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

Wolf Boys Two American Teenagers and Mexico s Most Dangerous Drug Cartel Chicago Public Library s Best Books of 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

  • Title: Wolf Boys: Two American Teenagers and Mexico's Most Dangerous Drug Cartel
  • Author: Dan Slater
  • ISBN: 9781501126543
  • Page: 397
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Chicago Public Library s Best Books of 2016The 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 assassChicago Public Library s Best Books of 2016The 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 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.

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    1. At fifteen, Gabriel Cardona had it all. He was smart, handsome, a fine athlete and a born leader. By the time he was twenty he was a drug-slinging, cold-blooded killer. What happened?This meticulously researched book, covers Gabriel's life in Laredo Texas, near the Mexican border, a tough place to be brought up and an easy place to be lured in by the Mexican drug cartels that own the cities, on both sides of the border. Much like inner city ghettos, these areas offer very little opportunities fo [...]

    2. “Wolf Boys” by Dan Slater, published by Simon and Schuster.Category – True Crime Publication Date – September 13, 2016.I found this book to be very informative and scary. Informative in that I gained a new insight on drug trafficking, and the horrors that are not only caused by those in the business but those who use the drugs.The story is based around two young American boys who find themselves becoming assassins for the drug cartels. The most frightening thing about this is that they b [...]

    3. This book is frightening in that we see how two teenagers make choices that alter their lives in devastating and dangerous ways. For me, I was really intrigued by the first 25% of the book and the last 25% of the book. The middle of the book got a little murky for me at times (mostly because I had a difficult time following all the different stories of all the different people involved #personalproblem). I enjoyed the first quarter of the book just because, for me, it was interesting witnessing [...]

    4. I received a copy of Wolf Boys through giveaways. Being from the Southern United States the description alone intrigued me but I found the book to be difficult to put down. It tells the story of Gabriel Cardona, an American who comes to work for the Zetas. Slater does a great job of explaining the greater forces at work in border towns like Laredo and how the cartels are digging in on this side of the border. He brings up interesting points and explains things in an easy to understand way. Anyo [...]

    5. Although "Wolf Boys" was not the book I was expecting, it was a book that informed and entertained the reader at the same time. By expecting something different, I mean only that I thought the book was solely the story of Gabriel Cardona (Wolf Boy) and Robert Garcia (Texas homicide detective - who was born in Mexico). But realistically, in telling the story of the Wolf Boys and the Mexican drug cartels (with the cut-throat competition, killings and retaliation), there is no way to limit the char [...]

    6. This is a fascinating book. It doesn't expose anything earth shattering in the way of why young boys are seduced into the world of gangs, but the way it is written, so simply and matter of factly, really gives some perspective into these particular boys example. It's especially amazing how most of this story covers just a few short years. These boys go from somewhat promising athletes or students, to killers and gangsters, to life sentences all in the span of a few years usually before they turn [...]

    7. An in-depth analysis of the corrupting influence of the drug trade. During a 2006 trip to Lake Falcon, located on the Mexico and USA border, the group I was with had a close encounter with the violence spun off from turf wars. Two men in the group had sons returning from interior Mexico and they stopped for a burger on the Mexico side. A gun battle broke out that left five men on the floor dead. They were very lucky to escape with their lives when the victorious gang decided to release them. At [...]

    8. I feel like the drug cartel problem in Mexico and on the American side of the border is something that is extremely underreported. You hear a story every once in a while when something really shocking happens and the media gets wind of it but this is a daily problem in this area. It's really easy to forget how bad it is when you don't hear about it all that often. When you do, it's terrifying. This book was really well written. It's so insightful I had a hard time putting it down. If you want to [...]

    9. when i first saw this book at the library, i thought it was going to be about boys who turned into wolves, and i was excited. it turned out to be a different type of read, but one i still think was worth itn't read this if you can't persevere through a slog. it gets boring at times. the relationship between robert and gabriel is hyped and it's not always delivered on. but overall, i enjoyed it and i'm glad i read it. i also know a lot more dirty spanish, so that's a big plus.

    10. I was very excited to read this book because I enjoy nonfiction like this, but I found this book overly detailed and confusing at times. I did learn some interesting things. I cannot see my teens reading it unless it is a subject they are interested in. I also would've like to have seen pictures of the people the book discussed. Bummer.

    11. A look at how the drug trade chews up and spits out boys in low-income communities, in this case the border city of Laredo/New Laredo. The book paints a street-level intimate portraits of a few kids who make some very bad decisions and a cop fighting a losing battle to keep drugs from crossing the border. Along the way you also get a fascinating history of Mexico's "vice lords," the drug trade, and the rise of the cartels. What struck me most was the compassion the author has for his subjects an [...]

    12. This story inspired me to draft a living curriculum -I was humbled by the opportunity to learn the challenges of escaping the stigma of being born Mexican-Are you ready for "En La Carezota" ?Ever since the death of Jenni Rivera my heart has longed for a solution for the children of Mexico. Jenni's life story taught me in that even in the depths of pathos hearts beat of talent and beauty, but where she came from still is a country hell bent on self destruction. What Dan Slayer is teaching me is t [...]

