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About the Author

Growing up, STEVE PETERSON dreamed of becoming a cowboy, a sailor, a fisherman and a smuggler. All of these dreams came true, and then some.

His greatest joy is being a father of six, with six grandkids and counting...

•••••••

ELDON ASP is a writer of various scripts and stories, mostly involving characters who are very excited about their horrible plans. LOCKED UP IN LA MESA is his first book.

His next one is EASY STREET.


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  • File Size: 1703 KB
  • Print Length: 229 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: DIRT CITY PRESS (August 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: August 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FT9YOE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,463 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book started off bold and stayed true. An honest account with no sugar coating of a wanna-be drug runner who was caught with his co conspirators. The Mexican prison system at the time was a lawless collection of the crooked watching the caught and the author recalls it well. I was impressed with two things: the author being a stand up guy and how the story flows from capture onward, warts and all.
Definitely a worthwhile read!
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I loved this book! I barely ate or slept till I finished it, and then I wanted to reread it. The characters came alive with Asp and Peterson's colorful vignettes of life in a Mexican prison. I just wish there was a volume #2!! I was scared, exhilarated and amused from page to page. Fun reading until it dawns on you this is Reality for Real.
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By Steve Miller on September 21, 2011
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A riveting, compelling read. This vivid description of man's darkest hours would make an excellent screen play. Hard to believe there are still such places existing on this continent.
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This story really flowed. From the very beginning when the "great plan" went horribly wrong through the first lock up and Steve's noble sacrifice for his friends and on through the almost full year he spent in La Mesa, this was a story that few could imagine living.

This is not a great literary work, but rather stories the guy sitting next to in a bar might tell you over a couple of beers---just like Steve asks you to imagine hearing them. It is described as a series of "short stories." However, they are in a pretty told in a pretty straight timeline making it an easy read in one sitting. The characters were realistic despite how unreal the whole situation seems. I must say one of my favorite vignettes was when Steve's brother came to visit and was flirting with one of the "laundry ladies."

There was a humor that came through at times. It was scary, nasty, and violent by turns, but maybe the resilience of youth and the hindsight that comes with the wisdom of age made it easier for the author to paint a picture that was not all bleak. The vendors, the families, the fiestas, alongside rampant drug use and the almost overlooked violence---it had to have been like falling down the rabbit hole. I enjoyed reading this book and would enjoy reading more of La Mesa as seen through this man's eyes.
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I found this book to be a fast paced and interesting look into a Mexican prison back in the 1970's. I found myself "cracking up" laughing at times as the author found the humor in some of the situations. I also cringed at times when he went into the detail about horrors of this prison in La Mesa. Very interesting that the inside of the prison was like a small pueblo with a marketplace.
I really wish that Steve Peterson would write a follow-up book about his life after he got out of that horrible place.
He is a great story teller and I am sure that his life adventures did not end when he left the prison.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in reading about prisons and what goes on inside of some of them.
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Whoa, this is better than an episode of "Locked Up Abroad"! It's crazy that these things actually happen (and still to this day)! It's even crazier that this guy lived to tell them. The stories are scary, but so interesting, I salute Steve for telling his story and Eldon for writing it so well. Ok, back to the book!!
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I read this book (actually more like a series of short tales) in the spirit that the accounts are factual even though some of it is a little hard to believe. For instance, the author flat out states that guards in this prison are, with some frequency, found guilty of some crime and find themselves as prisoners in the same facility they used to guard. Now, by all accounts, in US prisons, these guards would have to be segregated from a revenge-seeking community but, if this book is true, apparently not so in "La Mesa". In fact, the author insists that, in such cases, the guards are treated no differently by the inmates than any other prisoner unless they went out of their way to be abusive while they were guards. If so, Mexican criminals (or at least "La Mesa" criminals) are a cut well above US criminals.

Told in a series of vignettes, in first person narrative, I found this book to be a very interesting read. Since I didn't stumble on any glaring or unintentional grammatical errors, I can't empathize with the few comments about the coarse nature of the writing. To me, it seemed to be toned perfectly to the subject matter and to the book's first-person narrative style. I mean, if you're looking for poetry, why read a book about prison life?

I found the accounts to be highly entertaining though it's questionable whether or not they would be quite so interesting and entertaining if they weren't touted to be factual. I'd love to see comments from any one else that could in any way speak to the plausibility of these accounts - just because it would be interesting to get a feel for how much of this is really fiction and how much could be fact.
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What a fascinating book! Some of the stories made me laugh, some made me tear up, and some made me cringe! Great read, would definitely recommend it to anyone!
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