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Wolf Boys: Two American Teenagers and Mexico's Most Dangerous Drug Cartel
Wolf Boys: Two American Teenagers and Mexico's Most Dangerous Drug Cartel
Wolf Boys: Two American Teenagers and Mexico's Most Dangerous Drug Cartel
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Wolf Boys: Two American Teenagers and Mexico's Most Dangerous Drug Cartel

Written by Dan Slater

Narrated by Pete Simonelli

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars



About this audiobook

The story of two American teens recruited as killers for a Mexican cartel, and their pursuit by a Mexican-American detective who realizes the War on Drugs is unwinnable.

What’s it like to be an employee of a global drug-trafficking organization? And how does a fifteen-year-old American boy go from star quarterback to trained assassin, surging up the cartel corporate ladder?

At first glance, Gabriel Cardona is the poster boy American teenager: great athlete, bright, handsome, and charismatic. But the streets of his border town of Laredo, Texas, are poor and dangerous, and it isn’t long before Gabriel abandons his promising future for the allure of the Zetas, a drug cartel with roots in the Mexican military. His younger friend Bart, as well as others from Gabriel’s childhood, join him in working for the Zetas, boosting cars and smuggling drugs, eventually catching the eye of the cartel’s leadership.

Meanwhile, Mexican-born Detective Robert Garcia has worked hard all his life and is now struggling to raise his family in America. As violence spills over the border, Detective Garcia’s pursuit of the boys, and their cartel leaders, puts him face to face with the urgent consequences of a war he sees as unwinnable.

In Wolf Boys Dan Slater shares their stories, taking us from the Sierra Madre mountaintops to the dusty, dark alleys of Laredo, Texas, on a harrowing, often brutal journey into the heart of the Mexican drug trade. Gabriel’s evolution from good-natured teenager into a feared assassin is as inevitable as Garcia’s slow realization of the futile nature of his work. A nonfiction thriller, Wolf Boys depicts more than just Gabriel, Bart, and the officers who took them down. It shows, through vivid detail and rich, often moving, narrative, the way in which the border itself is changing, disappearing, and posing new, terrifying, and yet largely unseen threats to American security. Ultimately though, Wolf Boys is the intimate story of the “lobos” themselves: boys turned into pawns for cartels. Their stories show how poverty, ideas about identity, and government ignorance have warped the definition of the American dream.
Release dateSep 13, 2016
Wolf Boys: Two American Teenagers and Mexico's Most Dangerous Drug Cartel

Dan Slater

A former reporter for The Wall Street Journal, Dan Slater has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, New York magazine, The Atlantic, GQ, and Fast Company. He is the author of Love in the Time of Algorithms. A graduate of Colgate University and Brooklyn Law School, he lives in New England.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    Good book! TERRIBLE narrator. Why do it if you don’t speak Spanish!
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Sensational read the tale of 3 Parallel lives on the border

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Overall this is a window into understanding what motivates young men to join a drug cartel. In a sentence they do it for riches and bitches. The gangsters believe being able to kill somebody and walk away with no emotions as very tough and strong. They value a detached sense of coldness. Like so many other books, this book is layered with dozens of characters, that overlap one another in a confusing mess. I took copious notes, but still couldn't fully grasp all the story and how its pieces fit together. Why authors don't simply focus on a couple of characters like it says here in the description I just don't know? Perhaps the author felt like all of these other minor characters fit into the story and needed to be part of it, but to a reader trying to appreciate the story all of the minor characters detract from the overall story. This is why I gave it just four stars. Nevertheless, this is an exciting book and well worth your time.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    reaches out and pulls you into a world we don't even begin to understand. made me question what decisions I would have made.

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