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The Border

The Cartel Trilogy, Book 3
Narrated by: Ray Porter
Length: 29 hrs and 8 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (572 ratings)
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The explosive, highly anticipated conclusion to the epic Cartel trilogy from the New York Times best-selling author of The Force

For over 40 years, Art Keller has been on the front lines of America's longest conflict: the War on Drugs. His obsession to defeat the world's most powerful, wealthy, and lethal kingpin - the godfather of the Sinaloa Cartel, Adan Barrera - has left him bloody and scarred, cost him people he loves, even taken a piece of his soul. 

Now Keller is elevated to the highest ranks of the DEA, only to find that in destroying one monster, he has created 30 more that are wreaking even more chaos and suffering in his beloved Mexico. But not just there. 

Barrera's final legacy is the heroin epidemic scourging America. Throwing himself into the gap to stem the deadly flow, Keller finds himself surrounded by enemies - men that want to kill him, politicians that want to destroy him, and worse, the unimaginable - an incoming administration that's in bed with the very drug traffickers that Keller is trying to bring down. 

Art Keller is at war with not only the cartels, but with his own government. And the long fight has taught him more than he ever imagined. Now, he learns the final lesson - there are no borders. 

In a story that moves from deserts south of the border to Wall Street, from the slums of Guatemala to the marbled corridors of Washington, DC, Winslow follows a new generation of narcos, the cops that fight them, the street traffickers, the addicts, the politicians, money-launderers, real estate moguls, and mere children fleeing the violence for the chance of a life in a new country. 

This last novel in Don Winslow's magnificent, award-winning, internationally best-selling trilogy is packed with unforgettable, drawn-from-the-headlines scenes. Shocking in its brutality, raw in its humanity, The Border is an unflinching portrait of modern America, a story of - and for - our time. 

A Crime Reads Pick of One of the Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2019

©2019 Don Winslow (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Great story ruined by Trump Derangement Syndrome

Don Winslow hates the POTUS. His hatred of the president clouded this book. What could have been a great end to one of the best stories I've read has fallen flat because of TDS. This book was drawn out and never gave up an opportunity to slam the current administration.

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A great trilogy diluted

The Power of the Dog and The Cartel, the first two legs of this trilogy were masterfully crafted works of suspenseful fiction by one of the best writers of his time. I eagerly bought this third and final leg of the journey only to be thoroughly disappointed. Yes, Winslow maintains his brilliant character building but inexplicably dilutes the same qualities that are hallmarks of his work.

I have no issue with Winslow’s political viewpoints and find myself in agreement with much of same. What I DO have issue with is buying an eagerly anticipated finish of fiction only to find I could have saved a credit and watched 20 more hours of cable news op-ed’s. Like many, my reading (or listening) to works such as this is purely for pleasure and escapism.

I consider it vital to stay informed and to properly take a stand against injustice in the real world but find myopic obsession with those issues to be unhealthy and definitively unentertaining. In short, when it’s time to relax, I want to relax. Finding a great writer diminishing a great work by weaving his own editorial opinions into a work of fiction, I am greatly put off regardless of how much I may agree with said rhetoric in its proper forum.

A good work of fiction endures the passage of time. Op-ed’s integrally woven into otherwise great fiction do not historically do so.

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Disappointed!

Very disappointing end to the first two magnificent books of the trilogy. About half way through it verges off to being a little more than a roman a clef for the author's political opinions (hatred). Very ugly. I listen to books to get away from that crap. Sad, as he is otherwise an excellent writer, but I won't be wasting any more time on him.

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Incredible ending to The Power of the Dog saga

Don Winslow is a master. This is such a great ending to a fantastic trilogy. Thankfully, they even got Ray Porter, one of my favorite narrators, to wrap up the series.

This book locks you in within 5 minutes of starting it, and it does not let up until the last words out of Porter's mouth.

I would HIGHLY recommend reading the first two books in the series if you have not done so yet. It will help give this story a lot more power, and it will greatly help with certain understanding of parts.

I've seen some reviews about this book being too political. I agree, it is very political, but then again, the drug war is entirely political. It isn't just cartels moving drugs across the border. There is much more to it, and Winslow does a great job at describing it. Obviously, with this title and the current state of the political climate in the United States, it had to have some sort of political bend. And it's not like Winslow is the first to do this - it's been seen in novels from Stephen King to Vince Flynn.

I thought this book was the epitome of great writing. It had a plot that kept moving and kept you locked in, characters you loved and hated, and everything in between. It's got to be one of the best novels I've listened to...EVER!

I would burn 3 credits on this one novel, so it is definitely worth it! Fantastic job, Mr. Winslow! Sad the trilogy came to an end!

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Sad really used to like listening to his books.

If I wanted a lecture from liberal Democratic fantasy, I would turn on the TV and watch NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN or MSNBC. I wasted my time on this one, never again.

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Incredible and Real

An incredible and real look at the War on Drug and its complete penetration of our society. Ray Porter is amazing and the perfect choice to narrate this book.

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Visceral and Unflinching.

A great ending to an all too real trilogy. Don Winslow delivers a chilling look at the war on drugs. Ray Porter is superb.

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A wild story

I listen to this story and I felt soooooo many emotions. The story made me angry, sad, gave me doubt, and fear. I am a Christian, but I have a strong belief in the Dirty Harry statement " There nothing wrong with a little shooting as long as the right people get shot" After listening to this story and looking at all that's going on in the country and the world, I feel that a lot of shooting needs to be done and not just with the drug cartels or terrorists. There are so many terrorist and drug dealers on Wall Street, in corporate America, and Washington D.C. How can this war be won? God help us all.

As for the narrator, Ray Porter, He's the best. With all of these characters, he did a great job of voicing all of them.

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I didn’t want it to end.

This trilogy is some of the best books I have ever read. I am really sorry to have it end. Now I am struggling as to what I can read that will even compete with these books. I have become a huge Don Winslow fan. I could not put this book down.

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Only bad part is that it is over

I have enjoyed the the entire trilogy. Art Keller as the avenger has been riveting. Don Winslow's reality based fiction has always been intriguing, how he tweaks history or current events has added a layer of interest, but adding Jared Kushner and Donald Trump to the mix was at times disturbing but hypnotic.

The way Winslow wraps up the fate of his characters, several from the Power of the Dog, was both heart breaking and satisfying.

My wife suggests books and movies that are crime/suspense and I have eventually realized that what I really like is vengeance fiction. This trilogy is the best of the genre, and The Border is exceptional.

I listen to Audible while running and ran twice as far as I intended because I could not stop listening.

Only sad part is saying good by to Art Keller...

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