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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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By Susannah on 05-13-14

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.

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By Jennifer on 05-30-17

Great insight into a bizarre world

If you're a fan of the NatGeo series 'locked up abroad' you will really dig the first part of this book. It's the classic tale of someone trying to smuggle drugs internationally, it's a fascinating start to a crazy journey. The second half of the book was really unexpected to me; it's a detailed account of being in prison in La Paz and it's a very unusual prison. This book is chalked full of details painting a picture of daily life and survival in a foreign prison. Overall I found 'Marching Powder' really interesting and hard to put down, I recommend it.

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By josh on 08-31-16

WAOW - next stop Bolivia!

This is an amazing book simply for it's shock factor... I still can't believe San Pedro exists

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By Sparky 73 on 07-27-16

great book

Very interesting story about a very strange prison and a very corrupt country
Definitely recommend

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By Amazon Customer on 11-16-17

Exceptional

Absolutely brilliant narration and detail
The interesting matter of fact way this story is told is an absolute credit to all
Highly recommend this

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By Anonymous User on 09-28-17

Absolutely fantastic

This was a fantastic book, well read and I just wanted to go back for more! Such an incredible story.

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