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ISBN: 0246130377
Author: Richard Herley
Language: English
Publisher: Grafton Books; 1st edition (1987)
Pages: 288
Category: Contemporary
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.8
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The Author asserts the moral right to be identified as the author of this work. BROUGHT TO YOU BY KeVkRaY. From what he had read and seen on television, he knew a little about the organization of the penal colonies, of which Sert had by far the worst reputation. There were no warders, no guards: the authorities never set foot on these islands, using helicopters to drop supplies or fresh prisoners. He himself must have been flown out from Exeter this morning or last night and dumped, unconscious, for Mr Appleton and his henchmen to find.

The Penal Colony - Richard Herley.

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. The Penal Colony - Richard Herley.

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Among all these colonies, Sert, 25 miles off the north Cornish coast, has the worst reputation.

The Penal Colony came into the office absolutely unheralded, with little promotion or publicity, which .

I wish for it the same long-lasting fame and respect.

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Set in 1997 this is the story of Routledge, a prisoner at Sert, a penal colony controlled by satellite technology. He is forced to forget normal life.


Intelligently written, with believable characters and dialogue. A decent, mild-mannered man who has taken the modern, civilized man's life of relative ease and convenience for granted is thrust into a world of depravity and violence, and must learn how to survive. And he learns much more besides. It was good enough that I will seek out more work by this author. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book, especially for the current $3 price.
Anthony John Routledge, wrongly convicted of murder then rated category Z, has just been dropped off on Sert, the worst of the worst island prison colony. Surprised to find out that a civilized community exists, he then learns that to prove himself and earn a spot he must pass a dangerous and terrifying trial, or be cast out to fend for himself along with the rest of the rejects.

Some of the outsiders have formed communities of their own, though none nearly as structured or refined as the village. Some live alone, either unacceptable to live among others or choosing to be savages. With the day to day survival, warring between settlements and a valid escape plan being crafted and brought to fruition this book was hard to put down. I did not want this story to end! An exciting read, I definitely recommend.
I found myself looking for excuses to stop working and continue reading this book! It was fast paced. I will admit it to being a redeux of other books and movies, so in some ways it was a little predictable. I also found myself looking for more information on other inmates of the colony. I do not want to tell too much about the story and ruin it for others, but let me say the tale of the men's survival on the penal colony was quite interesting and well written. Don't miss this book... and I think I will investigate some of the author's other stories!
Wasn't sure about this book, but I am glad I persevered through the first few pages, after that I was consumed by this novel set in an almost post apocalyptic Britain. The central character, innocent of the crime that he was convicted of, is sentenced to live the remaining days of his on a relatively newly established penal colony that was the island of Cert. Whatever he was expecting it wasn't what he woke up to, and thus begins the story of of one ma's slide into survival mode and rise into humanity. There are numerous subplots and sidebars that throw light onto the plethora of supporting characters, and the main plot will have you turning pages long after your significant other or favorite pet has given up and gone to sleep.
A top read
There are so many superlatives that I can use to describe this book, and all have been so overused that they have become trite. Harley has put together something that not only titillates and entertains, but makes you really think and feel.

incredible writing. -check
page turner -check
read in a single sitting -check
compelling. -check
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twistiest plot. -check
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best ending. -check

Penal Colony follows Mr. Routledge, a middle-class man wrongfully accused of a sex murder and then dumped onto an island, which is Britain's future solution for maximum security prisons. Expecting wild men and devolved society, he finds an almost monastic culture called the Village. He has to prove himself worthy to join by going through a life changing ordeal. There is action, philosophy and violence plus a daring escape attempt - almost like a cross between Papillion and Lord of the Flies, but set in the future.

This society is complemented by lower order groups at Old Town and the Lighthouse. The thing that was so illuminating was the contrast between modern society, the Village, and the Penal System. Even though these men were supposedly the worst dregs of society, and admittedly, some were, but those in the Village behaved better and had a life based on contribution and respect. There is one point in the book where Routledge finally leaves his old notions of the world behind, and it is pivotal for him as a character. The Prison officials are clearly stealing materials and who knows what else. Everyone know that modern society isn't made up of a bunch of choir boys. As a story, this had more to do with mankind as a whole, as less to do with the prison system, other than it gave the author an excellent framework to drive his characters through their changes.

I also want to go on the record and say can you teach other authors to write endings? Yours was damn near perfect and there were no silly cliffhangers or any such nonsense, just a beautiful ending. I just don't get to read but one a year.

Bottom Line: Get The Book! I don't care who you are. This man can write like few people can. His storytelling is superb. Highly Recommended!
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This is an awe inspiring book. I can't believe I almost passed it up on choosing what next to read .I am grateful I did not . This is not a common prison story and I should have noted that in the title. This book reminds me of the book PAPILION as it to is set in the times of Penal Colonies. Colonies that were usually on almost unbelievable islands where men were simply flow to or shipped to and basically forgotten by mankind. Left to forage and survive by their own wits. Some men break, going insane or dying by their own hands while others choose to continue to exist, barely , yet others grow and survive, helping others attempt to do so also. This gripping story gives a look into men's minds and souls and you can't actually believe these places really existed . And as awful as this colony is, it almost seems a suitable punishment for some of the most evil and demented prisoners. A punishment the likes of which no man actually deserves. An EXCELLENT book by an EXCEPTIONAL WRITER. DO YOURSELF THE FAVOR OF READING IT. I humbly RECOMMEND.

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