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“Winslow’s drug war version of The Godfather Don Winslow is to the Mexican drug wars what James Ellroy is to L.A. Noir.”. You don’t have to read Don Winslow’s The Power of the Dog to get swept away by The Cartel, its ripped-from-the-headlines sequel, but you should. Read The Border PDF A Novel (Power of the Dog) Ebook by Don Winslow. The explosive, highly anticipated conclusion to the epic Cartel. DON WINSLOW is the author of twenty acclaimed, award-winning the #1 international bestseller The Cartel, The Power of the Dog, Savages, and The Winter.
The novel focuses on one Don who comes back into power after a stint in jail, and the American agent who originally put him there and wants him incarcerated again. The amount of research he did for this book must have been staggering. Instead of a novel, this felt like reading a list of things that happened. Product Details. Except for my bad ass, Killer Keller jam!! So thorough was the rehearsal that government officials discovered the body of a small bird in his trash can; they named the Birdman of Altiplano's deceased bird "Chapito.
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From the internationally best-selling author of the acclaimed novel The Power of the Dog comes The Cartel, a gripping, true-to-life, ripped-from-the-headlines epic story of power, corruption, revenge, and justice spanning the past decade of the Mexican-American drug wars.
DEA agent Art Keller has been fighting the war on drugs for thirty years in a blood feud aga From the internationally best-selling author of the acclaimed novel The Power of the Dog comes The Cartel, a gripping, true-to-life, ripped-from-the-headlines epic story of power, corruption, revenge, and justice spanning the past decade of the Mexican-American drug wars. Finally putting Barrera away cost Keller dearly—the woman he loves, the beliefs he cherishes, the life he wants to lead.
Then Barrera gets out, determined to rebuild the empire that Keller shattered. Unwilling to live in a world with Barrera in it, Keller goes on a ten-year odyssey to take him down. His obsession with justice—or is it revenge? The Cartel is a story of revenge, honor, and sacrifice, as one man tries to face down the devil without losing his soul.
It is the story of the war on drugs and the men—and women—who wage it. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published June 23rd by Knopf first published May 22nd More Details Original Title.
Power of the Dog 2. Adan Barrera , Art Keller. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Cartel , please sign up. Is this book very gruesome and graphic? Everyman Yes to both. If you don't want to read about many, many people being killed in many, many gruesome ways, skip this book.
If you don't mind that, then …more Yes to both. If you don't mind that, then go ahead. But if you have elementary or middle school children who are readers, I strongly recommend not leaving this book in a place where they can access it. Lynn No. Truly a magnificent read, not just compelling fiction with rich, complicated characters, but for anyone interested in "the war on drugs" and how it plays out on the other side of our border, this might be the closest one can get to fly on the wall other than first person reporting.
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Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. Aug 13, Rick Riordan rated it it was amazing. Winslow is such an awesome writer. The amount of research he did for this book must have been staggering. It is a fictionalized telling of the recent drug wars in Mexico and beyond, with all the gore and horror that I remember from the headlines when I was still living in South Texas.
It felt so real, so true to what happened, that I started fearing for the auth Winslow is such an awesome writer. It seemed like he was getting dangerously close to telling things exactly as they happened. On the other hand, Winslow finds sympathy and humanity in all his characters, even the most hardened narcos who commit the most heinous atrocities.
At heart, this is a story of a friendship gone bad between Art Keller, DEA agent, and Adan Barrera, scion of the most powerful drug cartel family in Sinaloa.
Once friends, the two men are now bitterest of enemies, and the book follows them both as they try to outwit one another. Only one man can come out of these drug wars alive. It is not at all clear who will success, or even who is the hero and who is the villain. View all 5 comments. Apr 24, Kemper rated it really liked it Shelves: He gave us the fictionalized version of its shady history in Mexico from the s through the end of the century in The Power of the Dog , and he returns with this sequel to tell how much worse it's gotten in the years since.
The Zetas were founded by former soldiers who train their members to military standards, and they escalate the turf wars to an astounding level of violence in which murder is routine and decapitations, dismemberment and burning people alive all become standard operating procedure as part of their campaign to terrorize the government, the police, the ordinary citizens, and the rival cartels.
