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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...

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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, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FT9YOE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,356 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By SJFF on August 11, 2012
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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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By G. Herman on July 31, 2011
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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Annabelle Soncrant on August 7, 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lady ReadsaLot on September 29, 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melanie Miller on August 10, 2011
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By babsz on September 1, 2011
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Olivia Rosewood on July 25, 2011
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I don't want to spoil it for you, so I'm not going to tell you anything except that this is an awesome book, and you will probably really dig it.
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