Book Review: Hobo Pete and the Ghost Train

Hobo Pete and the Ghost TrainBy Sandy PheatPublished by Freebird Publishers, P.O. Box 541, North Dighton,MA 02764; www.FreebirdPublishers.com (2014)ISBN 9780991359103Available as Ebook and paperback through Amazon. Reviewed by Christopher Zoukis Hobo Pete and the Ghost Train represents a victory for Freebird Publishers, a growing multi-media entity dedicated to serving a sometimes forgotten segment of American […]

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Book Review: Conspiracy Theory

Conspiracy TheoryBy Mike EnemigoPublished by The Cell Block, P. O. Box 212, Folsom, CA 95763ISBN 9781492709665 $15.00 (2012, 2013)Available on Amazon. Reviewed by Christopher Zoukis Conspiracy Theory is a gritty story of drugs, crime, and the underground rap music scene in Sacramento, California, written by someone who knows whereof he speaks. Mike Enemigo, a Folsom […]

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Book Review: Hard Time

Hard Time:  A Brit in America’s Toughest Jail By Shaun Attwood Mainstream Publishing 2010 ISBN:  1845966511 $16 Reviewed by Christopher Zoukis Most people are happily ignorant of the difference between the term ‘jail’ and ‘prison.’  And since you don’t learn the difference until after you’ve been arrested, ignorance is indeed bliss.  Jail is where prisoners […]

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Book Review: badbadbad

By Jesus Angel Garcia Reviewed by Christopher Zoukis According to the Bible, prior to his fall from grace, the Devil went by the tag of Lucifer, Son of the Morning Star.  Not much is known about who Lucifer was or what he did all day long, except he was the epitome of virtue and sinlessness.  […]

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Seven Books Every American Prisoner and Criminal Attorney Should Own

By Christopher Zoukis / BlogCritics.org

It’s not always easy to locate quality legal books about prison law or prisoners’ rights. For starters, the field is a highly specialized one in which many like to call themselves experts, but few are worthy of such a designation. To make matters worse, lives depend on what is read and put into application. Even from a practical level, law books are often so expensive that simply purchasing several of them in pursuit of the right set is plainly cost prohibitive.

In an effort to cut through all of the blatant self-promotion and other unworthy antics, presented below are seven best buys in the prison law and prisoners’ rights arenas. Every criminal defense attorney, prison consultant, and American prisoner should have a copy of each and every one of these books. After all, their lives or the lives of their clients might just depend on it.

1. Georgetown Law Journal: Forty-Second Annual Review of Criminal Procedure, 2013. The bedrock text for incarcerated litigants and their attorneys seeking to challenge criminal convictions and sentences, “the Georgetown” — as it is commonly and affectionately called in the prison litigation industry — is a must have. An annually updated, quality legal text, the Georgetown presents the most recent developments in criminal case law. While focused mostly on federal practice, its chapters encompass everything from initial search and arrest to trial and even all the way to post-conviction motions. This book is an entire law library, but all within one cover.  Image courtesy prisonlawblog.com

2. Prisoners’ Self-Help Litigation Manual (4th Edition) by John Boston and Daniel E. Manville. Considered by many to be the definitive work on prisoners’ rights, the Prisoners’ Self-Help Litigation Manual is exactly what the title suggests. This massive book provides a blueprint for litigating in court, even if this litigation must be initiated in a prison cell. It not only presents the actual legal rights of prisoners, but also how to enforce those rights in any court in the land, and includes well-drafted sample pleadings. This book is a must-have for anyone in prison and everyone who has incarcerated clients.

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Book Review: The Fund

By H.T. Narea

Reviewed by Christopher Zoukis

Narea stumbles a bit with his first international thriller.     

Kate Molares is a financial sleuth with the Defense Intelligence Agency.  Her job is to follow the money back to the bad guys.   When a terrorist bombing occurs in Madrid, Spain, Molares intuitively begins connecting the dots between Al-Qaeda, Basque insurrectionists, and Venezuela.  The connection is handsome Middle Eastern hedge fund manager, Nebibi Hasehm, whose nickname is the Jackal.  As Molares attempts to figure out what’s going on, she renews her former too-coincidental relationship with Nebibi, whom she suspects is more than he appears.  The various threads of the plot unravel when the author inserts a subplot about an experimental serum that causes cats to chase dogs.  This subplot is too farfetched and refuses to meld into the rest of the story. 

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