Nemesis is the story of an ordinary man who became the king of the largest slum in Rio, the head of a drug cartel, and perhaps Brazil's most wanted criminal. It's a gripping tale of gold hunters and evangelical pastors, bent police and rich-kid addicts, quixotic politicians and drug lords with math degrees. Traversing through rain forests and high-security prisons, filthy slums and glittering shopping malls, this is also the story of how change came to Brazil. Of a country's journey into the global spotlight and the battle for the beautiful but damned city of Rio, as it struggles to break free from a tangled web of corruption, violence, drugs, and poverty.
©2016 Glenny Misha (P)2016 Dreamscape Media, LLC
i'm a Psychoanalyst of Lacanian orientation; love "the great courses" on the beginning of the planets/ human evolution/ first civilizations
I am from Rio de Janeiro and have friends have live in Rocinha as well as in other "favelas" (shantytown houses uphill) and I can say that it is surprisingly accurate , well documented , detached from the alluring glamour one can easily get caught into when speaking of a cartel atmosphere in an exotic city . The narration by Zach Villa is amazing, I am glad he took the time to research hoe the words should be spoken (something that in another book called "Brazil" by Michael Reid it is definitely lacking).
I had already enjoyed two audiobooks by Misha Glenny ("McMafia" and "Dark Market" ) and couldn't resist when I saw this one by a Rio drug lord. I hope he further pursues the subject of the Red Command and how it came about and how it is telling of our culture .
Unless you are from Brazil and know the area and the situation being described in this book this not for you. To me it is the only way you will enjoy this book for the subject matter it covered. There was no excitement or no plot twists, or anything that made me want to continue to finish this. A waste of a credit!!
the book starts off good, but quickly becomes rushed and muddled with a constant stream of new events and people being thrown at you. I finally have up with about an hour left.
I just finished a book on the Cali cartel called At the Devils Table and it was pretty intriguing so I thought I'd stay on the drug trafficking genre and get this. It really lacked a lot of the suspense that I'd seen in the last book and lacked excitement in general. The story was O.K. but I struggled to finish it. I wouldn't recommend this.
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