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Drug Warrior

Inside the Hunt for El Chapo and the Rise of America's Opioid Crisis
Narrated by: Brett Barry
Length: 9 hrs
4 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

DEA Agent Jack Riley, "[Chicago's] most famous federal agent since the days of The Untouchables" (-Rolling Stone) tells the inside story of his 30-year hunt for the drug kingpin known as El Chapo, and reveals the true causes of the American opioid epidemic.

Jack Riley, grandson of a Chicago cop known for using his fists, was born to be a drug warrior. Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera, who farmed marijuana and opium poppies as a teenager in Mexico, was born to be a drug lord. Their worlds collided when Riley, a career special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration, was promoted to lead the fight against Chapo on the border at El Paso.

Drug Warrior is the story of Riley's decades-long hunt for the world's most wanted drug lord, set against the rise of modern international drug trafficking, and America's spiraling opioid epidemic. Jack Riley started his career as an undercover street agent in Chicago busting small-time dealers. By the time he worked his way up to second in command of the DEA - a post few field agents ever reach - he had overseen every major mission to capture foreign drug kingpins since the 1990s, and had witnessed first-hand how El Chapo changed the game. As brilliant as he was lethal, Chapo not only decimated his competition, he foresaw Americans' dependence on opioids and heroin, and manipulated supply to increase demand. Riley's story culminates as he and the DEA win their greatest victory - the capture and extradition of his long-time nemesis - and Chapo faces his darkest fear: U.S. justice. 

A riveting memoir of life inside the drug wars, and a never-before-seen glimpse of the inner-workings of the DEA, Drug Warrior is a critical examination of how America's opioid crisis came to be, and the extraordinary people fighting it.

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Critic Reviews

"Drug Warrior is a riveting account of America's drug war. Jack Riley steps right out of central casting: a tough cop on a mission. But Drug Warrior goes beyond Riley's gruff exterior and shows the trials and tribulations of fighting a war that can't be won. Riley's sense of duty is the heart of the book. Want to better understand America's first forever war? You'll find answers here." (Kevin Maurer, co-author of the New York Times best sellers No Easy Day and American Radical)

"For 15 years, Chapo has been Riley's white whale, the object of an obsession that teetered on derangement and sidelined everything else, including his family... A ruddy, white-haired bruiser who holds court from a bar stool, Riley seemed dispatched from the days of fedoras and cops lighting Luckies at crime scenes." (Paul Solotaroff, Rolling Stone)

"Riley's intensity and charisma have made him one of the most quoted and recognizable advocates for drug enforcement in the country." (Chicago Reader)

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Way over-hyped as a page turner for a book with almost no meat on the bone. Riley repeats himself over and over about his zeal for getting the "bad guys" and reminds us far to often how smart and "tough" he is. Swearing a lot and dragging your wife and kids around the country for your own selfish interests doesn't make you smart and tough. His major theme is how dedicated and innovative he is, basically laying claim to inventing the concept of inter-agency cooperation. Then, without a trace of irony, he accuses another agent of being an egomaniac. Inconsistencies abound. Example: He finally realizes his dream of being stationed on the border in El Paso -- ground zero in the war against drugs -- the only logical place where you can really make a difference and get things done -- and then inexplicably provides few details of his short time there before he bails and eventually gets back to Chicago, which he then proceeds to call "ground zero" in the war against drugs. Whew. And then there's the Joe Friday-esque narrator, who sounds like he's trying to scare the kids with spooky stories around the campfire.

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This is a reflective, honest, detailed, memoir, and analysis of a career that spans the most intensive years of the Drug War.