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I didn't believe it all
16 January 2019
Marching Powder is a good book – not a great book, but a good book – but it just seems a little far-fetched and, there’s no denying, a bit repetitive. I know someone who visited the San Pedro Prison in Bolivia and was disappointed to learn there were no tours of the prison.
It’s certainly true that when you’ve experienced aspects of life that others haven’t you very often get accused of making it up, mostly out of jealousy, so I’m not suggesting Thomas McFadden has made this up, not at all. I just feel he’s used a little poetic license here and there and that the book could do with an edit, cutting out, say, 20%
But that’s only my opinion
Apart from that, it’s certainly a worthwhile read, and should be enough to stop anyone foolish enough to consider smuggling drugs.