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The Cartel | [Ashley & Jaquavis]

The Cartel

The port of Miami brings in millions of dollars worth of cocaine every year, and the Cartel controls 80 percent of it. The Diamond family is a force to be reckoned with, but all hell breaks loose when they lose their leader. The most ruthless gangster Miami has ever seen, Carter Diamond, leaves behind a wife, twin sons, a daughter, and a secret - his illegitimate son, Carter Jones. When young Carter learns of his father’s death, he comes to town and is introduced to the legacy of the Cartel.
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Publisher's Summary

The port of Miami brings in millions of dollars worth of cocaine every year, and the Cartel controls 80 percent of it. The Diamond family is a force to be reckoned with, but all hell breaks loose when they lose their leader. The most ruthless gangster Miami has ever seen, Carter Diamond, leaves behind a wife, twin sons, a daughter, and a secret - his illegitimate son, Carter Jones. When young Carter learns of his father’s death, he comes to town and is introduced to the legacy of the Cartel.

Miamor is a woman who uses her beauty to enhance her skill as a contract killer. She is the leader of the Murder Mamas. When her crew is hired to take down the Cartel, they slip up, and Miamor loses her sister in the process. She is determined to get revenge. Unknowingly, she meets the son of Carter Diamond - and he immediately catches her heart. She is sleeping with the enemy, and when she finds out, she is torn between love and revenge.

Young Carter and Miamor lead two different lifestyles. They are on opposing teams, and when their worlds collide, the truth will be unveiled in an unpredictable ending.

About the authors: Ashley & JaQuavis are the New York Times best-selling duo responsible for the popular Cartel series. They live in Flint, Michigan, where they are working on future projects.

©2009 Ashley & JaQuavis (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Buck 50 Productions, LLC

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    Dream Watauga, TX, United States 06-08-12
    Dream Watauga, TX, United States 06-08-12 Member Since 2011

    LIFE just happens that way sometimes!

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    "Entranced and ready for more"

    This book was such a thrill to listen to. I have been waiting for more Ashley and Jaquavis audiobooks because after I had listened to Murderville I was definately hooked on their story line and the way that these to authors draw their characters and play out their story with so many twists and turns throughout the book things you would have never imagined how things would turn out. Cary Hite is amongst one of my most favorite narrators, the way that he can change his voice and go in and out of character is amazing. It seems like there are a lot of uptight people who comment on books with a lot of sex scenes or harsh language, but I loved everything about this book. It was raw and uncut gives you a taste of the real world and that is another reason that the author's have captivated me. If you don't like to hear detailed sex scenes or murders or don't like crude language then dont listen to this book. I love all the gorey details and can picture the scenes in my head, pain and pleasure. My favorite characters were Money aka Monroe and Lena and that twist in the book. I never expected what happened to happen so once you hear that part you will know what I mean. This family's story had me at the edge of my seat and I am ready for parts 2 and 3 which are downloading right now and will be commenting on them shortly. I give this book two thumbs up along with two big toes.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    KayeTidwell SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 06-25-12
    KayeTidwell SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 06-25-12

    Miss Kaye

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    "Completed in One Day"

    This book ranks very high in my library. I remember the Murda Mamas from Murderville which I am still waiting for part 2 of that TRILOGY. I finished Cartel the same day and listened to it a second time so I could be ready for book 2 which I am purchasing TODAY!! I loved the twists and the drama. I really hope part 2 is just as intriguing. So far Ashley and JaQuavis is 2 for 2. GREAT AUTHORS!! Unpredictable storyline.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    ann coleman LEWISVILLE, TX, US 07-23-12
    ann coleman LEWISVILLE, TX, US 07-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Oh Yes!!!"

    I just finished all 3 parts of the cartel series, and I must say I enjoyed every single one from beginning to the end!!!! Ashley & Jaquavis are fantastic at putting a story together with fast pace twist & turns & drama, drama, drama!!!!! The cartel series was off the chain!!!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Dalkeith W. AustraliaAustralia 07-18-12
    Susan Dalkeith W. AustraliaAustralia 07-18-12 Member Since 2007
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    "A terrible waste of a credit"
    What would have made The Cartel better?

