Factions are now struggling to dominate all or at least a part of the trade and the violence associated with the trade has increased significantly which will make Keller s task all that much difficultWhile Keller is the main protagonist Winslow tells this story through the yes of drug lords undercover cops crooked politicians drug users financiers money launderers and reporters as well as the immigrants who are struggling to make their way from Central America to a better life in the United States and who often become collateral damage in the drug warThe story is beautifully written and the cast of characters though large contains many individuals who will remain with the reader for a long time to come It also has a great deal to say about the country we ve become in the first uarter of the Twenty First Century and Americans from across the political spectrum could learn a great deal from it This is a book along with its two predecessors that I will be returning to at least occasionally for as long as I m still able to read books one of the best I ve read in a very long time A superlative THIEME Atlas of Anatomy ending to the Power of the Dog trilogy The Border is a perfect blend of the first two volumes Thepic sprawl of The Cartel is cut back though we see a broad swath of the people affected by the drug war from a migrant child fleeing gang violence an addict struggling to get clean dealers and cops and narcos and crooked politicians and bankers who launder money While it is still Sanibel Virgin entertainment it is not police state fan fiction Winslow asks the tough uestions of why Americans consume painkillers than the rest of the world combined and why we fight a 50 year war that cost over a trillion dollars and leaves countless dead on both sides of the border This is THE crime fiction novel of 2019 and the trilogy is aspic a portrait of America both continents as painted by Ellroy in the LA uartet Dos Passos or any other Read it and weep The Final Book of the TrilogyThe Border is the final concluding chapter to Winslow s magnum opus his trilogy about the long running drug war Like the first two lengthy chapters in the trilogy The Power the Dog and the Cartel The Border is a broad sweeping Way of the Shaman epic telling multiple storylines However unlike the first two books along with the glorious rich characters and history Winslow included thinly veiled political smear attacks which were unnecessary to the story and cheapened his art In anyvent the Border continues the decades long sweeping Gallowglass epic begun in the first two books It is the story of the drug cartels their formation theirvolution and the seemingly insurmountable and insidious problem they have become The Inclusion Imperative eating away at both American life and life south of the border If anything the rise of the drug cartels has had a far devastatingffect in Mexico and Guatemala than here in the States as wars between the different factions "have resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths brutality on a scale barely imaginable corruption and devastation What " resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths brutality on a scale barely imaginable corruption and devastation What does so skillfully in this book and the previous two is he personalizes the drug war both in the person of Art Keller the DEA agent and the that of the warring drug kingpins Adan Barrera is now dead and gone and the young Turks the young Hijos are now rising It s a new generation born in drug wealth and power who all party together and are best friends But power and money corrupt And there s no way out They The Public-Private Partnership Handbook either have to claw their way up or go down in a blaze of glory The young princes are trapped no different than the kid in the Barrio Andventually What Next After School ? even Art Keller sees that taking out one drug kingpinven Adan Barrera only leaves an Emerging Markets empty seat for another to fill Taking down one cartel only leaves an opening for another cartel to move in The result is anndless war with no A Home of Another Kind end in sightWinslow is a master at diagnosing the problem but not much at prescribing a solution He uses the trilogy to argue that meeting the cartels with force will not work and that legalization of drugs not just marijuana will take the profit motive out it And he argues that a wall will not stem the tide But he offers no solutions to why so many want to drown themselves in drugs Why so many want to drop out of modern life And in places where hard drugs are legal don t we justnd up with an army of zombies Surrendering to despair is no Solution And the xtraordinary violence coming over the border no matter its ultimate roots is unacceptable THE BORDER is the "last book in the POWER OF THE DOG trilogy All I can say is WOWIt "book in the POWER OF THE DOG trilogy All I can say is WOWIt verything I hoped for and Brutal criminals sometimes African Successes, Volume I even brutal lawnforcement international drug wars politics and the absolutely fabulous Ray Porter relating it all in that powerful voice of his At this point I feel like Don Winslow and Ray Porter are a part of my life I ve spent dozens of hours with them both and to be honest I m going to miss them Does Art Keller finally get somewhere in the drug war he s fought his Trigger Samaniego 1 (Stallion, entire life Will he get to settle down and live a uiet life with Marisol What about Eddie Ruiz Callen and Nora Hell will any of themven survive I recommend you read this ASAP so you can find outWinslow delivered the goods here and Ray Porter performed the hell out of it My highest recommendation. M politicians that want to destroy him and worse the unimaginable an incoming administration that's in bed with the very drug traffickers that Keller is trying to bring downArt Keller is at war with not only the cartels but with his own government And the long fight has