The Siege: A Prison Uprising Redefines Justice, James Hanna

Murder & Crime, Mystery & Suspense, Thriller & Psychological Thriller

On November 23, 2000, one hundred inmates hold twelve guards hostage in the laundry dorm of The Indiana Penal Farm. Emergency squads are massed along the fence, awaiting the order to attack, while sharpshooters are perched like crows on top of the administration building. Tom Hemmings, a dorm counselor, has been conscripted to defuse the standoff. But the inmates are divided into rival gangs, the guards into feuding unions. And the prison administration has sparked the standoff by forcing cut-rate services upon the facility. As he enters the prison, Tom’s heart starts to hammer. Who are the good guys? Who are the bad? And how will this nightmare end?

The Siege: A Prison Uprising Redefines Justice is a sensational novel courtesy of an author whose work I have grown to love. A short while ago I read a bizarre but brilliant book called A Second Less Capable Head which is a collection of short stories that feature unique, slightly odd but thrilling moments! Ever since finishing A Second Less Capable Head I knew that I had to read and review another book from James Hanna for you lovely readers and so that is why I started to read The Siege! The Siege is an entirely different book to A Second Less Capable Head, first of all, it is a novel with A Second Less Capable Head being an anthology and The Siege is a crime story with A Second Less Capable Head being a humor and satire book. I admit that when I read the description of The Siege, I was taken aback by the massive genre change, but I was also excited to read whether Hanna could pull it off! I knew he would but let’s face it book lovers, some author can’t pull off changing genres, so I was excited to get started; besides, this book has won a Readers Favorite award, and it has fantastic reviews!

Upon reading The Siege, I knew straight away that this was going to be a thrilling, gritty and slightly sinister read and those are the best kinds of reads in my opinion, so I was very happy indeed! As I read The Siege, I was impressed by the well-developed story, intrigue, and the uprising that unravels throughout the novel and so, if you love crime and prison-based books (which are hard to come by) then The Siege is for you!

The premise of The Siege is a simple one, in the year 2000 on the date November 23rd at an Indiana Prison, one hundred inmates take twelve guards as hostages in the laundry room at the prison. The premise of the novel is just this however much more happens and in no way is The Siege a generic crime novel. Instead, it is a poignant novel that explores prison culture and conflict through the inmate-guard hostage situation. The story will introduce readers to many characters but the three core characters are Tom Hemmings, Chester Mahoney, and Henry Yoakum, together these core characters will be in the thick of the situation. These characters and many more will give the reader insight into prison culture and will also listen in on discussions of snitches, gangs, love and a lot more so if you are looking for a thrilling book that is mixed with tense drama filled and poignant moments then The Siege is not to be missed.

The story of The Siege laced between the pages is sensational and unlike anything I have read before. The story is an intriguing one because I have never encountered a book like this one, the book is highly original and is more than just a crime novel as it does explore prison culture and many important facts, and this is thanks to the incredible author James Hanna.

James Hanna in A Second Less Capable Head impressed me with his unique literature and his ability to craft a story, and in The Siege, he has done this all again. Hanna is a talented wordsmith who clearly knows how to flawlessly write crime with drama. Throughout The Siege, Hanna will slowly build tension over and over to one point when it will rupture, and the result of this is a shocking, thrilling and entertaining. Not only is Hanna a fantastic writer who knows how to build suspense throughout his book, but he is also a tremendous author because he knows to capture his reader’s attention and entertain them from beginning to end. Hanna does just this by ensuring the reader is always delighted and he fulfills this by lacing twists and turns as well as drama throughout his book which will have the reader turning the pages with haste.

Overall The Siege is a sensational, shocking and brilliant crime novel and so I have no choice but to award this incredible book a thrilling five stars! So please, if you are a reader who is looking to get lost in a brilliant novel, then The Siege is for you!

Thank you so much for reading book lovers! I appreciate it so much, I love discussing wonderful books with all of you so please comment below and let me know your thoughts on The Siege: A Prison Uprising Redefines Justice. Do you see yourself reading this book? Do you love the genre? Please let me know your brilliant thoughts below and I will be sure to comment back. Thank you so much again for reading!

Goodbye for now book lovers,

P.S. Here is a preview of the book for all of you lovely readers to enjoy! Please have a read of the preview and if you find that you have loved what you have read then all you need to do is click the Buy on Amazon button and it will take you straight to the book on Amazon U.S.! If you are in the U.K. then below I have attached a link to the book for Amazon U.K..

Below I have attached some links about the author and this wonderful book so if you would like to learn more about the author and the book then please have a browse. Thank you so much again for reading book lovers, I can’t wait to read your thoughts on this book!

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