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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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).
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...
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.
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.
over the top - violence!!!
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