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Publisher's Summary

The story of two American teens recruited as killers for a Mexican cartel and their pursuit by a Mexican American detective who realizes the War on Drugs is unwinnable.

What's it like to be an employee of a global drug-trafficking organization? And how does a 15-year-old American boy go from star quarterback to trained assassin, surging up the cartel corporate ladder?

At first glance Gabriel Cardona is the poster-boy American teenager: great athlete, bright, handsome, and charismatic. But the streets of his border town of Laredo, Texas, are poor and dangerous, and it isn't long before Gabriel abandons his promising future for the allure of the Zetas, a drug cartel with roots in the Mexican military. His younger friend. Bart, as well as others from Gabriel's childhood join him in working for the Zetas, boosting cars and smuggling drugs, eventually catching the eye of the cartel's leadership.

Meanwhile, Mexican-born detective Robert Garcia has worked hard all his life and is now struggling to raise his family in America. As violence spills over the border, Detective Garcia's pursuit of the boys and their cartel leaders puts him face to face with the urgent consequences of a war he sees as unwinnable.

In Wolf Boys Dan Slater shares their stories, taking us from the Sierra Madre mountaintops to the dusty, dark alleys of Laredo, Texas, on a harrowing, often brutal journey into the heart of the Mexican drug trade. Gabriel's evolution from good-natured teenager into a feared assassin is as inevitable as Garcia's slow realization of the futile nature of his work.

A nonfiction thriller, Wolf Boys depicts more than just Gabriel, Bart, and the officers who took them down. It shows, through vivid detail and rich, often moving narrative, the way in which the border itself is changing, disappearing, and posing new terrifying and yet largely unseen threats to American security. Ultimately, though, Wolf Boys is the intimate story of the "lobos" themselves: boys turned into pawns for cartels. Their stories show how poverty, ideas about identity, and government ignorance have warped the definition of the American dream.

©2016 Dan Slater (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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Great book

I just wish the narrator was able to pronounce the Spanish words properly. I had to refer to my hard copy to read the words for myself because some of his pronunciations didn't make sense or sounded in Spanish. otherwise an excellent book

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Really enjoyed Listening to this book

very in-depth, informative and engaging,and you really leave with an understanding of how the gang life can attract young men,but leaves you wondering ,as drugs do to your life how do they not see the consequences as the deterrent. Performance was a little boring,but well read.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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What a snooze!

Terrible, boring as hell. could not get past like chapter 7. Would not recommend at all. Narrator and story are both a bore.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Trista
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 07-19-17

sobering history lesson

What did you love best about Wolf Boys?

Given the subject matter, it's hard to "love" anything in particular.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The young age at which children, just innocent kids, get drawn into this world.

Which scene was your favorite?

Again, given the subject matter, that's not really applicable.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The very last hour of the book when the author is talking about his relationship with Gabriel I found to be the most emotional, for me.

Any additional comments?

It doesn't seem like this "war on drugs" is working. It seems as a new approach needs to be seriously looked at. Why is alcohol legal and drugs are not? Cigarettes? Sugar, for that matter. Sure seems like if they legalized it, the national debt might be solved. I'm sure this is probably too simplistic approach.

Anyhow, just a tragic situation for all around.

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Excellent

Sad story but very interesting!!
Very well done!! Great insight into the Zetas recruitment.

Thanks

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Sad but true story

Having grown up in Laredo this story resonated with me , it was real and sad at the same time. Dan did an excellent job of researching and putting the stories together. I only wish that the narrator would have been a Spanish speaker to could pronounce the text that was written in Spanish.

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Really Good and Interesting take on terrible stuff

The story was well crafted and read like fiction; exciting at times, suspenseful (even though you know the outcome if you paid attention to the news), angering, and even educational. There were times you were wanting more information and background and you got it. Good read.

My only complaint was that the narrator was a bad choice who didn’t seem comfortable in the format and he fell flat trying to pronounce Spanish words. The story was good enough to get through the bad narration.

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AMERICAN KIDS SLAUGHTER FOR THE CARTEL

It is amazing how any person let alone young boys of 15 can carry out what they did. I must make clear this book is not gory, none of that excessive description of their appalling murders. More how the two killing machines where trained in Mexico, given missions & more interestingly how the Mexican Cartels operate.

It is very candid, & grabs ones interest from the very start. It is interesting that the police did not even know of their names, as they where so young. When they do appear on the police radar, this true murder mystery starts to unfold.

A great one for true detective stories & true crime. Thankfully not too much description to make one wince.

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Didn’t like at all...

I gave this book a couple of hours of listening then returned it. It was very slow and boring and had too many names to keep people straight... I wouldn’t recommend. Disappointing.

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awesomely entertaining<br />

fucking awesome story
would recommend this title to anyone who is in to the cartels