The story of two American teens recruited as killers for a Mexican cartel and their pursuit by a Mexican American detective who realizes the War on Drugs is unwinnable.
What's it like to be an employee of a global drug-trafficking organization? And how does a 15-year-old American boy go from star quarterback to trained assassin, surging up the cartel corporate ladder?
At first glance Gabriel Cardona is the poster-boy American teenager: great athlete, bright, handsome, and charismatic. But the streets of his border town of Laredo, Texas, are poor and dangerous, and it isn't long before Gabriel abandons his promising future for the allure of the Zetas, a drug cartel with roots in the Mexican military. His younger friend. Bart, as well as others from Gabriel's childhood join him in working for the Zetas, boosting cars and smuggling drugs, eventually catching the eye of the cartel's leadership.
Meanwhile, Mexican-born detective Robert Garcia has worked hard all his life and is now struggling to raise his family in America. As violence spills over the border, Detective Garcia's pursuit of the boys and their cartel leaders puts him face to face with the urgent consequences of a war he sees as unwinnable.
In Wolf Boys Dan Slater shares their stories, taking us from the Sierra Madre mountaintops to the dusty, dark alleys of Laredo, Texas, on a harrowing, often brutal journey into the heart of the Mexican drug trade. Gabriel's evolution from good-natured teenager into a feared assassin is as inevitable as Garcia's slow realization of the futile nature of his work.
A nonfiction thriller, Wolf Boys depicts more than just Gabriel, Bart, and the officers who took them down. It shows, through vivid detail and rich, often moving narrative, the way in which the border itself is changing, disappearing, and posing new terrifying and yet largely unseen threats to American security. Ultimately, though, Wolf Boys is the intimate story of the "lobos" themselves: boys turned into pawns for cartels. Their stories show how poverty, ideas about identity, and government ignorance have warped the definition of the American dream.
©2016 Dan Slater (P)2016 Simon & Schuster
very in-depth, informative and engaging,and you really leave with an understanding of how the gang life can attract young men,but leaves you wondering ,as drugs do to your life how do they not see the consequences as the deterrent. Performance was a little boring,but well read.
I just wish the narrator was able to pronounce the Spanish words properly. I had to refer to my hard copy to read the words for myself because some of his pronunciations didn't make sense or sounded in Spanish. otherwise an excellent book
As a native of Nuevo Laredo, I consider this book to be very informative. There is no person in both of the cities in which the book is based (Nuevo Laredo in México and Laredo in the US) that haven’t been affected directly or indirectly by what has happened because of Mexico’s and the US war on drugs, and having this historical document written by an outsider like Mr. Slater, is of great value since local news will not touch this kind of story.
It is haunting to learn some of the plots that these Wolf Boys planned. So many places that are mentioned here are regular every day places that any citizen will go to; clubs, restaurants, movies, it makes you think hard. What if was there?
The story is brutal, and it is a confirmation of what residents of both cities have heard for many, many years. Mr. Slater did not hold anything on this book, so be careful since it is a bloody, brutal and devastating story that narrates the life of these killers, the organization they worked for, and the hell that some of us citizens have lived.
An avid reader, crocheter and knitter.
As a long time resident of Laredo, TX but born in Nuevo Laredo Mex I was very pleased to read a well researched book that truly describes the interaction of the residents on both sides of the border and the impact the drug wars have had on our towns. The book tells the true story of young men, barely in their teens, recruited by the cartels as "sicarios" or hit men who act with such brutality that the story is hard to read at some points; however, the descriptive savagery is not used carelessly but tie in directly to the story and behavior of the characters. The reader will finish the book wishing so much more could be done to prevent the present drug epidemic in the heartland that have cost so many lives here at the border - I did. Well deserved recommendation as one of the best books of 2016.
I did not enjoy this book. Minimal character development and a plot that jumps all over the place, but not in a good way. Apparently, plenty of people liked it, so maybe it's just my tastes in books that are below average.
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