Art Montana is an obsessive DEA agent. The Barrera brothers are heirs to a drug empire. Nora Hayden is a jaded teenager who becomes a high-class hooker. Father Parada is a powerful and incorruptible Catholic priest. Callan is an Irish kid from Hell's Kitchen who grows up to be a merciless hit man. All of them are trapped in the world of the Mexican drug Federación.
From the streets of New York City to Mexico City and Tijuana to the jungles of Central America, this is the war on drugs like you've never seen it.
©2005 Don Winslow; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"A pit bull of a book. Once unleashed, this thriller...charges and attacks without mercy, shredding anyone in its path....A well-tuned plot, driving rhythm, intelligence and a touch of politics." (Washington Post)
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
If you haven't already guessed it, this book, in my view, was LONG. Too long. Only because I grew tired of the ghastly violence that surrounded nearly every element of the book. Reality it probably is in the world of drugs and illegal arms, but the violence was so graphic and so horrendous that I found myself wanting to walk away from the book, even though the story itself was compelling.
The narration was first rate and I agree that this is a story that needs to be told. I am just a little too squeamish for the descriptions of man's inhumanity to man (and woman) that accompany it. I finished it and recommend it only for those who don't flinch when torture is described in detail. I flinch.
Still, I won't dock stars. A good solid 4 star story and a 5 star performance.
Former Marine. Will buy beer for other Marines. Will skewer authors who wrongly describe or denigrate our service to this great country.
I spent 32 years chasing narco in Los Angeles. Did I make a difference? Did I put a dent in the trade. Was it all worth it? The answer is no. We never caught the big guys, we only reeled in the little fish. The narrative in this book rings true. The violence is real and believe me the 5 Freeway continues to be a narcotics super highway to this day. The dope goes north and the money goes south. The politicians don't care. We still have an open border with Mexico. The bad guys laugh at us. Just like the book.
Ray Porter is an incredible narrator and brings the Power of the Dog to life. My only beef is the author needs to pay attention to some minor details concerning firearms. A "service revolver" does not have a "safety". You can't release the safety on a revolver before firing it because there is NO safety. The M-60 machine gun fires 7.62mm rounds and is not a "50 caliber". Hearing these descriptions made me cringe as everything else about the narco trade and their antics is spot on.
Authors should check firearm references before publication with someone familiar with weapons and their functionality. I can't fault Don Winslow for including some accurate references to the Marine Corps and Camp Pendleton. For that, he gets a Semper Fi from me.
I'm looking forward to the sequel.
Long commutes have turned me into a dedicated Audible fan. Looking at my stats I can't believe I have 825 titles in my Library.
Everything you want in a thriller and maybe more than you want to know about how we got to where we are in the "War on Drugs" . If even a fraction were true and I suspect it's more than a fraction, corruption permeates every level of government here and abroad. Honest men and women are destroyed fighjting this cancer. The answer? It has to be legalization.
What is the Power of this book, of the Dog?...With 2,722 books currently in my Audible library, thousands of ratings, but only 18 written reviews...why am I taking the time to write about this particular book? Applying simply surface thinking , this book transcends genres, and should thoroughly satisfy and engage the mind and the emotions of most readers (even Sci-Fi lovers, as while based totally in this current world, it does transcend time and unfolds as do the deepest and most complex of our eternal/internal operas). At its root, this book reveals the darkest Use and/or Abuse of Power and Greed via Political, Religious, Class, "Good Intentions" and Economical means and the resulting consequences in this particular story and to all of us today and throughout time. Yet, have you ever read a such book that most people would proclaim exposed the Real Raw Truth...people across all political and religious strata...the most politically passionate left-wing collectivist, the nuttiest on the farthest right wing, the most pious religious believer, the most stringent atheist, the richest class elitist, the poorest and most dispossessed, people of any race would agree as the sober truth thinly veiled as a fictional story? I think this author achieved this without a shrill agenda. Of course what these people would define as proper Use or Abuse of the Power exposed will be vastly opposed. I imagine that few will have a sure solution, and most will define the DOG differently, but we all are still being savaged by its bite in different guises. This book should make us all face the reality we know exists but prefer to bury; but as one line in the books ponders this book will probably make you wonder, "What is the best you can do in this world?" It's a really good story and enjoyable on the lightest or deepest of levels. What is the Dog to you?
