The Penal Colony

The Penal Colony

by Richard Herley

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BN ID: 2940000824016
Publisher: Richard Herley
Publication date: 02/13/2010
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 534,066
File size: 399 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

I was born in England in 1950 and educated at Watford Boys' Grammar School and Sussex University, where my interest in natural history led me to read biology. My first successful novel was "The Stone Arrow", which was published to critical acclaim in 1978. It subsequently won the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize, administered by the Royal Society of Literature in London, and was the first in a trilogy. This was followed by "The Penal Colony" (1987), a futuristic thriller that formed the basis of the 1994 movie "No Escape", starring Ray Liotta. The main difficulty for the author is making his voice heard in the roar of self-promotion. I believe that the work I am producing now is of higher quality than my prize-winning first, and ask you, the reader, to help spread the word by telling your friends if you have enjoyed one of my books.

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The Penal Colony 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 107 reviews.
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 More than 1 year ago
Good but could use a better ending
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the premise of this story interesting and thought it was worth a try. I was not disappointed. It is well written and extremely imaginative. I look forward to reading more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago