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Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw (edition 2007)

by Mark Bowden

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Title:Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw
Authors:Mark Bowden
Info:Atlantic Monthly Press (2007), Kindle Edition, 307 pages
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I got pulled into the first season of Narcos when I heard it was based on the Pablo Escobar story. After finishing the season I immediately wanted to know how the story ended and how they could make another season. I went searching for a book and found this one. The book was almost exactly what I wanted, the book form of Narcos (except with less artistic license and more of a true non-fiction). It is not a "hard history" non-fiction book. The author does not cite sources throughout the book but does list sources at the end.

It is entertaining and well-written. It is thoroughly brief in its form, which is a strength. It is the story of the hunt for Pablo Escobar.

Pablo was a bad dude. He killed people for breakfast. He killed too many people for the government to allow him to live. His downfall was he was too ambitious and too controlling and when he fell, he killed everyone he thought was responsible. He was truly a narco terrorist.

What you learn throughout the book is that Pablo really wasn't hunted because of cocaine. By the end of the book the Cali Cartel was assuredly shipping more cocaine to the US, but the Cali Cartel was basically working with the government to hunt Pablo. Pablo had become a threat to the nation of Colombia and had to be killed. ( )
  JaredChristopherson | Nov 16, 2015 |
Great read! Reads like a textbook (in a good way). Loads of information! ( )
  wallerdc | Mar 26, 2014 |
Non fiction and less dramatically interesting version of Clear And Presentation by Tom Clancy. ( )
  namfos | Nov 26, 2011 |
Fascinating subject and well researched. I found that the book was poorly organized and difficult to initially get into. ( )
  RDHawk6886 | Sep 25, 2011 |
Bowden apparently made some friends among Delta operators while writing Black Hawk Down, and was able to learn some interesting things about the manhunt for Pablo Escobar, a particularly nasty Colombian drug lord. ( )
  wanack | Jun 30, 2010 |
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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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Revela la historia interna de como las fuerzas especiales de U.S. y las agencias de inteligencia llevado a la caceria humana mas grande en la historia para captar y contener la cocaina colombiana cartel capo Pablo Escobar, uno de los bandidos mas poderoso del mundo.… (more)

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