Wolf Boys

Wolf Boys

Two American Teenagers and Mexico's Most Dangerous Drug Cartel

Book - 2016
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Traces the stories of two American teens who abandoned a promising athletic future in favor of being trained as assassins for the Zetas drug cartel, describing the efforts of Mexican-born detective Robert Garcia to track down the boys and their leaders.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
ISBN: 9781501126543
1501126547
Characteristics: vi, 342 p. : map ; 24 cm.

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ljnewton
Apr 05, 2019

This is a well written, well researched book. I was found the factual background to the story was what made the book fascinating (as someone else said it wasn't important). It is gruesome, but drug cartel life is gruesome. Because of this I'm not sure if it is suitable for young teenagers; they might see the excitement and danger of the lifestyle, and ignore the fact that they all end up in jail or dead at a very young age.

As a person who follows Mexican news and politics, it is the best book I've read in a long time.

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DeltaQueen50
Nov 10, 2017

Wolf Boys by Dan Slater is a grisly story about how a Mexican drug cartel known as Los Zetas chose, groomed and trained two American youths into assassins in order to help secure their foothold in America. The setting is the border town of Laredo, Texas during the early years of this century as the violence was escalating into an all-out war between gangs that were vying for control of this valuable smuggling route across the border and into the American heartland.

I found this an interesting story but a bit uneven. The author included a lot of fact and figures that I thought were unnecessary to the main story. He researched the history of Laredo and border disputes that went back to the 1700’s. The beginning of the book and the last 100 pages or so were compelling as the violence of the drug world with it’s viscous competition, murders and brutal retaliations were exposed.

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ljnewton
Apr 05, 2019

ljnewton thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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