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Colombiano : From the author of Marching Powder  - Rusty Young


From the author of Marching Powder


Published: 31st July 2017
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Blending fact and fiction, Colombiano takes us on a heart-thumping journey into the violent and unpredictable world of post-Escobar Colombia.

For seven years Rusty Young, author of the international bestseller Marching Powder, lived and worked in Colombia, interviewing special forces soldiers, snipers, undercover intelligence agents and members of two vicious terrorist organisations – the FARC and Autodefensas.

During this time he was both shocked and touched by the stories of child soldiers he encountered. He vowed to one day turn their tales into a book and let their voices be heard.

In Colombia you have to pick a side. Or one will be picked for you . . .

All Pedro Gutiérrez cares about is fishing, playing pool and his girlfriend Camila’s promise to sleep with him on his sixteenth birthday. But his life is ripped apart when Guerrilla soldiers callously execute his father in front of him, and he and his mother are banished from their farm.

Swearing vengeance against the five men responsible, Pedro, with his best friend Palillo, joins an illegal Paramilitary group, where he is trained to fight, kill and crush any sign of weakness.

But as he descends into a world of unspeakable violence, Pedro must decide how far he is willing to go. Can he stop himself before he becomes just as ruthless as those he is hunting? Or will his dark obsession cost him all he loves?

Colombiano is an epic tale of rural villages held to ransom, of jungle drug labs, cocaine supermarkets, witch doctors and buried millions, of innocent teenage love, barbaric torture and meticulously planned revenge.

Superbly told and by turns gripping, poignant and darkly comic, Colombiano is the remarkable story of a boy whose moral descent becomes a metaphor for the corruption of an entire nation. Both blockbuster thriller and electrifying coming-of-age story, Rusty Young’s powerful novel is also a meditation on the redeeming power of love.


About the Author

Rusty Young is the author of the international bestseller Marching Powder, the true story of an English drug smuggler in Bolivia’s notorious San Pedro Prison.

He grew up in Sydney, and studied Finance and Law at the University of New South Wales. However, following the global success of Marching Powder he settled in Bogotá, Colombia for seven years.

Since 2011, Rusty’s house in Bogotá has been the headquarters for a local charity that supports former child soldiers exiting the civil war, teaching them valuable life skills.

Colombiano is his first novel.


Great Read


A great follow up to Marching Powder, was captivating and hard to put down.


Just kept on reading


Couldn't wait to read it after reading Marching Powder and wasn't disappointed. Different style as it's a novel based on facts but so enthralling. Couldn't put it down and was torn between the horror of this life and wanting to side with the characters. So well written by a man who so obviously knows this world.

Hawkes Bay, New Zealand



Heard the author interviewed on radio so followed up with book purchase. What a realistic read. Kept one interested all the way


Epic, utterly gripping tale of love and revenge


Enthralling, fact-meets-fiction page-turner of a novel - once I started I couldn't put it down! Managed to combine emotional depth and great characters with a thrilling plot. A must-read for anyone who liked Marching Powder, Shantaram or the TV show Narcos.


i can't put it down! To me that's a great book!!


Great travel reader however the book is huge



5.0 5


ISBN: 9780143781530
ISBN-10: 0143781537
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 592
Published: 31st July 2017
Publisher: Transworld Publishers (Division of Random House Australia)
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.6  x 5.2
Weight (kg): 0.91