this book is simply: OUTSTANDING!
To be honest, I purchased the audiobook THE CARTEL by this author in error, not realizing that it was book 2 of a series.
When I discovered my error, I decided to buy this one-mostly because of Ray Porter, the narrator.
Now I'm pretty much consumed by this story of:
The Catholic Church
Armies trying to take over South American countries
(and how they are backed or not backed and the reasons why.)
If I didn't already know what happened back then I might not believe what's going on in this book. But I do know the truth of some of what happened and I have no choice but to believe it. Don Winslow has done his research.
It's compelling, it's believable, the characters are engaging, (not even the bad guys are ALL bad - making them quite believable in the process), the story in turns shocking, sad, stunning and un-put-downable.
Lastly? Ray Porter is a narrating GOD.