The Penal Colony

The Penal Colony

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by Richard Herley
     
 

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The British government now runs island prisons for the worst offenders from its mainland jails. 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 he is here for ever. And he knows he must quickly forget…  See more details below

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The British government now runs island prisons for the worst offenders from its mainland jails. 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 he is here for ever. And he knows he must quickly forget the rules of civilized life.

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Only violent criminals are brought to the island penal colony of Sert. Gunships circle the waters. There are no warders and no rules. There is only the Community, which provides a rigidly imposed order in exchange for a modicum of security and comfort. Madmen and sociopaths roam beyond the gates. Into this world descends Anthony John Routledge, sentenced for a crime he did not commit. Before Routledge is permitted to join the Community, he survives assault, attempted buggery, and murder, and kills three men. Then, the elders draft him to work on a plan to escape. They succeed, achieving victory both against those who condemned them and the barbarians who wait outside the gates to destroy them. A gripping novel, as thriller or novel of ideas. David Keymer, SUNY Coll. of Technology, Utica

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ISBN-13:
9780345358752
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/13/1989
Pages:
320

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Originally, I got this for my husband thinking it was directed for the gender of a male. I hoped he'd read it on our last trip since he hasn't found too many books that have truly captivated or interested him. I decided to "preview" this book to see if he would actually read it. I was a little apprehensive since for some reason the book cover and description didn't describe the book as something I would enjoy. Boy was I wrong! I didn't the book to him until after I finished reading it, LOL. This was an Intelligent- Interesting- Believable exciting story filled with characters that were relate-able and had you rooting for the "good guys." The story and circumstances that developed within the book made you want to read on. Terrifically written with believable dialogue throughout the story. I read along and was even interested in reading the technical rhetoric which I felt only made you understand the obstacles the characters face in the book. Well written!I found it to be a refreshing story all Genders would appreciate! I hope to find another book that can match it!
widlflower More than 1 year ago
The story line is intriguing, characters are complex, and the writing is superb. This book is over 600 pages of pure captivating dialogue that will keep you guessing until the last sentence! I'm hooked on Richard Herley's writing style and am looking for more of his books...
Linda65FL More than 1 year ago
I got this book since I just got my Nook and it was free. It was so good that I would have bought it and am going to check out the author's other books. The plot was good and the development of the main character was well done. If you like thrillers and "what's going to happen?" stories, this books for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. As scary as the concept is, it's interesting to see how an innocent man accepts "fate" and assimilates into the Village.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read. Well paced and pulls you right in. One of the best books I've read in some time. I wholeheartedly recommend this book. Would make a great movie.
PHewPD More than 1 year ago
This was so thrilling. I enjoyed all characters and the story. Think I'll read Refuge next.
Reincarnation More than 1 year ago
I read this book only after reading a woman's review. Without that, I would not have read it. This is an amazing read. There is a flow and you want to happens next. You want to know RIGHT NOW.
Abberation More than 1 year ago
I had been wanting to get a hold of this book ever since I saw "No Escape" (the movie from the book) back in the 80's. The movie was so-so, but the premise was so original and compelling that I knew the book was going to be fantastic. Back the the book went out of print before I could buy it and thus escaped my clutches. Finally after 20 some-odd years, by chance I found it for my Nook!!! Upon reading it, it was well worth the wait. Herley transports you directly to Sert and experience it through the eyes and mind of an innocent man cast in to the wild world of the most vile prisoners Brittan has to offer. The solution of ridding the standard jails of these most violent criminals and putting them on a isolated island with no guards, no laws, and no escape was ingenious. Herley is a master of getting into the minds of these men and the societies they create in this wild, unruly place. The main character struggles to fit into the main village and find his place among them, while giving them his expertize on the one thing they crave most- escape! All the while the prisoners outside the village are plotting an attack, to re-gain their foothold on belongings, revenge or just for something to kill the duldrum. This book is action packed, psychological thriller and I highly recommend it to everyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this one down! Great story, great writing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Storyline was great, a little too descriptive in parts on the geography of the island vs. the actual plot. The ending was abrupt and left me wanting more....A sequel, perhaps?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the wrting style and really enjoyed how creative the story is....thank you!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I expected less from this book, honestly, and was pleasantly surprised! There was a nice flow to the story line, although the ending was much too abrupt for my taste. I would love to see a sequel that answers A) who is the real killer, B) how does he re-build his life, C) does he get the chance to reconnect with his son, etc...
goldieinaz More than 1 year ago
Had a hard time getting into the story and finally gave up.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Very interesting.
Anonymous 11 months ago
A genre I don't normally read, however I kept going cause I must find out how it ends. The concepts explored in this book are interesting. Very descriptive writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
245 pages on Nook (dw)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a well written book, with an interesting storyline. The characters were well developed and the story unfolded at a good pace.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book caused me to think hard about justice and man's ability to survive with what is at hand. Kind of savage, inhumane but at the same time empathetic and forgiving. Not my usual read, but found it an enjoyable distraction. 200 plus pages
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really makes you think. Wish the end of the book had more details but I guess the colony was what was important.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. Like another reviewer, I purchased this book for my husband. I thought I would just read a little of it to see if it was something I might like. Once started I could not put it down. I had to know how this story would end. There were some parts that disturbed me, but that is also what makes you keep reading! Now hubby, is reading it, and doesn't want to be disturbed. I can't wait until he finishes it, so we can discuss it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ths is a great survival story it not to violent as you might expect from a book about a bunch of criminals on an island. The book kept my intrest and was easy to follow. The characters are easy to relate to and are descibed in datail. I beleave that this is a very likley possibility for the future of prisons. I highly recomend this book for people over the age of 15 for some violence and rape. Not aappropriate for kids younger than 13!!!!!!!!!!!! Hope you enjoy.