The Penal Colony

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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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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: 5/13/1989
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 320

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2011

    Don't be fooled! This is a Great Read for every Gender!

    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!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 21, 2011

    best book I've read in a long time!

    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...

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 18, 2011

    Couldn't put it down

    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.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2011

    Enjoyed this one

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    Outstanding!

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2012

    This was so thrilling. I enjoyed all characters and the story.

    This was so thrilling. I enjoyed all characters and the story. Think I'll read Refuge next.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2012

    Not just for guys!

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    Didn't finish the book

    Had a hard time getting into the story and finally gave up.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2011

    A MUST READ!!!

    Dont let the fact that this book is free fool you. In fact im pretty darn suprised this book isnt atleast among the decently priced books. Perhaps the movie,"No Escape" , that does it no justice, put it in a bad light. Nevertheless! I was thoroughly intrigued from beginning to finish and would definitely recommend it for readers who are curious of alternative lifestyles cursed by injustice.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2011

    Well Worth it!

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2012

    Fabulous!,

    I could not put this one down! Great story, great writing!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    Interesting!

    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?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2012

    Really creative!

    Enjoyed the wrting style and really enjoyed how creative the story is....thank you!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2011

    I demand a sequel!

    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...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    Good book

    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

    Posted January 2, 2014

    Interestingly disturbing

    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

    Posted October 29, 2013

    Really makes you think. Wish the end of the book had more detai

    Really makes you think. Wish the end of the book had more details but I guess the colony was what was
    important.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2013

    Great story

    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

    Posted September 16, 2013

    Good read

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    Bios/6's bio

    species :xenomorph.....type:warrior......

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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