    Stupid story. Unbelievable. Characters shallow. Writing poor. Narrator can't read. The "sound effects" were ridiculous.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ashley & Jaquavis again?

    NEVER


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Can't read. Mispronounces dozens of words.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Regret that I had purchased it and had to listen to it because it was the only book I had on a long airplane trip


    Any additional comments?

    DO NOT BUY THIS

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    JALAYNE SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 07-09-12
    JALAYNE SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2011

    Tell us about yourself! USPS, mail carrier walking all day, audio books really make my day seems shorter

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    "exciting, thrilling,"
    Would you listen to The Cartel again? Why?

    yes, on my way to purchase parts 2 & 3, can't wait to start listening.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mecca, was my favorite, lots of drama in every scene he was in. never knew what frame of mind he was in


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when Breeze was abducted by the murda mama's and killed


    If you could take any character from The Cartel out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    NONE, I may not have made it home, they all seemed to be killers at heart.


    Any additional comments?

    this book reminds me of the Dutch trilogy, by Teri Woods, it was also a great audio to listen too, well worth the money. the narrator Cary Hite was great, reminds me of Erza Knight.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nichole Glendale, CA, USA 03-22-13
    Nichole Glendale, CA, USA 03-22-13 Member Since 2008
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    "AWFUL"
    What disappointed you about The Cartel?

    I stopped listening after 30 mins. The narrator was terrible, I could not stand listening to him do the womens voices. Also, I hate when audio books have sound effects. It is a book. While I am listening to someone read it to me...I do not need to hear shotgun sounds...I still have some imagination. It was like a bad impression of what some one thinks gangsters should sound like. I hated it the story, the dialog, really just the whole thing.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brown Skin 08-24-12
    Brown Skin 08-24-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A real attention getter!"

    Yes, I was hooked and listened to this book in less than two days. I could not put it down. You got some real grimy characters here. Ashley and Jaquivis are off the chain!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Derrick United States 08-11-12
    Derrick United States 08-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Waste of a credit"
    Any additional comments?

    I got this book based on the description and excellent reviews it received. It was not at all what I expected. This book is basically a romance novel set around a crime family. It may have almost been bearable if it wasn't for the cheesy sound effects sprinkled throughout. Aren't those for children's books?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dornetta Goose Creek, SC, United States 07-07-12
    Dornetta Goose Creek, SC, United States 07-07-12 Member Since 2008
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    "The Cartel experience was superb!"

    What a magnificent read! The opening scene was shocking but the Diamond family is one that readers want to see victorious in the end. I was sad when Breeze was sucked in by association but I believe that Carter will pull this crime family through. Can't wait to read the others in this trilogy! My new favorite crime family!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-14-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Cary Hite Failed"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think only the authors themselves would like this dreck. The book is horribly written and would not get even a token gold star for trying as a third grade writing assignment.


    What was most disappointing about Ashley & Jaquavis’s story?

    Everything except for the character of Mecca, and even he was shallow. The story was all stereotypes and a giant ad for various designer labels. Dialogue was repetitious, shallow and the plot was a jumbled mash.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Legislation should be passed at the Federal level of government to keep Cary Hite from ever being part of an audio book. His delivery was horrible, voice acting of females abysmal and only served the purpose of driving people away faster from this horrible book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment that I wasted the money on a book that sounded interesting because of the description.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • sharon
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    "Not for me.."

    My problem was not dark edginess portraying greed, revenge, violence and sex, the whole structure should of this a great listen for me. It was the plot and continuity errors -I personally found it all over the place.Sadly the sound effects where too off putting for me also.

    Every time I got emotionally invested in a character (well mostly anyway) they disappeared out the story. I didn't get into many of the characters heads except maybe Miamours. Too much going on and not enough background or info. It was like a a badly cut jigsaw puzzle where they had been forcibly jammed together to make them fit.
    Not for me..

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