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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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Rusty Young and 53 other people liked PattyMacDotComma's review of Colombiano:
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"4.5★
“When I was eight, the boy I’d sat next to in class was hit by a truck. Devastated, I refused to go to school. But knowing there had been a time before our friendship made it possible to imagine a time after. A parent is different. There is no ti
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Colombiano by Rusty Young
"Listened to the audiobook version of this, and really recommend that format! The reader brought the characters to life so well, it was super engaging. I liked the combination of English and Spanish used in the book, and the short chapters made this m" Read more of this review »
Colombiano by Rusty Young
"Colombiano by Rusty Young was never on my radar until Havelock & Baker Publishing reached out to me with a review copy.
 
The story sounded right up my alley. It’s been a while since I read historical fiction of such magnitude that takes place in anot" Read more of this review »
Rusty Young and 104 other people liked Felicia's review of Colombiano:
Colombiano by Rusty Young
"This is a great big book.

But....

Is it a great-big book or a great big-book? That's debatable.

Despite the short chapters, it still reads like a great-big book which makes for a less than great big-book.

For me to really enjoy a great-big book I need " 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.”
Rusty Young, Colombiano

“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.”
Rusty Young, Colombiano

“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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