My sister had been at me for weeks to include her favourite book, Marching Powder in the Bookworm Tuesday section so last month she bought me the book to read for myself. I haven’t had a chance to start it yet so I asked her to do the honours this week and let us all know what the fuss is about.
Here’s Derbhal’s review:
I was travelling Australia when a backpacker friend recommended I read Marching Powder, the story of extreme prison corruption in South America. At the time, it was the number one bestselling book in Australia so I reckoned it was worth a shot.
Marching Powder tells the story of Thomas Mc Fadden, a Liverpool drug smuggler who takes on a cocaine run in South America and gets caught. He’s flung in to the infamous San Pedro prison – the strangest penitentiary system in the world – and is shocked to discover corrupt politicians and major-league drug smugglers living it up in luxury apartments in one wing, while the poorer sections of the prison are too dangerous to enter after dark.
You read in absolute shock McFadden’s tales of murder, drug dealing, extreme corruption and his personal journey from despised gringo to San Pedro’s most famous inmate. But it’s not all doom and gloom, there are some hilarious moments throughout the book, particularly when we meet the drug addicted prison pet; Crack Cat!
I can honestly say this is one of the best books I have ever read and one that I found terribly difficult to put down once I started reading. It had me gripped from start to finish; the shocking stories of murder and corruption are quite literally jaw dropping, but the comic moments throughout lighten the tone and make it even more readable.
A must-read and a real page-tuner!
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