Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Kindle Price: £5.49

Save £3.50 (39%)

includes VAT*
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Marching Powder (The Pan Real Lives Series Book 6) by [Young, Rusty]
Audible Narration
Playing...
Loading...
Paused
Kindle App Ad

Marching Powder (The Pan Real Lives Series Book 6) Kindle Edition

4.7 out of 5 stars 538 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
£5.49

Length: 402 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Audible Narration:
Audible Narration
Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible narration. Add narration for a reduced price of £3.49 after you buy the Kindle book.
Ready
  • Similar books to Marching Powder (The Pan Real Lives Series Book 6)
  • Due to its large file size, this book may take longer to download

Top Deals in Books
See the latest top deals in Books. Shop now
Get a £1 credit for movies or TV
Enjoy £1.00 credit to spend on movies or TV on Amazon Video when you purchase any Amazon Kindle Book from the Kindle Store (excluding Kindle Unlimited, Periodicals and free Kindle Books) offered by Amazon.co.uk. A maximum of 1 credit per customer applies. UK customers only. Offer ends at 23:59 on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. Terms and conditions apply

Product Description

Review

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

Book Description

A gripping, sometimes surreal account of surviving one of the world's craziest and most dangerous prisons.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 19096 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312330340
  • Publisher: Pan; New Edition edition (19 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005I4UBA2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 538 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,383 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images or tell us about a lower price?


Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

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!!!!
Comment 27 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
There's no doubt that this is an entertaining if shallow read but after the first hundred pages or so I started to doubt it's authenticity. The more I read, the more it started to sound like the ramblings of a coke-addled fantasist. Oh hang on a minute he was an addict wasn't he? Later in the book the stories become more and more outlandish and he contradicts himself continuously. Throughout his stay he is always short of cash and yet early on he makes a drug deal making $15000. Why did he not do a whole load more of these deals? Later he has no money and yet has three cells that he owns? It makes little sense. In all of the stories he is the hero; everyone likes him and respects him and he always wins through. The sequence in solitary confinement was laughable as their conditions improved hugely (to the point where he had his TV back) just because he managed to befriend a guard! Rediculous. During the book he gets elected onto the committee, becomes a Mormon priest (well pretends to), sets up two businesses, befriends everyone including people thought to be to dangerous, has a special relationship with several guards and the governor and so much more I can't be bothered to recall. It all just came across as the fantasies of a man on cocaine telling stories to pass the hours. And guess what? That was his job in prison; entertaining tourists with his crazy escapades. It's quite possible he actually started to believe his own stories were real given the amount of cocaine he was using but who knows. Maybe if he had been honest it would have been a good book. As it is, it leaves a nasty taste in the mouth. File under fiction.
1 Comment 8 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
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.
Comment 25 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
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.
Comment 27 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
It's a kinda Bolivian version of the book 'The damage is done'. Although life inside San Pedro prison is somewhat different in many ways.. Money talks! Inmates buy and sell their own cells, manufacture coke, bribe anyone to get whatever they need and make a little extra cash from backpackers tours of the prison.
Thomas McFadden is a convicted British drug dealer who lived here for 5years.
A truly fantastic read, and Rusty Young certainly takes you into the bizarre prison with every chapter..
Comment 26 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
Englishman caught drug smuggling in Bolivia ends up in a prison where everything, the cell, the food, even the entry fee, has to be paid for, apparently due to the nature of the corrupt Bolivian administration. The first half of this book is very readable as both the reader and subject of the book learn how it all works, thrown in with the language difficulties too.

I struggled with it after the part when he becomes the unofficial tour guide, letting in backpackers to see the prison for themselves. Come on, he's a drug smuggler. They weren't going in to see the conditions, but to get a line or two of Bolivia's finest.....and who better to supply it? So our man continues his "day job" so to speak, but from inside instead of outside.

The book ends with his release and the usual "I'm going to give it all up when I get out" stuff. I'd say it's a quirky and decent enough read for a long journey but "Midnight Express"it ain't.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
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.
1 Comment 10 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
Many people have said good things about this book and they're mostly true. Marching Powder takes the reader into another world. Surreal and dystopian, this is travel as you don't want it! If you've missed it so far, read it when you can.
For another view across the world, try Escape by David McMillan. There, we have the true life story of just about the only Westerner to break out of one of the infamous hell-hole prisons.
Escape: The True Story of the Only Westerner Ever to Break Out of the Bangkok Hilton
Comment 9 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

click to open popover