Wolf Boys

Wolf Boys

Two American Teenagers and Mexico's Most Dangerous Drug Cartel

Book - 2016 | First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
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What it like to be an employee of a global drug-trafficking organization? In the border town of Laredo, Texas, Gabriel and his friend Bart abandon promising futures for the allure of the Zetas, a drug cartel with roots in the Mexican military. 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 pursuit of the boys, and their cartel leaders, puts him face to face with the urgent consequences of a war he sees as unwinnable. Slater shows the way in which the border itself is changing, disappearing, and posing new, terrifying, and yet largely unseen threats to American security.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501126543
1501126547
Branch Call Number: 364.106097 SL151W 2016
Characteristics: vi, 342 pages : map ; 24 cm

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ljnewton
Apr 05, 2019

This is a well written, well researched book. I was found the factual background to the story was what made the book fascinating (as someone else said it wasn't important). It is gruesome, but drug cartel life is gruesome. Because of this I'm not sure if it is suitable for young teenagers; they might see the excitement and danger of the lifestyle, and ignore the fact that they all end up in jail or dead at a very young age.

As a person who follows Mexican news and politics, it is the best book I've read in a long time.

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DeltaQueen50
Nov 10, 2017

Wolf Boys by Dan Slater is a grisly story about how a Mexican drug cartel known as Los Zetas chose, groomed and trained two American youths into assassins in order to help secure their foothold in America. The setting is the border town of Laredo, Texas during the early years of this century as the violence was escalating into an all-out war between gangs that were vying for control of this valuable smuggling route across the border and into the American heartland.

I found this an interesting story but a bit uneven. The author included a lot of fact and figures that I thought were unnecessary to the main story. He researched the history of Laredo and border disputes that went back to the 1700’s. The beginning of the book and the last 100 pages or so were compelling as the violence of the drug world with it’s viscous competition, murders and brutal retaliations were exposed.

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Apr 05, 2019

ljnewton thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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