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.
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I debated about listening to this book for many months. I do not like gratuitous violence nor do I like "action for the sake of action". This novel is full of violence and action but all of it is contextual to the story and necessary to the true portrayal of the world of the drug trade especially as pertains to the Mexican cartels and the far reaching impact of their influence. I experienced this novel as a multi-faceted experience in exceptional story telling with complex characters and also as an education; an education about the corruption, the violence, the power and far reaching impact of this "war on drugs" which is and has been going on and escalating for four decades or more. There were times when I had to walk away from the listening because the violence is disturbing and I needed to digest the implications of this criminal trade on many levels. Yes, it is a long novel but at no point did I consider ending the listen prematurely. I learned so much and was gripped by the author's ability to present multi-faceted complex characters and relationships. Bottom line, if you are ready to learn about a topic that we live with every day and is smoldering under our lifestyle, do read this. It is very violent and disturbing but thus is the nature of war.
This Just In.....Life imitating Art: Today the world's most powerful drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, escaped from a maximum security prison in Mexico. This is his second escape from a maximum security prison after vowing he could not be contained, and after the Mexican government (that refused to extradite him to the United States) vowed he would not escape again. Evidently -- he couldn't, and he did. For readers of Winslow's Power of the Dog (2005), and especially The Cartel, this is an eerie coincidence.
NPR's Alan Cheuse referred to The Cartel as a "True Crime Adventure," and how much truer can it get? Winslow's fictional parallel runs staggeringly close to the truth with his creation of the Sinaloa drug cartel kingpin, Adán Barrera, shadowing El Chapo -- even breaking out of his maximum security confinement...(excuse the spoiler). It's enough to make you wonder if Winslow has watched these events repeat themselves so often that he can predict what can happen next.
Winslow's vast and illuminating look at the DEA's war on drugs spans 40 years in these two combined novels: Power of the Dog, 1975 to 2005, and The Cartel 2005 to 2015. Though not a journalist, Winslow did extensive research, over 15 years, to write what has been praised by journalists as a magnum opus on the Mexican drug cartels. The Cartel's narrative picks up from the Power of the Dog with DEA agent Keller continuing his almost obsessive quest to destroy Adán Barrera and revenge his partner's gruesome death. Of course, with the cartel's inventive brutality involved--what other kind is there?
Cartel goes deeper into the "centrifugal dynamics" of the cartel families, and the fight between the *families* to maintain control of the drugs and therefore the fortunes. The massive amounts of money are mind-blowing (El Chapo was listed by Forbes as one of the most wealthy and most powerful); the levels of corruption, knee-buckling. The pages are soaked with the blood of unimaginable torture, beatings, gang rapes, beheadings -- it's graphically, numbingly violent. (Remember the movie line: "Kill him again!?) But not sensationalized, because Winslow uses the violence to drive across a point, like an eye-opening whiff of ammonia under the nose. USERS: This is where your high comes from; this is what your $$ funds.
Winslow looks at the events and steps into them. He submerges himself and the reader across the border and into the towns; he explains the social and economic structure; he tells the people's story, their genealogy; he gives the town's history; and he narrates the struggles and fights with the cartel. Even the cartel head must deal with the destruction he has caused, one moment wistfully recalling the beauty of a different Mexico, and then sending his wife to America to give birth and get citizenship (another fiction that is true).
The Cartel is fiction based on facts, but it is worth noting, if you are considering this book, that critics have said the following: --"It is as much a work of meticulous journalism as artful fiction" [Anna Mundow, Barnes and Noble Review] --"a jarring glimpse into a reality about which many Americans remain blissfully unaware.” [Michael Pucci, Library Journal] --"a riveting expose of a modern tragedy" Alan Morrison, Sunday Herald --"Steeped in reportage, the novel. . . possesses a virtue I associate with traditional documentaries: it explains things. I finished the book understanding why Juárez is so violent; why cartels murder so many innocent people; why both the American and Mexican governments favor some cartels over others; and why the war on drugs is not just futile, but morally compromised. It’s here that fiction and documentary come together in a shared sense of, well, bleakness.” John Powers, Fresh Air --- From the professionals, you simply can't find more facts in any one place.
A good book appeals to many people on many levels, and sparks conversation. The Cartel certainly will spark conversation, it's unfortunate the conversation most needed won't take place. Don Winslow has given many interviews with his informed opinions, talking about what he calls the trillion dollar failed drug war, the connection to the drug cartels and ISIS, and finally, and most importantly, his revelations as to whom really is the cartel. "It is high time for us to arise from sleep" Romans 13:11 [The Cartel]