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An electrifying account of the Cali Cartel beyond its portrayal on Netflix.

From the ashes of Pablo Escobar's empire rose an even bigger and more malevolent cartel. A new breed of sophisticated mobsters became the kings of cocaine. Their leader was Gilberto Rodríguez Orejuela - known as the Chess Player due to his foresight and calculated cunning.

Gilberto and his terrifying brother, Miguel, ran a multi-billion-dollar drug empire like a corporation. They employed a politically astute brand of thuggery and spent $10 million to put a president in power. Although the godfathers from Cali preferred bribery over violence, their many loyal torturers and hit men were never idle.

©2017 Shaun Attwood (P)2017 Shaun Attwood

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AMAZING

What made the experience of listening to The Cali Cartel the most enjoyable?

Excellent up-to-date book about the Cali cartel that deconstructs the war on drugs, and is so gripping that you won’t want to put it down

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A darn-tootin good Audible book!

What did you love best about The Cali Cartel?

Attwood keeps the story flowing, interesting and suspenseful. I learned a lot of interesting knowledge.

What does John H Fehskens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He branches out realistically in different voices for the various characters, I believe he was a great choice as a narrator

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I can't exactly call it a "page turner", haha, but it took me less than two days to finish and I continued listening whenever I had the chance - in the car, at the gym, in cooking, laying in bed before falling asleep, ect.

Any additional comments?

This is another win for Shaun Attwood and I recommend it!

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Superb!!

Absolutely riveting. I could not stop listening. The cover ups deriving from our government is astonishing. All of Shaun's books in this series are a must read!!

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Couldn't even listen

I had to stop listening 10 minutes in, it's written how I would expect a middle school essay to be written. Very hard to listen to, especially when the narrator cannot even pronounce the names of the characters correctly.

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The Corporate Colombian Mafia

Pablo Escobar’s downfall, getting into politics, helped the Cali Cartel. With the spotlight on Pablo, the Cali Cartel ran their business like McDonald’s complete with franchises. Another fast-paced book by Attwood. I recommend all of them in his war on drugs series.

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Colombian Drug Lords

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

A great account of the Cali Mafia, rivals to the Medellin cartel run by Pablo Escobar. They ran the business like a corporation until the DEA decided to shake things up and then things got violent.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cali Cartel?

war with pablo escobar

What about John H Fehskens’s performance did you like?

excellent

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

futility of war on drugs

Any additional comments?

highly recommend

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repet of other books

It's to much like the other books on Pablo and the Cali cartel. the Netflix series started yesterday so I hope it's as good as the first 2 seasons

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A gripping book which I highly recommend

Well worth a listen for any fans of the Netflix series who want to go beyond the drug war mythology.

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  • Helen
  • 09-02-17

Eye opening

Extremely interesting book that draws you in slowly then completely amazes you. Filled with action and sometimes giving me goosebumps, it was shocking to hear everything in this book because whilst we know this is explains what has actually happened in the past, the dealings and the murders sound too extraordinary to not be fiction! Really good writing that pulls you in, I was upset that it had to end!

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  • Lauren Neppe
  • 10-03-17

Narcos in depth

I have watched the Netflix series Narcos and so was very interested in listening to this audiobook. It did not disappoint. It was an in depth, obviously well researched and very well presented look at the drug cartels and all the major players. I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in this subject. Well worth a listen!

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  • Tanya a.
  • 09-26-17

Colombian Drug Lords

Would you listen to The Cali Cartel again? Why?

A great account of the Cali Mafia, rivals to the Medellin cartel run by Pablo Escobar. They ran the business like a corporation until the DEA decided to shake things up and then things got violent.

What did you like best about this story?

war with Pablo escobar

What does John H Fehskens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

great narrator

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

its terrifying in parts

Any additional comments?

highly recommend

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  • hellkatjen
  • 09-22-17

An eye opener of a book.

Shaun Attwood has interesting things to say and he writes well, capturing your interest easily. This book tells a good story. It is well narrated in an engaging style.

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  • Charles
  • 08-23-17

Totally gripped from start to finish

Being a big fan of Narcos, I was interested to learn more. I was not disappointed.

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  • baggers
  • 08-22-17

AMAZING

What did you like most about The Cali Cartel?

Excellent up-to-date book about the Cali cartel that deconstructs the war on drugs, and is so gripping that you won’t want to put it down

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  • YazminZoe
  • 05-16-18

We live in a corrupt system but without the dirty money we wouldn’t survive

I have watched Narcos on Netflix, this book was interesting and informative, I have learnt more about the drug cartels and it’s extremely disturbing how involved some people are, we live in a corrupt system but without the dirty money, we wouldn’t be able to survive.

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  • Jayceon1888
  • 01-28-18

Listened to all books in this series

Good listen but has a lot more about Pablo Escobar than the Cali cartel ! There’s a book in this series that covers Pablos story and I was expecting more on the Cali Cartel but Pablo always seems to take up a large part of the book. Good listen though, and enjoyed it 5*****

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  • Natalie
  • 01-11-18

very enjoyable

really enjoyed this. fills in a lot of blanks if you have watched narcos. recommended

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  • Gareth
  • 11-20-17

Narcos +

Dives deeper into the true story if you follow the third season of TVs Narcos
Well read