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)
Top Five. Not as good as Lonesome Dove (the best ever) but damn good.
The Cartel, The Power of The Dog's Sequel
Art Keller - So passionate and gripping.
It's violent but that's cartel life.
Besides being an RN, I am an avid audiobook listener as well as a narrator and producer for Audible. I love Audiobooks!
When I read (listen) a book like this, I know it is fiction. But in the back of my mind, I know that the story could just as easily be real. And probably is.
I read The Cartel first. I know, backwards. This is the type of saga, like The Godfather, where you get invested in the characters and, especially when listening, you are really IN the story.
There are writers that can tell a story well, but are not great writers. Then there are great writers that get so caught up in the words, that the story gets lost. Very few can do both. Don Winslow is one of those few.
Ray Porter's narration is spot on. I can't even imagine a different narrator. If he is not a native Spanish speaker, I would be very surprised.
I was sorry when it ended. Highly recommend!
Wow what a story. Sounded like a lot of truth to me! Everyone Everyone profited from drug trafficking! The citizens paid the price!
A documentary style novel that lays bare the modern world. It demands an emotional capacity from its readers. Every character is deep and real and complicated. You sympathize and are horrified by your own sympathy. This is a magnificent piece of literature, and the performance is a work of art.
briefcase was unconvincing. Art Keller a tad overcooked. The U.S.government feels about as corrupt and stupid as they undoubtedly are.
I bought this book on sale but now feel like I have completely cheated the author, narrator, and publisher. This is not a book I would normally be interested in but the sample intrigued me. The narrator is amazing!! It all came through so naturally. Every character was distinct and believable without any hesitation during conversations. The recording was nearly flawless with only a couple of small pauses between sections. The writing was perfect!! There was enough detail to the characters, places, and events that I became invested in their stories but not so much that they weighed down the plot. This book had many twists and turns while maintaining the distinct connections between characters. The author knew just when to close a loop or to leave one open for a reader's imagination. This is a book about drugs...and so much more. This is a book about America, Mexico, politics, crime, justice, revenge, selfishness, heroism, greed, power, love, religion, culture, what all of us have in common, and the choices we make to distinguish ourselves from one another. I highly recommend it!
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