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Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw (edition 2015)

by Mark Bowden (Author)

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Title:Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw
Authors:Mark Bowden (Author)
Info:Grove Press (2015), Edition: Reprint, 304 pages
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Tags:crime, kriminalität, lang:en, kolumbien, drogen, kokain, südamerika

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Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw by Mark Bowden

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Excellently written, and while the life of Pablo Escobar was filled with violence, the author tries not to be dramatic regarding the way in which Escobar. killed, tortured, held a country in grips, and went down in history as one of the greatest Cocaine lords .

It took a team of many to finally hone in on Escobar's final hiding place. Using radio signals monitored by a team, in particular the son of one of the highest governmental generals, in the end, after many slick escapes, Pablo died in a hail of gunfire, and Bowden is quick to note that only one of Escobar's thugs died with him.

While filled with details, the book is never boring. The lowly street thug, Pablo Escobar, could have worked in the shadows, continued to amass his billions, instead his ego cried for recognition and fame. It was when he tried in vain to be part of the government, thereafter, the megalomaniac was know as a drug king who killed many, succeeding periodically at bribing governmental men on the take. ( )
1 vote Whisper1 | Jan 28, 2018 |
Mark Bowden has put together an outstanding researched narrative on the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar as Escobar put together his cocaine empire and slowly watched it dismantled by the combined efforts of the Colombian government and special units by the U.S. Bowden also dives deep into the character of Escobar, and the reader really gets a feel for the kind of person he was right up to the day he was killed by Colombian forces. Important to note during this narrative is how Bowden manages to convey how many others around Escobar were affected by his actions, some losing their lives in the process. Really enjoyed this one.... ( )
  utbw42 | Nov 27, 2017 |
The complete story of the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar, brutal head of the Medellin cartel in Colombia. Bowden impresses with his picture of a thug who was no innovator but simply the strongest, most deadly kid on the block. Pablo also made a bid for respectability like Michael Corleone in Godfather III, but it ultimately didn't work for him, either, even though he held a position as a senator for awhile. He left a trail of bodies in his battle not just for supremacy but to maintain his position, killing ministers, innocent public bombing victims, a couple presidential candidates, with a standing bounty on cops. The leadership, in its efforts to deal with Pablo eventually led to an open invitation to American special ops to enter the country and aid in the tracking of Escobar. A fascinating story.
  NickHowes | Jan 30, 2017 |
Reads like a journalist writing, which of course what tis, but compelling and interesting. And, what a story! ( )
  untraveller | Jul 27, 2016 |
All i knew about Pablo was that he was involved with drugs. I did not know how ruthless and creative he was. Anyone who threatened his empire better be careful and have their family be careful. He might just kill all your lineage for looking at him wrong. He masterminded a impressive drug ring and was bring in the money. Some even hailed him a Robin hood type character because he would give back to the community. At one point he decided to turn himself in but instead of going to a government funded jail he built his own, with a soccer field Jacuzzi tubs and large screen Tv's. It took years to track him down once he escaped from his prison but when they finally found him he was gunned down. ( )
  JWarrenBenton | Jan 4, 2016 |
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Readers of Black Hawk Down know Mark Bowden can tell an exciting story about as well as any writer at work today. Killing Pablo is further proof. It describes the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar, a notorious Colombian drug lord who became one of the narcotic trade's first billionaires. Pablo--Bowden refers to him by his first name throughout the book--started out as a petty thief and wound up running a massive smuggling empire. At his height in the 1980s, he owned fleets of boats and planes, plus 19 separate residences in Medellin, each with its own helipad. Violence marked everything he did: "He wasn't an entrepreneur, and he wasn't even an especially talented businessman. He was just ruthless." He bought off police, politicians, and judges throughout his country, and killed many others who wouldn't cooperate. The Colombian government tried to capture him, but without much luck; he evaded them time after time. "Now and then the police achieved enough surprise to catch him, literally, with his pants down. In [1988], about one thousand national police raided one of his mansions," writes Bowden. "Pablo fled in his underwear, avoiding the police cordon on foot." He got away, again, but his days were numbered. He was making powerful enemies in both Colombia and the United States. The final straw probably came when Pablo's men murdered a popular politician and, three months later, planted a bomb on a plane, killing 110 people, including two Americans.

The bulk of Killing Pablo describes what happened when the U.S. government put its resources behind the hunt for Pablo. Bowden describes the search in gripping detail, from the massive electronic-surveillance effort to bureaucratic infighting between rival U.S. agencies. This is an outstanding work of reportorial journalism, too: in the epilogue, Bowden drops tantalizing hints that it was an American--not a Colombian--who delivered the killing shot to Pablo in 1993. Readers looking for a real-life thriller--or any kind of thriller, for that matter--won't do much better than Killing Pablo.

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"Killing Pablo is the inside story of the brutal rise and violent fall of Colombian cocaine cartel kingpin Pablo Escobar, whose criminal empire held a nation of thirty million hostage - a reign of terror that would end only with his death. In an intense, up-close account, best-selling author and award-winning journalist Mark Bowden exposes the never-before-revealed details of how U.S. operatives covertly led the sixteen-month manhunt." "Drawing on unprecedented access to the soldiers, field agents, and officials involved in the chase, as well as hundreds of pages of top-secret documents and transcripts of Escobar's intercepted phone conversations, Bowden creates a gripping narrative that reads as if it were torn from the pages of a military technothriller. At every phase, he brings to life the men who brought the drug lord down. There is the Colombian president, Cesar Gaviria, afraid for his life and the future of his nation, who is forced to do the unthinkable: allow a foreign military to operate within his country's borders. There is the U.S. ambassador, Morris D. Busby, who brings in the most sophisticated surveillance team in the world, code-named Centra Spike, and the best team of manhunters, the mysterious Delta Force. And there is the leader of the Colombian forces, Colonel Hugo Martinez, an incorruptible man who lives under constant threat during the drug lord's reign - and whose own son plays a critical role on the fateful day when Pablo is finally found."--Jacket.… (more)

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