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Hard Time: Locked Up Abroad (English Shaun Trilogy Book 2)

by Shaun Attwood

After a SWAT team smashed down stock-market millionaire Shaun Attwood’s door, he found himself inside of Arizona’s deadliest jail and locked into a brutal struggle for survival.

Shaun’s hope of living the American Dream turned into a nightmare of violence and chaos, when he had a run-in with Sammy the Bull Gravano, an Italian Mafia mass murderer.

In jail, Shaun was forced to endure cockroaches crawling in his ears at night, dead rats in the food and the sound of skulls getting cracked against toilets. He meticulously documented the conditions and smuggled out his message.

Join Shaun on a harrowing voyage into the darkest recesses of human existence.

Also an expose on Sheriff Joe's jail system; brutal, dirty, sickening!

Hard Time provides a revealing glimpse into the tragedy, brutality, dark comedy and eccentricity of prison life.

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Prison Time (English Shaun Trilogy Book 3)

After Shaun Attwood arrived in the Arizona Department of Corrections, his challenges multiplied. His cellmate threatened to cave in Shaun’s skull with a padlock in a sock. A naked neighbour dragged him into a cell for sex. Before a visit with his parents, he was attacked by a drug-crazed biker.

Forced to adapt or perish, Shaun made alliances with powerful prisoners, including T-Bone a massive ex-Marine who risked his life saving inmates from rape, and Two Tonys, an old-school Mafia murderer who left the corpses of his rivals from Tucson to Alaska. They showed Shaun how to transcend incarceration and to learn from his mistakes.

Excellent read!

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The Mafia Philosopher : Two Tonys

by Shaun Attwood

"Sopranos v Sons of Anarchy with an Alaskan-snow backdrop" - True Geordie Podcast

Breaking bones, burying bodies and planting bombs became second nature to Two Tonys while working for the Bonanno Crime Family, whose exploits inspired The Godfather.

After a dispute with an outlaw motorcycle club, Two Tonys left a trail of corpses from Arizona to Alaska. On the run, he was pursued by bikers and a neo-Nazi gang blood-thirsty for revenge, while a homicide detective launched a nationwide manhunt.

As the mist from his smoking gun fades, readers are left with an unexpected portrait of a stoic philosopher with a wealth of charm, a glorious turn of phrase and a fanatical devotion to his daughter.

Another excellent read!

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Bangkok Shadows

by: Stephen Shaiken

In Bangkok, everyone gets the chance to start over. Few questions are asked. When American criminal defense lawyer Glenn Murray Cohen took a bundle of cash from a murdered client and moved to Thailand and a new life, he thought his troubles were over forever. Glenn forms friendships and seeks love, spending much of his time at the mysterious NJA Club. After seven years, this pleasant life is threatened when American agents come calling, pressuring him to undertake a dangerous task for which he is woefully unprepared, drawing him into an underbelly of corruption, criminal activity and international intrigue hidden in the shadows of Bangkok.

A fun read. The author was a lawyer for several decades and now retired, spends his time between Florida and Thailand.

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Clinton Bush and CIA Conspiracies: From The Boys on the Tracks to Jeffrey Epstein

By: Shaun Attwood

In the 1980s, George HW Bush imported cocaine to finance an illegal war in Nicaragua. Governor Bill Clinton’s Arkansas state police provided security for the drug drops. For assisting the CIA, the Clinton Crime Family was awarded the White House. The #clintonbodycount continues to this day, with the deceased including Jeffrey Epstein

Another Shaun Attwood excellent read. Well researched and presented!

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Slaying the Dragon - a history of alcohol and drug addiction treatment in the US from 1700s to present... A bit much, this one, only for the obsessive connoisseur I think.  Seems to go round and round with basically the same shit over and over again.  Short version: nobody really knows what they're doing, but they keep trying, and nothing is perfect but sometimes it all seems to work a little bit.  Not recommended.

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Un-Making a Murderer: The Framing of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey

By: Shaun Attwood

That's what happened to Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey, who were convicted of murder and are serving life sentences. Un-Making a Murderer is an explosive book which uncovers the illegal, devious and covert tactics used by Wisconsin officials, including: Concealing Other Suspects. Paying Expert Witnesses to Lie.

Well researched. Very informative.

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The Pale-Faced Lie

 

Growing up on the Navajo Indian Reservation, David Crow and his siblings idolized their dad. Tall, strong, smart, and brave, the self-taught Cherokee regaled his family with stories of his World War II feats. But as time passed, David discovered the other side of Thurston Crow, the ex-con with his own code of ethics that justified cruelty, violence, lies, and even murder.

A shrewd con artist, Thurston intimidated David with beatings to coerce him into doing his criminal bidding. David's mom, too mentally ill to care for her children, couldn't protect him. One day, Thurston packed up the house and took the kids, leaving her homeless and destitute. Soon he remarried, and David learned that his stepmother was just as vicious and abusive as his father.

Through sheer determination, and with the help of a few angels along the way, David managed to get into college and achieve professional success. When he finally found the courage to refuse his father’s criminal demands, he unwittingly triggered a plot of revenge that would force him into a showdown with Thurston Crow.

With lives at stake, including his own, David would have only twenty-four hours to outsmart his father—the brilliant, psychotic man who bragged that the three years he spent in the notorious San Quentin State Prison had been the easiest time of his life.

The Pale-Faced Lie is a searing, raw, palpable memoir that reminds us what an important role our parents play in our lives. Most of all, it’s an inspirational story about the power of forgiveness and the ability of the human spirit to rise above adversity.

Excellent read! A tragic, sad and gripping story!!

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I read Michel Faber's the Fire Gospel.  A scholar on a trip to Iraq discovers a contemporary account of one of Jesus's disciples and a witness to his crucifixion.  

I won't spoil it for anyone, but the account of Jesus being put on the cross is one of the funniest things I've read for a long time. 

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Also I just re-read Norman Lewis's excellent, "A Dragon Apparent" a trip report on a tour through Vietnam, Cambodia and Lao.  Replete with eyewitness events such as seeing a grenade lobbed into a busy restaurant - this is before the US got involved in Vietnam.  He spoke highly fluent French, with that kind of high handed disdain that highly educated British people do.  His visit to the hill tribes was especially entertaining where they are all essentially alcoholics.  A must read if you travel South East Asia.

 

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