American Desperado is possibly the most jaw-dropping, event-filled, adrenaline-soaked criminal autobiography ever written. Like a real-life Scarface Jon was born into the upper levels of the Gambino crime family and witnessed his first murder at age seven. He became a one-man juvenile crime wave before joining an assassination squad in Vietnam. He returned to New York at age 20 to become one of the city's top nightclub promoters, then journeyed to Miami where he became the de facto transportation chief of the Medellin Cartel, and along with a tech-wizard partner, created some of the most sophisticated smuggling technologies ever. With a hulking 6'6" bodyguard always at his side, and a rural fortress protected by mortars, tear-gas cannons, and a gold-fanged attack dog, Roberts was brutally effective at what he did. To law enforcement, he was known as the "Bearded Gringo," a spectre they could never touch. To United States senators and CIA officials, he was "the guy who can get things done". He eventually formed a clandestine alliance with the US government and in the end found personal late-life redemption.
©2011 Jon Roberts and Evan Wright (P)2011 Random House AudioGo LTD
I was just in amazement at how it all worked
Incredible story, Incredible life. really good listen, I loved it. this story is no holds bar account of a serious bad boy!!
"Bragging from soulless man."
The reader is great but the content is less than satisfying.
Some of the escapades are entertaining, but something is missing
Downloaded this not knowing much about him or the story. Fantastic, recommended to others and they loved it as well.
Book is well written, simple and this outrageous lifestyle is commented on as very matter of fact. the story telling is great and Miami does not even happen until the second half.
If you like crime / mafia / drug storys like me , this is the book for you , Great story telling , great voices , such a great story , i found myself standing listening rather than working , Its a must
I have to say, I won't be hurrying to purchase another book by Jon Roberts! I found the narrators voice rather grating too....
The story is an uncomfortable listen - I was fully expecting some grit/violence but this was a whole other level....stopped listening altogether, not a nice story!
"Makes you feel like you were their.."
Really great book, thought about it for weeks after, if you would like to discover what it was like living in a world, where in the morning your "friends" want to buy you lunch, however in the afternoon will think nothing of killing you. Where amazing rewards come quick and fast but disappear just as quickly. Great narration. The tone & style is utterly compelling....you will struggle to stop listening to this. Highly recommended.
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