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)
killing pablo is very good detailed look at the history of pablo escobar, his evil cartel and the enviroment in meddellin back in the day. it is well written and easily comprehended. this audio book helped make my commute for the week very easy as i would arrive at my location and sit in the car wanting more.
the author explains how pablo thrived in the perfect environment in colombia at the time to become the most famous and ruthless crime boss ever.
I didn't know much about the doctor before I began listening to this book. You won't be on the edge of your seat the entire time however the book killing Pablo it's still very interesting to realize just how powerful one person was able to become fueled solely on the money made from an American vice.
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.
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