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The wild, true story of the Mutiny, the hotel and club that embodied the decadence of Miami's cocaine cowboys heyday - and an inspiration for the blockbuster film Scarface....

In the '70s, coke hit Miami with the full force of a hurricane, and no place attracted dealers and dopers like Coconut Grove's Mutiny at Sailboat Bay. Hollywood royalty, rock stars, and models flocked to the hotel's club to order bottle after bottle of Dom and to snort lines alongside narcos, hit men, and gunrunners, all while marathon orgies burned upstairs in elaborate fantasy suites.

Amid the boatloads of powder and cash reigned the new kings of Miami: three waves of Cuban immigrants vying to dominate the trafficking of one of the most lucrative commodities ever known to man. But as the kilos - and bodies - began to pile up, the Mutiny became target number one for law enforcement.

Based on exclusive interviews and never-before-seen documents, Hotel Scarface is a portrait of a city high on excess and greed, an extraordinary work of investigative journalism offering an unprecedented view of the rise and fall of cocaine - and the Mutiny - in Miami.

©2017 Roben Farzad (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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Great read/listen

Read this back in October, now just finished the audiobook version. It transports you back in time to say the least, and will have you googling left and right if you're somewhat of a history buff. Of course it doesn't hurt to already be somewhat familiar with the cast of characters. Highly recommended

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All around great!

for anybody who is a fan of the Cocaine Cowboys documentaries or the movie Scarface or the city of Miami any one of those three this book is a must. The author does a great job getting your to know each character that was involved in importing cocaine into Miami and didn't obsess over Pablo Escobar like a lot of books tend to do. His name was mentioned because obviously if you talking about cocaine in the seventies and eighties his name has to be mentioned but it focused on some of the minor characters who are very interesting and some of the kingpins that were just over the top and it all centered around one hotel.

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Loved it!

Loved it! Colorful writing cans fascinating stories interwoven into a cohesive framework about Miami's cocaine 80s

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Ehh...

I found myself ready for this book to end. it loosely follows a few main characters and constantly sprinkles in brief stories about other players and characters that add very little to overall story and go nowhere.

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Like having your own Mutiny member card!

Fun and entertaining read. The research, stories, and details gathered is Amazing. Great narration. He at times will use different voices to help the listeners visualize characters when quoting them. The amount of detail really puts the reader in the heart of the 70's and 80's Miami cocaine craze. You almost feel taken back in time, like your sitting in the Mutiny yourself watching it all transpire right in front of you!

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Boring

Yes the book gave a little insight to the Mutiny but it more about the different drug traffickers during that time. It was very disappointing for me overall. I thought the audio version was hard to follow the different people he talks about and distinguish them from one another. They all seemed the same to me and it got boring quickly. If I had the chance again I wouldn't buy it.

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Loved it

I have always been fascinated with the Mutiny hotel and 80's Miami and this book was like a drug I couldn't get enough

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As a former "Grove Rat" I can attest to the accuracy of the accounts in this book. Great stories for everyone and a walk down memory lane for some.

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80s miami club is cocaine central

lavish club real cuban drug lords and historical. entertaining and good read would recommend it.

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Big fan of 80’s Miami

Very informative pieces that completed the Cocaine Cowboys Puzzle!!! The muchachos were heavy hitters but they are seldom talked about!!!