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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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    samuel 11-17-10
    samuel 11-17-10 Member Since 2008
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    "excellent"

    an outstanding epic surrounding the war on drugs. well narrated, great story, believable characters - highly recommended.

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    Mike Calvo Florida 10-28-10
    Mike Calvo Florida 10-28-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Amazing Story"

    I can't believe that this is fiction! The detail in this book and the narrator are simply amazing! The book is long and keeps you hanging on the edge of your seat and questioning how man kind can sink to such lows?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Theodore San Diego, CA, United States 09-07-10
    Theodore San Diego, CA, United States 09-07-10 Member Since 2007
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    "iran contra"

    thinly veiled historical fiction based on iran contra activities of the cia. Craig is obviously Oliver North. Anybody who questions whether this stuff really happened has obviously not been reading their newspaper. A great story. I couldnt turn it off.

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    B. Jacobsen Seattle, WA USA 07-21-10
    B. Jacobsen Seattle, WA USA 07-21-10 Member Since 2015

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    "Passionate story, good narration"

    Lots of reviews of the book on Amazon so I tend to focus on the narration. It's a passionate story about the efforts of the US to stop narcotics leads to more narcotics, narcoterrorism and more.
    The narrator does a strong job of keeping the story lively and moving, and brings many characters to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John 08-14-12
    John 08-14-12

    I'm a crippeled old warrior with difficulty typing/writing etc. I used to love reading books, and have read many. I now love audio books.

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    "A Strong Insightful Story"
    Where does The Power of the Dog rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to over 500 audio books and I must rank Winslow about mid range. He develops a good story line, but doesn't come close to E.R. Burroughs, J.R.R. Tolkien, T.S. Eliot, E.A. Poe, Mark Twain, Hemmingway, Carroll, Yeats, and many, many more Authors who can and did paint litterary pictures without the utterance of one off-color word. These guys told classic tails with humor, elligance, character, and class.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Padre Juan.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I need to sleep a little.


    Any additional comments?

    If language bothers you, don't waste your money. Ray Porter is a master narrater with great range. He does the best Gerold Rainy I've herd. He brings a great story to the ear.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Moku 03-25-11
    Moku 03-25-11 Member Since 2015
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    "tiresome"

    Don Winslow has a terrific reputation, and some think that this is one of his best books. I had read California Power and Light a couple of years ago and thought it was okay, about a B+. I was looking forward to Power of the Dog and really wanted to like it. But it just did not work for me. The gist of the problem is that the plot develops too slowly, with too many long diversions, to the point that I found it difficult to stay engaged. Yes, there is quite a bit of action and plenty of violence. But it gets dribbled out so tediously that it seems to lack real punch. The narrator adds nothing of value to the enterprise, in my view. His voice and pacing are like those of a TV news anchor, and his attempts at dramatic dialog (particularly his accents) are distractingly weak. I wish I could be more positive, but this one was a big disappointment.

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    01-17-11
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    "Too much violence"

    This may be a very good book. Certainly the narrater is excellent. But after 90 minutes I finally had listened to more than enough violence. Maybe the violence and story line are too close to today's headlines. If you buy this book be prepared for an extreme level of brutality and mayhem.

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    David Edmonton, AB, Canada 03-28-11
    David Edmonton, AB, Canada 03-28-11 Member Since 2011

    I am an entertainer...so I spend a lot of time on the road. I take my audio seriously. I appreciate great writing and outstanding narration.

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    "Uneven Thriller...sort of..."

    Way too many characters doing way too little of interest for way too long.

    The book really needed an editor because it droned on and on and on. It could have easily been two hours shorter.

    I found myself wondering what it was actually about. A slice of life story of the drug trade?

    Lacked one central focus and flits around from viewpoint to viewpoint like a butterfly with ADD.

    It's not all bad. Much of it is quite listenable...but those loooooong bits in between? Nope. Didn't work for me.

    By the end of the book found I really didn't care what happened to the characters...which is probably the most telling component of all.

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    Harriet Kill Devil Hills, NC, United States 04-26-14
    Harriet Kill Devil Hills, NC, United States 04-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Very hard to keep up with."
    Any additional comments?

    I found this book interesting but extremely difficult to follow. There are too many story lines. It would have been better if he had made it into sequels. I finally gave up at the end of Part 2.

    I think it would make a good movie like the God Father movies.

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    Catherine 08-27-12
    Catherine 08-27-12
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    "Compelling story,"
    What made the experience of listening to The Power of the Dog the most enjoyable?

    Compelling story, but difficult to listen to because of the kernel of truth you sense behind it.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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