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Marching Powder (The Pan Real Lives Series) [Kindle Edition]

Rusty Young
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MARCHING POWDER is the story of Thomas McFadden, a small-time English drug smuggler who was arrested in Bolivia and thrown inside the notorious San Pedro prison. He found himself in a bizarre world, the prison reflecting all that is wrong with South American society. Prisoners have to pay an entrance fee and buy their own cells (the alternative is to sleep outside and die of exposure), prisoners' wives and children often live inside too, high quality cocaine is manufactured and sold from the prison.

Thomas ended up making a living by giving backpackers tours of the prison - he became a fixture on the backpacking circuit and was named in the Lonely Planet guide to Bolivia. When he was told that for a bribe of $5000 his sentence could be overturned, it was the many backpackers who'd passed through who sent him the money. Sometimes shocking, sometimes funny, MARCHING POWDER is an always riveting story of survival.

‘All the staples of the prison memoir are here: sadistic guards, an attempted break-out, the terrors of solitary confinement, the joys of freedom . . . The result is a truly gripping piece of testimony’ Sunday Telegraph

‘This exotic, cautionary yarn opens the abyss beneath our wealthy world’ Uncut


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Will be cult reading among backpackers for years to come. -- Morning Star, September 2003

Book Description

MARCHING POWDER is the story of Thomas McFadden, a small-time English drug smuggler who was arrested in Bolivia and thrown inside the notorious San Pedro prison. He found himself in a bizarre world, the prison reflecting all that is wrong with South American society. Prisoners have to pay an entrance fee and buy their own cells (the alternative is to sleep outside and die of exposure), prisoners' wives and children often live inside too, high quality cocaine is manufactured and sold from the prison. Thomas ended up making a living by giving backpackers tours of the prison - he became a fixture on the backpacking circuit and was named in the Lonely Planet guide to Bolivia. When he was told that for a bribe of $5000 his sentence could be overturned, it was the many backpackers who'd passed through who sent him the money. Sometimes shocking, sometimes funny, MARCHING POWDER is an always riveting story of survival. ‘All the staples of the prison memoir are here: sadistic guards, an attempted break-out, the terrors of solitary confinement, the joys of freedom . . . The result is a truly gripping piece of testimony’ Sunday Telegraph ‘This exotic, cautionary yarn opens the abyss beneath our wealthy world’ Uncut

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2872 KB
  • Print Length: 371 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Reprints edition (19 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005I4UBA2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (431 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,899 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 29 Jan. 2004
Format:Paperback
A truly fascinating and at times unbelievable book about a British drug smuggler who was caught and sent to a Bolivian prison.
I am not a big book reader and it usually takes me weeks to get through a book, but I read this in 2 days on holiday, which annoyed my girlfriend no end.
A must read!!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marching Powder 3 Dec. 2003
By Mariam
Format:Paperback
I never finished reading any book in that short amount of time, I've read this book just in two days and I got completely blown up.You get read and discover yourself the extraordinary character Thomas Mcfadden and inside world of San Pedro,It's really amazing book.It's worth buying.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intoxicating read. 15 Mar. 2008
Format:Paperback
An insight into one of the most fascinating though thoroughly grim prisons in the world. Its hard to take in what you're reading, knowing it actually happens in a prison. I have moral issues with Thomas, though as a survivor nobody can fault his sheer stamina and drive to better himself in the face of well, some hell of an adversity within prison life. This book offers a truly insightful view of a world a million miles away, totally beyond our own comprehension.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, will recomment it. 15 Mar. 2010
By S
Format:Paperback
I must say I was not keen after reading the blurb; drugs are not the sort of thing I am interested in. However, this book is nothing about drugs. It was very good, written in a very conversational style and fast paced. Sometimes, I found myself thinking whether everything he has written is in fact true, but it must be. I could not believe he was allowed out to go to the movies and go clubbing. The book made me think about taking cocaine. Lol, but I won't. I was left wondering what Thomas McFadden is up to, now that he has been released.

It was very good and I am glad I read it; goes to show it does not hurt to try something new. Apparently, a movie is to be released and Brad Pitt's production company is holding the rights at the moment.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't believe what you are reading! 5 Aug. 2007
Format:Paperback
Since finishing this book (a fortnight ago) it has been passed on to three of my friends all of whom have found it an amazing read. Having grown up in South America I'm very aware of the corruption that takes place, but I was still completely dumb-struck by the activities of San Pedro prison. My feelings towards Tomas are slightly mixed, while I admire his survival instincts and business accument I can't forget the fact that he is guilty of his crime and hasn't apeared to have learned anything about the effects of drug trafficking/taking. Read it and see for yourself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome 5 Aug. 2003
By shakes
Format:Paperback
Ok, im one of those people who will start a book and either never get it finished or it will take me ages to finish it.. i finished marching powder in 3 days, i could not put it down. It is such an amazing story and the book never gets boring. i would recommend this book to anyone who likes stories about how bizzare the real world can be, it does get a little disturbing in some parts and there is a hell of alot of drug use. an awesome book, i was actually a bit upset when i finished because i have to find something else to do with my spare time now.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
By Richard
Format:Paperback
This book, written by first time author Rusty Young, gives an absolutely rivetting account of life for a british drug-smuggler in what must be one of the most corrupt prisons in the world (not only do inmates have to buy their cell as if they are buying an apartment, they even have to pay an entry fee on first arrival). The book, although actually a biography which is written in the form of an autobiography, combines humour, horror and romance and introduces the reader into the fascinating life of a drug-smuggler, user and convivt and also the truly incredulous corruption found at just about every level in Bolivia to provide a thrilling read. I couldn't put it down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eye-Opening 4 Nov. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This isnt what i would call a thrilling read, its not full of twists and turns nor is it dripping of suspense. However, it is profoundly interesting and shocking account of the Bolivian prison system. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, following Thomas' journey inside the prison and feeling dumbfounded when new facts about the prison are discovered. A really enjoyable read that is a must for anyone planning on visiting Bolivia and even for those who dont plan on actually going there, after you read this is will probably make you want to go so you can see for yourself!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking
Absolutely incredible. The events that took place had me reading the book faster than I knew possible!!
Definitely read if you've also met 'Crazy Dave' in La Paz!
Published 12 days ago by Belinda
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Published 21 days ago by susan russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read. 5+
Fantastic read! I couldn't put this book down. It's written brilliantly huge praise to Rusty. The book is Scary yet fascinating and you receive a excellent insight to San Pedro... Read more
Published 23 days ago by craig pearson
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, a must read. Powerful and a really incredible story.
An excellent book that I read several years ago and decided to send as a gift. It's an incredible insight into what was one of the world's most notorious prisons from the... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Joanna M.
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Published 24 days ago by Laserline
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One of the best books I have ever read ! Fascinating read, highly recommend it. You must read it !
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Excellent read, gripped the whole way through! Couldn't wait to find out what was going on next, picturing the scenes in my head.
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