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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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Stunning Achievement

Winslow’s three books in this “trilogy” are a the equivalent to a full university course on the “drug war”. The author weaves his narrative so close to the facts on the ground that you might think you are listening to a documentary. There are few happy endings. Without revealing one strand, I am stunned that lawyers allowed it to get to print.

The performance is worth 6 stars on its own. You always know which character is speaking and Porter always has the right pace and feeling.

While The Border stands on its own, one should at least start with The Cartel.

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Cont' from the Cartel

I love Don Winslow's style in writing. Ray Porter's performance was another five star. It's only because I enjoy Winslow's style why I pushed through this book and 'The Cartel' before it.
This book is very rated R, so I find a lot of its content distasteful. But this is the dark world of the Sinaloas and the Los Zetas. And Winslow brings this world to life in his work. Now I know that Art Keller is anti-Trump. More than this, he's very left wing.

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Loved it! Great entertainment!

Absolutely loved how the story line mirrored some current true life issues. Thanks for a great listen. Have the whole trilogy and will definitely reread again in the near future. The narrarator rocks it!

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Brilliant, compelling and chilling!

The Border Trilogy is a masterpiece of the crime genre and Don Winslow a master of his craft, a storyteller extraordinaire. The audio series is exceptionally well produced, an amazing 60+ hours of fine listening.

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Disappointing conclusion to the trilogy

I found this the least engaging of the series by far. The rehash of 2016 was too detailed and monotonous. I think this could have been 25% shorter and more focused on the cartels. I share the same political views as Don but just couldn’t get engaged in his alternative version of 2016.

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Fantastic Read!

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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  • Aaron D Ritchie
  • 2019-05-08

Disappointing sloppy and rushed ending to the trilogy

I really enjoyed the first two books in this trilogy but this third one was a great departure on both style and substance. It felt rushed to capitalize on the current culture and the parallels to today was way too on the nose and felt extremely lazy. This is a unfortunate example of an attempt to gain socal brownie points at the sacrifice of his craft. This was a fairly long book that had many long involved story lines that never really went anywhere and were forced together in the final 15 minutes. Overall it just felt rushed to get out while the Mueller investigation was ongoing. Disappointing and unrecommended.

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  • She said what?
  • 2019-03-24

Huge Disappointment

Good beginning (10% Cartel related) with a deliberate drift into a million unrelated plot lines and characters (90% anti-trump, border caravan, child slavery.)
Hopefully there will be another book that actually follows the Adan Berrera stories.

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  • Michael in SC
  • 2019-04-25

Excellent story-telling spoiled by partisanship

Winslow is a master story teller and this book, while not quite as good as the first 2 in the series, is very good. But whereas Winslow stuck his toes in paetisan politics in the first 2 stories, in this one he takes a canon ball in the deep end. "Denison" is Trump and all of the criticisms aimed at him by Democratic partisans are repeated word for word in this book - and they are even eggagerated. Furthermore, those against him are almost saintly in their opposition to "fascism." It is not enough to pretend that the other party's leader is Hitler, but he and his family have to be in bed with the leaders of Mexican drug cartels. This is whete Winslow lets down his readers. It is where he spoils a good story.

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  • Brad W.
  • 2019-04-04

Should have been better

I have been looking forward to this for so long, only to be force fed another politically slanted opinion disguised (very thinly) as a story. The cartel story line did not disappoint, and the arcs for the characters from the previous books are closed nicely. Ray Porter, as always, was amazing. He is still one of the best ever.

Where this book goes off the rails is with his blatant and biased political opinion on the special investigation into the current president. He crafts his own outcome to the special counsel's work, one that he undoubtedly shared with other leftists, and the belief that it would bring down the administration. Perhaps he should have waited until it was actually over rather than be so sure it was a silver bullet to bring down the man he so obviously hates.

It would have been far more palatable had the circumstances not been so overtly slanted and opinionated. We get it; People don't like Trump. We're tired of hearing it, and I am saddened to see such a fantastic series get hijacked by personal beliefs that were ultimately the guide post for the conclusion of the series.

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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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  • Chip Atkinson
  • 2019-08-02

A worthy ending to this gritty trilogy.

Time will not permit a full review. The Border features Winslow’s remarkable ability to introduce new characters while making me care deeply about them. I loved them all. Cared for them. Wept over them. Triumph with them.

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  • Gerhard
  • 2019-04-08

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This book is an excellent ending to a trilogy that I thoroughly enjoyed. I would rated it 5 starts (like I did the previous 2) had the writer’s apparent hate for Trump not been so evident that I feel it even diminished his writing ability. The hatred dominate the storyline at some points in the book. I felt like this and I am not American, and only follow American politics insofar as it amuses me. I can imagine that if you do not share his hatred of Donald Trump, this book might irritate you

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  • JANET STEINMAN
  • 2019-03-20

Thank you Don Winslow!! These characters have been brought to life not only by your incredible words but by

Ray Porter’s spectacular narration. Art Keller has fought the war on drugs with bravery and honesty- in his own way. And while yes, the story is extremely biased, some may say, I say it’s TRUTH. And the truth hurts. Nico’s story broke my heart, finally putting a face on those children who sit in detention centers waiting for a chance to live in peace and possible happiness. It broke my heart to hear how he came to America and the truth that was his life. And he was one of the lucky ones. I wish I could have learned what happened to him

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  • Casey Burmania
  • 2019-11-09

Trump is worse than the cartels.

A good series ruined by political bias. I listen to books for a story not some anti trump propaganda this book would of been amazing. Some would of been fine but it just grows and grow, it's very annoying. More corporate media bubble bias, not everyone wants to hear you virtue signaling.

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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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