Winslow spares no one in this clear eyed assessment that looks at the problem from every angle. The US is called to account for its hypocrisy in being both the market for these drugs and the hysterical voice demanding that Mexico stop the flow of narcotics. The corruption of Mexican institutions allows the trade to flourish and the violence to escalate.
Big business is in the mix with the flow of trade and oil production in Mexico. US and Mexican police forces have become increasingly militarized because of the drug war. Winslow is making a very ambitious case with this book that the war on drugs has fundamentally changed both countries for the worse and done incalculable damage in the process.
Winslow is so good that his natural talent keeps them all interesting and from seeming like cardboard cut-outs,but you can tell where the bulk of his energy was focused. Another aspect that started to wear on me a bit was how repetitive the violence got after a while.
Those are minor nitpicks that I think kept me from liking this one a shade less than The Power of the Dog. The Border View all 19 comments. Aug 13, Darwin8u rated it it was amazing Shelves: We will go to heaven or we will go to hell, but we will go together.
I was first drawn to read " I was first drawn to read this by my little brother who was pimping it hard. He mentioned that he heard 'Ben Afflick' couldn't even get in the bid for the rights to this movie. I think a similar deal got made for 'The Power of the Dog'.
Perhaps, Leonardo Di Capro will star. Perhaps the director from Cormac McCarthy's drug cartel movie yes, the one where Cameron Diaz makse love to a car may even direct it.
Kinda surreal. Also, it wasn't like I went into this novel not knowing about the drug cartels in Mexico. I live just outside of Phoenix. We used to travel once or twice a year across the border to Rocky Point, but as the Zetas and the violence escalated along the border towns a few years back, our trips decreased.
There just seemed to be too much cost for the benefit of sand, mg Ibuprofen, and smooth daiquiris. Even still, reading this was like discovering your favorite wound isn't just infected, but hosting a bunch of ugly parasites AND you are largely to blame.
Anyway, it is a total history. Winslow delivers the scope and the horror of the Drug War. He shows the impact on the people, the journalists, the poor. He shows the complicity of the US, the corruption of the Mexican police, the Mexican army, the Mexican politicos.
It could easily have devolved into a Zeta snuff film, but Winslow turns it into a powerful piece of historical fiction. It is selling like it is just a thriller, but don't let the flash fool you.
There is meat here. There is a body in this burning book. This isn't Dostoevsky, but it for sure for shit ain't Clancy. View all 8 comments.
Nov 21, Trish rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is very up to date. For writers, this downloadable Soundcloud podcast is a must-listen for how one approaches a critically relevant subject with large amounts of historical data. For U. In this huge, sprawling duo of novels, first The Power of the Dog followed by The Cartel , we have a much more sustained effort of imagination, research, and writerly skill that aligns so closely with headlines, a reader might be forgiven for mistaking Winslow as an intimate of the Mexican drug wars.
It is also a song of praise for the journalists who risked everything to cover the story. Winslow used news reports to fictionalize events in a way that gets at the motivations and the darkness and corruption on both sides of the border. This is fiction, but what fiction! You revenge it by living.
They had been pursuing one another for years and when Barrera escaped jail in the United States to return to his drug kingdom in Mexico, Keller came out of hiding to find him and bring him to justice. Winslow ties in years of documented drug trafficking over the U. Mexican strength derives from their ability to suffer loss. Women often went on record about attacks against their families in a brazen attempt to shame the leaders and the cartels and to show a kind of solidarity with their community.
This is a novel about the extremes of human depravity, corruption…and goodness. In the last section of this book, the cartels move from narco trafficking to narco terrorism , the two phenomena borrowing from one another. I think all drugs should be legal and I wish nobody used any of them.
I have no problem with people smoking a little dope. But it always amazes me where people who are so persnickety about buying fair trade coffee, and farm-to-table beef, and about where their chicken was raised, think nothing of buying marijuana, which in all likelihood was raised by murderers, sadists, sociopaths, and in a lot of cases harvested by slave labor.
