Narrator: Ray Porter
Series: Power of the Dog #2
Published by Blackstone Audio Inc on 23 June 2015
Length: 23 hrs and 24 mins
Source: AudioBookJukeBox.com, Publisher, Submitted
From the internationally best-selling author of the acclaimed novel The Power of the Dog comes The Cartel, a gripping, ripped-from-the-headlines story of power, corruption, revenge, and justice spanning the past decade of the Mexican-American drug wars.
It's 2004. DEA agent Art Keller has been fighting the war on drugs for 30 years in a blood feud against Adán Barrera, the head of El Federación, the world's most powerful cartel, and the man who brutally murdered Keller's partner. 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 10-year odyssey to take him down. His obsession with justice - or is it revenge? - becomes a ruthless struggle that stretches from the cities, mountains, and deserts of Mexico to Washington's corridors of power to the streets of Berlin and Barcelona.
Keller fights his personal battle against the devastated backdrop of Mexico's drug war, a conflict of unprecedented scale and viciousness, as cartels vie for power and he comes to the final reckoning with Barrera - and himself - that he always knew must happen.
The Cartel is a true-to-life story of 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.
©2015 Don Winslow (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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The Cartel by Don Winslow is a follow up to his 2005 novel The Power of the Dog featuring two dynamic rivals — Art Keller and Adan Barrera, childhood friends who became arch enemies. Barrera leads the Mexican cartel while Art Keller, an ex-military DEA operative tries to bring him down.
Don Winslow’s novel is more than simply a gritty organized crime story, it spans politics, diplomacy, culture and economics. There is a vast array of characters and locations; a truly epic piece of fiction. Winslow has a very deep understanding of Mexico which comes through in the writing.
Ray Porter narrates both novels superbly, I assume he’s fluent in Spanish. He manages a number of character voices with conviction. These are very long novels so having the right voice to tell the story was truly critical. A+ on narration.
A few honest thoughts on The Cartel. First and foremost, this is not a crime story for the faint of heart. It’s profane, graphic and extremely violent to the point of being grotesque. Second, if you have not read The Power of the Dog first I would recommend starting there, although it is possible to just pick up and listen to The Cartel without having heard the first book. Third, this is a very long story, it deserves to be compared to Mario Puzo’s The Godfather in its epic scope.
Fans of the new Net Flix series Narcos will probably enjoy this more modern story.