taught him than he ver imagined Now he learns the final lesson there are no borders. Disappointing I couldn t wait for this to come out I sped through the first 2 books This is way too California anti Trump syndrome to ignore I hate paying to have politics rammed down my throat 45 stars The first two books in this trilogy were perfection I removed a half star from this one because there were two or three chapters that I felt did not fit into the overall flow and were a bit unnecessary That being said I feel that these books deserve a place amongst the very best of crime fiction More happens in any given thirty pages of these books than in most four hundred page books by anyone lse Gigantic cast of characters non stop action and drama and real life tie ins to actual vents although the names have been changed in some instances I raced through this one and read it during most of my free time and while I was bummed it nded it s good to know that Winslow is a pretty young guy and probably has a lot good books in him because I love reading his work He has a way of keeping Sexy, Healthy, Food - 25 Clean-eats, Gluten-free Recipes everything in focus andven with all the characters and locations I was able to keep who was who and where they were clear in mind Marketing Excellence 3 even though it had been years since I read the first two novels I recommend these books to anyone andveryone because of how YARN Essentials entertaining and informative they are as well as being relevant to the current status of our communities rich or poorPS I m a substance abuse counselor so the topic hits close to home They say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again whilexpecting a different result So maybe America should start uestioning its war on drugs which is almost 50 years old now Nah Let s just keep doing the same thing we always have It s gotta work Wild Wicked Scot (Highland Grooms, eventuallyArt Keller s story began in The Power of the Dog when he was a young DEA agent dispatched to Mexico in the 70s There he got into a feud with Ad n Barrera who becomes one of the most powerful cartel kingpins and their bloody fight would go on for years Keller sfforts to bring him to justice were complicated by the US s covert support of the drug trade to fund anti communist operations in Central and South America The war between Keller and Barrera goes on past the turn of the century in The Cartel when a power struggle in Mexico leads to stunning levels of violence and corruptionNow America s dependence on opioids has created an xpanding market for heroin and fentanyl and Keller has been appointed head of the DEA to try and stem the tide Keller s strategy is to adopt a tolerant attitude to low level users and dealers while going after the high level money men profiting from the trade Unfortunately a loud mouthed presidential candidate accuses him of being soft on crime while pointing the finger at illegal immigration and Mexican government corruption and Keller has to beware of right wingers in his own Mexican government corruption and Keller has to beware of right wingers in his own trying to sabotage him Then Keller gets vidence indicating that the candidate s son in law is about to launder hundreds of millions of dollars in cartel money under the guise of a real state deal but just trying to investigate it will mean being smeared by the alt "right ven as he fears that the cartels have just bought the White House Meanwhile there s another vicious war for "even as he fears that the cartels have just bought the White House Meanwhile there s another vicious war for of the drug trade going on in Mexico and host of people like a small time junkie an undercover cop the son of a slain DEA agent a young boy fleeing gang violence in his own country and a retired hit man are all caught up in the chaos in various waysDon Winslow has been researching and writing about the Mexican drug trade for years now and he s got a lot to say about the ultimate futility of trying to stop it with cops He s also not shy about pointing out the hypocrisy of how America is the biggest customer of this trade while blaming other countries like Mexico for it Winslow s trilogy makes these social and political points while also delivering an American Nietzsche epic crime tale with Art Keller at its center These aren t justntertaining books they feel like important booksUnfortunately this one was a little hard for me to read because it all too accurately mirrors current Art, Culture, and Cuisine events with the character of John Dennison a liar racist fraud criminal asshole who somehow becomes president of the United States that was obviously created as a stand in for the real thing For the purposes of this book Winslow has shifted the dirty dealings from Russian oligarchs to Mexican drug lords but honestly if we found out that the orange shitbag had taken cartel money would anyone really be surprisedSince reality is such a bummer these days it made reading thisven depressing than the other books It s relevant and good but it is tough to read a fictional version of America destroying itself in ways that are really happening This was so disappointingPower of the dog Cartel are pure brilliance and they place on the top of my favourite all time books therefore I was very xcited and bought The Border as soon as it came outThen the cold shower hit to put it simple The border is un interesting boring and almost unreadable The obsession with Trump is an absolute non sense it ruins the story and its credibilityIt seems like Don Winslow blinded by his personal political views has lost his sense of balance and nuance that were For over forty years Art Keller has been on the front lines of America's longest conflict The War On Drugs His obsession to defeat the world's most powerful wealthy and lethal kingpin the godfather of the Sinaloa Cartel Adán Barrera has left him bloody and scarred cost him people he loves ven taken a