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The Power of the Dog | [Don Winslow]

The Power of the Dog

This explosive novel of the drug trade takes you deep inside a world riddled with corruption, betrayal, and bloody revenge. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

This explosive novel of the drug trade takes you deep inside a world riddled with corruption, betrayal, and bloody revenge.

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 05-31-13
    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 05-31-13 Member Since 2012

    Enjoying one good listen after the next!

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    "A Long, Long, Long Look at the Drug Underworld"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    antonio genthod, Switzerland 06-11-14
    antonio genthod, Switzerland 06-11-14 Member Since 2011

    A man's got to do what a man's got to do..

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    "A powerful, intensiv, quasi "shakespearian" tale"

    This is the best book to-date of Don Winslow. On the background of the establishement of the first drug cartels in Mexico, Winslow moves his characters in a complex , but well laid out , story plot. Violence, deceit, love and betrayal characterise the story with a strong tension between good and evil.The book is engaging, full of emotions and addictive. Do not miss it !

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John tallevast, FL, United States 11-07-12
    John tallevast, FL, United States 11-07-12 Member Since 2011

    List of favorite books: Woodcutter - Reginald Hill, Consent to Kill, First Deadly Sin - Lawrence Sanders, Sniper Elite - Scott McEwen

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    "A solid 4 star"

    I enjoy Ray Porter as a narrator. I liked the movie 'Savages' Writen by Winslow - Except for the ending. I don't know how it ended in the book. I enjoyed 'The Power Of The Dog' a lot. It kept me interested for the most part. I feel like a robot writing this. It's not my usual genre, but was happy I got it.

    The End =0)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Corey Brookyln, NY, United States 07-22-12
    Corey Brookyln, NY, United States 07-22-12 Member Since 2009

    Hi, I'm an alumi of NYU and I'm also huge into MMA. I love books I read a lot and review the stand outs. I'll give you guys the goods.

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    "A MASTERPIECE !!!!!"

    Amazing simply amazing. This is Don Winslow at his very best. Surprisingly there are a ton of great historic facts in the novel. The strange thing is this should be a work of historic fiction. The characters are deep and you never know exactly whats going to happen next. There is plenty of action and suspense plus an air of much needed complexity to the plot, that is lacking in lot of novels out there right now. The best part of this book is once your done with it your going to have a pretty good understanding of the Drug War and the CIA's operations within latin America. GET THIS BOOK!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cayce Atlanta, GA, United States 05-08-12
    Cayce Atlanta, GA, United States 05-08-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Give this one some time..."

    ...and you'll be glad you did.

    This book starts off a little on the confusing side as we're introduced to all of the groups of characters, but just keep at it. Once the story gets going, you won't want to turn it off. It's scope is breathtaking and will give you an entirely different perspective on the phrase, "war on drugs." In fact, you'll never hear it the same way again.

    It reminded me of The Company in it's level of detail and insight into a subject you assume you know a little about.

    Not always easy to listen to, but a terrific book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Johnnie Walker Blaine, WA 07-01-08
    Johnnie Walker Blaine, WA 07-01-08 Member Since 2015

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    "Rivoting"

    It is hard to know what in this book is based on fact and what is fiction. I fear there is more of the former than any of us would like to believe. Well researched, well written and well read.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Delman San Francisco 08-19-12
    Richard Delman San Francisco 08-19-12 Member Since 2013

    I am a 65-year-old psychologist, married for 25 years, with two sons who are 25 and 22. I love reviewing the books and the feedback I get.

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    "Overpraised; total immersion in Mexican drug world"

    If what you are looking for is a complete immersion into the violence and corruption of the Mexican drug trade, then this is the book for you. All the characters are unlikable. There is absolutely no sense of the utter futility of the US war on drug users. The author seems fascinated by brutal killings: torture, flayings, beheading of wives, throwing children off bridges, etc. The narrator is good, but I wish he'd read something more palatable. There is one DEA agent whom we are meant to like, but frankly, I didn't like him. The sums of money are of course astounding. Marijuana, cocaine and its inhalable form, crack, are provided in limitless quantity for American users whose craven desires know no bounds. There are whores, crooked politicians, gangs, families, revenge killings: anything your bloodthirsty reader might want. As for me, I gave up during the second download. There is some small connection to the Irish community in New York, but somehow Mexico seems to be fascinating to this author. I don't share his tastes, although certainly there are delightful places and people in the country. I'd rather read about them.

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    Gail Seattle, WA, United States 02-21-13
    Gail Seattle, WA, United States 02-21-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Unmasked Reality w/o Preaching/Agenda ~ Evil =____"

    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?

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tez L Los Angeles, CA USA 01-03-13
    Tez L Los Angeles, CA USA 01-03-13 Member Since 2011

    Tez L

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    "Very interesting, absorbing."
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Callan and Nora, of course. I imagine most people say that.


    What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    There's so much going on in this story, and it's a credit to Ray Porter that he doesn't distract from it in any way, if that makes sense. I didn't give much though to the narrator, but not because he wasn't good but precisely because I was able to focus entirely on the book without distraction. I can only think it was because he was a perfect fit. He did the accents very well, all the characters impressively distinct, his pacing was very good, A+.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "The other side of the border. "


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book, and from the brutal beginning and on, I really did want to finish this book in one sitting (impossible, of course!). It was very interesting to see blips into something I know nothing about, new perspectives into the "drug war," a perspective that--besides being entertaining--is something we all could benefit from looking at. All in all I really enjoyed this book, it was a great, thrilling listen, well-read/performed, interesting to the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Little Rock, AR, United States 09-03-12
    Susan Little Rock, AR, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Fast-Paced Thriller That Just Keeps Getting Better"

    Begin with the inner workings of the drug cartels, add the mob angle, and anti-drug interdiction efforts, and you have a great story that just keeps getting better. It's very believable. Also, as a 30-year resident of Southern California, I felt like I knew exactly where the author was taking me. A great listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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