Please try again later. I have read Christopher Chance's previous books and was hoping to get my hands on a text copy of this book but I had to wait until I could get a friend to loan me a Kindle before I read Satan's Arena. Chance is a master of both martial arts as well as the pen. His prose is extremely well crafted yet totally inviting to read due to the gripping accounts of life in Spanish prisons that he vividly recreates.
I read the entire book in a day even though it is by no means brief. Satan's Arena picks up about a decade after Mr. Chance's previous books which were focused upon his time in the infamous Carabanchel prison. By this time, the Carabanchel had been demolished to meet EU criteria for humane treatment of prisoners but anyone who reads this book will laugh at the utter lack of improvement in the filth and decrepitude of Spanish incarceration.
That does not even begin to address the real problem that befell Mr. Chance which is the absolute lack of empathy, compassion, decency or morality of the other inmates - gypsies in particular. This book centers on the author's time in La Moraleja and Daroca prisons. While La Moraleja was a newer facility designed to house mostly foreign prisoners, it was not long before Christopher Chance was transferred to the Daroca prison.
Daroca was another decrepit filth ridden hellhole which inspired the title of the book. Chance's books are not for the faint of heart, nor would I recommend Spanish or French nationals as a target audience. Chance is unapologetic over his loathing of the corrupt Spanish judicial system, massively abusive and sexually perverted prison staff as well as the habit of 'snitching' which he sees as a trait that virtually all Spaniards possess. In a review of one of the author's previous books, I mentioned that one of his strengths is to be able to evoke feelings of horror and revulsion followed by laughter all in one page of reading because Mr.
Chance manages to describe graphic violence only to follow it with humourous metaphors that weave popular culture and sarcasm into what would otherwise be an account befitting of a gladiator. Now, here is the important part: This is NOT a book that glorifies violence or prison life. Despite the absolute authenticity of this work, Mr. Chance is speaks very openly about the depth of his emotional despair while incarcerated so this is in no way a 'gangster fairy tale'.
The love of his wife kept him going under such conditions as well as how he used his mental discipline from martial arts to keep the profound sadness and hopelessness he felt under control. This is not an overstatement as the book mentions that one of the purposes of the morning prisoner count was to see who committed suicide or who was murdered in the night.
If you happen to find yourself on the Costa Del Sol and think you can make a few extra quid, read this book as you will change your mind in a hurry.
The Lone Brit on 13 - Mr. Chance's first book 2. Carabanchel - More from Spain's most infamous jail house 3. Satan's Arena - A definite read but best when preceded by his previous works so the reader has context. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.
Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Set up a giveaway. Feedback If you need help or have a question for Customer Service, contact us. Satan is a usurper of God's place in the heart of man. See him there, using enticement, deception, and falsehood. His subtle and beguiling ways have earned for him an appropriate name, "devil", or slanderer.
There are implications in Scripture that Satan is a spirit being who was formerly an angel. The Bible alludes to fallen angels in II Peter 2: Too, there is an indication that the devil came under condemnation I Timothy 3: Satan is called the "god of this world" II Corinthians 4: The world is Satan's arena. Paul wrote to the Ephesian Christians, referring to the contrast between their lost and saved state, "And you hath he Christ quickened.
Following the course of the world is to follow the rule of Satan, to have a spirit of rebellion and disobedience toward God.
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Go up the Elevator to dry land above. Turn right, collect the Nails , and kill the Ogre. Turn right and collect a 25 Health at the end. In the middle of the corridor is a doorway to the right with a narrow alcove overlooking the Water with a Button to the left. Kill the Ogre on the platform that slides out across the Water. Cross the platform through the newly opened Wall. Collect the two 15 Health , 25 Health , and Rocket Launcher. The Doors to the left and right are locked so go straight across the room onto the next platform.
Kill the 2 Zombies on the alcove to the left and collect the Shells. Kill the 2 Zombies back on the right alcove and collect the Yellow Armor.
Return to the platform in the middle of the alcoves and go through the doorway. Collect the Cells at the end and turn left.
Kill the Ogre that jumps from an upper alcove and the Ogre down the ramp in the next room. Collect the Nails and press the Button. Kill the Ogre that spawns and jumps from the platform above.
Follow the room out of the other ramp room to the left of the Button. Turn around past the ramp and shoot the yellow Button 1. Collect the Cells at the end of the corridor and turn left. The Button earlier opens the left and right Doors of the central platform room. Cross both and press the Button to the left of the Elevator to raise it. Collect the Nails in the next corridor at the top, and turn around to kill the Ogre that drops down. Continue down the corridor and collect the Super Nailgun , 25 Health , and Shells. Drop down to the room below at the end. Kill the Ogre on the platform you are on, and the Ogre on the platform above.
Collect the two 25 Health to the left. If you fall into the Water in this area, return simply by the Teleporter located under this platform, to return to this platform.