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)
Perfect pace, characters who breathe, dialogue that snaps, seamless melding of history with fiction, I could go on forever, and could never do it justice. It's simply brilliant.
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.
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.
Truly entertaining and edge of your seat "page turner".
The writing is amazing. The story itself is believable and great.
The narrator is fantastic! Will not put you to sleep.
Definitely for adults only; not something you want to listen to around children. Lots of violence, sex, explicit language and brutality.
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?
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.
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!
I really loved the book. The way Winslow puts historic events right in the middle of the story is uncanny. They are not just the Forrest Gumpy incidental occurrences either. They are turning points in the story that has taken so many turns already that you feel embedded in the story right there with the protagonists. Not your average crime or political thriller. Not an expert or a critic, but I never got the point of writer describing never ending minutia of some characters leaving the thicket of it and trying to pursue the normal life only to get sucked back in.
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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