The Cartel is a book by Don Winslow focusing on the Mexican drug wars. It is a sequel to the book The Power of the Dog, though it can be read as a stand-alone book. The book’s main character is a DEA agent named Art Keller. He wants to take revenge against the notorious drug lord Adan Barrera for the death of his colleague, which happened in The Power of the Dog. The book follows these two characters, as well as many others, as they are swept up in a murderous and intense war between cartels.
What I like about its book is that it mirrors real life, though it is a fictional novel. The author obviously did a lot of research/ for example, the prison break scene in the beginning of the book closely mirrored one in real life… *cough* El Chapo *cough*. The Cartel is a gritty book, with a lot of violent scenes. The book is also not afraid to get into the cause of this violence: Americans who want to get high.
There is nothing I didn’t like about this book. It was a gritty action-filled story.
Of course, this is only my opinion. Give this book a read and tell me in the comments what you think of it.