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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 FederaciĆ³n.

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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    David Edmonton, AB, Canada 03-28-11
    David Edmonton, AB, Canada 03-28-11

    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.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Moku 03-25-11
    Moku 03-25-11 Member Since 2014
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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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.


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    Ann Hereford Hamilton, VA USA 08-17-12
    Ann Hereford Hamilton, VA USA 08-17-12 Member Since 2008
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    "My favorite part was the music at the end!"

    The music at the end meant I didn't have to listen to it any more! I couldn't have cared less about the characters and what happened to them. The book jumped around from character to character, time to time, and was very difficult to follow. It was one of those books you force yourself to listen to until the bitter end because you spent your precious credits on another over-hyped book. The narrator was very good, and that is perhaps the only reason I made it to the end! I was very disappointed.

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    Regina Seattle, WA, United States 98109 02-21-13
    Regina Seattle, WA, United States 98109 02-21-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Pornographic violence"

    The glowing reviews for this book slay me. It's a gruesome overload of unimaginable violence. I like Don Winslow. I love his surf stories and was on board for "Savages," at least until the very end, which made sense in the context but is an emotional sucker punch. Here, the brass-knuckle punches keep coming, and the stench of tortured corpses is pervasive. I made it to the scene where the nice young college student is forced by the police to inhale gasoline and then eat (and swallow) shit, following, of course, the murdered babies and their moms, plus the bodies of men with their fingers cut off and stuffed in their mouths whose faces had been peeled off, and gave up. I want to know who these people are who love this, so I don't run into them in a dark alley. Fiction this dark is pornographic.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    David Acre 08-20-12
    David Acre 08-20-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Could Not Finish Listening"

    I listened to about three hours worth. The language was so bad- I just could not take it. I know the drug scene is rough, but I don't need the f-word in every sentence.

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    Joshua Brooklyn, NY, United States 11-23-11
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    "The audiobook equivalent of a bad B movie on cable"

    Cliche-ridden over-the-top account, entertaining at times, of a tortured DEA agent, a kid who got mixed up with the mob, and a hooker with a heart of gold, all mixed up in [SPOILER ALERT] a US government conspiracy to allow S. American cocaine to be smuggled through Mexico by local drug lords.

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    Gus Miami, FL, United States 12-23-10
    Gus Miami, FL, United States 12-23-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Too long of a story"

    The book has its moments, its not the worst book I have listened to, but its just the story takes place over a very long length of time, and there are a lot of characters and plots. I listened to it on vacation, so it was pretty easy to listen to while lounging poolside but I cant recommend this to most readers.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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