Break Out: Paul Derron
Hurricanes can create damage to property, down trees, travel conditions can become hazardous and worse. What happens when two hurricanes hit, create havoc where they land but even worse allow 800 prisoners in a prison to be freed. The Sheriff on charge of this site decides to take all the guards and jailers out hoping to bring them to safety. But, one guard, Louis unlocks the cells before leaving allowing all the inmates to be free and this is where one new guard will find herself when she realizes she is all alone and there is no one to save or help her except one prisoner. Jack Constantine is doing ten years for killing one of the men that killed his wife. Justice he feels when done but now he is about to face another challenge in his life and that is the Hurricanes and the prisoners that are fighting for control over the other inmates. Gang wars, deaths, losing control and one guard named Sawyer who is in the mix and needs his help and that of another inmate named Felix to survive. The water is high up, the prison walls are coming down and in each section of the prison they encounter inmates that challenge them, threaten them and at one point capture all three.
There are so many prisoners and each group fighting for control and the water rises, the deaths pile up and the three of them must fight their way out but how are they going to deal with each set of inmates? The Preacher has his own following and claims to want to cleanse them all. Malcolm Kincaid is a dangerous inmate, and someone framed him making sure he would serve time. A witness placed him at the scene of a crime. A necklacing something Jack read where the car tire is placed around the neck of the victim and set on fire. The action is nonstop and the inmates each have their own course of survival no matter who they kill in their wake. Chapter four graphically describes how Kincaid lost his freedom and why. Charged with murder and the drugs he had in his possession secondary but how Jack will have to face off with him during this hurricane and which if either will survive?
Author Paul Herron depicts every aspect of the hurricanes and the damage it is creating in the prison, in the minds of the inmates and how they react in diverse ways to the catastrophe. Just being free allows you to know that they do not understand the meaning of freedom and each gang or group of inmates that are connected would rather fight for territory and kill each other just to prove they can and get away with it.
Sawyer is naïve in many respects and yet she proves herself to be astute and smart when dealing and beginning confronted with adversary, The Preacher and quoting scriptures shocked him and her two allies too.
Told during a specific timeline and each period yielding more destruction, fear, the unknown and dealing with the different inmates you wonder who will live, who will go insane and who will rise above the nightmare and the disaster. The older man Henry and his death really hit Jack in the heart as he watched him killed. Someone he worked with in maintenance and who he respected. Then we meet other older inmates
Finding the breakroom created a fun scene giving the characters a chance to deal with some reality of real life, enjoying the few minutes of having coffee together and then hoping to devise a plan that would save them. Felix is tough, yet vulnerable at times and he just wants to survive no matter what needs to be done including killing anyone that gets in his way or tries to get him first. Another human interaction is when Jack tells Sawyer about Amy , how they met and how she uses that when he wants to kill the two remaining inmates that killed his wife. Added in enlightens readers as to her family’s connection to Jack and the true purpose of why she wanted his help and what he owed her.
I especially like Leo who is older, smarter than most and would not give up protecting his own. Each gang appeared to be loyal to only its members but when the author shows how all of those that were left had to work together to find a passageway to escape you begin to think there is hope. Do not be fooled. Bloods, Woods, Crips, Netas and others all gangs and all having their own leaders, their own loyalties and each one wanting to take over the prison and take out anyone in their way. An interesting way of introducing what happens when prisoners are allowed some freedom, what happens when they get that freedom and really have no idea how to handle it since others set their daily routines and rules. The hurricane was devastating, the damage to the prison would never be repaired. Tensions rise, fear, shockwaves throughout the novel, hardships, friendships broken others made, trust, deceptions and a confession you will not expect as author Paul Herron describes in graphic detail what happens when prisoners BREAK OUT! Characters that are strong, flawed and yet smart as the ending will allow readers to wonder where the characters that survive wind up. Will Sawyer remain in a prison as a guard? Will she turn away from it? What about Jack?
Fran Lewis: Just reviews