    13. About 20 pages into the book I read a couple of sentences regarding the main character's reaction to the death of Tupac Shakur: "Pac was his perro, his dog. Even years later he would feel coraje, rage, at whoever pulled that trigger." After reading these lines early on in the book I wondered why I was reading this crap and if I could even finish the book. I will say that the story was ultimately somewhat interesting and appears to have been well researched by the author. But the narrative tended [...]

    14. Thank you to and Simon & Schuster for the free ARC of this book. I was very interested in reading this, especially since I've been to both Laredo, TX and Nuevo Laredo, MX. My previous in-laws lived in TX, and we would travel there to spend a week during Christmas. Well, they lived in a very small town, so we would stay the week in another city to see TX. In 2003 and 2004, we stayed at La Pasoda in Laredo, TX and each day we would walk across the bridge to shop and dine in Nuevo Laredo, MX. [...]

    15. Wolf Boys is an ambitious book. It is well researched and packed with information about the Mexican/US failed drug eradication policy. The publisher blurb states that the book is about two boys, Gabriel and Bart as well as an US police official Robert Garcia. The book is more about Gabriel and Robert with a little of Bart added in. But it is not totally Gabriel's or Robert's story. There are many side stories about various drug kingpins and bosses, from both sides of the border. The overall book [...]

    16. Received as an ARC from the publisher. An excellent history of the Mexico drug cartels and their use of teen-agers on both sides of the border as couriers, assassins, and general bad-asses. The book tells of the lives of two American teens who work for the cartels and become respected gangsters until their inevitable downfall. The history is full of crooked politicians and police in the U.S. and Mexico who allowed and often assisted the cartels to succeed. Murder, robbery, smuggling, money laund [...]

    17. Many of those of us who have been born and raised in a privileged environment and maintain our privileged lifestyles like to view the world as a place where good people are good, bad people are bad, law enforcement is there to protect you, and that "evil people" are responsible for the evil in the world. Dan Slater deftly shatters those naïve fairly tales, showing us the brutal and deadly world of the Mexican drug cartels, a world way too easy for stumbling teens to get sucked into.

    18. I canceled my hold on this book because I didn't think I could stomach the violence, but next time I went to the library, it was waiting for me. It turned out to be investigative and a touch offbeat enough to not be soul-crushingly depressing, although it came close towards the end. Yet another entry in the canon--totally ignored by policymakers--of why the American government should be fighting a war on demand at home rather than supply overseas.

    19. Incredibly deep and expansive view of the drug war and gang cultureThis is a must read. Gives you a pretty authentic understanding of what it's like to be part of a major cartel. It manages to stay largely objective and doesn't take sides. Highly recommend.

    20. I guess like others I'm guilty of viewing the drug violence as a curiosity, something gruesome happening far away. Maybe the most frightening part of "Wolf Boys" is realizing cartel murders are occurring in Laredo as well as points north such as San Antonio, Dallas, and Chicago. Like most of the other authors I've read on this topic, Slater believes the problem is the American demand for drugs, and until that demand diminishes the violence south of the border won't end. To his credit, he doesn't [...]

    21. This book is about Mexican drug cartel violence in Laredo, a town on the border of Texas & Mexico. It describes the lives of actions of Gabriel Cardona, a young American who wanted to make it big in La Compana, the drug cartel active in his area & Robert Garcia, the policeman who would chase him.I found it a little confusing to follow, lots of unfamiliar names & going back & forth. At the end, the author reveals his relationship with the people in his book, based on letter writin [...]

    22. Slater chose to document what I sure is just a small slice of the larger story of the rise of Mexican cartels and the people that control the flow of drugs and arms back and forth between Mexico and the US. His choice of Laredo, the men involved and other incidents are fairly obscure, which make this an interesting true story. I had a big problem however, keeping all of the characters straight over the course of 350 pages. He includes maps of Mexico in the front of the book- I wish he had listed [...]

    23. A fast paced true crime story about Mexican drug cartels and law enforcement in Mexico and the US. It's told through the stories of teenagers from Laredo TX who go to work for "The Company." If you've ever wondered what was behind those crazy bloodbaths in Mexico a few years ago, this will help you understand how the cartels do business and how law enforcement on both sides of the border operates. The best parts were about the teenagers and the cop in Laredo who goes after them. The author treat [...]

    24. I listened to this one primarily while I was home sick-- so I might not have been able to give it my full attention. It was another of my Audible sale finds, so I am not disappointed. I did not, however, find the weaving of the stories to be compelling, and the plot was rather slow. However, I think the implications of this book for our nations' drug policies-- and isolationist policies-- are important. Clearly our "war on drugs" is not effective- and it is ruining more lives than helping-- and [...]

    25. I stayed up way too late the past few nights because I couldn’t put down Wolf Boys—a nonfiction book that reads like a thriller about two American teenage sicarios (assassins) for the Los Zetas drug trafficking organization. Author Dan Slater spent a TON of time meeting with and corresponding with the incarcerated young killers as well as with DEA, Laredo PD, associates of the boys, and plowing though tens of thousands of pages of law enforcement reports and other materials. It’s extremely [...]

    26. An absolutely engrossing look at two of the foot soldiers in the Mexican/American drug wars, and how these young kids are brought into a world of violence, money, and drugs. Well worth reading for anyone interested in the subject.

    27. I normally really enjoy this subject and issues related to it, but I found that this book went up and down with my interest. Some parts were very interesting and other parts just seemed wordy. But you needed those parts to understand the whole story.

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