In this riveting and relentless nonfiction thriller, award-winning investigative reporter William C. Rempel tells the harrowing story of former Cali cartel insider Jorge Salcedo, an ordinary man facing an extraordinary dilemma—a man forced to risk everything to escape the powerful and treacherous Cali crime syndicate.
Colombia in the 1990s is a country in chaos, as a weak government battles guerrilla movements and narco-traffickers, including the notorious Pablo Escobar and his rivals in the Cali cartel. Enter Jorge Salcedo, a part-time soldier, a gifted engineer, a respected businessman and family man—and a man who despises Pablo Escobar for patriotic and deeply personal reasons. He is introduced to the godfathers of the Cali cartel, who are at war with Escobar and desperately want their foe dead. With mixed feelings, Jorge agrees to help them.
Once inside, Jorge rises to become head of security for Miguel Rodríguez Orejuela, principal godfather of the $7-billion-a-year Cali drug cartel. Jorge tries to turn a blind eye to the violence, corruption, and brutality that surround him, and he struggles privately to preserve his integrity, even as he is drawn deeper into the web of cartel operations. Then comes an order from the godfathers that he can’t obey—but can’t refuse. Jorge realizes that his only way out is to bring down the biggest, richest crime syndicate of all time.
Thus begins a heart-pumping roller-coaster ride of intensifying peril. Secretly aided by a pair of young American DEA agents, Jorge races time and cartel assassins to extract damaging evidence, help capture the fugitive godfather, and save the life of a witness targeted for murder. Through it all, death lurks a single misstep away.
William C. Rempel is the only reporter with access to this story and to Jorge, who remains in hiding somewhere in the United States—even the author doesn’t know where—but has revealed his experience in gripping detail. Salcedo’s is the story of one extraordinary, ordinary man forced to risk everything to end a nightmare of his own making.
©2011 William C. Rempel (P)2011 Random House
"A fast-paced, heart-racing nonfiction thriller." (Kirkus Reviews)
I've been listening since 1989. Then it was Books-on-tape. Now it's Audible. The narrator is a key part of the audiobook experience.
William Rempel's book reads like a thriller, is filmic in its visual imagery, and is a remarkably thorough piece of journalistic writing. It is a pleasure to read something this riveting and yet layered in character and context. Wow.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a book that immediately pulls you in.
It was almost impossible for me to put down. You never knew what was coming next.
I liked the main character. He rocked his life to save his families and "do the right thing"
Get ready for a roller coaster ride
it's a truly fantastic story and it was performed superbly. jorge is a lovable criminal with a captivating moral dilemma and inspiring courage. i would recommend this to anyone.
I listened to over half of it and could never get interested. I dont care to listen to fiction. I'd rather read it. I really like the narrator but faking a Spanish accent in the dialog was unnecessary and only added to my annoyance of all the dialog. The author had several runs of delivering interesting facts of the story then the main character would begin bantering with someone. This broke up the flow and I'd lose interest.
If you like listening to fiction this will be a fine listen. I'd rather read dialog myself.
Good narrator, told story without confusing then listener. There are so many people to keep straight though, I had to go back to remember who was who.
If an audiobook gives me that "I can't wait to listen to more if that" feeling than it deserves 5 stars. This was a great story by a key figure in the Cali cartel.
The fact that the story is a true report a the life of a man who lifed among dangerous criminals and found a way out
The relativization of his values as he started to work to a drug cartel, and at last used his knowledge to play a decisive role in the downfall of the drug lords of the cartel de Cali, with graet risk for his and his falily's lifes
never heard of him before
The post Pablo Escobar history of Colombiais somehow neglected. I wanted to have an insigth into what happened in Colombia after Pablo Escobrar's death and the change in power from Medelin to Cali in the leadereship of the drug busines.
After reading the book I watheced to the serie "En la boca del Lobo" at netflix. Excellent reconstruction of time and a serie that is worth to be watched even if you do not listen the book
Bought this thinking I could listen to it in the background, but I found myself glued to it so riveting was the story. Reminded me of Netflix 'Narcos' and 'Argo' in the suspense category. Props to 'Jorge' for risking everything to bring down some awful monsters and to the US DEA agents for sticking with him to get him and his family out of Colombia.
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