Rusty Young

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Rusty Young (born 1975) is the Australian-born author of the international bestseller Marching Powder, the true story of an English drug smuggler in Bolivia’s notorious San Pedro Prison and the bestselling novel, Colombiano, a fact-meets-fiction revenge thriller about a Colombian boy who sets out to avenge his father’s death.

Rusty grew up in Sydney, and studied Finance and Law at the University of New South Wales. He was backpacking in South America when he heard about Thomas McFadden, a convicted English drug trafficker who ran tours inside Bolivia's famous San Pedro Prison. Curious about the reason behind McFadden's huge popularity, the law graduate went to La Paz and joined one of Thomas's illegal tours. They formed an instant friendshi
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Rusty Young Hi Darcy, it's officially fiction but based on 7 years I spent in Colombian conducting interviews with dozens of child soldiers and people from all si…moreHi Darcy, it's officially fiction but based on 7 years I spent in Colombian conducting interviews with dozens of child soldiers and people from all sides of the civil war. Here's a newspiece that explains the research:
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"It probably doesn’t make any sense for me to write a review for a book I haven’t finished, but I will have to make an exception for this one.

“Colombiano” by Rusty Young is one of those pieces of literature you look forward to picking up every day.
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"“...what sort of justice can exist in such a corrupt, hypocritical system?”

5 stunningly powerful stars!

Tension-filled. Eye-opening. Pulse-pounding. Suspenseful. Gut-wrenching. Unforgettable.

Growing up in Colombia, Pedro is only fifteen years old wh" Read more of this review »
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"Book Reviewed on www.whisperingstories.com

Author Rusty Young having worked for the US government in Columbia was shocked by the stories of child soldiers and vowed he write a book about their tales and Colombiano is just that.

This is a very harrowing" Read more of this review »
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"It seems we take our freedom, and our good fortune for the basic things in life that protect us and make us feel safe.
The story of young children being trained to fight and kill brings a feeling of horror. But the truth is explained in this eye open" Read more of this review »
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Garbanzos is loosely based around San Jose de Guaviare and Puerto Princesa on Mapiripan... thanks for your question!
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“Part of being a man is doing what is right, no matter what people think of you. That is the sacrifice you must make.”
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“The war was like a slow-burning campfire onto which both sides occasionally threw wood. And that’s probably the way it would have continued, if not for the arrival of the Autodefensas.”
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“To someone who has not had a parent stolen from them, I can only attempt to explain how it feels. It’s like having part of yourself hacked off without warning. Afterwards, they become like a phantom limb: you’re sure they’re still present because you can feel them, you communicate with them, but you just can’t see them.”
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