So I don't want to harsh anyone's buzz, but I think that's something that we need to look at because we really are in so many ways responsible for the violence in Mexico through our schizophrenic attitude toward drugs, including marijuana. We spent billions of dollars trying to keep it out and we spend billions of dollars buying it—and it's that conflict that allows the cartels to survive. So as marijuana is legalized, the cartels are getting ready for that in terms of trying to go legit.
But on the other hand, you have to understand that the cartel's product is not the drug. The cartel's product is control of the trafficking routes. It doesn't matter what the item is, whether it's marijuana or coke or meth or heroin or blue jeans or bottled water, their product is the plazas, it's the neighborhoods, it's the ability to control those trade routes, okay?
So, once marijuana becomes actually legal and starts to grow more in the United States and there's no problem getting it across the border up from Mexico, there will be other products.
Because the product doesn't matter. Then we went after them with a vengeance. Winslow sounds Pynchon-esque in his insistence that we think. If it is not on the lists of important novels published this year, it should be--should have been--in contention for the major prizes.
It is a terrific work of imagination that targets important societal issues, is based on historical events, and it challenges us to do better, in our drug habits and in our spending on drug wars. What more can a reader ask from literature? I listened to the Blackstone audio production of this book, read by Ray Porter. Get either, or both. Buy yourself and your friends a Christmas present you will never forget. Inform yourselves. View all 31 comments. Con la Prima guerra mondiale, le trincee, le amputazioni, nasce il consumo di massa di oppio, eroina, antidolorifici.
Gli stessi americani costruirono in tempo record la ferrovia Sinaloa-San Diego, per i loro marinai delle portaerei, le decine di migliaia di feriti, di traumatizzati, di distrutti dalla guerra che tornavano a casa.
Quaranta anni di guerra, nessun risultato, se non morti, e ancora morti.
E il risultato si vede, si legge: View all 3 comments. Mar 11, Matt rated it really liked it Shelves: Any anyway, who cares? It almost seems like Winslow is engaging in a bit of a meta-critique, an honest appraisal of his own page novel of the War on Drugs, which is itself a sequel to the nearly page The Power of the Dog.
Yet, if there is any self-reflection here, it disappears quite quickly. But no sooner than you can say El Chapo on whom Barrera is clearly modeled , Barrera has been extradited back to Mexico, where he escapes from prison and jumps right back into business.
Now everyone is at war with each other, and the crosses, double crosses, and triple crosses come so fast that the only twist in The Cartel is when someone is actually loyal. Along with Keller vendetta-driven and Barrera Corleone with cocaine , we are introduced to a new slew of characters, very few of them holdovers from the first book in the series a function of the exceedingly high body counts.
Almost everyone who Winslow introduces is an archetype. None of them are given any particular depth or shading, though many get dope nicknames. When they are in danger, when many of them die, it never hit me on any level deeper than that of plot mechanics. Chuy is a portrait of stunning depravity, but little effort is taken in attempting to understand what makes him tick.
It is almost as if we are supposed to be satisfied by the shock-value alone. The Zetas are a real-life nightmare, a collection of sadists that make the Einsatzgruppen look like gentlemen. The incorporation of fictionalized proxies into actual events creates an interesting literary experience. This is not historical fiction, though some real personages and organizations are present.
At the same time, much of what happens in The Cartel is based on true events, so that I spent a lot of time doing outside research to separate the hard facts from the pure drama. This has a couple unfortunate consequences. First, it requires an extra level of effort that is not needed in a show like Narcos that dramatizes real persons and events, rather than creating an alternative reality. The Cartel really pushes the boundaries of what I can accept as entertainment.
While I acknowledge that a book serves many purposes to teach, to advocate, to persuade , at the end of the day, I want to enjoy what I am reading. I know that the last thing you want to hear about is my dreamlife, but I think it is worth noting that The Cartel gave me a rather terrifying narco-nightmare that left me shaken and sweat-soaked.
I need more out of a novel than a low-grade depression and bad dreams, since I get enough of that from daily life. His writing is marked by terse, clipped sentences, and blunt descriptions.
For whatever reason, he dispenses with many dramatic conventions, the most striking of which is the set-piece. Instead of carefully placing his pieces on the board and gradually building up to big moments, Winslow just races from one thing to the next.
