So I'm not actually going to write up a review of my own because le0pard13's review at Lazy Thoughts From a Boomer is better (and more informed) than anything I could come up with so click here for an excellent review.
I do have a couple comments, though:
1. Read this book! It is awesome, mind-blowing, tense, illuminating, heart-breaking, and unputdownable.
2. My back aches from how wound up with tension I was for the last ~100 pages.
3. I owe Michael endless favors for mentioning this book to me. (Seriously! Cash in anytime, lp13, my debt is great!)
4. I am more convinced than ever that the War on Drugs ought to be fought in treatment centers rather than bullet-proof vests.
5. I recently read a book with a page-long acknowledgments section and a two page author's note and the book was merely historically placed fiction. This book spans ~30 years, multiple countries, politics, drug cartels, the cold war, etc and there is not one tiny peep in the book or on the author's website re his research? Hunh???? Where can I find more information on this book?
6. The communism domino theory thing truly is one of the stupider theories this world has suffered from.
7. Just when you think the internet is bereft of surprises you find a table detailing the current leaders and founders of Mexico's drug cartels on Wikipedia. On Wikipedia!!!!! My gosh, I love the internet!
8. Read this book!
rating: 5 of 5 stars