I just found Winslow and can't believe I have never heard of him before now. His writing is up to par or better than Fynn, Crais, Lee, Connelly ext. The Power of the Dog had my attention from the first minute and kept it until the last words of the pro log. I loved it and will listen to the remaining two books he has here, one being Dawn Patrol which is down loading now.
Winslow has a gift for being able to describe a brutal killing while adding the best of dry humor which he does superbly. The characters are complex, perfectly developed through the balance of the book but easily followed and I felt like I was in Calif. and Central America by the time it was finished, all the while you are experiencing a killing spree during the process.
I hope you enjoy this fast paced (A huge understatement) thriller while being absolutely abhorred with our Governments actions during this time period and being totally entertained during the journey that Winslow has so masterfully written.
Buy this one, you will enjoy it!!!
PS Franky the Machine is just as great as this one is!
Without question! This book takes you inside the workings of the cartels as well as drug enforcement. It educates you about the interworkings, while at the same time keeping you enthralled with multiple plots and plenty of action. There is never a dull moment.
I have not, but certainly will in the future. He was excellent for this book.
It was not so much as a particular moment, but the most vivid impression was the wealth and power of the cartels and the loyalty and ruthlessness of their members.
Excellent, enlightening read!
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The Power of the Dog, By Don Winslow, is about butchery and debauchery in the US-Mexican war on drugs. The book is about the decadence from both the cartel war lords and the Mexican police/politicians and the American Drug Enforcement Authority and Central Intelligence Agency. The novel is long but tells a story of one evil doing and then the multiple years and strike backs from both sides in the process of revenge. It has many arguments to make on the evils of the war on drugs but its most pointed teaching is the toll revenge takes on the revenger and the aggrieved.
Winslow provides us with a unique method for telling his story. He spins its threads by jumping from one to another lead character, provides a short story about a segment of the character’s life and then goes on to another short story about another important character. All these short stories or vignettes do not seem to have a relationship to one another until we reach a continuous in time sequence in the grand finale to the story with about one quarter of the book remaining to be read. It was, though, easy to keep track of the segmented history and the characters. One was personally involved with each character. The story was unpredictable, captivating and involving.
Without knowing this would all tie together it became fatiguing to read these unrelated small stories. Yet, as noted they all equaled a set of facts which come together seventy five percent into the story. That’s when the story becomes a consistent tale. Where the big war marches on in a continual time sequence. That part of the book is exciting and a cliff hanger.
Those disjointed vignettes though resulted in a great story but became a little annoying to read – until one gets to the continuous story. I had a worry as to where was this all going and is it going anywhere? Don’t get me wrong, those “vignettes” were not dull and certainly lead to the telling of a good story.
Would I recommend the book? Absolutely. Teaches you much to consider about the war on drugs and are we doing the smart thing by it? This is my second book by Winslow and he has a talent for telling high crime stories. This will not be my last Winslow either.
Maybe... I am by no means squeamish, but some of the descriptions of violence and torture in this book were a little too much for me. If that sort of thing doesn't bother you, you might enjoy this book. It's definitely action- packed and fast- paced.
I enjoyed the pace of the story. It was exciting, entertaining, and I kept rushing back to it to see what would happen next.
Ray Porter's narration is typically great. However, every time he does a female voice I can't help but smirk. They all basically sound the same and he might just be better off using his normal voice.
I give this book 6.5 out of 5 stars. I can't give it any more because, well because life isn't fair. It really deserves the full 7 out of 5. Read it. Now.
Why haven't you started reading it yet?
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