From the internationally bestselling 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 thirty 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 ten-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’m a builder and when working by myself I always listen to an audiobook, and Don Winslow as often as possible. I really enjoy his writing and the Art Keller books are great.
I loved this book and the narration is exceptional (though not as good as The Kings of Cool, that guy is amazing). Great plot, great characters, terribly violent, and interwoven with his other books.
A terrific book! A compelling, illuminating, complex, devastating and yet totally enjoyable. Thank you, Mr. Winslow.
great book, good job by the reader.
Definitely enjoyed this one. Nice to change genres every now and then. Winslow puts together a story the could have even been longer but manages to handle the time jumps very well. I would say that Narco Polo was one of my favorite characters, other than Adan and Keller. Would love to see this made into a movie or an HBO show or something like that.