Say something about yourself!
I will admit that there were some parts that were very bloody and gruesome. However, the book opened my eyes to the world of drugs and the master men behind the war on drugs. It definitely makes me thankful for the life I have and pray for those whose lives are consumed in the drug trade. Great book and great narrator, read this book if you are naive about the Mexican drug war.
John D. Williams Tucson, AZ
The best way to read this, as recommended by the New York Times is to read this and "The Cartel" in sequence as a Part 1 and a Part 2. The two books span 40 years of the longest war in our history, The Drug War. Although this is a fictional account, you can clearly see the real headlines behind the writing, and begin to make some sense of a very complicated story that over these years that has consumed so much blood and treasure. Winslow is a powerful writer, and this is one of his best. These books will consume your thoughts for some time to come. Ray Porter brings the story to life.
This was my first time reading Don Winslow. The extensive research he did for this book shows in the details and dialogue of the story. The character development is also thorough and captivating. By the end of the book, I was truly invested in what happened to each of the main figures. Ray Porter's performance is phenomenal!
My time listening was well spent!
This is a gripping novel. What's more, it is very closely based on facts, something that should infuriate most readers. Without preaching it shows the disastrous effects of the War on Drugs and all the monsters it has created. It is an important book that just happens to be a fantastic listen, the kind that will keep you sitting in your car in the driveway with the engine idling just to get to the end of a chapter.
Amazon Prime--- this, along with The Cartel, should be your first big-budget mini-series event. Not only because it is a blockbuster, but because what it has to say needs to be heard.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
Don Winslow's, um, discomfort with Mexico, its culture, its politics is matched by his furor with Los Estados Unidos and its culture and politics. His anger is so extreme you'll wish you had contrast controls. I don't know where the history of this story leaves off and undiluted polemics set in. Yet as fiction, it makes you consider just how much a super-talented nihilist writer like Winslow should be allowed to wonder in print. Art is about emotional communication, and Winslow knows how to blast through all of the entry ports.
Ray Porter's reading? Well if this were a stage show, when Porter took his bow, the audience would stand! You looking for a thriller that's greeting card nice and puppy cute? This ain't it. Frank Dusch wrote, "“You can’t stop people from thinking – but you can start them.” ... 'The Power Of The Dog' does that, but... and this is s very ballsy but... I repeat, Winslow is a nihilist, so the questions he stabs at us take thoughts to dark, dank conclusions.
Amazing! I can't believe Don Wilson isn't a more recognized writer. This was an engrossing, engaging, descriptive and very well written novel. Hands down this is the best work of fiction I've read in a very long time. I get weary with the King and Koontz offerings so this was a suspenseful surprise and a respite from the cookie cutter thriller genre. Read it!
It does have graphic language, violence and sex.
Other than that - Read it!