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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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Publisher's Summary

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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Fantastic Read!<br />

So real and so current. the reader is great....beautiful voice that conveys the imagery perfectly.

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The Final Chapter in the Trilogy

Don Winslow is among my favorite authors. The depth of his novels is unbelievable, his characters are so real, that you feel like you personally know some of them. Yes, there is lots of violence in his work, but it is a pure reflection of the world we live in.
About the narrator, well, what can I tell you about Ray Porter!?! He is one in a million. The audio trilogy simply wouldn't be the same without his voice and skill.
I have listened to " The Power of the Dog", "The Cartel" and "The Border" numerous times, and I will continue to do so you in the future.

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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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  • Stu Ruwe
  • 2019-03-06

Wow! What a way to end a brilliant trilogy

Don Winslow is the best. In my experience, no one can craft a tale that spans 4 decades and a plethora of unique characters. He manages to gracefully write a novel that challenges your own moral compass while reminding us of the beauty this world can hold. Only Ray Porter could deliver this content effectively in audio form. Each character possesses their own story and personality and Ray manages to keep a 30 hour novel fresh and engaging. These two are a dynamic duo. Thanks for the journey you two.

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  • Robert Connett
  • SOUTH PASADENA, CA. USA
  • 2019-03-08

The best of the three!

I really don't have the words to properly describe how great I think this book, (and this series) is. This, i.m.o., is the best of the three, which surprised me because I didn't think it could get any better than the first two. This is up in my TOP 5 audio books of all time. I have been a member of Audible for 15 years, with a library of over 1200 titles. Unless you are adverse to the violence, you will probably enjoy the heck out of this book. I wish there were more like it! It's the kind of book that I hate finishing because you know the next book will not hold a candle to it.

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  • T. Fletcher
  • 2019-03-23

Winslow does it again!

Relevant and engrossing. A book for our times, it captures the dichotomy between head and heart, good and evil in politics, society, love and war.

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  • 2019-04-09

Winslow & Porter "MAGIC!"

Brilliant conclusion to a great series, Keller has always been a favorite character, and his finale didn't disappoint.

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  • Tisha Zamrzla
  • 2019-03-23

this series is my new favorite

I heard that this series might become a TV show, I can't wait. This is a must read

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  • Two Cents
  • 2019-03-20

Wow. Just WOW!

When I realized I was down to two hours remaining, I texted my sister (she's reading the Cartel), and said, "What am I going to do now?!" Where do you go from here?... Well, I guess I'll have to listen to it again, when she starts it, so we can freak out together!

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  • Marilyn
  • Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • 2019-03-10

This will change your mind about the drug war

The monetary expense and emotional, societal and physical costs of the war on drugs are revealed to be irrefutably not worth the effort we have made, and continue to make at intervention. We are sacrificing too many lives to drugs and to imprisonment. Not to address the buyer problem is to ensure a sellers market. Far too many, at all levels of our society profit from the illegal distribution of drugs to stop it any time soon.

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  • Zazlyn
  • 2019-03-09

Wow!!

I know many reviewers criticized the political aspect of the book.. but I believe there is some validity.
However, the book is phenomenal and an outstanding ending to the trilogy. It’s definitely worth listening. I’m disappointed the story is over...

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  • GSM
  • 2019-03-06

An addictive book!

I really enjoyed this book and finished it in a few days, partly on a road trip for work. The story was very insightful and well written, my new favorite pertaining to this subject. It would make a great movie someday. I appreciated the historical accuracy on the event involving the cartels, the author did his research to ensure the story was believable.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-03-04

amazing great book loved it

this was a great way to tie up the story loved it and the cartel and the power of the dog

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