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)
With the exception of one torture/gruesome scene where I had to fast forward it for about 30 sec, I couldn't stop listening. I usually listen only in my car during my long commute but I found myself listening while cooking dinner and on the weekends. This was super suspenseful and the narrator was phenomenal. Highly recommend!!!
No. None of my friends could handle this book. I love mysteries and thrillers but this book was tough. I had to take breaks from it.
Some of Dennis Lehane's books have graphic violence, but none compare to this one.
Not sure what to say other than he brought the characters to life. I doubt I would have attempted to read the book.
The bridge scene was the worst of the worst.........had to come back to listen after that. But I had to come back because I had to know what was going to happen next.
This book just made me sad.
I actually listened to Cartel before I listen to this book and although The Power of the Dog is first in this story I'm glad I listened in that order. Every character in this book is compelling story is absolutely captivating from start to finish. And the narrator is perfect for the book thank you Don Winslow and thank you Ray Porter for bringing to life Art Keller, Nora and Adan Barrera.
Impressive storytelling and a great performance by the reader giving characters distinct voices. A brilliant plot that sucks you in.
Exciting, heartbreaking, and captivating. The Power of the Dog moves quickly as Winslow builds up each character until they are fully fleshed out in the fast paced, brutally consequential world he has created. The language and violence might not be for everybody but felt realistic and necessary for the story.
Deep and entertaining story, well-developed and complicated characters, and excellent pacing. Despite the outlandishness of some of the characters, actions, and events in the story, it's truly shocking how many of them actually happened in real-life.
Well worth a read if you're an action/crime/procedural buff or if the topic holds any interest for you.
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