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The story of two American teens recruited as killers for a Mexican cartel, and their pursuit by a Mexican-American detective who realises the War on Drugs is unwinnable. What's it like to be an employee of a global drug-trafficking organisation? 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 realisation 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 Stephen Daisley (P)2016 Simon & Schuster Audio USA

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  • PaulC6230
  • 02-14-21

Eye opening

I quite enjoyed listening to this audiobook which really opened my mind to how things were run in the gangs in Mexico. It’s a shame Gabriel got himself mixed up with the gangs and where he is now but nobody pushed him into it.

If you’re wanting to read a warts and all book about a killer in a Mexican gang I’d highly recommend this.

I’ll be sure to listen to this again, top story and great narration !

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  • rikki
  • 08-17-20

good verus evil

Good book that shows how easy it is for good kids to end up in gangs/drugs/prison/dead or follow a different path.
will the war on drugs every be won ? obviously not and the human cost is sky high.
a great story that does not glamorize gangs but lays it out plainly from all side s

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-02-20

Superb,To the point Violent

I loved it
The Best book on Narco etc I have ever read(listened to)😀