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GREEN RIVER RISING Paperback – 1998

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: ARROW BOOKS LTD (1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099562413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099562412
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.6 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,832,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By lawyeraau TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 30 2005
Format: Paperback
This is an intriguing debut novel, set in a prison. Written as a thriller, it is slightly uneven and, at times, implausible. Still, it grips the reader's imagination with its savage, relentless violence and raw and gritty language. It is definitely not for the squeamish, as there is a good deal of carnage and foul language interspersed throughout the book. It is, most certainly, an acquired taste. If you enjoy the acclaimed HBO television series, "Oz", you will probably enjoy this book.

The drama takes place in a Texas prison called Green River State Penitentiary. The atmosphere is tense, and the prisoners are grouped along racially divided lines. The prison is run by Warden Hobbes, an intelligent, erudite man, who is not wrapped too tight. He sets the stage for a prison uprising that is bloody and violent. There are a few good guys, and a lot of bad guys in this prison. One of the good guys is Ray Klein, a medical doctor who was sent to prison for a rape that he did not commit.

Ray works in the prison infirmary while doing his time, and while there, he has made the acquaintance of a visiting doctor, Juliette Devlin. There is a very strong attraction between the two, and it is safe to say that they are falling in love. Unaware of the looming uprising, Ray learns that he is to be paroled the next day. Suddenly, that news is eclipsed, when all hell breaks loose in the prison. The uprising has been started by a sociopathic prisoner, aided by a host of seriously deranged individuals, who are in prison for crimes they actually committed.

Unfortunately, Dr. Devlin finds herself stuck in the prison infirmary during the uprising.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
atsonishingly tough novel of prison life Jan. 25 2006
By Raegan Butcher - Published on
Format: Paperback
I was a prisoner for 7 years in 4 different prisons in Washington State and it was during my incarceration that I discovered this book. To boil it down into a nutshell, you could say its like DIE HARD during a prison riot, with a lone protagonist pitted against some seriously depraved adversaries-- but that doesn't do it justice; this book just drips authentic atmosphere--it's as evocative as the prison writings of Edward Bunker. I was completely flabbergasted when I found out the author had not only NOT done time himself, but was actually an Englishman to boot! My hat is off to Tim Willocks; without ever having spent any time in an American prison that I know of, he has captured something as real as anything ever written by inmates themselves. What still stands out in my mind are the well drawn motivations of the various factions warring inside the prison and the absolute vileness of some of the villains.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Savage, compelling, intelligent journey into hell Nov. 5 1996
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio Cassette

© by Carolyn J. Seeley.

Reverse your image of a prison, like the negative of a photograph. What could be more safe than a glass enclosure, dedicated to the reform and social reengineering of convicts? What happens to men when light is punishment and discipline? Green River State Penitentiary in East Texas, imagined by English author Tim Willocks in his novel, Green River Rising, is a facility that sentences men to prison lives without darkness, to be scorched clean by light. Now, what happens when the prison warden's nineteenth century philosophy of prison reform meets twentieth century East Texas taxpayers, parole boards, politicians? This is Willocks' stage for his drama of a violent uprising, spurred by a warden with a failed dream and crumbling mind, who touches off the uprising for the sake of it--to achieve change through force, to move life along through sacrifice and blood, the more senseless and arbitrary, the better. Green River Rising is savage yet compelling; a page turner, an intelligent book. Well plotted, with memorable characters, Willocks' writing conveys the stifling sense of entrapment in a prison gone amok. However, the underlying themes of loyalty, survival, friendship, and love transcend the gore and give the book its depth. It is not light reading, but a gripping, intense tale rumored soon to be brought to a theater near you. Although Willocks wrote the screenplay, read the book before Hollywood gets its hooks in.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Pleasured Sept. 10 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Despite my initial reservations about a book with what one can only describe as a run of the mill plot, within the first couple of chapters I was captivated. The Author takes you so deep into a dark, violent and enclosed world that you feel you can almost smell the carnage and taste the fear. Whilst there are some poorly improbable moments in this book eg. the sex scenes, glibly glossing over these allows you to enjoy what I can only describe as an INTENSE READ.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By John B. Hubbard Jr. - Published on
Format: Paperback
I dare you to read "Green River Rising" and then the "The Green Mile" back to back. You will probably throw "The Green Mile" in the toilet after going 1/4 the way and then re-read "Green River Rising".

If you like books like Stehen Hunter's "Dirty White Boys" or Mr. Willock's other book "Bloodstained Kings" (has there ever been a cooler title?) then you will love "Green River Rising".

I enjoy guys like John Connolly, Stephen Hunter, Brian Keene, James W. Hall, and the Child/Preston collaborative novels. if you are familiar with these guys and you like them, then give Willocks a try. He's an original, creative genius.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A Compelling, Gut Wrenching, Roller Coaster Ride. Yeah!! Aug. 26 1998
By Helveticus - Published on
Format: Paperback
I loved this book. Very well written with real characters and bar none the sexiest love scene I've almost ever read in a thriller. This book is smart and scary. It sizzles. Read it!

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