The story is inherently interesting- the rise and fall of one of the most successful, vicious criminals in world history. Bowden's a decent reader, though I would have liked to have gotten this story unabridged. Overall, a brisk, satisfying tale, though one you could get just as well through CNN or the History Channels adaptations.
A man's got to do what a man's got to do..
It is difficult to conceive a story were the bad guys challenge to authorities and take control of a country through intimidation and fear. Yet it is the real story of Pablo Escobar and of his acolytes that controlled Columbia for about twenty years.
It is a very well written book by Mark Bowden, easy to read and packed with action, intrigues and passion. A fun reading !
Loved it. i had wathed Narcos and I was interested to see if there were dramatic liberties taken with the series. it seems they were pretty close. the story itself was the drama.
the abridged version is OK but would have perfered the full book instead. I wonder why it isn't available on Audible?
It might just be because I listened to the book on audible, but I had a tough time with the names. I felt like there was a new name mentioned every other minute, and I didn't know if the name would become important, or if it was just a passing reference. Despite this, I still loved the story and got a good sense of who Pablo was. Very much recommend!