The Border

The Border

Book - 2019 | First edition
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"The explosive, highly anticipated conclusion to the epic Cartel trilogy from the New York Times bestselling author of The Force. What do you do when there are no borders? When the lines you thought existed simply vanish? How do you plant your feet to make a stand when you no longer know what side you're on? The war has come home. 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, Adan Barrera--has left him bloody and scarred, cost him people he loves, even taken a piece of his soul. Now Keller is elevated to the highest ranks of the DEA, only to find that in destroying one monster he has created thirty more that are wreaking even more chaos and suffering in his beloved Mexico. But not just there. Barrera's final legacy is the heroin epidemic scourging America. Throwing himself into the gap to stem the deadly flow, Keller finds himself surrounded by enemies--men that want to kill him, 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 down. Art Keller is at war with not only the cartels, but with his own government. And the long fight has taught him more than he ever imagined. Now, he learns the final lesson--there are no borders. In a story that moves from deserts south of the border to Wall Street, from the slums of Guatemala to the marbled corridors of Washington, D.C., Winslow follows a new generation of narcos, the cops that fight them, the street traffickers, the addicts, the politicians, money-launderers, real-estate moguls and mere children fleeing the violence for the chance of a life in a new country. A shattering tale of vengeance, violence, corruption and justice, this last novel in Don Winslow's magnificent, award-winning, internationally bestselling trilogy is packed with unforgettable, drawn-from-the-headlines scenes. Shocking in its brutality, raw in its humanity, The Border is an unflinching portrait of modern America, a story of--and for--our time"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062664488
Branch Call Number: FIC WIN
Characteristics: 720 pages : map ; 24 cm


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Dec 13, 2019

Globe 100 2019. Mexican drug cartels. Doesn't just widens your eyes but clamps them open.

Oct 05, 2019

I read "The Cartel", then "The Border". I preferred "The Border" since it is based on quite recent history up to 2017, so easier for me to recognize events that the story was based on, from the vicious in-fighting between cartels, rise of heroin and fentanyl, murdered students in Guerrero, the immigration issue, illegal meddling of the US in other governments, to the corrupt US government now in power. And maybe I have gotten used to the violence by now. The love story between the protagonist and his Mexican wife is gratuitous but a welcome break. The "hero" is a macho, murdering, end-justifies-the-means US male; hard to like much.
I still recommend this book! :)

Jul 17, 2019

I've been reading Winslow for a long time This novel is one of his weaker efforts. Winslow is a master at telling concise, compact stories, and trying to encompass an omnibus is not his strength. Since this is basically the last book in the trilogy, he recaps a lot of the first two books into this story. This story is basically a polemic about the War on Drugs and its abject failure to control illegal drugs. He even tacks on story about a tweeting presidential candidate/president. With so many characters over so many years he loses sight of them, and in that neglect, the characters end up lost. Ultimately, it is still Winslow's work, but I hope he now goes back to smaller stories that can still enlighten the reader but are more entertaining.

Apr 22, 2019

If there is a novel that has earned the adjective “sprawling,” The Border is one of those novels. Sweeping across generations and geography, with multiple narrative threads reaching from garbage dumps in Guatemala to the hard streets of New York to the Oval Office, the novel is impressively bold in breadth and scope. At times, the sheer massiveness can become overwhelming, as genealogies accumulate and interconnections weave back and forth across time and space. But Winslow is a master of narrative, and as such does know how to keep readers just on the edge of overload in order to maintain complexity without damaging the forward momentum. And fair warning: it is a momentum that is rife with violence, tragic inhumanities, as well as brutal abuse and death at so many turns. And more sadly, too, many of these stories are grounded in events that really happened, and continue to happen despite the proclamations of so many lawmakers, politicians, and social activists.

The final piece of a trilogy (with The Power of the Dog and The Cartel), The Border is a hefty read at +700 pages. At times, the thinly (as in almost transparent) commentary on Donald Trump, his politics of pettiness and narcissism, and broader questions about the perpetual “war on drugs” does begin to pull tangentially, but this occurs rarely. In the end, this feels truly like the conclusion to a project that has absorbed years of a writer’s life and an enormous amount of creative energy. For these reasons alone, The Border is a read rich with rewards. But the stories of the people on the front lines of the complex drug culture that morphs and expands like a living thing -- these complex, dark, and sometimes terrifying stories are the ultimate payoff for those readers willing to put in the work.

Apr 14, 2019

Excellent book about the violent and political interactions of the Mexican cartels, police forces and governments for both the US and Mexico. One of the surprises, for me, was that the Cartel names and their history are based on actual fact.

This is the third book in the trilogy which also includes, Power of the Dog and The Cartel.
If you have not read any of the trilogy then you owe it to yourself to start with the Power of the Dog, then the Cartel and finally the Border.

There is a tremendous amount of descriptive violence, in all 3 books, which for some readers, may be troublesome. However, I believe that this coverage helps us to better understand the continued chaos and violence in Mexico, including just recently, 2019, the Mayan Riviera.

Mar 21, 2019

Was introduced to the author Don Winslow's work through Oliver Stone's film version of his novel, Savages. Pretty good, I thought.

This epic story--over 700 pages--Is even better. Fascinating in its multi-faceted, multi-level, mult-character treatment of illicit drugs. It's the third in a series of three books--the 2nd, Cartel, is before the movie cameras under Ridley Scott's direction, as I write this.

The story is as up-to-date as you can get. Not just the American/Mexico aspect, but features dramatic side-trips to Guatemala and Puerto Rico. The Guatemala story is particularly harrowing.

Don Winslow knows this world professionally, but has bolstered personal memories and files with a massive amount of additional research. But research is only the beginning. How he structures the novel--and creates these scenes shows a master craftsman at work.

How to stop to flood of illicit drugs flowing north through Mexico? Winslow offers a breathtaking, but logical approach through the efforts of his fictional character, former DEA man Art Keller and his team.

Only thing lacking, I thought: an "organization chart" at the front to provide quick reader reference to the many characters populating the fractured, feuding Mexican cartels.

Highly recommended.


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