This book is like a hammer pounding iron on an anvil. Big moments are handled abruptly, almost indifferently. The rhythm becomes tiresome. The only thing that differentiates the plot is the manner of death and the sex of the victim. Of course, when they die, they are also sexually brutalized. With one major exception, Winslow takes no time to build a scene, to let tension percolate or suspense build.
There is no long-game here, just an escalating series of murders. The overarching narrative is Keller versus Barrera, but as Keller himself admits, he cannot even remember why this pursuit matters. Instead of a novel, this felt like reading a list of things that happened. At times, this was more of a treatment than a finished product, a collection of bullet points that needed further expansion.
This is too bad, because Winslow is a talented author who combines an authoritative command of his subject matter with a genuinely punchy flair.
There is only one time in the whole of The Cartel that Winslow presents an extended sequence that is allowed to actually breathe and play out. Not coincidentally, it is the most pulse-pounding, palm-sweating, memorable part of the endeavor. It also demonstrates his inarguable skills. Side note: There is a semi-comic scene between Keller and his DEA boss that is a replay of that part in every cop movie ever made when the uptight boss chews out his loose-cannon subordinate, even though he secretly admires him, e.
Ice Cube in 21 Jump Street. Winslow is a smart man, and I do believe that he has put a great deal of thought into the War on Drugs. To that end, The Cartel is even more disheartening than it appears at first glance. It teems with a simmering fury at the way things have gone. However, while Winslow graphically renders the outlines of the problem, he provides nothing by way of a potential roadmap to a solution.
This has been said before, and honestly, it is getting to be a wearisome way of sounding informed without telling us anything at all. Addicts are not willfully flouting the laws of two nations out of greed; cocaine and meth are not analogous to illegally-imported ivory or Egyptian antiquities. It is also not simply a matter of changing American drug policy, since there is a Grand Canyon of difference between legalizing pot and legalizing heroin. When Winslow — via his mouthpiece Keller — bemoans the codependent bureaucracies of the cartels and the drug enforcement complex, caught in a corrupt embrace, he is simply presenting a reality without doing the harder work of providing an alternative.
Jul 18, Roxane rated it really liked it. Violent and devastating look at the "war on drugs. Thoroughly absorbing.
A bit long in places. But wow. Mercilessly grim in a good way. Some interesting women characters of which I wish there were more. One hell of a read. Art Keller, who is the bitter heart and soul of this book has a fascinating moral code. This is an epic.
View 1 comment. Mar 13, Ana O marked it as to-read Shelves: He became his own blues song, a Tom Waits loser, a Kerouac saint, a Springsteen hero under the lights of the American highway and the neon glow of the American strip. The shit hath hitith the fan. It infuriates him, this killing, this death. This my city of Avenida 16 Sep He became his own blues song, a Tom Waits loser, a Kerouac saint, a Springsteen hero under the lights of the American highway and the neon glow of the American strip.
Mexico, the land of pyramids and palaces, deserts and jungles, mountains and beaches, markets and gardens, boulevards and cobblestoned streets, broad plazas and hidden courtyards, is now known as a slaughter ground. And for what? So North Americans can get high. Dec 17, Sam Quixote rated it it was ok. The Cartel spans a decade of the Mexican drug wars from With the head honcho in prison, La Federacion breaks up into factions as a power struggle commences leading to the rise of the ruthless Zetas, a cartel of ex-military thugs.
Broadly, the novel follows these various characters as Barrera leaves prison and begins regaining control of his drug empire from the Zetas while avoiding the American DEA. What that actually means is that most of the novel is one nightmarish thing happening after another between the different sides. The cartels battle against each other in escalating, out-of-control violence with huge numbers of assassinations, beheadings, mutilations, people being burned alive in oil barrels, rape, all happening to men, women and children.
Winslow creates one character in a particularly contrived fashion. She becomes like a surrogate daughter to Keller and his girlfriend and guess what happens to her? The same thing that happens to every non-corrupt cop in Mexico.
