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The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow
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The Power of the Dog (2005)

by Don Winslow

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The Power of the Dog is a big, sweeping, epic tale. It is only 560 pages long and I say only because this novel is so intoxicatingly good that it is difficult to put it aside even for a moment. It is a novel not just about the drug war against the Mexican cartels, based loosely on real events, but it is a story about all kinds of people caught up in the war from the DEA agents who lost their regular lives, but not their souls, to the young kids who grew up to be killers, both on the streets of Hell’s Kitchen and in the barrios of San Diego and Tijuana. It is a novel that talks about the brutal corruption of Mexican politics and the compromised culture of just about everything because of the drug money and violence and about all the people swept up into it and the victims of the ever-growing violence.

It is a story that is at times critical of the War on Drugs, citing it as ineffective, compromised by other interests such as funneling weapons and dollars against Communist incursions into Central America and Colombia. It is a story about how difficult it has been to control this situation which has grown more and more out of control. But, the novel tells the story not as a news account but as a fictional story with real characters who have real connections to each other and histories and cultures. Winslow traces the history of these characters from their early years as they cross paths time and time again. DEA Agent Art Keller is the star of the novel and he meets frustration time and time again as his goal of removing the head of the snake is frustrated time and time again by politics and corruption and dirty dealings. This is an incredibly well-written, richly drawn, novel that is worth more than one read. ( )
  DaveWilde | Sep 22, 2017 |
The Power of the Dog is a massive, epic, powerhouse of a novel. The background is the war on drugs of the 1980's to 1990's that involves geopolitics to street wars to internecine gang wars.

The book follows the lives of different characters within the realm of the drug world in a well researched book that is based in actual events.

Winslow creates of world of shadowy figures where experiences in this war tarnish and baptize those characters in many ways.

The main theme follows how one drug agent, Art Keller, in his zeal to bring to justice the drug lords in a world of shades of gray and few black and whites, that leaves few untouched.

Winslow takes all sorts of characters, Hell's Kitchen thugs, mafia thugs, drug thugs, hookers and government workers and blends them into a believable tale.

Don't be mistaken - this book is violent and with a sequel being released in just a couple of days.

A really good read with twists and turns and believability built in.



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  EricEllis | Sep 2, 2017 |
A fictional history, based on reality, of the modern war on drugs as seen through the career of a DEA agent named Art Keller. The profits, corruption, side deals (arms for drugs) and violence are all here. Keller himself obliterates the rules in his quest to vanquish a Mexican cartel. ( )
  Hagelstein | Aug 26, 2017 |
Overall, I liked this read! It basically is about the "drug wars" between the United States and several countries, mostly Mexico, south of the border. And specifically, it's about agent Art Keller versus the Barrera family. It is a very thorough book, which is both it's strength and it's weakness. Strength because I really got into the characters. Weakness because it is very long, and sometimes feels drawn out and almost has too much information! The book also has a lot of political opinions on the war on drugs, at times too much for me to feel that it was really part of the plot, and more of the author wanting to get his opinion down on paper. Still and all, it is a good read and I did like how all the characters, and information, come together in the closing chapters! I definitely will read the next one! ( )
1 vote Stahl-Ricco | Mar 29, 2017 |
Drug cartels, love, prostitution, international political corruption and lots of violence. The human face of an inhuman trade and the overwhelming forces of greed and cruelty. ( )
  SarahStenhouse | Oct 30, 2016 |
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Don Winslowprimary authorall editionscalculated
Bøttger, PeterTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Costigliola, GiuseppeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
García Murillo, EduardoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hilton Andersen, AllanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hirte, ChrisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Michalski, FreddyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Deliver my soul from the sword; my love from the power of the dog.

~ Psalms 22:20
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In memory of Sue Rubinsky,
who always wanted to learn the truth
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The baby is dead in his mother's arms.
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Et Art sent la présence du mal pur, un mal absolu. La griffe du chien.
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The title, "The Power of the Dog" comes from the Psalms: Save my soul from the sword, my love from the power of the dog. And Don Winslow's masterpiece is not only a page-turning thriller but also a rich and compelling novel about a very mixed group of characters, each in his or her own way seeking some sort of salvation or redemption. The plot is essentially simple: how the US government and some of its quasi-autonomous agencies (CIA, FBI, DEA) all for their own reasons encouraged, sponsored and actively financed and helped the development of the drug cartels and their trade in Mexico. Groups of characters are - a young Chicano boy from the Barrio who makes good and becomes a Senator (and who is the target of an assassination plot that tops and tails the book); a morally troubled DEA boss who tries to do good, but who is driven by events and by a desire both for salvation and revenge to sleep with the devil; and the various gang leaders, some of them psychopathic, others urbane, civilised and deadly; a high-class prostitute; and a charismatic Catholic priest who is dedicated to the improvement of the lives of his people. Out of this simple material, Winslow has built a novel that works on so many levels and offers so many satisfactions it defies belief. Praise for Don Winslow: 'Don Winslow is the kind of cult writer who is so good you almost want to keep him to yourself, as if letting everyone in on the secret will somehow dilute the pleasure. So gulp down this book, tell all your friends, and remember - you heard it here first!' - Ian Rankin. 'The Death and Life of Bobby Z. It has whiplash speed, deliciously sleazoid characters and a major altitude problem. What a blast!' - Carl Hiaasen.

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The Power of the Dog takes you deep inside a world riddled with corruption, betrayal, and bloody revenge. Art Montana is an obsessive DEA agent. The Barrera brothers are heirs to a drug empire. Nora Hayden is a jaded teenager who becomes a high-class hooker. Father Parada is a powerful and uncorruptable Catholic priest. Callan is an Irish kid from Hell's kitchen who grows up to be a merciless hitman. And they are all trapped in the world of the Mexican drug Federacion . This is the war on drugs like you've never seen it.… (more)

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