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Escape From Prague Paperback – February 26, 2017
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The story follows two sisters, Anna and Krystyna, who have both ended up in the clutches of the European sex trade in Prague, after leaving their home in the Czech Republic to seek a better life. Krystyna is devastated when she learns that her younger sister Anna has followed her to Prague without knowing the miserable existence that awaits her there. In revenge, they come up with a plan to blackmail their captors before making a daring escape from their volatile pimp, Edvard. The young women find refuge in a small seaside town in England and start their lives over, certain they are free once and for all. But it's not over yet; enraged by having their lives ruined on account of the girls' blackmail scheme, their former captors are hell-bent on tracking them down and making them pay...with their lives.
Escape From Prague has another, less obvious point that is no less important, and that is the psychology of those men who perpetuate the sex trade through their willingness to turn a blind eye. Questions probe the reader for an answer, questions that not everyone will be able to answer. Are the men who patronize the sex trade as guilty as the kidnappers? What measures need to be taken to successfully wipe out such an established and profitable industry? Is it even possible?
For those who welcome the truth in all its forms, Escape From Prague proves to be a worthy endeavor.
There's no preamble here just straight into a gritty, hard hitting often brutal novel with a setting that almost had me feeling I was there in the Czech square with the undesirables. The story starts around Anna trying to flee Prague and her violent pimp Edvard to reunite with her sister Krystyna in England who unbeknown to her is being held as a concubine to several perverse men. Does Anna finally make it to England and is there freedom there for her and her sister? Anna's fear throughout her escape is quite palpable. Hearing of Krystyna's account of her everyday ordeals with these men is so distressing. A word of warning though, if you are offended by anything to do with the sex trade then this book is not for you as the author has not withheld anything and at times this does make quite disturbing reading. Unfortunately these stories are the harsh truths of this awful industry and consequences of immoral men which of course shouldn't be glossed over. It really did make me stop and pause for thought. I can imagine a lot of unpleasant research must have gone into writing this and the author should be commended on how he has portrayed what girls have to go through to survive.
As this addictive book progresses, without giving away any spoilers, the plot becomes nail-bitingly tense, and compelling and by the time Part One ended my nerves were frayed! Needless to say Part Two is no less tense and ends with an terrifying breath-taking finale!
Colin's writing of the various locations is very descriptive, the plot is exhilarating and at times emotive. It's a no holes barred account of two women trying to flee the sex trade industry, will they succeed? You'll have to read the book, I highly recommend that you do! "Escape from Prague" will stay with me a long time, I thoroughly enjoyed it and I am so pleased I had the opportunity to read it! A very deserved 5 stars, well done Colin on a brilliant piece of women's fiction.