- Title: Welcome to Hell: One Man's Fight for Life Inside the Bangkok Hilton
- Author: Colin Martin
- ISBN: 9780954870775
- Page: 181
- Format: Paperback
Written from his cell and smuggled out page by page, Colin Martin s autobiography chronicles an innocent man s struggle to survive inside one of the world s most dangerous prisons After being swindled out of a fortune, Colin was let down by the hopelessly corrupt Thai police Forced to rely upon his own resources, he tracked down the man who conned him and, drawn into a fWritten from his cell and smuggled out page by page, Colin Martin s autobiography chronicles an innocent man s struggle to survive inside one of the world s most dangerous prisons After being swindled out of a fortune, Colin was let down by the hopelessly corrupt Thai police Forced to rely upon his own resources, he tracked down the man who conned him and, drawn into a fight, he accidentally killed that man s bodyguard Colin was arrested, denied a fair trial, convicted of murder and thrown into prison, where he remained for 8 years Honest and often disturbing, but told with a surprising humour, Welcome to Hell is the remarkable story of how Colin was denied justice again and again.
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I couldn’t put this down, finished it in two days. After having a few “incidents” with the Chinese police in mainland China, I could totally relate to the level of corruption of the authorities. The cruelty aspect of it, the violence, the indifference, certainly made me feel, like the author, quite disgusted. Perhaps things will change in Thailand eventually. He made some very bad decisions, but then most of those were based upon misguided trust, not only of the authorities, lawyers, and s [...]
I'll admit it. I'm a sucker for books that discuss the seamy underbelly of a given nation — bonus points if said nation is located in Asia. It's no secret that Thailand is home to corrupt cops, relentless conmen and scammers — as well as a great population and some of the best tourist sights in the region. Martin discusses the former, of course, as he walks us through his tale of being conned, being jailed then being freed. No spoilers there, the story is as simple as that. After all, if he [...]
No deja de ser una biografía de un señor que dice que fue a la cárcel injustamente. No es gran literatura, pero para lo que yo quería, documentarme, me sirvió.
this book was inevitable. someone had to write it. im a bit hesitant about carrying business anywhere abroad, although it feels compulsory. but thats nothing to do with the book, just fiscal laziness. how different is public administration from business both requiring the skill of "managing" human resources, or becoming your best human resource. martin too talks about the moneymaking inside Thailand's prisons. I think the book is emotional, there's several times he says the thai justice system a [...]
Now you come to Bangkok and you scour the book stalls for something to read and on every shelf there is something about the legendary Bangkok Hilton. This of course means the harsh prison in Bangkok not the lovely white building that overlooks the Chao Phraya River. Usually its a drug dealer who was short of money and thought he'd slip through the net at the airport. Instead they end in this harsh prison where they sleep on a hard floor, eat dirty rice, watch men wank and a few rapes and beating [...]
I picked this book up because 1) My mother always spoke very unremarkably about her experience in Thailand - no, she wasn't arrested there or had any contact at all with the police - but she did however go there for holidays and she was terrified. Even though it was beautiful, she said, the fear of being getting involved in something illegal, either she wanted to on not was very high. 2) I recently watched The Beach, directed by Danny Boyle in 2000. Its fucking Danny Boyle - director of Trainspo [...]
This books tells about how an irishmen (the author, Colin Martin) was conned, charged with murder and locked away. The books tells many anacdotes about how life in prison was actually hell. That having said, the author was very stubborn. There were many times that he could have walked away - dropping the charges and going home. The thirst for justice is in places like Thailand, hard to quench. This book has made me so scary for actually travelling to Bangkok. The writing is very simple: no diffi [...]
i loved this book, i read it in one day,it is actually about colin martin who is a man from ireland , he lives in ireland and then he goes to bangkok , thailand , where he is accused of murder by the corrput thai police and he has to suffer alot .he is wrongfully accused of murder and then he is sent to prison for 8 years and as a result he has to suffer a lot and go through so much agony , this book it based in thailand.he was sent to prison and was accused of murder and then he spend 8 long ye [...]
I'm in Thailand so I figured, "why not get a book that will remind you to stay away from trouble". Corruption, greed, filth, and hoperwhat else would you rather read on your honeymoon?It was an incredibly fast read. It's a story of an Irish businessman who falls prey to an overseas business shceme in Thailand. Of course, he gets waaaay over his head when he tries to solve it on his own. I just found myself constanly wondering how much further this guy was going to get screwed by the Thai legal s [...]
A read that's quick, easy and at times infuriating (although I think not for the reasons the author hopes). The first third of the book serves as a master class in how to make a bad situation worse, worse again, and even worse still. The realities of the prison are horrifying, though, and you do feel sorry for Colin and his struggles even if he may not be as innocent as he presents himself to be. Glad he got a happy ending.
The narrative from Martin lacked the passion I would expect from the unfairness of his stint in prison. A blow by blow account of the brutality doesn't a good book make. It seemed that this is the story of pretty much any prisoner in the Thai prisons. For sure, the indifference to human life and disgrace they are subjected to makes you cringe but his story didn't stir any feeling in me.
Worth reading for its description of the criminal justice and penal system in Thailand. However, the writing is poor and the author was not a very sympathetic character to me. As others have reviewed, he comes across as a hot head.
A mildly interesting account of an Irishman's difficult experience in Thailand. I was a bit skeptical of the book though, it seemed very 1 sided and its continuously negative assessment of Thailand and individual Thai people is questionable.
Great book. Hard to put down. The amount of corruption involved is both astonishing and terrifying. If you have ever watched an episode of "Banged Up Abroad" and enjoyed it, then this is a book for you to read.
An easy read of pretty terrible abuse and deprivation of one man's freedom. Thai authorities come out of this story pretty badly, corruption, violence and judicial incompetence!Not a great book, but probably an honest one.
Good book, easy to read, finished in a couple of days. Unbelievable story how his whole world turned upside down which resulted in long years in Bangkok Prison
A fast, simple read Written by a non-writer. Great for, lets say, a plane read to Thailand. Be sure to bring a back-up.
another horrific story of injustice and another brilliant book. definitely worth a read.
another crazy true story about the thailand prison system
Amazing story. Such a strong man
I'm a big of these type of books People locked in a hell hole prison Great read Shocking in places
Not as good as The Damage Done but very readable nonetheless
a good book
Glad I spent so much of my time in Thailand before reading this book! An opportunity to appreciate what you have after seeing life through the horror the author went thru while imprisoned.
Someone should have helped this poor man to edit his book, because this SUCKS. Totally scattered, poor writing, skips years at a timejust terrible. How did it become an international bestseller?
După câteva zile, confrații mei, pușcăriași, au început să-mi producă silă. Se scobeau în nas în timp ce vorbeau unii cu alții. Unul dintre ei și-a băgat toate degetele în nas, ca să se scobească, până când în cele din urmă a scos bucățica de mucus pe care o vroia, apoi a mâncat-o și toate acestea pe durata unei discuții față în față cu prietenii lui.Era oripilant și mi-a întors stomacul pe dos. În celulă, pușcăriașii se așezau deseori lângă mine și-ș [...]
FantasticBrilliant read and it really bring to light the poor conditions of other cultures prison systems, would recommend to anyone
entertaining read. very easy and quick.
A true page-turner. I read this book while I was touring Thailand. It added a bit of an edge to my trip there. A great read with fascinating insights into the Thai judicial and penal systems.
Straight story. just brilliant
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