In other words, lazy bullshit writing. Sure, Winslow shows us the horrors of the drug wars and comments banally that it will continue because of the industry behind it. Not just the drug consumers but the increasingly militarised police, the DEA, the prison system, the border authorities, and on and on. The Cartel is a reference to the whole mess, not just the actual cartels who run the drug businesses but the American government, the oil companies who legitimize drug kingpins by working in partnership with them, and various agencies like the DEA.
Full of one-dimensional characters, a non-existent plot, and one nasty scene after another, The Cartel leaves an unpleasant taste in the mouth. Jun 29, Perry rated it it was amazing Shelves: North Americans smoke the dope, snort the coke, shoot the heroin, do the meth, and then have the nerve to point south down, of course, on the map , and wag their fingers at the 'Mexican drug problem' and Mexican corruption.
He begins it with a quote from Raymond Chandler about cops being regular people: They start out that way, I've heard. The result is a provocative novel, wired with tension from beginning to end. View all 9 comments. Nov 17, G. Eckel rated it really liked it.
It's an epic story of the drug cartels in Mexico, their turf wars, and their fight with government forces that are as violent and ruthless as the cartels they seek to destroy. The novel focuses on one Don who comes back into power after a stint in jail, and the American agent who originally put him there and wants him incarcerated again. The story is fictional but rings true because it's based on real cartels, e Imagine a 17 hour Ken Burns' movie in a novel and you get Don Winslow's, The Cartel.
The story is fictional but rings true because it's based on real cartels, e. Winslow must be brilliant. The sheer number of pages, the smooth delivery and the epic story line provide a truly rich and enthralling experience.
The catch, however, is that you MUST enjoy reading about the ruthless actions of cartel members, warring cartels, the politics of terror and blackmail, and the corrupt government and police authorities that survive by letting the cartels survive. Much like Puzzo's Godfather, The Cartel puts you squarely in the world of the cartel leaders, their differing leadership styles, the truces and battles they wage, the illegal drugs they sell to a hungry public, and the horrific loss of loved ones on both sides of the battle lines.
Keller, the rogue agent, who first put the Don behind bars, is enraged that the Don has escaped and rejoins the CIA to hunt down the Don who killed Keller's family members. A brilliant, imaginative journey in the shoes mostly of cartel leaders. The depth of detail in the plot, the characters, and the descriptions is mind boggling. We see the human greed for wealth breed ruthless behavior, like mass beheadings, under the auspices of "business. Both addictions lead to momentary highs and certain destruction.
If you're not interested in drug trafficking wars, you will not enjoy this novel. None of the characters are particularly heart warming. Keller, the misfit agent, is our way into the novel but really, we spend more time with the Don than Keller. So, you don't spend too much time rooting for anyone in the novel. Also, the plot is episodic and infinitely long without the usual flow of a central story point that leads to a climax and resolution. A Wagernian epic of murder and vengeance.
But through the blood haze and the political fog, Winslow allows us to see—and even to care about—his skillfully drawn characters.
It is disturbing, and it is based in large part on actual events. This reader stuck with The Cartel to the end because it says something important. Beyond genre, there is musicality to his prose; staccato sentences that draw the reader in immediately. Devilishly plotted and exhaustingly vivid. And there are plot twists.
Expect violence, gore—and revenge. The old comforts you might find in Michael Connelly or Elmore Leonard are still here. Which it is—a kind of true story set in the recognizable horror show of Mexico narco-terrorism. What emanates from his writing. Whatever you feel gives life to the books of Don Winslow—be it nail-biting action scenes, detailed and thought-out characterizations of the people at the center of his stories or the abundance of details that lends his writing astonishing authenticity and credibility—one thing remains certain.
The Cartel is going to blow our minds and leave us wanting for more. Winslow educates without being heavy handed or preachy. While it is epic in scope, the writing has an intimacy and the characters, even the most evil, feel authentic. Read An Excerpt.
Paperback 2 —. Buy the Ebook: Add to Cart Add to Cart. About The Cartel The New York Times bestselling second novel in the explosive Power of the Dog series—an action-filled look at the drug trade that takes you deep inside a world riddled with corruption, betrayal, and bloody revenge.
Also in Power of the Dog Series. Also by Don Winslow. About Don Winslow Bestselling author Don Winslow has written nineteen books and numerous short stories, as well as writing for television and film.
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