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)
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.
Working mom (HRMgr/healthcare) in western Michigan. INTJ. Red Vines. Disneyfreak.
just a bit graphic for me. the violence is not what I need right now
I'm a geologist and I use Audible books to while away long hours on the road... My pickup truck is my reading room!
Don Winslow is a storyteller, but he ain’t a writer. He’s the Tom Clancy of Narco-novelists. Winslow spins a fast-paced yarn, full of details and subplots and gadgetry. But his writing never takes you below the surface of the story, never really brings you into a new reality, and never intimates what goes on inside the people who have created Mexico’s Narco-world.
I spend a lot of time in Mexico. I have my own perspective on the drug war. It is a weird and terrifying and surreal world. In my opinion, the least interesting perspective on this world is that of a gringo DEA agent like Art Keller. The real dramas are buried in the trash heaps outside of Mazatlan. And as yet no Rulfo or Spota has emerged from that world to capture its essence in words. Winslow is just the Parade Magazine facsimile.
What a great book. It waxed into a lot of detail about the drug war and the various 'behind the scenes' mechanisms that keep the drugs flowing north from Mexico, South and Central America into the United States. The characters are interesting and have depth, the story is twisted and twisting. The downfall of everyone involved is compelling and inevitable. I really enjoyed this book and it kept me awake for many a driving hour!
Very good book. That makes two out of three for me. The first being The Paris Architect. Use a credit, and you won't be sorry. Graphic violence and sex scenes, but not too many. I'm sure that almost all of the incidents in this book have happened in real life.1
one of the best books I've come across, hands down! the depth of this story moved me and the narrator truly enhanced the experience. this is not just a book about the war on drugs, but I've learned a lot about it since this book and the truth about America's role in exacerbating the suffering in central america and at home is startling. the characters in this book will stay with me a long time I think.
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