The Cocaine Diaries: A Venezuelan Prison Nightmare
'It won't happen to me. That's what I thought when I got on the plane to Venezuela. But it did - I got caught.'
Caught smuggling half a million euros' worth of cocaine, Paul Keany was sexually assaulted by Venezuelan anti-drugs officers before being sentenced to eight years in the notorious Los Teques prison outside Caracas. There he was plunged into a nightmarish world
Over the last few years I have read a few books about being imprisoned in scary foreign prisons. So far I loved just one book out of the Five books:
Well I am happy to tell you there are now 2 great books about being imprisoned that I can recommend.
The books I have read so far are:
As you can see most books are about people who were imprisoned in Thailand.
Reading this ...more
I'm on the fence with this one. There were a few inconsistencies that made me question the books content. When he is first imprisoned and speaks to his daughter on the phone he wrote that it was the last time he ...more
i actually bought it from a small book shop in bangkok,thailand and i read it one day.
it was a fun read.
it is about a man called paul keany who goes to venezuela and he is carrying a lot of cocaine worth a lot of money and in the start of the journey he thinks that he will not get caught doing so but he did caught doing it and he had seen programs of people getting caught doing this in thailand and other countries etc.
he is finally sent to jail and he is ...more
Sorry Mr. Keany has such a generalised negative view of all of us (Venezuelans), but those are his feelings and I think he has written a very honest recount of his experience.
Good job of surviving and getting out Mr. Keany! Congratulations for having produced something positive out of it.
I dont give it five stars just ...more
It's an easy read & I'd recommend it if you're interested in jail/drug culture.
I started to doubt whether to continue reading. What’s the use when you already know what is going to happen. But I decided to read on and see how it compares to the TV episode.
Well... I can tell you this book is way way more interesting than the TV episode! The story was just very great to read! A lot of things happen ...more
Keany reveals the true horror of life inside Los Teques: a shocking underworld behind bars where inmates pay protection money to stay alive, prostitutes do the rounds, and vast amounts of cocaine are smuggled in for cell-block bosses to sell on to prisoners for huge profits.
I really enjoyed this book, it was very well written, obviously some parts were difficult to read due to their nature but still a great account life in a foreign jail. If you enjoyed marching powder, a prayer before dawn or midnight express then this is for you.
First off, it's gritty as hell, but there's real humanity in it. You will have a strong opinion about several things one way or the other after you read this. The basic idea is, do not, under any circumstances, go to prison in Venezuela. That's the short version I'll stick with, because a review shouldn't be a synopsis.
I enjoyed the writing style and pace. It moves fast, and you can definitely ...more
I liked it but won't say it's a wonderful book. An eye opener and a good read to know what happens inside corrupted prisons. I suppose this happens in many places in the world.
The writing isn't on the higher end. After all it was written by a plumber who thought his life will end at any given moment. He still manages to tell us what happens to you out there if you're totally out of your mind to agree for a drug smuggle. I wouldn't say it's the best ...more
In conclusion, the Author is able to bring out the details that happened during his stay in the prison and translate it into an exciting book to ...more
I found the writing in this book wasn’t that good but the tale of corruption / incompetence / brutality was gripping. Oddly I didn’t feel any real sympathy for the prisoner.
A definite read (as a warning) for anyone stupid enough to agree to smuggle drugs for someone they met in a pub.