The Cartel

The Cartel

Book - 2015
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A sequel to "The Power of the Dog" finds a drug lord's prison transfer to Mexico upsetting a precarious balance of peace and forcing a DEA agent to come out of retirement to stop the ensuing violence.
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781101874998
9780525436515
Branch Call Number: WINSL
Characteristics: 615 pages : maps ; 25 cm

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birdonthehorizon
Nov 19, 2018

Reads like both a documentary and a potboiler. The violence, the human cruelty--it would be impossible to measure just how depraved a picture of human nature rises from these pages. Not recommended for the bedside, that's for sure. Winslow's research seems thorough and penetrating. The violence and depravity do not, alas, seem at all inflated or gratuitous. One is convinced that, yes, this is the world human beings have made. And as the author makes clear, it is not the Mexican or Colombian drug lords or their minions alone who are responsible for this hell on earth. They exist because there are markets for their products, and no need guessing where those markets are. It is a gruesome read that demonstrates how vulnerable is the veneer of humanism at various social levels and clarifies, if that needed clarifying, why so many of the poor to the south of our borders risk their lives to escape.

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kennethek
Mar 04, 2018

Reader Dannnn got this right. You want beaucoup violence? You got. This reader made it half way, nada mas. Winslow is however, a very clever and good writer, and great dialogue -ist who weaves his stories very well. "The Force" "less" violent and better character development.

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dannnn
Sep 10, 2017

This will be my last read by Winslow. It is compared to the Godfather but it doesn't compare. It is somewhat like the movie scarface, but doesn't get there either. Way to long. It reads more like a detail history but is fiction trying to copy history. Develops characters to just have them butchered. I almost just dropped it several times, kept thinking it would get more complex and interesting, but didn't, just more of the same blood and guts. At the end who care what happens to the main character? No one.

I think he wanted to have a novel that was turned into a movie. Why didn't he just write a screen play. I won't see the movie. If I want blood I'll watch the news.

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seeker472
Jun 20, 2017

A novel about the brutal Mexican drug wars. Winslow spares no sensibilities in the brutal
descriptions of the violence and treachery. One of the best novels I have read recently.

ArapahoeLesley Nov 22, 2016

This is an intricate, devastatingly brutal novelization of the 'War on Drugs' with Art Keller and Adan Barrera representing each side. Spanning 10 years this is a sweeping epic unlike any other I've read.

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7626dee
Jul 31, 2016

You owe it to yourself to read this book to try to understand what this endless war on drugs has created. This is a work of fiction but the facts are probably worse. Columbia and Mexico have been effectively destroyed as nations by the drug culture and the developed nations of the world are the consumers. Without the consumer there is are no drug cartels!

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lino_coria
Jul 19, 2016

What an exciting read. It is obvious Don Winslow did a lot of research before writing this book: most of the incidents are based on real events (sadly). He is also very familiar with Mexican culture beyond the typical Day of the Dead stuff. He knows how people think, behave... he knows where they hang out. The characters are three-dimensional, all believable. The Cartel is also a very exciting thriller. I only have very minor issues (some misspellings in Spanish and the epilogue).

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kelliyfults
Jun 19, 2016

Like the present-day cartel wars, there is so much redundant violence in this book... (I read both books in this series). I had my heart broken and my stomach turned. The killings just go on and on. The senselessness of one-up-man-ship and payback are clear... My favorite characters were NOT the antagonists, but the 'normal' working-class Mexicans who get caught in the crossfire. And most-of all, the brave journalists who fight patriotically with their pens and their voices...

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axeman
Feb 18, 2016

The best book I have read in awhile. Fantastic. Be warned - it is violent and graphic so it may not be suitable for some readers but if you don't mind the violence, you can't let this one get past you.

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bheat4141
Feb 16, 2016

Winslow is at the top of his game with this novel.

The theme and focus of the novel is inevitably similar throughout, but in large part that is the point, to accentuate the seeming futility and hopelessness of the war on drugs. Separating out the reality from the fiction, this will be an eye opening novel for most that can't possibly fully appreciate the true issues at play.

Purely from a fiction standpoint, Winslow is thoroughly engaging with his plot and storylines, seamlessly introducing complex characters in an extremely fluid manner.

Highly recommend.

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Jul 12, 2016

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