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 vengea ...more
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This was a fascinating story of child soldiers and the two sides of a war being fought for control of the remote villages of ...more
Young draws upon his real-life experiences in Colombia to weave together tragedy and triumph in this fact-meets-fiction novel of political violence and drug cartels, focusing on the use of children-soldiers as cannon-fodder, and where they end up. You really get involved with the characters, p ...more
Not for the light-hearted, or weak of arm if you're going to be reading a paperback / hardback copy COLOMBIANO starts out with an author prologue which is well worth reading as it tells the background to the story, then ...more
Rusty Young, author of the extraordinary book Marching Powder set within the walls of Bolvia's San Pedro Prison, spent almost eight years with Colombia's anti-kidnapping unit and Colombiano captures the stories of the child soldiers he met in this time.
It's a work of fiction, but melds together the many very real stories he heard straight from the mouth ...more
Or should I say, not really pleased about it, it stopped me from sleeping for several night, reading it until i realised dawn was there.
From the first page to the last I was deeply in the story. Rusty's first book was great. This one is sensational. When I first looked at the book, seeing it's thickness I doubted that I would read it until the last page, but it was so interesting that it was easy to read. You had not only a good story as in a good fiction book, but at the same tim ...more
As the millions of fans of Marching Powder already know, Rusty tells a bloody good story. Colombiano is his passion project. His major work. This is the book his fans have been waiting for.
Written in fiction, Young is able to paint a picture of the life of a young Colombian seeking revenge on the unprecedented events that occur. Pedro, the young Colombian, is the perfect example of a normal child who enjoys fishing with his father, riding his bike, going to school and working on his fathers farm, however, his life is turned upside down.
In addition, you become heavily emotionally invested in this book from t ...more
Colombiano is a well written, easy read. I found it hard to distinguish between the fact and fiction as the story comes across as fact, as it is very well researched. I thoroughly enjoye ...more
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This book is based on interviews of former child-soldiers, who had joined the paramilitary army in the Colombian Guerilla wars. It mainly tells the story about a young boy, Pedro, whose father is killed by the guerillas, for which he decide ...more
This is an epic story that transported me to another world. When I'm staying up too late reading multiple times per week and also not wanting it to end, these are both signs of a great book. The characters were flawed in a human way and you were there with them the whole way.
Although fictional, it's apparent the author has an intricate and erudite knowled ...more
How wrong I was!! I bit the bullet and the only reason it took me so long to finish was life getting busy beyond my control. That said, this weekend I’ve read close to 300 pages because ...more
Part-fiction, part-reality written from Rusty Young's extensive research into child soldiers in Colombia, this novel was ten years in the making. The torture scenes were real life events an ...more
Once again, Rusty Young's ability to retell another humans story has floored me.
I was so enthralled in reading this bad boy it had me lookin’ all sorts of crazy during my commute, including but not limited to the following;
- The almost crying face
- Random outbursts quickly followed up by a clearing of the throat
- The surprised possum caught in lights face
- Over the top and audible sighs
If you loved Marching Powder, this story is on an equal-level pla ...more
Rusty grew up in Sydney, and studied Finance and Law at the University of ...more