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The Border

The Cartel Trilogy, Book 3
Written by: Don Winslow
Narrated by: Ray Porter
Length: 29 hrs and 8 mins
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The explosive, highly anticipated conclusion to the epic Cartel trilogy from the New York Times best-selling author of The Force

For over 40 years, Art Keller has been on the front lines of America's longest conflict: the War on Drugs. His obsession to defeat the world's most powerful, wealthy, and lethal kingpin - the godfather of the Sinaloa Cartel, Adan Barrera - has left him bloody and scarred, cost him people he loves, even taken a piece of his soul. 

Now Keller is elevated to the highest ranks of the DEA, only to find that in destroying one monster, he has created 30 more that are wreaking even more chaos and suffering in his beloved Mexico. But not just there. 

Barrera's final legacy is the heroin epidemic scourging America. Throwing himself into the gap to stem the deadly flow, Keller finds himself surrounded by enemies - men that want to kill him, politicians that want to destroy him, and worse, the unimaginable - an incoming administration that's in bed with the very drug traffickers that Keller is trying to bring down. 

Art Keller is at war with not only the cartels, but with his own government. And the long fight has taught him more than he ever imagined. Now, he learns the final lesson - there are no borders. 

In a story that moves from deserts south of the border to Wall Street, from the slums of Guatemala to the marbled corridors of Washington, DC, Winslow follows a new generation of narcos, the cops that fight them, the street traffickers, the addicts, the politicians, money-launderers, real estate moguls, and mere children fleeing the violence for the chance of a life in a new country. 

This last novel in Don Winslow's magnificent, award-winning, internationally best-selling trilogy is packed with unforgettable, drawn-from-the-headlines scenes. Shocking in its brutality, raw in its humanity, The Border is an unflinching portrait of modern America, a story of - and for - our time. 

A Crime Reads Pick of One of the Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2019

©2019 Don Winslow (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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amazing!

Amazing story line, many characters with separate stories merging in the end. Absolutely awesome performance by Ray Porter. By far my favorite book in this trilogy... one more book maybe?

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A bang up finish to a great trilogy

An excellent finish to an excellent trilogy. IMHO, the best of the three books, not that the others were not riveting. This book takes us to current times with introduction of events reported in the media every day.

D. Winslow is a master story teller with an in-depth understanding of the war on drugs and the results of addiction to stronger and stronger illegal substances. His character development is suberb.

This book can be read independently of the previous two, but what a loss for the reader/listener that would be.

R. Porter does an excellent job again in narrating this work. I have no hesitation in recommending this book and trilogy.

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Don't want it to end...

I literally squealed when I saw this book come out. I had no idea there was a third novel. The story is riveting and I listened nearly non-stop till the finish. I only wish there was more, as I feel I want to know what happened to some of the characters.

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  • stuartjash
  • 2019-02-28

Incredible ending to The Power of the Dog saga

Don Winslow is a master. This is such a great ending to a fantastic trilogy. Thankfully, they even got Ray Porter, one of my favorite narrators, to wrap up the series.

This book locks you in within 5 minutes of starting it, and it does not let up until the last words out of Porter's mouth.

I would HIGHLY recommend reading the first two books in the series if you have not done so yet. It will help give this story a lot more power, and it will greatly help with certain understanding of parts.

I've seen some reviews about this book being too political. I agree, it is very political, but then again, the drug war is entirely political. It isn't just cartels moving drugs across the border. There is much more to it, and Winslow does a great job at describing it. Obviously, with this title and the current state of the political climate in the United States, it had to have some sort of political bend. And it's not like Winslow is the first to do this - it's been seen in novels from Stephen King to Vince Flynn.

I thought this book was the epitome of great writing. It had a plot that kept moving and kept you locked in, characters you loved and hated, and everything in between. It's got to be one of the best novels I've listened to...EVER!

I would burn 3 credits on this one novel, so it is definitely worth it! Fantastic job, Mr. Winslow! Sad the trilogy came to an end!

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  • Arjun Hundal
  • 2019-02-27

Incredible and Real

An incredible and real look at the War on Drug and its complete penetration of our society. Ray Porter is amazing and the perfect choice to narrate this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-03-05

Outstanding.

Winslow runs Cormac McCarthy and Stephen King in regards to developing a character. Coupled with his ability to integrate technical facts like Tom Clancy.

I am a federal criminal defense lawyer and I handle a lot of drug cases. No other author is more “spot on” than Winslow. I’ve spoken to countless DEA agents that share the same view.

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  • Rachel
  • 2019-03-05

exhilarating read!!

A stunning conclusion to Winslow's masterful trilogy. Ray Porter's narration is superb. I strongly recommend reading this series from the beginning.

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  • JoolsinTN
  • 2019-03-04

The best trilogy ending

I’m going to miss Art Keller. Great ending to the trilogy. I love how it ties up many things.

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  • Clayton
  • 2019-03-02

sprawling and moving

I love don Winslow's work and this trilogy is an exceptional, but it suffers though from too many characters and too much complexity

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  • brooks lewis
  • 2019-03-03

A Masterpiece

Amazing end to the trilogy. Could be read by itself but is much better having read the previous two. Ray Porter is my favorite narrator and was great, as usual.

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  • JWales
  • 2019-03-06

A great trilogy diluted

The Power of the Dog and The Cartel, the first two legs of this trilogy were masterfully crafted works of suspenseful fiction by one of the best writers of his time. I eagerly bought this third and final leg of the journey only to be thoroughly disappointed. Yes, Winslow maintains his brilliant character building but inexplicably dilutes the same qualities that are hallmarks of his work.

I have no issue with Winslow’s political viewpoints and find myself in agreement with much of same. What I DO have issue with is buying an eagerly anticipated finish of fiction only to find I could have saved a credit and watched 20 more hours of cable news op-ed’s. Like many, my reading (or listening) to works such as this is purely for pleasure and escapism.

I consider it vital to stay informed and to properly take a stand against injustice in the real world but find myopic obsession with those issues to be unhealthy and definitively unentertaining. In short, when it’s time to relax, I want to relax. Finding a great writer diminishing a great work by weaving his own editorial opinions into a work of fiction, I am greatly put off regardless of how much I may agree with said rhetoric in its proper forum.

A good work of fiction endures the passage of time. Op-ed’s integrally woven into otherwise great fiction do not historically do so.

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  • A Renee Mathews
  • 2019-03-18

Exquisite!

Don Winslow's work in this stunning sequel to the The Power of the Dog did not disappoint. His knowledge of the war on drugs and the way he makes it materialize into the listener's mind is amazing! Ray Porter's narration is IMPECCABLE! The way that both author and narrator bring new characters into the story is pure genius. Yes, there is a lot of gore in both books, but without it I believe that we would not really grasp the terrible truths of life under the Drug Cartels and the consequences of getting involved with them, even unwillingly. In reference to some reviews that call this book "too political", I can simply say that obviously a few people's "political feelings" were triggered by Winslow's unapologetically realistic view of hard truths in today's America, and I totally sympathize with those views. I also believe that most educated and well-informed listeners will likely feel the same way. I can say so many great things about this book but I will only finish by saying BUY IT, and clap my hands to both Mr. Winslow and Mr. Porter with a heart-felt BRAVO!

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  • Sally Filler
  • 2019-03-18

Great story Great Narration but So Depressing

Very well researched and written as we have come to expect from Mr. Winslow. Outstanding narration! Even though fiction it weaves a WAY TOO believable story in our present political climate! Overall a great listen BUT the “reality” is SOO DEPRESSING, as it was meant to be.
Well done Mr. Winslow and Mr. Porter!

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