Author: Mark Bowden
Blurb: A tour de force of investigative journalism-this is the story of the violent rise and fall of Pablo Escobar, the head of the Colombian Medellin cocaine cartel. Escobar's criminal empire held a nation of thirty million hostage in a reign of terror that would only end with his death. In an intense, up-close account, award-winning journalist Mark Bowden exposes details never before revealed about the U.S.-led covert sixteen-month manhunt.
Review: Chilling. Absolutely chilling to read what man is willing to do to man in order to make a fortune. Pablo Escobar was a family man, a businessman, and a cold-blooded killer. Not only was he personally responsible for killing people mercilessly himself, he indirectly destroyed the lives of thousands of folks who were the recipients of the drugs he shipped into the
to make his vast fortune.
This is the gripping tale of the growth of Pablo’s empire and the subsequent determination of the Drug Enforcement Agency’s to put an end to it. The cat and mouse game, revenge and betrayal is cold, and awful. This man had absolutely no regard for anyone except his own family, and the bravery of the men who went up against him, knowing their lives meant nothing before his wrath, made quite a tale.
I didn’t feel like this was at all built up into a publicity stunt. The book is written calmly, factually, an outline of what happened and who was involved. I guess that’s what makes it more effective. I don’t often read historical non-fiction and would not have read this if it were not a personal recommendation by Himself. It proved to be an engrossing and dreadful read.
Author: A Helen Exley Giftbook
Blurb: YOU'VE HAD ENOUGH. THE KIDS ARE SQUABBLING, THERE'S A HEAP OF IRONING AND YOUR BLOKE'S WATCHING FOOTBALL. PUT YOUR FEET UP AND TREAT YOURSELF WITH THIS REBELLIOUS LITTLE BOOK. YOU, AND ALL FELLOW SLAVES, WILL LOVE IT!
Review: Ok, so this is a bit of cheat. This little “book” is way too small to really count as a book, but it’s such fun, I just couldn’t resist. After all, a collection of witty sayings that not only make me laugh out loud, but make Himself chuckle too, deserves a mention!
These sayings are straight from the heart of women, wives, mothers, who have walked the walk and now can talk about it. Witty, wry, honest, and most importantly, funny, I recognized my own experiences in the droll statements.
If you only buy one book in my entire book review saga, get this one. In fact, buy a bunch of them and hand them out at Christmas! If you’re not a woman, you know one who’ll appreciate it! LOL