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Intense and barely controlled chaos
on June 17, 2016
There's a lot of jargon in this very intense but brief 66 page piece. It's not long enough to learn the jargon used by the author and makes it seem like a chapter out of a much longer book. On the other hand, this story arc fits this story beautifully. I knew the chickensh*t Hernandez was doomed from where we met him, I just wasn't sure when or how. The author has a lot of characters and manages to sketch each one well enough for them to move the story forward. He uses the seemingly chaotic elements of the prison environment to tell the story of the execution among stories of the characters. My complaint is that this should have been a much longer book. There are so many interesting characters, I would have liked to get to know them. On the other hand, this story was written with a great deal of contained and intense emotion that I suspect is difficult to sustain for long. I'm not a big fan of prison stories but this one grabbed me and held on because there was usually enough back story and character development to keep it going. I still think it would make a great book but needs to be longer.