Among the best
The plot was great. The characters were well developed & even if I didn't like like them, I still cared about what happened
Sure, but, not possible
Great book. I recommend it highly. I wish that this author had written more along this line.
Ray Porter provides an excellent performance that highlights Winslow's style.
If you enjoyed Savages (the film or the book) this audiobook will not dissappoint.
I bought this because there were so many good reviews. All those reviews were right on target! This is a really great, fast paced book and the narration is top notch. I enjoyed it so much I'll be checking out other books by this author.
This book is definitely in my Top 30. If I had to rank it with books in it's own genre, it would be in my Top 20.
Art Montana and Callan would have to be my favorite characters. Art, becuase he's a good guy with morals and a conscience but with issues. Callan is my fav because he's a bad guy who has a heart and who could be a good guy. He's very likeable.
I loved everything about Ray Porter's narration. This is not my first time hearing him and I always enjoy hearing him. His voice is awesome! He makes the books he does even better. I didn't find anything wrong with his narration.
This book is 20+ hours but it didn't feel like it all. I was hoping there was another book involving some of these characters, but I didn't find one. So I'm just going to listen to another Don Winslow book that's narrated by Ray Porter...on to The Dawn Patrol.
I just finished this book. My next listen will be...
You just can't absorb it all in one listen. But even if you think you can, this is worth two, three, five listens? It's like a good movie. You will want to see it more than once.
If you haven't added this title to your library yet, I suggest you buy right now!
Don Winslow knocks it out of the park again. It's a long sweeping story but it grabs you and shakes the emotion out of you.
I generally listen to non-fiction audio books but heard good things about the Power of the Dog so I thought I would give it a try. Very happy I did. Just a wonderful, hard hitting in your face action story with interesting characters that weave facts from the Mexican drug wars of the 80's and 90's into compelling fiction. Even with an average reader this would have been a 4+ star read, but the reader was fantastic making it that much better.
Picture 'The Godfather' meets 'Dallas' meets 'Miami Vice', and you're only half way adequately describing this generational masterpiece. After listening for 20 some hours all I could think about is this needs to be an HBO miniseries (to do it justice), it can't be over (I want more), and what a wonderful cast of characters were created and fleshed out (It felt like I knew some of them by the end).
A generational story that spans the 1970's through the 2004, Don Winslow stitches together almost an episodic tale that follows the career of DEA agent Art Keller and his involvement on the war on drugs, specifically against the Barrera family of Mexico as their one time seemingly innocent aquaintencies turn sour and then deadly.
This novel covers the territories of Southern California, New York, various locals of Mexico and other south and central American countries. Along the way the listener is taking on a journey of back door politics, the Iran-Conta scandal, New York Italian/Irish mobsters, religion, strained family relations, power, sex, and of course, bloody and action packed gun battles, deals gone bad, and personal struggle for power. Similar to a Tom Clancy novel, there are multiple threads that all seem disconnected at first but then the fuzzy lines start to become clear...an epic soap opera ala Godfather.
As time marches forward, we see brothers scheming Adan and viloent Raul Barrera fill a power vacuum left behind by aging Don Miguel Angel Barrera (or did he lose power after all?) and their exploits of consolidating the Mexican trades into America. Art Keller has a personal vendetta and uncovers a larger plot that tickles various facets of U.S. covert operations and seedy government officials. Sometimes the lines are blurred on who is the good guy and who is the bad.
And I can't say enough about rarrator Ray Porter. He does an incredible job voicing dozens of characters and assigning them each their own unique accents and styles. Bravo.
Winlsow's book traces the rise of the Mexican cartels and their ascendence over the Columbians in a gripping, well plotted story with believable vivid characters - a DEA agent, a young Mexican rising through the ranks of the cartels, a Hell's KItchen Irish-American hitman, and a high class call girl (a hooker with a heart of gold, but it works), and an activist Mexican priest who rises to become a bishop. The book weaves facts into the story - the Kiki Camerena (sp?) case, CIA complicity in the drug trade, the Contra connection, etc. I like to read non-fiction about the same issues, especially Charles Bowden (Down by the River). I don't read as much fiction, but I'm glad I read Power of the Dog.
Like a reviewer a few years ago, I hesitated purchasing this book. I normally stick to Science Fiction (space operas) and horror. This book reminds me why I like books of that sort. The kind of savagery that human beings are capable of makes the stomach churning worlds of Scott Sigler, Clive Barker, and Alastir Reynolds seem tame.
The writing is first rate. The characters and magnificent. The narrations is....well, this is Ray Porter we're talking about.....nuff said.