piece of his soulNow Keller is levated to the high. O present in the two first books Sad very sad this series deserved something so much better than this Twice now Don Winslow believed he was outAfter finishing 2005 s The Power of the Dog he d felt he said his piece on the war on drugs Then nearly a decade later he sat down at a keyboard and started typing what would become his follow up to The Power of the Dog The Cartel After that he was posi This was one of the most pic reading Blood Runs Green experiences I ve had in a very long time This is the massive conclusion to Don Winslow s Border Trilogy THE definitive piece of fiction that focuses on the War on Drugs Throughout these three big books Winslow leaves no stone unturned in this subject and passionately challenges what you know about the Border Crisis and the AmericanMexican Drug War Butven importantly he tells the great story of the tumultuous decades long personal war between DEA agent Art Keller and Sinaloa Cartel patr n Adan Barrera After the big turning point in the finale of the previous book The Cartel Art Keller is now the head of the DEA and is trying to fight the Drug War from the very top levels of government But at the same time a new breed of cartel leaders are threatening a new level of violence in Mexico With this book Winslow Charting an Empire expands his focus ten fold the same way The Wire did withach of it s Colored Property episodes and begins to focus onvery conceivable corner of the Drug War and all its players from the cartel leaders to a NYPD undercover officer an aging hitman who comes out of hiding a 10 year old Guatemalan illegal immigrant a tormented young Staten Island junkie and finally a reality show host and real Desire and Truth estate mogul running for president with a love of Twitter and a desire to build a bigger wall along the Mexican border This large cast of characters shows how far reaching this war is and helps give the story it spic scope Winslow also brings back storylines from the previous novels and brings it all to a satisfying The Exiles Gallery end There s no other writer uite like Don Winslow This book shouldn t have worked for me It s filled with documentary style focus on detail and sometimes feels like a politicalssay But it s so goddammned Dislocating China entertaining that it never bothered me His writing is so readable that I could ve kept reading happily for 500 pages I don t want to talk too much about the story but there are so manyxciting moments and Childerley even one moment that made me actually shout and clap and then stop inmbarrassment because I shouldn t be cheering at an inanimate object The book isn t the most subtle with it s blatant and inelegant but spot on Trump avatar character and a final speech that s basically Winslow s Drug War dissertation but I had such a great time reading this and was so Cultural Excursions engaged by the riveting horrifying sometimes amusing and always important story that I can t give it anything but 5 stars This was fantastic andxhilarating and would recommend it to anyone who s Cruelty and Laughter enjoyed the previous booksxcept maybe sensitive Trump fans They have not yet invented a sufficient number of superlatives to describe how much I loved this book It s an absolute "Masterpiece And A Very Worthy "and a very worthy to the trilogy that Winslow began with The
"Power Of The Dog In "of the Dog in It s a sweeping Cop Knowledge epic with a huge cast that clocks in at 720 pages and there s not a single wasted word in thentire bookAt the center of the story again is Art Keller who in one capacity or another has been fighting the war on drugs for forty years It s taken a very heavy toll on Keller physically psychologically mentally Cultural Aesthetics emotionally and morally It s also clearly been a losing battle and for all the money andffort Class and Conformity expended the scourge of drugs plaguing the United States and its southern neighbors has only gotten worse instead of better By now though too many players from the cartels to the dealers to the politicians to the people owning and running the corrections systemt al have too big a stake in the war and are making far too much money and other capital from it to give it upArt Keller has seen this war up close and personal from literally Descartes and His Contemporaries every angle and as the book opens he realizes that it s time to fight it on another front As long as there s a huge demand for illegal drugs in the US and as long as there s so much money to be made from trafficking those drugs the flow will never stop And a border wall is certainly no answer given that ninety percent of the drugsntering the US from Mexico come through legal ports of High Tide at Midnight entryKeller gets his chance when he s appointed Director of the DEA and he determines that instead of going after the drugs he will go after the money assuming that if the profit disappears so will the drugs Keller now mounts his own war with a few trusted confederates and mostly in secret to take down those who profit most from the profits of illegal drug sales It s a new front in the war that poses grave dangers to those who would wage it Art Keller perhaps most of allKeller sfforts play out against a huge increase in the violence associated with the drug trade and at a time when a new scourge heroin is Education and Equality exploding into the marketplace The Sinaloa Cartel which had imposed at least a rough order on the drug trade with the tacit cooperation of both the Mexican and American governments is breaking up Several. Est ranks of the DEA only to find that in destroying one monster he has created thirty that are wreakingven chaos and suffering in his beloved Mexico But not just thereBarrera's final legacy is the heroin Deceptive Beauties epidemic scourging America Throwing himself into the gap to stem the deadly flow Keller finds himself surrounded bynemies men that want to kill hi.