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The Penal Colony

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It is 1997. 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. 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 here for ever. And he knows he must quickly forget the rules of civilized life. But not all the islanders are savages. Under the charismatic leadership of one man a community has evolved. A community with harsh and unyielding rules, peopled by resourceful men for whom the hopeless dream of escape may not be so hopeless after all ...

Customer Reviews

Great book.

Creates a moral conflict within ones self that is pleasantly discovered. Not just entertaining, but truely thought provoking. It seams that true rehabilitation may only begin when one discovers they have lost much more than their freedom.


From start to finish this book has the reader trying to survive along with the main character. Never a dull moment as an innocent man is sent to a penal colony that is run by groups that have organized themselves on the island.
There is even a twist ending that I won't give away. A really great read of survival and cunning. I didn't want to put it down.
Well written too with few typo's (very few, like 3-4 only). I'll want to read more from this author.


Excellent, engrossing survivalist fiction with good characters, great attention to detail, and more importantly, professional editing!

The Penal Colony
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  • $2.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Feb 13, 2010
  • Publisher: Richard Herley
  • Seller: Smashwords
  • Print Length: 429 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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