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Wolf Boys Audiobook

Wolf Boys: Two American Teenagers and Mexico's Most Dangerous Drug Cartel

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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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    "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.

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    pattiecakes 09-20-16
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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

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    Amy 07-27-17
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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.

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    Trista Houston, TX, United States 07-19-17
    Trista Houston, TX, United States 07-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "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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    "Learn Spanish or at least Spanish Pronunciation"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    NOT the audiobook but this book YES, my reason the story was great and informative and even a little chilling however I could not get past the constant mispronunciation of spanish words completely distracted from the story. There were certain words I had to look up in my hard copy because I was not 100% sure about the reference. Just did not flow well at all and was very hard to listen to even though it was a great book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that it tells the truth about the real life struggles people go through in border towns on both sides of the Mexican/American border.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Learn Spanish.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The truth about life in border towns


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    Michael MOUNT PLEASANT, SC, United States 07-01-17
    Michael MOUNT PLEASANT, SC, United States 07-01-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Frighteningly true story"

    Fast moving, tragic account of the ages old drug war in Mexico, an insidious virus making relentless inroads in our own country where our drug users and many of our politicians, law enforcement, and financial institutions make it possible. As our social fabric and traditional institutions unravel and violence escalates, most of us stick our heads in the sand, unable or unwilling or ignorant or too fearful or overwhelmed, to take a stand to confront this brutal menace which may be the ultimate end of our nation. Disturbing and unforgettable read.

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    Traveler dallas, texas 04-29-17
    Traveler dallas, texas 04-29-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Story, narrator doesn't know how pronounce word in Spanish"

    Interesting and enthralling story about drug cartels in the Mexico/Texas border but would have appreciated if the narrator had researched how to pronounce spanish words correctly.

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    "excellent!"

    great book, would of been better if read by someone able to speak the language

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    Anne Kessler Point Arena, CA USA 03-09-17
    Anne Kessler Point Arena, CA USA 03-09-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Chilling"

    Chilling but not for the reason you would think. It is like a Shalespearian tragedy.

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    Adrián Robles 02-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book"
    Any additional comments?

    As a native of Nuevo Laredo, I consider this book to be very informative. There is no person in both of the cities in which the book is based (Nuevo Laredo in México and Laredo in the US) that haven’t been affected directly or indirectly by what has happened because of Mexico’s and the US war on drugs, and having this historical document written by an outsider like Mr. Slater, is of great value since local news will not touch this kind of story.

    It is haunting to learn some of the plots that these Wolf Boys planned. So many places that are mentioned here are regular every day places that any citizen will go to; clubs, restaurants, movies, it makes you think hard. What if was there?

    The story is brutal, and it is a confirmation of what residents of both cities have heard for many, many years. Mr. Slater did not hold anything on this book, so be careful since it is a bloody, brutal and devastating story that narrates the life of these killers, the organization they worked for, and the hell that some of us citizens have lived.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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