Over the coming days and weeks, the United States launched a joint military and intelligence operation with the Colombian government, assembling a team of expert personnel and an arsenal of state-of-the-art weaponry and surveillance technology the likes of which the world had never seen. Their mission: to track down Pablo.
But this time, they knew it would not be enough to just capture Escobar. This time, they would have to finish the job. This time, they were going to kill him.
©2001 Mark Bowden, All Rights Reserved; (P)2001 Simon & Schuster Inc.; AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.
"A gripping investigation...fascinating." (Booklist)
"Bowden hits another home run..." (Publishers Weekly)
"A master of narrative journalism." (The New York Times Book Review)
So the title of my review isn't the best, but I'm having a hard time on how to adequately explain why I think this version of Killing Pablo is just shy of missing the mark (IMO).
It should be said, Mark does a good job on narration. He's clear, succinct, and could probably narrate other like books as a full time job. 4.5 stars there.
So why 3 stars for the story? A few reasons...1) This is an 'Abridged' version, and as clearly as I knew that, I would have really liked for the producer/publisher to spring for an Unabridged version. I always feel slightly cheated, especially when it comes to biography and history like books, if I know that certain parts were 'cut' out for whatever reason. 2) I think the origin and early years of Pablo could have been fleshed out a bit more and more dug up on his early background. While there is a chunck contained within the early stages of the narrative, it seems that the listener is short to adopt that Pablo is a full time cocaine/narco dealer within the first 1/2 hour. Finally, 3) there's a bit of supposition, speculation, or convenient 'filling in the gaps' in sections where there just aren't any hard facts or evidence. I'm sure this is true of just about any crime or historical biography, but sometime the listener is just supposed to accept 'best-guesses' as to what may or 'probably' happen. The line of logic is clear in these cases and most can probably surmise that many events played *close* to how it was described, but we'll never know 100% for sure.
The epilogue was a nice addition, but again, I think it could have been expanded a tad more. Where are Pablo's kids and wife now? What other ramifications were there between Columbia and U.S. relations other than the obvious? There's more rooted to be explored in some of the politcal fallouts on each side, but I understand it may stray slightly from the topic at hand himself, Pablo Escobar.
Very well written. A great portrayal of history of the drug lords of Columbia. Complete and detailed and informative. A great read.
I loved this book. After I read it I thought "this would make a great movie" I think that they have a script and even an actor to play the main character. I just loved this book because it had so many twists and turns. I have to hand it to the Colombian police force. They really figured out how to get to him.
This was a fantastic delivery peppered with details about this famous narco boss. The author read the book effectively and never distracted me away from evolving time line. The book tries to reflect varying view points of the players present however, it definitely supports the views of U.S. operatives. I hope that the author considers writing a sequel documentary from additional interviews with still living members about their involvement.
Overall, a great listen, highly recommend for those who want to know more about Pablo and his organization.
Great story about the life and end of Pablo Escobar. Focuses more on his activities and life outside the U.S. Reads like a novel. Great reader.
An interesting look into Foreign relations. Interesting how the USA knew where Pablo Escobar was at but the Colombian Authorities where unable to apprehend him. I have done my own research and one of the final theories on Pablo's death is absolutely correct. You will have to read to understand.
Mark Bowden is a great author and great reader. He gives a very thorough understanding of the story. I felt much smarter when I had finished this book. By listening to the book, you also learn a lot about the country. You won't be dissapointed if you buy this book.
I had high hopes for this book as I had read Blackhawk Down (also by this author), and loved it.
Killing Pablo turned out to be a bit of a disappointment for me which was a surprise because of the extremely colorful (to put it mildly) life of Pablo Escobar.
This telling of the efforts to track down one of history's most notorious criminals was lacking in my view, and I found myself frequently looking ahead to my next selection from audible.com.
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