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Marching Powder | [Rusty Young]

Marching Powder

Rusty Young was backpacking in South America when he heard about Thomas McFadden, a convicted English drug trafficker who ran tours inside Bolivia's notorious San Pedro prison. Intrigued, the twenty-something Australian law graduate travelled to La Paz and joined one of Thomas's illegal tours. What followed took both men by surprise: they formed a strong and instant friendship and then became partners in an attempt to record Thomas's experiences in the jail.
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Publisher's Summary

A true story of friendship, cocaine and South America's strangest jail.

Rusty Young was backpacking in South America when he heard about Thomas McFadden, a convicted English drug trafficker who ran tours inside Bolivia's notorious San Pedro prison. Intrigued, the twenty-something Australian law graduate travelled to La Paz and joined one of Thomas's illegal tours. What followed took both men by surprise: they formed a strong and instant friendship and then became partners in an attempt to record Thomas's experiences in the jail. Rusty bribed the guards to allow him to stay and for the next three months he lived inside the prison, sharing a cell with Thomas and recording one of the strangest and most compelling prison stories of all time.

Sometimes shocking, sometimes funny, Marching Powder is an always riveting story of survival.

©2010 Rusty Young (P)2010 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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    Susannah Adelaide, Australia 05-13-14
    Susannah Adelaide, Australia 05-13-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Step into a world you could not ever imagine ..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes and no. Perhaps I would recommend they read it rather than listen to it as I found the narration annoying. The subject matter, however, is so interesting and almost beyond belief. I did not know anything at all about Boliva, the prison system, drug making etc. and I found it almost fantastic.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Marching Powder?

    The time the protagonist spent in solitary confinement in the first months he was jailed were riveting.


    Did Adrian Mulraney do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I thought the voice of Thomas was irritating but he did the other character voices well...it was difficult to connect the voice of Thomas to the character he was portraying.


    Do you think Marching Powder needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. It ended properly and did not lead to a sequel.


    Any additional comments?

    A good story spoiled by an irritating narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alex North York, ON, Canada 07-30-11
    Alex North York, ON, Canada 07-30-11
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    "Marching Powder by Rusty Young"

    Good audio. Narrators speak clearly - good recording. Really cool book - cant wait for movie

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    Jane West Gosford, Australia 05-20-13
    Jane West Gosford, Australia 05-20-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Frightening, awesome and scary"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Marching Powder to be better than the print version?

    Havent read the print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Marching Powder?

    Too many to list.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The whole book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The friendships that were made.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to the book because my daughter visited San Pedro prison, 2 years ago, then aged 21 whilst backpacking through South America with a friend. She didn't tell me about the prison visit until her return, thank goodness. She has a hand drawn a4 size pencil drawing that an inmate did of her, she has it framed as a reminder of her 2 hour tour of the prison. She had a great guide but admits that relinquishing her passport and bribing her way in was a bit scary, what an experience. Whilst listening to the audio all I could think of was my very tiny 21yr old by herself on a guided tour. What a fascinating place, really well worth listening to.

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