What began as an innocent love affair for one young woman, Marta Pea, in Costa Careyes, Mexico in 1969, sets in motion a series of events that spans the next 30 years.
This is the story of South American drug lords Antonio Espinoza and Javier Rodriguez, and their violent quest for power. In a sweeping family saga, we meet the women who love them and the children they vow to protect at any cost. With a complex web of interconnected families, this gritty novel delves into the lives of a power hungry clan, following the rise of their business, the destructive path of their torrid and erotic love affairs, and the struggle to balance intense greed with devout family loyalty.
Strong women face tragedies that test their will and their commitment to the men they passionately desire. As young girls grow into women, their traumatic pasts will drive their actions and force them to make gut-wrenching decisions. With murder, drug trafficking, dirty politics, illegal gambling, prostitution, obsessive love affairs, and family strife, The Cartel is a whirlwind in the vein of Mario Puzo's The Godfather.
©2012 Michele Scott (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Irish Wimbush on 21-09-16

Surprisingly good.

I was very pleased with this story of love, hatred, betrayal l, hope and overall overcoming hope. 2 thumbs up

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1 out of 5 stars
By Donald on 09-11-15

Not another vomit!

Does everyone really run out and vomit when they see or hear something upsetting?
Does everyone make love like they are slurping an ice cream cone?
Does every conversation sound like a trite soap opera?
Do twenty something people all equate pop psychology with wisdom?
They do in this book, which reads more like a cheesy, B movie screen play than anything you could call literature. Anyone who really liked this must have spent a lot more time watching TV than reading good novels.
As for the narrator, you'd expect someone with a Latina surname to do a lot better with Spanish accents than a generic foreign language "r" trill characteristic of movies from the 1940's. Or was that her Russian accent? And then there were her "ing" endings pronounced "ink" and "ong" endings pronounced "ong ga."
Cardboard characters, trite dialogue, annoying narrator. Don't darken your cloud with this one.

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