, a Member of Parliament for Barnstaple and Sheriff of Devon.

The story is about Anthony Routledge, who claims he is innocent of the crime that led to him being placed on Sert (reminiscent of Andy Dufresne / Shawshank Redemption) and how he deals with the situation he finds himself in. It also deals with how the category Z prisoners cope on the island, splitting into groups or individual 'Wild men' and how they interact with one another. As you would expect there is a lot of fighting and killing, power struggles etc..

This is another author which I wouldn't have found without the kindle and one that I will be purchasing books from in future.