by Kev Richardson
Category: Fiction / Crime
0 pages; ISBN: 0000000000
Rating: 9/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Anne K. Edwards
An engrossing read! A dark tale of what we must admit is not humanity's finest hours.
Adam Ashby, a boy struggling to stay alive in the streets of England, is arrested for breaking into a house. His sentence is seven years to be served in the most horrible conditions imaginable. Treated worse than a slave, he and other prisoners are kept in leg irons and sent to live in shiplike hulks set in the river. They are given hard labor and little food and no clothing. In winter they go shoeless and when the weather is bad, are kept confined inside the hulks without windows or fresh air and no exercise.
It is from this horror he and other boys his age and younger, as well as men of all ages, are shipped to Australia to establish a prison colony. Hope blooms anew for Adam as the ship sails.
Author Kev Richardson has caught the flavor and pure awfulness of the time about which he writes. His characters are well drawn and belivable and seem bent on self destruction, the only way of life they know.
Without hesitation, I recommend this story to anyone who likes historical or mainstream tales. Join Adam in his search of hope.